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If you have ANY questions that haven't been answered through our web pages feel free to contact any member via our local repeaters, phones, or email from our contact page. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions and help you in any way possible!

The Flathead Valley Amateur Radio Club, (FVARC), setup this web site to keep you informed of our clubs activities and provide you with FVARC news.

We hope these pages will provide you with the information you seek to become more knowledgeable of amateur activities in the Flathead Valley and more involved with our club!

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By W7YP - Posted on 16 September 2022

After Spectrum abandoned their Blacktail Mt site, forcing us to remove our repeater as well, we bought a new Hytera "mixed-mode" DMR/Analog FM repeater to replace the old GE Master II.

The Hytera is located on Buffalo Hill in Kalispell (hosted by KA5HKT, who owns RadioActive) and is now operational. To use it in analog mode, you need to reconfigure your radios to use CDCSS (DCS) instead of CTCSS (Tone). The DCS code you'll want to use in your radios' encode and decode programming is 152N. The "N" stands for "Normal"; that is, noninverted, which is represented by an "I" instead of "N".

DCS is more robust than simple tone squelch and, if your analog programming for this repeater channel uses it in your radio's RX configuration, you won't be bothered by the otherwise annoying buzz that you'll hear when the channel is being used by a DMR conversation.

This repeater is linked to the Brandmeister DMR global network, meaning that, through it while in DMR mode, you can converse around the world with other hams in any one of hundreds of "Talk Groups (TG)" (Think "chat room").

Unlike analog FM repeaters, DMR repeaters can support two simultaneous conversations, with one on Time Slot 1 (TS1) and the other on TS2. Talk Groups NW7RG and MPRG1 are statically assigned to TS1 and the Montana TG is statically assigned to TS2. TS2 can also be used for dynamic assignments which last for 15 minutes at a time.

Both Time Slots used Color Code 1 (CC1).

More information about the Brandmeister global repeater and hot spot network and its long list of Talk Groups can be found here: www.brandmeister.network.

Please show your appreciation to KA5HKT (Mark) by visiting his store at 35 Heritage Way in Kalispell, or online at: http://radioactiveinc.com/.


By W7YP - Posted on 03 February 2022

FVARC will host exam sessions for all classes of amateur radio license on the following dates:

March 15, 2022
CANCELLED: June 21, 2022
September 21, 2022
November 15, 2022

Exam sessions will begin at 5:30 PM, just before our regularly scheduled club meeting at 7:00 PM.

Location: Flathead Office of Emergency Services, Conference Room
625 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell, MT 59901

For reservations, contact Ed at W7EFL@arrl.net


Flathead County Office of Emergency Services
625 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell, MT 59901
United States

Gary Roberts, KF7VQO, now a Silent Key (SK)

By W7YP - Posted on 25 July 2022

Gary L Robert's, 77, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on July 13, 2022, with his wife of 51 years, Sheri (KF7VQP), by his side, after bravely battling cancer for over a year.

Gary was a longtime member of the Flathead Valley Amateur Radio club and served as one of the club's trustees until a change in his health made it necessary for him to resign from that role. He also was very active in ARES and was our EC for many years.

Gary's love for Amateur Radio and all of those involved in the ham community was obvious, as he and Sheri often referred to them as family.

QRP was one of Gary's passions as an amateur radio operator and he made contacts all over the world on only 5 watts. He also enjoyed experimenting with portable end-fed wire antennas and even offered them for sale to other hams.

Elmering new hams was also very important to Gary, which he not only deeply enjoyed but was also quite good at.

Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

146.760 Repeater on Blacktail Mtn Being Taken Down This Week

By W7YP - Posted on 06 June 2022

The club repeater (146.760) on Blacktail Mountain will be taken down later this week due to a forced relocation. Spectrum owns the site hosting us and they're abandoning it and need us to retrieve our equipment ASAP.

They have already abandoned their Sandy Hill site, necessitating our retrieving our equipment which we recently secured; thus, the 147.380 repeater is already off the air.

We are currently exploring options for relocating those repeaters and placing them back in service. This web page will keep you informed as to our progress.

Rick, W7YP
FVARC President


By W7YP - Posted on 19 January 2022

We meet at 7 PM on the third Tuesday each month with the exception of July, August and December.


Flathead County Office of Emergency Services
625 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell, MT 59901

Meetings are held in the conference room of that facility.

Many thanks to the OES staff and Sheriff Brian Heino for their much-appreciated hospitality.


Flathead County Office of Emergency Services
625 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell, MT 59901
United States

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