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Fall Techinician Class announced!

There will be a fall technician class offered in Sudden Valley starting Oct 18!
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About us...

The Sudden Valley Amateur Radio Club (SVARC) is an ARRL-affliated club open to all ham radio operators. We are based in the Sudden Valley neighborhood of Bellingham, WA.

Our purpose is to encourage innovation in amateur radio, sharpen our radio skills, exchange ideas, and provide public service to our neighborhood. This includes providing assistance in CERT exercises, offering educational opportunities at safety fairs, and fostering goodwill within our community while having fun in the process!


Club Meetings

The Sudden Valley Neighborhood Net meets on air every Sunday evening at 8 pm PST. The order of frequencies is:

  • 147.520 MHz simplex (primary) / 147.540 MHz simplex (backup)
  • 442.750 MHz +103.5 CTCSS tone (WA7SV repeater)

The SVARC invites you to join us at our monthly meeting at the South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) the first Monday of every month at 6:30 pm PST. If you aren't a licensed HAM operator but you're thinking about getting licensed, this is a good place to start. Membership isn't required to attend, so come and visit!

Training / Certification

SVARC offers periodic FREE training classes in Sudden Valley to assist people in obtaining their Amateur Radio license, usually accompanied by an FCC testing session ($15 fee). There are also various club training activies and exercises throughout the year, so follow us on Facebook to stay current on events! new SVARC members

ACS / CERT / Becon

A sub-group of SVARC is the Sudden Valley Auxillary Communications Service (SVACS). This group of dedicated individuals are committed to providing communications services to Sudden Valley in the event of emergency. This group operates in conjunction with (and in many cases are members of) both Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Whatcom Unified Emergency Management ( to ensure local emergency management resources can communicate with larger relief efforts should phone lines become unavailable. HAM-CERT

Becon is a fledgling program aimed at communication with the general public during an emergency. In the event that communications are disrupted, Becon sites would activate at key locations throughout Sudden Valley. These sites would allow people to obtain the latest information regarding shelter instructions, and to communicate their status to local emergency management. Look for the big orange Becon tents!
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