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Welcome to the Steubenville-Weirton
Amateur Radio Club website.

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SWARC Pass-the Mike Event

SWARC will hold a Parks on the Air (POTA) "Pass-the-Mike" event on February 17th, starting at 11:00 AM, at the Jefferson Lake State Park Horsemen's Area.  All participants will be expected to bring their own lunch and refreshments for the event.  It may be cold that day (it's February!), so check the forecast and dress appropriately (we will most likely have a fire going in the shelter house fireplace to keep warm).  Also, since this a POTA event, you need to be registered with POTA in order to participate.  If you need further information on how to do this, please download/read the following PDF file:

SWARC Pass-the-Mike Event .pdf

If you have trouble accessing the POTA link in the above PDF to create a POTA account, here is the direct link:

https://pota.app/#/

If you have trouble accessing the YouTube "Getting Started (with) Parks on the Air" video link in the above PDF, here is the direct link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odegfaGczAc

Directions to Jefferson State Lake Horsemen's Area:

Below is a link to Google Maps with directions from the center of Richmond, Ohio.  You can get to Richmond by taking US 22 West to the Carrollton/Wintersville Ohio SR 43 exit and turn right at the end of the exit ramp.  After driving about 4 miles northwest on SR 43, you will enter Richmond, Ohio.  From the center of Richmond (at the U.S. Post Office, on your left), drive 2.8 miles north on SR 43 to Township Road 219 and turn right onto that road (there is a sign pointing to Jefferson Lake Park at the entrance to Township 219).  After you get on 219, the entrance to the Horsemen's Area of Jefferson State Lake park is on the left, about 1/2 mile off SR 43, and you will have to wind back among the trees until you see the stone shelter house at the end of the road where we'll be setting up around 10:00 AM and begin operating at 11:00 AM.

Link to Google Maps:

https://www.google.com/maps

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SWARC Dinner Meeting

Please note that the location of the next SWARC Dinner Meeting, on Wednesday, February 21st, 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 on a month-by-month basis at the first Wednesday Business meeting.  A permanent dinner meeting venue will be determined by the membership sometime in early 2024 and posted at a later date.  Dinner Meetings start at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month.

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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.

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

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW STARTING TIME - 9:00 PM - YEAR ROUND!

Please read the following announcement and information for details:

SWARC Simplex Net Announcement.pdf

Simplex Net Purpose.pdf

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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.

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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 for 2024 and is subject to change.  Look for the latest location at the top of this web page or listen for the dinner meeting announcement at 30 minutes past the hour on the WD8IIJ 147.06 repeater on the third Wednesday of the month for the up-to-date dinner meeting location.)

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SWARC Membership Application:

SWARC Membership Application.pdf

 

ARRL VE Exam Sessions:

SWARC ARRL VE Exam Sessions (on Meetings page)

 

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.

 

SKYWARN Links:

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:

 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

 

Current Weather Conditions at N8GD / Wintersville, OH 43953

NWS Watches, Warnings & Advisories

 

Current Weather Conditions & Forecast

 

Current Conditions:

Local Conditions at N8GD
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Current Conditions
via Weather Underground:

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Weather Forecasts:

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Severe Weather - Watches/Warnings:
Jefferson County Ohio

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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.

 

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Questions or comments?

Send an e-mail to Greg Day, N8GD.

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