Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

More About Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC)


What is the purpose of SnoVARC?

Emergency communications and fellowship. Assisting in community activities

Why does the club encourage members to be part of the ARRL?

The club encourages membership in the ARRL for several reasons.

1. The ARRL, as a national organization representing Amateur Radio, is positioned to help protect the allocations and privileges enjoyed by Radio Amateurs. This is the organization that fights for the radio spectrum for Amateur Radio! Please support them by joining their organization. Click Here to go to the ARRL site.

2. The ARRL provides training materials that encourage and train Amateur Radio operators on the 'ART' of Amateur Radio. This includes a diverse coverage of topics from the experimental and 'cutting-edge' to the historic and 'time-proven' technologies. Additionally this provides a vast repository of knowledge available to Amateur Radio operators, and members in particular, with regards to important topics such as interference mitigation, RF safety, and licensing services.

3. The club, by having members who are also members of the ARRL, can be an affiliated club, and be included in the publications, announcements, and activities sponsored by the ARRL.

Who is the contact for radio technical questions and what is their background/knowledge?

This is a more challenging question since no single person has all the answers in Amateur Radio. Various amateur radio operators generally focus on areas or disciplines that are of particular interest to the individual, therefore there is no single answer. However, it can be a daunting question to someone that is new to the Amateur service as to where to obtain additional information. Hopefully ANY Amateur Operator would be glad to assist.

Who is the contact for meeting program suggestions?

Meeting program suggestions can be forwarded to anyone on the board, or recommended at any club meeting.

When and where does the club meet?

We meet the first Thursday of the month at the Duvall Fire Station at 1900 (7 pm). Business meeting first then Elmer presentations. Click Here for more information

When does the club have on air contacts?

Net Meetings take place every Thursday evening (except for meeting night) at 8 PM on the Cougar Mountain club repeater on 441.825 MHz, positive shift, with a tone of 103.5.

Where is the repeater located?

We presently use the "825" club repeater located on Cougar Mountain.

What is the club connection with the Fire Department?

Fire District 45 has installed a VHF/UHF radio, antennas and power supply in what serves as the EOC in the downtown station. Members who have been through the background clearance and have been issued ID cards can operate the station when necessary.

Who is the contact for emergency operations questions?

The Chairperson for EmComm is Rowland Brasch K7RWB at cablespeed dot com

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is administered by FEMA's Community Preparedness Division. CERT is a training program that prepares people to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, citizens can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With this training, volunteers can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene. CERT volunteers also support the community year-round by participating in community preparedness outreach activities and distributing materials on disaster preparedness and education.

What emergency training does the Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club recommend for members?

CERT training, NIMS/ICS courses IS100, IS200, IS700 and IS800, drill participation, Red Cross Shelter Operations

When is emergency training (CERT Classes) offered?

CERT classes are offered several times during the year. Click Here to check the schedule for the next class

What is the relationship of SnoVARC and CERT?

SnoVARC is a part of the Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps. One of the committes of CDCCC is CERT (Community Ermergency Response Team). We provide vital communications equipment and skills when required if the CERT's set up a shelter or other response.




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