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Last update: July 18, 2019

Upcoming Events

Sept 13 and 14, 2019

Indiana Military Vehicle Show

We look forward to honoring all veterans, no matter what branch of service, and would be honored to hear from you. Stop by our space at the Jay County Fairgrounds (near the north restrooms) on September 13th and 14th and check out our special events station. Even if you're not a licensed ham, we can get you on the air, or you can just see how it's all done. We will have a talk-in channel going all day, so use our W9JCA repeater (146.21- MHz / 97.4 Hz tone). We're planning a great time, as usual.

Past Event: JCARC at Field Day on the weekend of June 22, 2019

Very successful field day this year with about 24 attendees, many of them volunteers and some were active on some of the 7 total stations that were set up (only 4 in use at a time). A thanks to Jeff, our master griller and Tony, the assistant griller, we had a few fabulous cookouts. Not to mention that there were a number of our fellow hams there. A few brave souls even spent the night. We had a whole new logging setup this year with a LIVE map so we could look at it and instantly see which states had been logged and which ones were still needed. We even logged a contact from Guam that may have been on FT8. You can see a slideshow on our site that you might find fun watching. Our two photographers were Darrell Borders (AA9OM) and Gil Davis (KT9OUT). Here's the link to our Field Day page.

East Central Indiana Ham Tailgate Party

The East Central Ham Tailgate Party was held on June 15, 2019, hosted by the Randolph County Amateur Radio Club at the 4H Club Fairgrounds in Winchester, Indiana. We had LOTS of great door prizes, a lot of winners, and yes, even though it rained, a lot of fellow hams showed up. The attendance for our first mini hamfest...it definitely wasn't a tailgater since they would have been washed away, was about 200. We'd like to thank all of the volunteers and vendors managed to brave the storm, although the weather wasn't too bad for some of the day. If everything goes well, we'll have yet another next year. More on that to be announced.

We'd like to thank the 4H Club for providing food at a GRRRRREAT price for vendors and visitors. A soda, chips, and BBQ pulled pork from 2 pigs that were cooked overnight was featured for only $4.00! That pretty much makes it the cheapest food vendor at one of these events that any of us had seen. And it was SOOOO GOOD!

On July 13, we had a meeting about our next "tailgater." We've decided to make it an entity on its own...The East Central Indiana Hamfest. Our next planning meeting will be held in January with details upcoming

Area EchoLink Nodes

On our website, you'll find a local area EchoLink Node page that lists nodes about 75 miles in any direction of Portland, Indiana. Please feel free to check out our new page {Click Here}. 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 download or print, if you like.

Local P-25 Network

Latest update: It's coming along, folks. Dave (KB8SCR) and Jeff (W9JKL) are STILL hard at it getting things set up for the "new" P-25 network being built up in our area. Go to our page by this link: {Ohio-Indiana P-25 Network}. Our local node number is 9371. There's a nearly one hour video that will give you a lowdown on this not-so-new digital mode that you might find of interest. Our network will not be joining the worldwide net for now and we'll have a single talkgroup dedicated to providing coverage for our area and all compass points within as far as a 150 mile radius, if plans all come together. There are a lot more details and it looks like it will be set up to recognized specific PL tones to determine what happens when you make a call on the system. Looks exciting.

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 and presently pick one up at any of the club meetings. We also have club shirts that can be ordered for around $30 each, more or less, 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. You must be a club member to order.

Over the Air Activities

This page has the latest and greatest from contestcalendar.com to keep you up to date with the latest contest happenings over-the-air. Click on the heading above or CLiCK HERE to visit Contest Calendar on our site.

Greetings from W9JCA.COM!

W9JCA's (JCA=Jay County Amateurs) name comes from the callsign 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). We usually also link to KB8SCR in Fort Recovery, Ohio, about 11 miles east of Portland to give us greater coverage. Latest is that since Jeff (W9JKL) donated the repeater to the club, it'll be known as the 440 - W9JCA Repeater. Let's see if that catches on.

Welcome! Come on in, grab a cuppa joe and sit a while. We're always up for a new visitor or a returning one, not only a ham thing, but we're really in rural, Indiana. There are actually people here who have sing-alongs on their porches, of which just about anyone is invited. There are a lot of things to see and lots of information we like to pass on to our visitors. 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, EchoLink, or our live Facebook stream. Over-the-air frequencies and info are listed below.

We invite you to join us at our regular club meetings and perhaps make new discoveries into a hobby that perhaps your grandfather was familiar, but you thought was passe with the advent of the Internet and cell phones. Not true! Ham radio uses these tools and more to make contacts from around the globe. And you don't have to spend lots of cash to get into the hobby like you once did. 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 meeing. You've got questions, we could have the answer you need.

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 Node 412960, or listen/comment while the net is live on Facebook. If you're not a regular weekly check-in, we can't normally check you in there, but it's fun to listen. For those new to amateur radio, when you see a + or - following a 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. (W9JKL - soon to be W9JCA)

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

EchoLink Node in Portland, Indiana: 412960

Pending EchoLink Node in Fort Recovery, Ohio: 948238

Notes:

  • Nets are generally cancelled during severe weather in order 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 Hartford City repeater to enhance their net and reconnected after 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.

Join us:

We welcome your help in sponsoring our club by becoming a member. Dues are just $20 for a year and up to 3 additional family members living in the same household may also join for just $10 each.

Contributors:

Website design: 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. And suggestions and/or interesting links and videos are always welcome. A huge thanks goes out to Dave Wood (KB8SCR and local VHF/UHF/Digital 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, which is down at the moment. 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!

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.