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Sept 3, 2018: Great deal on the Beofeng UV-5x3. Go to the W9JCA News page to find out more. Deal could expire at any time.

We'll be at the Military Vehicle Show on Sept 14 and 15, 2018 with a ham setup hopefully making contacts and introducing folks to ham radio. Go to our Activities page to find out more.

Chirp image files for our area are now on W9JCA.COM. The latest update on July 24, 2018 now includes MURS and National Weather frequencies. Easy to install and you'll have your Baofeng, TYT, and other Chirp compatible radios programmed with over 100 channels instantly! Click here to go directly to that page...

We've included the contest calendar on our website for now. The whole website is at www.contestcalendar.com. They've got it all together there, but we managed to borrow some of the info. All of the links to more info on their pages, so go on over to the Over the Air Events Page and see what's up.

This is W9JCA.COM

W9JCA is the callsign of one of the Jay County Amateur Radio Club (JCARC) repeaters. The JCARC has our website namesake repeater located in Pennville, Indiana (about 13 miles driving distance west-northwest of Portland) and our Portland, Indiana based repeater (W9JKL) which are linked. We also link to KB8SCR in Fort Recovery, Ohio, about 11 miles east of Portland.

Welcome. Come on in, grab a cuppa joe and sit a while, we're always up for a new visitor or a returning one. There are a lot of things to see and we hope you enjoy your stay. We're constantly looking for the next big thing so stop by once in a while and see what's new on our site. We can always use a suggestion (or 2 or 3 or 100). And if you're in the area, join us at our next club meeting, details of which can be found below and even more on the Activities Page.

If you're on Facebook, visit our Facebook Page (the link is also at the bottom of each page). Perfect if you're a ham, budding ham, or just ham-curious. On most Tuesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern you can even hear our net live via ham radio, scanner, or Facebook Live. Over-the-air frequencies and info are listed below.

For any major updates to our site, you can visit the Site Updates page.

We invite you to join us at our regular club meetings and perhaps make new discoveries into a hobby that you perhaps barely knew existed. In our club, we have someone that can answer nearly any questions you have about the hobby including antenna design, types of equipment, how to get your license, and on many other aspects of the hobby. And maybe you'll make a few new friends, as well.

Jay County Amateur Radio Club (JCARC) Net:

Any licensed amateur can join our Net on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday (fifth, if applicable) of each month (3rd Tuesday: Club meeting), beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern using any of the linked repeaters below, from around the world on EchoLink, or comment while the net is live on Facebook with your call sign, first name, and location. We can't check you in if you don't hold a current amateur license, however. For those new to amateur radio, when you see a + or - following the frequency, it indicates either a positive or negative standard transmit offset. Here are the repeaters:

Frequency: 145.210- MHz, Private Line (PL) tone: 97.4 Hz, Location: Pennville, Indiana. (W9JCA)

Frequency: 443.475+ MHz, PL tone: 100.0 Hz, Location: Portland, Indiana, EchoLink Node: 412960. (W9JKL)

Frequency: 442.675+ MHz, PL tone: 107.2 Hz, Location: Fort Recovery, Ohio, EchoLink Node: 948238 (KB8SCR)

Or check in by Facebook during the net if you don't have access to our repeaters or Echolink by clicking here.


  • Nets are generally cancelled during severe weather to protect radio equipment.
  • The Portland's remote link to Pennville is disconnected on Wednesday nights just before 8:30 PM to establish a link with a Hartford City repeater to enhance their net and reconnected shortly that net concludes.

Monthly Meeting:

Our monthly club meeting is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Jay County Sheriff's Department, 224 W. Water Street, Portland, Indiana, in the Training Room unless otherwise announced. Parking and entry to the facility are on the east side of the building. Visitors are welcome. We welcome your help in sponsoring our club by becoming a member. Dues are just $20 for a year, $30 for a couple, and up to two additional immediate family members living in the same household may also join for just $10 each.


Website design: Gil Davis - KT9OUT

But there are so many that do so much, not only for this website, but the club, as well. This is just my little portion that I enjoy bringing to you and a feeling that I've contributed something in some small way. And suggestions and/or interesting links and videos are always welcome. A huge thanks goes out to Dave Wood (KB8SCR and local VHF/UHF guru) and Jeff Landers (the devoted JCARC net controller W9JKL) for making their repeaters available to the club. In addition, kudos to Dave Lewis (KD8AZO) for running EchoLink on the KB9SCR repeater. And let's not forget our club officers (Francis, Jeff, Tom, and PG) who keep this all running smoothly. And Darrell Borders (AA9OM) for not only doing the great work of teaching occasional classes to potential new hams, but is the trustee for our W9JCA repeater in Pennville, Indiana!


Would you like to help sponsor this site and the Jay County Amateur Radio Club? Email us and let us know. We don't have any set rates at present and would like to try to work off of donations to our club. With the talent available to us, this site costs very little to operate, but upgrading equipment and insurance for our events can really deplete club funds fast. We do have some generous members, but would prefer not to have the bulk of our club carried by just a few members (even though we really appreciate it!). Just let us know and we'll work with you. Becoming a member of the JCARC also helps. See details above.

We invite you to contribute to our site using the email address below. A special thanks to PG Jellison for his contributions to the club and media mentions of this site on WPGW, 100.9 FM in Portland, Indiana.