Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club

Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC) welcomes licensed ham radio operators and unlicensed individuals interested in learning about radio communications for fun and for emergency preparedness. We offer radio operator training, including FCC-licensing preparation and examination, a weekly informal “Amateur Hour” net, monthly special interest group meetings at BARN, and a monthly breakfast meeting. BARC members provide communications for community events such as the Chilly Hilly bicycle rally, the Rotary Auction, Bainbridge Community Emergency Response Teams (BI-CERT), and the Bainbridge Emergency Operations Center. The club is affiliated with the Kitsap County Alternate Communications System (ACS), RACES, and ARES, and most Club members hold identification cards from the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. BARC supports the Bainbridge Island “Map Your Neighborhood” program, encouraging neighbors to become licensed hams and learn to communicate effectively during an emergency. BARC operates the W7NPC radio repeater making possible island-wide VHF and UHF amateur communications.