The Bainbridge Amateur Radio Club (BARC) holds the callsign W7NPC in recognition of the role Bainbridge Island played during World War II . There were two major Navy radio installations on Bainbridge Island during World War II: a secret receiving station “Station S” located at Fort Ward and a transmitting station (callsign “NPC”) containing four 300 ft. towers and a 800 ft. tower, located at the current site of Battle Point park. The callsign NPC, sometimes unofficially referred to as “North Pacific Command” was used by the island’s navy installations.
The club is affiliated with the Bainbridge Island Emergency Auxiliary Radio Service (BEARS), the Kitsap County Auxiliary Radio Service (KARS), RACES, and ARES. Most Club members hold identification cards from Bainbridge Island Emergency Management and/or Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. The Links page and those agencies’ websites have further information.
The club provides communication assistance to community events such as the classic Chilly Hilly bicycle rally in February, and to the Rotary Auction in late June or early July.
Come join us at one of our monthly breakfast meetings and say hello!
To become a member or renew your membership, go to our membership page.