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Archived News
2020

Annual Christmas Party Canceled
(2020-11-22)
* * * NOTICE * * * Unfortunately, due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, KARS will be unable to hold our annual Christmas Party and meeting. There will also not be any onsite license testing. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone happy and safe Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

CW Net Canceled
(2020-11-21)
* * * NOTICE * * * The KARS 10-Meter Slow-Speed CW Net is canceled until further notice due to an apparent lack of participation. Thanks to Quint for giving this a shot and promoting interest in CW.

New Board of Directors for 2021
(2020-11-15)
Congratulations to our new 2021 Board of Directors! They are:
• President - AI7H - Ed Stuckey
• Vice President - KE7ADN - Gabbee Perry
• Executive Director - K6SPP - Larry Telles
• Treasurer - KJ7MUA - Shannon Riley
• Secretary - KI7OVA - Kathryn Kent
• Club Callsign Trustee - K6SPP - Larry Telles
• Past President - KD7FK - Frank Krug

NEW! Weekly KARS Slow-Speed CW Net
(2020-09-29)
Quint, W7CQW is starting the KARS Slow-Speed CW Net this and every Thursday night until further notice. 1930 local time we will meet on the K7ID repeaters and QSY to 28.400 (10m HF band) where both SSB and CW is allowed for Technician-level operators under 200W.

Initially, 5-wpm will be our speed until the participants are comfortable going faster.

Quint will assign an order for the group and will break-in with voice as needed for guidance and instruction. Straight keys are recommended.

This is a good opportunity to learn more than Morse Code. This is our club's venture into a CW net for 2020 and is aimed at new CW operators.

CW - The original digital mode.

Thursday Coffee & Doughnuts
(2020-09-22)
Thursday morning Coffee and Doughnuts is now being held at Gross Donuts at 1603 E Seltice Way C, Post Falls in their banquet/meeting room. Doughnuts are on-site, we'll be safe and warm indoors, with good amateur radio camaraderie. Don't miss it!

VE TESTING UPDATE
(2020-08-26)
We are still getting a large number of requests for testing each month. All testing will be by reservation only. Please contact Jerry via email at VicePresident@k7id.org to sign up. There will be no re-takes or multiple tests taken until further notice. One test per person.
Jerry Hart - W7KR - VE Team Leader

August Meeting Canceled!
(2020-08-02)
Due to COVID-19 concerns the August general membership meeting is canceled. Amateur license testing WILL STILL BE CONDUCTED at 17:30 as per the calendar note below.

 

Thursday Coffee & Doughnuts
(2020-07-04)
Due to restrictions at Silverlake Mall, Thursday morning Coffee and Doughnuts is now held out doors at Ramsey Park, weather permitting. The park is just across from the Transfer Station exit at 3525 N Ramsey Rd, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83815. We hope to see you there.

Center Target Sports
(2020-06-06)
Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will not be a repeat of last year's KARS presence at Center Target Sports Customer Appreciation Day.

VE TESTING UPDATE
(2020-05-20)
We will be resuming normal testing starting on July 13th, 5:30 PM at the Search and Rescue Bldg. 10865 N. Ramsey Rd. Hayden, ID 83865.

Due to the backlog of individuals that will be testing we are requesting testing by reservation only. Please contact me via email at VicePresident@k7id.org to sign up. There will be no re-takes or multiple tests taken until further notice. One test per person.

NOTICE: If you need to take the EXTRA exam before the question pool changes on July 1st, please contact me! Thank You! We look forward to getting things back to normal! See you soon!
Jerry Hart - W7KR - VE Team Leader

COVID-19 Corona Virus Impacts to KARS
(2020-05-19)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kootenai County has suspended use of the Search and Rescue Building for everyone except official County business. Based on this and the most recent guidelines regarding 'social distancing,' KARS has canceled the June membership meeting and VE testing. Likewise, the June ARES monthly meeting is canceled. Thursday morning's Coffee and Doughnuts sessions are also canceled until further notice. Stay tuned here or on the evening Northwest Traffic Nets at 18:30 PDT for updates.

COVID-19 Corona Virus Impacts to KARS
(2020-05-01)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kootenai County has suspended use of the Search and Rescue Building for everyone except official County business. Based on this and the most recent guidelines regarding 'social distancing,' KARS has canceled the May membership meeting and VE testing. Likewise, the May ARES monthly meeting is canceled. Thursday morning's Coffee and Doughnuts sessions are also canceled until further notice. Stay tuned here or on the evening Northwest Traffic Nets at 18:30 PDT for updates.

NOTICE: VE TESTING
(2020-04-04)
There is no online testing through the ARRL VEC. There are also no guidelines for "Virtual Testing" through the ARRL VEC. Virtual testing and Online testing are two different things.

There are 14 VECs. Though they handle 75% of VEC testing, ARRL VEC is just one of 14. We are testing under the ARRL VEC rules and have no other options.

A couple of VECs have done "Virtual testing," which involves a proctor that is physically located with the person testing. The other two VEs are watching via remote video. This was the case with the Anchorage Radio Club VEC. Only one person is tested at a time. W5YI VEC may have online testing later this year. More to come later on that.

Jerry Hart - W7KR - VE Team Leader

COVID-19 Corona Virus Impacts to KARS
(2020-03-19)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kootenai County has suspended use of the Search and Rescue Building for everyone except official County business. Based on this and the most recent guidelines regarding 'social distancing,' KARS has canceled the April membership meeting and VE testing. Likewise, the April ARES monthly meeting is canceled. Thursday morning's Coffee and Doughnuts sessions are also canceled until further notice. Stay tuned here or on the evening Northwest Traffic Nets at 18:30 PDT for updates.

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