Welcome to W9JCA.COM -- Home of the

Jay County Amateur Radio Club

Portland, Indiana

Greetings from W9JCA.COM!

W9JCA's (JCA=Jay County Amateurs) name comes from the call sign of one of our club (JCARC) repeaters. located in nearby Pennville, Indiana, about 10 miles west-northwest of our linked Portland, Indiana based repeater (W9JKL). More on that below.

We welcome you to our website. There are a lot of things to see and lots of information we'd like to pass on to our visitors. We really hope you'll enjoy using our website, find it useful, and visit often.

Upcoming Events

  • JCARC Tuesday Evening Net: Starts at 7 PM Eastern (No net on the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
  • Ham Club Breakfast: Saturdays starting at about 8:30 AM at Arby's in Portland, IN
  • JCARC Club Meeting at the Jay County Sheriff's Office at 6:00 PM in Portland, IN
  • Tone Test Alert at 11:30 AM Eastern

Details on all of these events can be found below.

JCARC on Facebook and YouTube

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, EchoLink, or our live YouTube stream during the net, as is possible. Look for a link that appears on our Facebook page when we're live streaming. Over-the-air frequencies and info are listed below.

Consider this an open invitation to join us at any of our regular club meetings and perhaps make new discoveries into a hobby that perhaps your grandfather was familiar, but you thought passe with the advent of the Internet and cell phones. Not true! Ham radio uses these tools and many more to make contacts from around the globe. And you don't have to spend a fortune for equipment like you once did (though there are still radios out there that cost well over $10,000!). If you're interested in antenna design, types of equipment, how to get your license, and on many other aspects of the hobby, come visit us at a club meeting. As was Radio Shack's old ad slogan, "You've got questions, we've got answers!" But we're still around. And yes, Radio Shack is still out there...sort of, but don't ask most of them too many questions. :-)

Club Patches and Club Logo Shirts

Would you like a club patch? These can be ironed on or sewn on, preferably both. You can get them at any of our club meetings for just $7.00 each. You have to be a member to buy one, so we encourage you to join. We also have club shirts that can be ordered for around $30 each depending on the size. Print out the order form and bring it to a club meeting and we'll get the order in for you. Or you can go to our printer in St. Henry, Ohio and get them directly. As with the patches, you must be a club member to order. Click here for the order form

Area EchoLink Nodes

On our website, you'll find a local area EchoLink Node page that lists nodes up to 75 miles in any direction of Portland, Indiana. Please feel free to check out our {Echolink Nodes} page. If you'd like to access it from the navigation menu, go to Repeaters then select "EchoLink Nodes" below that. It's in a speadsheet format that you can view, download, or print.

Local P-25 Network

It's up and working. We knew it would happen! Thanks to Dave (KB8SCR), Jeff (W9JKL), Tony (KD9KPF), and the members of the Jay County Amateur Radio Club for providing some of the wanted upgrades! The Dayton area node number is 9371 (which we are part of) and our Portland area only node is 9999. The digital repeater's frequency is 444.6875 Mhz, if you'd like to try it out.

We have a page here: {Ohio-Indiana P-25 Network} where you can learn more about this mode. We've posted a one hour video from YouTube that will explain much.

Want to stay up to date on the latest ham contests? Bookmark our website and stay up to date. CLiCK HERE to visit the Contest Calendar page on our site.

Regular Club Activities

1. JCARC Net - Most Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

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 -- currently down but soon to be back up.)

Listen to live streaming on YouTube during the net by clicking here.

Notes:

  • Nets are generally cancelled during severe weather to protect radio equipment or to conduct emergency weather spotting.
  • The Portland repeater's remote link to Pennville is disconnected on Tuesday nights shortly after our net to establish a link with a Hartford City repeater to enhance their net and reconnected after that net concludes, weather permitting.

2. Ham Radio Breakfast - Every Saturday at 8:30 AM at Arby's in Portland, Indiana

Join the die-hard folks that just love getting up and socializing with Arby's great biscuits 'n gravy and a cup o' joe, two staples for many ham radio operators. What else do you need? It's said that money doesn't buy happiness, but it does buy coffee and that's what makes most of the amateurs happy! But do get there before 8:30 am to make sure you'll have some before they run out! Every Saturday unless otherwise scheduled.

3. Tone Test Alert - Each Saturday at 11:30 AM

Dave, KB8SCR holds a brief over-the-air net test the Vertex Standard portables that some club members purchased and are used primarily for events and emergencies. A tone test is broadcast on the linked repeaters 442.675 in Fort Recovery, 443.475 in Portland and 145.210 in Pennville. Please be sure the batteries are charged and the radio is ready to work. The tone test can also be used with analog radios since the tone is not transmitted digitally.

4. Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM Eastern - Jay County Amateur Radio Club Meeting

Meetings are usually held at the Sheriff's Office Training Room in Portland, or as planned. In the event of a change, the info will be made available here and on at least one or two weekly nets in advance. Any other changes will be heard live on one of our repeaters. The Sheriff's office is located on Water Street just west of Main St. Enter at the furthest north door on the east side of the building. We ask that you be there at least five minutes early, if possible.

Would you like to help the Jay County Amateur Radio Club with its activities and services to the amateur radio community? Attend our meetings and become a member, or renew your membership, if you haven't already. Dues are $20 per year for the primary member. Up to three additional family members living in the same household can join for just $10 each per year. The money goes toward education, club repeaters, and insurance. A big thanks to the members that have gone above and beyond in that respect, as well. Thanks for remaining...or becoming a part of the Jay County Amateur Radio Club (JCARC).

Contributors:

Website design and editing: Gil Davis - KT9OUT

There are so many that do so much, not only for this website, but for 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. Any suggestions and/or interesting links and videos are always welcome, as well as any mistakes or omissions being brought to my attention. A huge thanks goes out to Dave Wood (KB8SCR and local VHF/UHF/Digital guru) and Jeff Landers (the devoted JCARC net controller W9JKL and repeater guru) for making their repeaters available to the club. In addition, kudos to Dave Lewis (KD8AZO) for running EchoLink on the KB9SCR repeater, though at the moment he's running it on the 145.25- (PL 107.2) repeater in Coldwater, Ohio. 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! Finally, a huge thanks to all of our members who make themselves available for our events and emergency communications.

Sponsors:

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.

Note from Gil: If you'd like to contribute to help out our cause, PayPal seems to work the best. One of my personal email accounts is already set up to receive transfers: gdavis1954@gmail.com and a separate note mentioning you've sent a donation. I'll make sure the club gets it. Please limit your donations through this account to $100 or less.

A special thanks to PG Jellison for his contributions to the club and media mentions of this site and our club events on {WPGW, 100.9 FM and 1440 AM} in Portland, Indiana.