Club Information

Description of ICARC

The Island County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC) has been around since at least 1969. The club is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. The club has monthly meetings from January through October and participates in numerous events throughout the year.

ICARC's Public Service Group under the auspices of ARES provides communications support to numerous public service events throughout the year (e.g. Whidbey Island Marathon, Whidbey Triathlon, Coupeville Memorial Day Parade, Oak Harbor Independence Day Parade, Island County Fair Parade, etc.).

ICARC, through the Public Service Group operating under ARES and RACES, provides emergency communications assistance to governmental and non-governmental agencies in Island County, WA.

ICARC provides amateur radio education and licensing testing to all interested parties.

ICARC exists only to promote amateur radio and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or ethnicity.

Club Officers

President Dave Fish, W7DAF

Vice President Bob Keeton K7MHJ

Treasurer Karen Fletcher W7KCF

Secretary PaulBen McElwain, AG7CS

Director Bob Dynan AI7F

ICARC is an ARRL affiliated Special Service club. 



Boasting a membership of over 100 federally licensed amateur radio operators throughout the county, the Island County Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit organization that strives to provide emergency and special event communications support to the community, promote learning and expertise in the art of electronics and radio technology and foster amateur radio as an enjoyable hobby for young and old.

The club, which is associated with the non-profit American Radio Relay League, seeks to provide community support to enhance the quality of life within Island County and to assist during times of man-made or natural disaster. The club utilizes a linking network of very high frequency (VHF) repeaters to provide adequate radio communications coverage throughout Whidbey Island.

Club members in 2014 provided at no charge over 1,030 hours of communications support for 12 community events such as training exercises, races, and parades; participated in 153 on-air training nets totaling over 400 hours; and provided three classroom training programs totaling 275 hours.

The club meets monthly in the Island County Commissioners’ hearing room in Coupeville. More information about the Island County Amateur Radio Club is available on its website.

Email us: 

w7avm < "at" > w7avm < "dot" > org (convert to standard format)

  Mailing address:


PO Box 352

Coupeville, WA 98239-0352