The Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club was established in March of 2004 in Independence, Iowa, with the goal of generating more interest in Ham Radio in the community and to become more prepared to provide needed emergency communications in the event of a disaster in the county or surrounding areas.
BCARC and the Buchanan County Emergency Management Agency are working together to meet the goal of being well prepared to help with communications during a disaster. In our first year, thanks to funding from Buchanan County EMA, we built a new 2 Meter Repeater in Independence.
BCARC participates in several disaster drills with the Buchanan County EMA and Independence Fire Department each year. These drills help us to be ready to help in the event of a real emergency.
BCARC members assist in times of natural disasters, such as the May 2008 tornadoes and the Floods of 2008.
BCARC meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except June, July, August, and December) at the Buchanan County Emergency Services Station (“Green Acres”) located at 2109 205th St, Independence, Iowa. Meetings usually start at 7:00pm. Anyone interested in Ham Radio are welcome to attend.
BCARC is an ARRL Affiliated club. We have members from Buchanan, Black Hawk, Fayette, and Linn counties and other communities in the area.