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 start at 7:00pm

BCARC is an ARRL Affiliated club. We have members from Buchanan County and many other communities in the surrounding counties.


Check out pictures of our new radio room!

NWS Spotter Training - February 25th 18:00 at MHI

Upcoming Club Meetings:

February 20, 2014
March 20, 2014
April 17, 2014
May 15, 2014
No meetings June - August

Meetings start at 7:00pm

Meeting Location:
Buchanan County Emergency Services
"Green Acres"
2109 205th St
Independence, Iowa

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