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The Jay County Amateur Radio Club is located in Portland, Indiana, USA and serves the Amateur Radio Community as well as the public interest. Our open repeaters may be used by any licensed amatuer that has privileges to operate on our repeater frequencies (see below) and are available for Emergency Communications in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. Emergency events always take precedence over personal use so during those times, we must ask that you keep the repeaters clear of personal communications.

It's a new year, and club memberships are due for renewal once again. Just remember, your money goes toward care and feeding of our repeaters, liability insurance for our events, and even helps pay for educational supplies. Please join or renew at our next club meeting, details of which can be found on the Activities Page.

Site News can now be found by <clicking on this link>.

Please like our Facebook page (the link is also at the bottom of this page) if you're a ham, budding ham, or just ham-curious. 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. 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.


Any licensed amateur can join our Net on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday (fifth, if it applies) of each month (3rd Tuesday: Club meeting), beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern (Notice: During winter our net starts at 7:00 PM Eastern) using any of the linked repeaters below or EchoLink. For those new to amateur radio, when you see a + or - following the frequency, it indicates either a positive or negative offset. Here are the repeaters:

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

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

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

Our monthly club meeting is 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. Parking and entry to the facility are on the east side of the building. Visitors are welcome.

Want More? Head over to the Activities Page by clicking here.


Website design by Gil Davis - KT9OUT. A huge thanks goes out to Dave Wood (KB8SCR) and Jeff Landers (our 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 (we were finally able to get a laptop to him that actually works!). And let's not forget our club officers (Francis, Jeff, Tom, and PG) who keep this all running smoothly.

Lest we forget, our ham radio community, for without you neither this site nor club would be possible.

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.

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.