The Bedford County Amateur Radio Society was formed in 1959 in order to promote the use of amateur radio within the community and to support Bedford County with public and emergency communications.  Anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio is welcome to join us.  We meet on the first Thursday of each month at theBedford County Courthouse. Meeting time is 7:30pm.

Throughout the years, BCARS has maintained a close relationship with Bedford County Emergency Operations, providing communications as needed in disaster situations, as well as assisting with communications at county events. As such, the club has maintained its presence with first the Court House, then the county 911 center, and ultimately moving with the 911 back into the renovated and expanded county court house. Learn more about our history on our history page.


Membership Meeting

  • 7:30 PM, First Thursday of every month
  • Takes place at the Bedford County Courthouse, 230 Juliana St., Bedford, PA 15522.
  • Third floor conference room. We meet by the second story parking garage exit.

Weekly Nets take place every Tuesday nigh at 2000 local time. See our On The Air page for more information about our repeaters and weekly nets.

Mailing Address:

BCARS John Hogenmiller, KB3DFZ
300 Cumberland Rd.
Bedford, PA 15522


UPDATE: Due to some recent spam and fishing, we have removed individual officer’s emails from this site. Please contact [email protected] if you need a way to get in touch with a member directly. Or the webmaster, [email protected]


General correspondence: [email protected].
Sign up for our Google Groups mailing list ([email protected])

Club Documents:

Club Officers:

  • President (2019-2020): Kenny Burtnett, WB3JEK
  • Vice President (2019-2020): Gary Metivier, KC3HKZ
  • Secretary (2018-2019): John Hogenmiller, KB3DFZ
  • Treasurer (2019-2020): Steven Stiffler, KC3DNB
  • Activities Manager (2018-2019): Stephen Wurm, KE3ZT
  • 5-year Trustee (2018-2022): Steven Elliot, KA3UDR
  • 2-year Trustee (2019-2020): Jay Cessna, WA3UXP
  • 1-year Trustee (2019): Bernard Frank, W3DRW

Training and VE Coordinator:  

Newsletter Editor:

  • Lloyd Roach, K3QNT

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator:

  • Steve Elliot, KA3UDR