Welcome to W9JCA.COM -- Home of the
Jay County Amateur Radio Club
Attention: As of Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, the 145.21Mhz repeater in Pennville is currently down. However, the 443.475 repeater is functioning normally. We'll keep you updated.
Changes to our next Club Meeting at the Jay County Sheriff's Office in Portland
Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6 PM, however, since our president and vice-president of the club are not available for this event, it will not be held as a regular meeting. The club treasurer (Tom - KA1UP) and PG (W9RTO) will be holding the meeting at our regular location below.
Our regular meetings are held at the Jay County Sheriff Office's Training Room at 224 W Water St, Portland, IN 47371 unless otherwise an alternate time or location is scheduled. It's located just south of downtown to Water St, then head west about a block and a half. You'll see the building on the north side of the road.
East Central Indiana Hamfest
We had our first after-fest meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2020 and it went well. A new board was elected with Mike Daniels as the president. The date for the 2021 hamfest was also announced for July 31st.
Please click the link below to go to the East Central Indiana Hamfest's official page for details.
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 or from around the world on EchoLink. 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:
W9JCA, Frequency: 145.210- MHz, PL one: 97.4 Hz, Repeater location: Pennville, Indiana.
W9JCA, Frequency: 443.475+ MHz, PL Tone: 100.0 Hz, Repeater location: Portland, Indiana, EchoLink Node: 412960. That EchoLink node temporarily down, but we're using the linked node below). We think Jeff may be on the cusp of getting that back up and running as of August 17, 2020. We'll keep you posted.
Frequency: 442.675+ MHz, PL Tone: 107.2 Hz, Location: Fort Recovery, Ohio (KB8SCR), EchoLink Node: 948238 (KB8SCR)
Listen to live streaming on YouTube during the net by clicking here.
Nets are generally cancelled or postponed during severe weather to protect radio equipment or to conduct emergency weather spotting.
The Portland repeater's remote link to Pennville is disconnected briefly on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights to establish links with other local repeaters to help enhance other club's nets. It's reconnected as normal after those nets conclude, 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. Because of the Coronavirus "pandemic," get your breakfast items and join us at the bleachers at the fairgrounds to the east a few blocks. Need help finding it, just call out on one of our repeater frequencies, listed below.
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 all 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
Meetings are usually held at the Sheriff's Office Training Room in Portland, or as planned. The latest info appears near the top of this page. 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).
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 our local VHF/UHF/Digital guru, Dave Wood (KB8SCR) as well as the devoted JCARC Tuesday net controller and repeater guru Jeff Landers (W9JKL) for the great job on making the club repeaters work. In addition, kudos to Dave Lewis (KD8AZO) for running EchoLink on the KB9SCR repeater, from Coldwater, Ohio, though it's currently being used for the W9JCA 440 repeater in Portland while Jeff is fixing Echolink on that 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 also the trustee for our W9JCA repeater in Pennville, Indiana. And he activates bunches of national and state parks with the Parks on the Air program! Finally, a huge thanks to all of our members who make themselves available for our events and emergency communications.
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 for ads 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: email@example.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.