Jay County Amateur Radio Club


Recent 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 (generally only 4 in use at a time). A thanks to Jeff, our master griller and Tony, the assistant griller (as well as making a LOT of contacts), 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.

Recent Event: 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 was around 200. The rain washed out almost all of the thoughts of "tailgating" and we'd like to thank all of the volunteers and vendors, as well as the attendees who managed to brave the storm. We did get a little good weather, so it wasn't all a washout. If everything goes well, we'll have yet another next year on June 20, 2020. Tentatively, our next planning meeting will be held in January, 2020 for the new "East Central Indiana Hamfest" (name pending).

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!

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)
  • 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 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 and gravy and a cup o' joe, 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 by 8:30 am or even 8:15 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 testing 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 if it was planned. 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 as the door is locked during the meeting and we may not hear you knocking.

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 just $20 per year for a single operator, but if you have up to three additional people in your immediate family who live in your home and would like to join or continue to be a member, it's only $10 each per year for each of them. 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).