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Club Information

The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club serves Jefferson County in Ohio and Brooke and Hancock Counties in West Virginia.

SWARC is affiliated with ARRL, the American Radio Relay League, headquartered in Newington, CT.

Club Meeting Dates and Times:

First Wednesday of each month:

The first SWARC monthly meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year at the Weirton County Road Fire Station, which is located at the intersection of County Road (WV State Route 2) and Avenue "F" (street address of 1500 County Road - map ) in the north end of Weirton, just past the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue.  This meeting consists of the monthly SWARC business meeting, and will also have a program, "show-and-tell," or other activity or activities for the benefit, entertainment, and/or education of club members.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and should last no more than 2 hours.

Third Wednesday of each month:

The second SWARC monthly meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the year at Eat & Park Restaurant, located outside the Fort Steuben Mall, near Wal-Mart ( map ) in Steubenville, Ohio.  Ask the host or hostess at the entrance for directions to the meeting room where SWARC or "the Amateur Radio Club" is meeting for dinner.  Members order and purchase their own meals from the menu starting at about 5:00 PM.  The dinner meeting is informal and usually lasts 2 hours or so.

Repeater Information:

SWARC has its wholly owned and operated 146.34/94 MHz W8CWO VHF (2 meter) repeater sited at the Weirton Medical Center in Hancock County, WV (east of Weirton and not far from the PA state line).  This repeater currently has a Yaesu "System Fusion" analog and digital (C4FM - NOT D-Star) repeater controlled by an ARCOM RC210 controller.  See the repeater information page for further details on the repeater at this site.

SWARC is partnered with the 147.66/06 MHz WD8IIJ VHF (2 meter) repeater and financially assists with the support of this machine.  Monte Pettengill, WD8IIJ, is the owner and operator of this repeater, which is located on the WTOV Channel 9 broadcast tower south of Steubenville, Ohio.  This is the current repeater for club use and all SWARC nets and activities.  See the repeater information page for further details on the repeater at this site.

SWARC also sponsors and assists in the operation and support of the 443.775 (+ 5MHz offset) WD8IIJ UHF (70 cm) repeater located in Wintersville, OH.  Monte Pettengill, WD8IIJ, is also the owner and operator of this UHF machine.  See the repeater information page for further details on the repeater at this site.

BOTH VHF (2 meter) repeaters (146.94- and 147.06+) require a 114.8 Hz PL tone for access.  See the Repeater page for more details.  The 443.775+ UHF (70 cm) repeater has open access and does NOT require any PL tome for access.

Weekly Nets:

NOTE: Since the 146.66/06 MHz W8DIIJ repeater provides the best coverage, all SWARC club and net activities are conducted on that machine!

  • The club holds its weekly information net on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the 147.66/06 repeater.

  • An informal net may be held at 8:00 PM on those Wednesdays when no club meeting is held (normally this means the net will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays and on any fifth Wednesday of the month should there be one in a particular month).  There is no formal net call up, but SWARC members (as well as non-members) are encouraged to meet on the air on these "off" Wednesdays.

  • The SWARC 146.34/94 MHz W8CWO repeater may be used for the above activities in the event that the 147.66/06 MHz WD8IIJ machine is down, otherwise unavailable, or emergency activities warrant the use of both machines simultaneously.

  • Other nets may be in operation and will be announced on the Sunday evening net.

--->>> See the Nets page for further details regarding these nets.

News Programs:

News programs are broadcast on the 147.06+ repeater  twice each week:

  • The internationally known and respected "Amateur Radio Newsline" program is broadcast at 8:00 PM local time, each Friday of every week.  "Amateur Radio Newsline" broadcasts are usually approximately 15-20 minutes in length.

  • The  "RAIN Report" (Radio Amateur Information Network) is broadcast at 8:00 PM local time, each Monday of every week.  "RAIN Report" broadcasts are usually approximately 10-15 minutes in length.

Dues:

SWARC membership requires the payment of annual club dues.  The dues are $24.00 per year (or $12.00 for the final half year for those joining SWARC on July 1st or thereafter).  We are now currently collecting dues for 2017 from all existing and new members.  The $24.00 is payable in cash or check (made out to SWARC) to Greg Day, N8GD, Treasurer, at any meeting or by mail (to N8GD's QTH - address is good on QRZ).  Dues are payable by January 31st of each year, and those members not paid up by March 31st will be dropped from the club roster and no longer considered members.

Club Officers:

President - Ken Gilcrest, AB8KT

Vice President - Monte Pettengill, WD8IIJ
Secretary/Treasurer & Repeater Trustee - Greg Day, N8GD

Club Station:

SWARC has no permanent club station.  However, the local TERA (Tri-county Emergency Radio Association)/RACES Group has established a radio station at the 911 call center/EOC, located at the Jefferson County Air Park, just south of Wintersville, Ohio.  This station is funded by the Jefferson County EMA and is operated by TERA/RACES members, all of whom are SWARC club members.  The station is not officially associated with SWARC, however, but, as mentioned, it is associated with the Jefferson County EMA.

 

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