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Phil Garner KE7IAR Has Passed
Bob Kesson, K7CGA sent us a note that Phil Garner, KE7IAR has passed away. Phil was one of our Kootenai County Assistant Emergency Coordinators, in charge of Public Events for several years. Please keep his wife Charity and their family in your thoughts and prayers. We will provide an update once memorial/funeral services are scheduled. Photos of Phil and family. Here's the CDA Press article.

DMR is back on the air!
The only DMR repeater in North Idaho is now back on the air. WA7DMR on Blossom Peak, part of the PNW DMR Network, came back online Sunday afternoon after some hard work by Brandon KB6UMY and Rod KC7AAD. Thanks to both gentlemen for your persistence. Code plugs are available through or you can roll your own from the info available at that site.

New KARS Radio Group Forum
Announcing the KARS Radio Group Forum! We have created a new forum for the purposes of Amateur Radio discussion, questions and help! Need an “Elmer?” This is the place to go! Come join in on the fun! Join at!


The History of WWV
What used to be an indispensable tool for amateurs to set their clocks and align their oscillators, WWV has a long and interesting history. Read more about it and the 110th-anniversary celebration slated for later this year in its honor.

K7GEX (SK) Equipment Sale
If you're interested in picking up some vintage ham radio equipment, please check out this estate sale being conducted for the equipment of the late Herbert Anderson, K7GEX. This equipment is in Edmonds, WA.

KI7I Memorial and Viewing
UPDATE: Rick's viewing will be held this evening from 5pm to 8pm at Yates Funeral Home in CDA. His memorial will be conducted at the Community United Methodist Church (southeast corner of Handley and Ramsey) Wednesday, 3/13/19 @ 1:00 pm. All are invited and welcomed to pay their respects.

KI7I Silent Key
We are saddened to let you know that Rick Van Landingham, KI7I passed away yesterday. His wife and daughter were by his side.

Rick was a member of the Kootenai County EOC Communications Unit, ARES-RACES, for many years. Rick also was a KARS member and served the board as trustee for 2014 and 2015.

When a memorial or service is scheduled, we will pass that information along.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Rick's family.
Photos of Rick

Bob Kesson, K7CGA
Frank Krug, KD7FK

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