Club Information:



Constitution & Bylaws-PDF (Printable)

How to Join BIARC
Membership Booklet (PDF)


Calendar of Events
Classes & Training
Presentation Archive


BIARC Listserve
ARES Information

External Links:



Welcome to the Big Island Amateur Radio Club website. The mission of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) is to recruit, educate and help committed Ham Radio operators carry on the traditions of amateur radio by using our network of technical resources and expertise to provide equipment, skilled operators, and emergency services when called upon in time of need and to assist and protect the citizens in the communities in which we live and serve. BIARC is dedicated to community service and providing education to the general public about the history, operation, functions, and benefits of the Amateur Radio Service. BIARC members adhere to the Radio Amateur's Code and are considerate, loyal, progressive, friendly, balanced, and patriotic.

How do I get my Amateur Radio License?
Our March 2024 club activity will be held on March 11th at 2:00 PM at the
Kamana Senior Center
127 Kamana St., Hilo, HI


Next BIARC Activity:

Please join us on Sunday, March 11th at 14:00 HST. Both members and non-members are welcome.

Please join the:

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®)

(To Join, click the 'Members' button on the right of the menu bar, and click 'Register New Member.')

Join the Hawaii ARES communications/discussion groups (Reflectors)

Visit: (HI State)

Hawaii County Civil Defense Auxilliary Communication Service Forms:

(Please print copies of these forms for practice and emergency use when telephone and internet service are unavailable)

HC CDA Situation Report (SitRep-Also used for damage reports.)

HC CDA Request for Assistance (RFA)

Note: The HC CDA forms are also available on Winlink:

1) From RMS Express, Click Message, New Message, and Select Template.

2) Open Standard Templates, HI State forms, and HCDA Forms.

3) Double-click the form you need to launch it in your web browser.

Hawaii VOAD
Community Organizations Active in Disaster
need your help.

If you are a licensed amateur radio operator who would like to assist organizations active in disaster with emergency communications, please let us know. We would like to pair you up with the volunteers at a group near to you, so that you may help them stay in touch when telephone and internet services are not available. See: Hawaii VOAD FAQ Sheet. .... [More Information]....

See our BIARC Recent Club Activities Page for a summary of recent monthly activities and links to video recordings of our meetings on Zoom.

BIARC Technet Recordings of Zoom Sessions. See the NH6ET Channel on YouTube.

The next BIARC Executive Board meeting will be held via Zoom Video Conference on March 11th at 12:00 HST, followed by the Club activity at 14:00 HST.
If you have not yet joined the BIARC listserve, please send EMail to our secretary, Les Hittner ( and provide your name, call sign, and ask to be added. Note: It is recommended that you use an email address with a regular domain, NOT one that forwards or relays such as This way you will be able to send messages to the listserve as well as receive them. All BIARC Members and Big Island Amateur Radio operators are invited.
Our club call is KH6EJ. We are located on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii. As we are on the island's windward side, it is also known as the "wet side". Anyone that has attended one of our functions would immediately understand, as rain is a normal part of most of our activities.

Our locators:

  • ARRL Region: 13
  • ARRL Pacific Section (PAC)
  • CQ Zone 31
  • Grid Square BK29
  • IOTA OC19
  • ITU Zone 61
  • ITU Region 2
  • State: Hawaii;   County: Hawaii

Before June 1975 our club was known as EARC-Hilo Branch, with the main branch being in Honolulu. The BIARC was incorporated in June 1975 but was unincorporated in July 1976. In August 1995 we received our current Hawaii State Incorporation. BIARC is a 501(c)(7) tax-exempt entity. Most years we have around 100 members.

We participate in several group activities throughout the year. Please see our calendar of events for more information.

From Hawai'i, excepting a few other islands, it's somewhat over 2,300 miles to the nearest land. Of course, being near a saltwater ground plane has its benefits, but operating from here can still be a challenge!

ARES®is a registered mark of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated, and used by permission.

BIARC is a 501(c)(7) tax-exempt entity, supported by our members and volunteers. Please consider making a donation.

Note: BIARC donations are not tax deductable.
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Big Island Amateur Radio Club. P. O. Box 1938, Hilo, HI 96721-1938.