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About This Site

Kootenai Amateur Radio Society
proudly celebrates
70 years of service
to North Idaho.

Purpose - The purpose of this site is to provide a method for conveying information concerning Kootenai County Amateur Radio to members and other interested parties.  It also allows for timely updates concerning Board member positions, phone numbers, and for distribution of the club's newsletter, the Propagation.

History - Originally known as the Coeur d'Alene Area Amateur Radio Club, the first meeting was held April 11th, 1952. The club later reorganized as Coeur d'Alene Amateur Radio Club May 25th, 1960. On April 17, 1972 it was renamed and reorganized to better represent its member base throughout the county when the Constitution for Kootenai Amateur Radio Society was adopted.

Club Meetings - KARS meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month @ 19:00 except in June and December. Meetings are held at Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management in Hayden ID at 1662 West Wyoming Ave near the Coeur d'Alene airport (KCOE).

KARS Membership Application - KARS Membership Application

License Testing - KARS Volunteer Examiners (VE's) conduct testing at 17:30 on the 2nd Monday of each month. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit the KARS VE License Testing page.

NWTN - KARS supports the amateur radio tradition of passing traffic with the NorthWest Traffic Net. This net meets each evening at 18:30 Pacific time on the VHF and UHF KARS voice repeaters. The purpose of this Net is to provide and receive information for amateur use, and to practice passing written traffic. The net is open to all amateurs, and you don't have to be a KARS member to participate.


Repeaters - KARS operates the following repeaters for the use of both members and non-members alike.

  • 146.78 MHz - PL: 127.3 Hz In & Out
    Little Blacktail - Analog Only
  • 146.98 MHz - PL: 127.3 Hz In & Out
    Idaho Mica Peak - Analog Only
  • 443.975 MHz + PL: 136.5 Hz In & Out
    Canfield Butte - Analog Only
    (146.78, 146.98, and 443.975 are normally linked together)
  • 443.275 MHz + PL: 136.5 Hz In & Out
    Idaho Mica Peak - Analog & Yaesu Fusion Digital (YSF)
    (Note: Put your analog radio in decode mode to mute data noise)

Affiliated Repeaters - While associated with KARS by virtue of a shared site or links, these repeaters are part of the North Idaho Repeater Group (NIRG) and are not funded by KARS. Learn more about NIRG at their website.

  • 53.390 MHz -1.7 MHz PL: 100.0 Hz In & Out
    RX Idaho Mica Peak / TX Blossom Peak
    Also linked to
    and 442.975+ PL: 100 Hz In & Out
    IRLP Node #3773 / EchoLink Node N7MOT-R  #465683

  • Graphical map of our system

Mailing Address
Kootenai Amateur Radio Society
PO Box 1765
Hayden, ID 83835-1765