Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club, KCØRMS, was established in March of 2004 in Independence, Iowa. Our goal was to generate more interest in Ham Radio in our community. We also wanted to become more prepared to provide needed emergency communications in the event of a disaster in the county or surrounding areas. We’ve participated in a number of emergency preparedness drills, as well as helped with the 2008 tornado and flooding.
BCARC has offered several ham radio classes and test sessions, increasing the number of active amateur radio licenses in the area.
Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club operates two Independence repeaters, a 2m analog, and a 70cm DMR repeater on the Brandmeister Network. We also operate an APRS Digipeater in Hazleton, IA. All three repeaters use the KC0RMS Club callsign.
The club meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except June, July, August, and December). We usually meet at the Buchanan County Emergency Services Annex located at 2109 205th St, Independence, Iowa. Meetings usually start at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in Ham Radio is welcome to attend.
BCARC is an ARRL SPECIAL SERVICE CLUB. We have members from Buchanan, Black Hawk, Fayette, and Linn counties and other communities in the area.