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Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club (SWARC)

Welcome to the Steubenville-Weirton
Amateur Radio Club website.


Dinner Meeting

Please note that the location of the SWARC Dinner Meetings, through the end of 2023, will be at Zalenski's Restaurant in the west end of Wintersville, Ohio, at the intersection of Springdale Avenue and CR-22A (Cadiz Road), next to Indian Creek High School.  Dinner Meeting locations for 2024 will be determined and posted at a later date.  Dinner Meetings start at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month.


Winter Field Day at WA3C's Contest Station January 27-28

SWARC members are being invited by Mike, WA3C, to participate in Winter Field Day at his contest station in Adena, Ohio (south of Hopedale, between Hopedale and Smithfield) on January 27th and 28th.  A few of SWARC's members participated in Winter FD at his QTH last year and were shown a great time operating his excellent station.  Hope to see you there!


SWARC Is Serving Local Boy Scouts (BSA)

The Boy Scouts and the ARRL have worked together since establishing the Wireless Merit Badge in 1918 now called the Radio Merit Badge. Also in 2011 the Boy Scouts of America and the ARRL signed a memorandum of understanding how the two will work together. 


Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually on the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operatorís ham shack. However, this isn't a contest but rather to give Scouts a Ham Radio experience. In 2023, Troop 3 Steubenville visited one of members contest station (WA3C) and made 101 contacts including 12 countries. 

NOTE: Any Scouts or Troops that are interested in the Radio Merit Badge, Jamboree on the Air, or just to visit an amateur radio station can contact SWARC as we have a few members that are Radio Merit Badge Counselors. Also, any Scouts or Troops that are interested in the Radio Merit Badge class can contact SWARC for details on such a class.


"Tape Measure Yagi" Antenna

(A great project for any of our SWARC "Fox Hunt" events)

Download the presentation and instructions from this link:

Tape Measure Yagi.pdf


SWARC is Sponsoring a Simplex Net Every Saturday Evening of Every Week at 9:00 PM on 146.535 MHz!


Please read the following announcement and information for details:

SWARC Simplex Net Announcement.pdf

Simplex Net Purpose.pdf


Please note that all SWARC in-person Business Meetings will be held at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Main Library in downtown Steubenville, located at the intersection of South 4th and Slack Streets.  All business meetings start at 6:00 PM!

Also note that SWARC will hold an ARRL VE Amateur Radio license test session prior to the first business meeting of each quarter (first Wednesday of January, April, July, and October) starting at 4:30 PM, prior to the regular business meeting.


Dinner Meetings are held at the Zalenski's Restaurant at the corner of Cadiz Road and Springdale Avenue at the west end of Wintersville starting at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month! (This is a trial location change for September 20th and October 18th only)



SWARC Membership Application:

Listed on "Information" page under "Dues:"

Direct link to .pdf download:

SWARC Membership Application.pdf


ARRL VE Exam Sessions:

SWARC ARRL VE Exam Sessions (on Meetings page)

Listed under: "First Wednesday of each month"


Packet Radio:

Check out the Packet Radio page for more information on this reliable and robust digital/data mode!

Software Modem Download:  UZ7HO Soundmodem.zip


SWARC Groups.io: See the Groups.io: (OVHAMS/SWARC) page for information on accessing the two local posting groups.



Pittsburgh SKYWARN Page

Pittsburgh SKYWARN Application Form (to become a member of Pittsburgh SKYWARN)

Print Your SKYWARN Certificate, PGH SKYWARN Class Schedule, & PGH SKYWARN Spotters Page



 EchoLink is available on the WD8IIJ 147.06+ Repeater via the N8GD-R EchoLink Repeater Link.  See the following document for information:

N8GD-R EchoLink.pdf


Other files of interest:

Previous SWARC Business Meeting Minutes.pdf

SWARC Sunday Night Net Script.pdf

New SWARC Logos (to download):






Current Weather Conditions at N8GD / Wintersville, OH 43953

NWS Watches, Warnings & Advisories


Current Weather Conditions & Forecast


Current Conditions:

Local Conditions at N8GD
Current National Radar


Current Conditions
via Weather Underground:



Weather Forecasts:

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| Local Weather Underground Forecast



Severe Weather - Watches/Warnings:
Jefferson County Ohio

Brooke County West Virginia

Hancock County West Virginia

Watches & Warnings Map


Times, information, & guidelines for SWARC's weekly nets on the W8CWO repeater
(click here for information on weekly nets)

The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club (SWARC) is an ARRL-affiliated club dedicated to Amateur Radio in the Ohio Valley.


Ham Radio Links:

eHam.net: Ham Radio on the Net
QRZ.com: The Ham Radio SuperSite
FCC Universal Licensing System
ARRL: Amateur Radio Relay League
QST, ARRL's Monthly Membership Journal
CQ Magazine
Dayton (Xenia) Hamvention

National Weather Service  Weather Underground  The Weather Channel
Weather data/radar provided by the National Weather Service, Weather Underground, and The Weather Channel.


Questions or comments?

Send an e-mail to Greg Day, N8GD.

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