Our Affiliations

The purpose of this site is quick access to information that may be needed during an Owen County Indiana emergency.
Bloomington Amateur Radio Club

Our fellow amateurs and neighbors.

Indiana Section ARRL Website
Information for all Indiana Amateur Radio Operators. The INARRL is the web page of the Indiana Section of the ARRL.
American Radio Relay League
The national association for AMATEUR RADIO ...
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty...
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service a protocol created by the FEMA and the FCC...

Owen County Emergency Communications Plan has been updated

2018 Owen County Emergency Communications Plan Word Version

Looking for a few more radio amateurs to assist with the Owen-Putnam State Forest 50/50

The Owen-Putnam State Forest (OPSF) 50/50 has been described as the toughest 50 mile, 50 Kilometer or 14 mile run in Indiana with over a 6500 foot elevation gain over 50 miles. It runs through beautiful and rugged Owen-Putnam State Forest and there will be mud! Last year it was completed during the second worst one day snow total for that date in March!
Over the years amateur radio has played an important role assisting the organizers by relaying runner check ins to the Start Finish line and Aid Stations. Also reporting any Aid Station needs, such as low supplies, runner assistance (injury and/or runner dropping or changing race selection, such as 50 K to 50 M) and any other critical information.
The race creates a sense of camaraderie between runners who face the challenge and the runners appreciate our presence. The participants are among the most positive people with whom I have had the pleasure of being involved. This makes for a great day!
The event will be held Saturday March 23, 2019.
For more information or to sign up contact Jim Baughn K9EOH home phone 812 828 9086, cell phone 812 585 1385 or e-mail k9eoh@arrl.net.

Owen County Amateur Radio Association to meet February 16th

The Owen County Amateur Radio Association will meet February 16th at 09:00 AM in the basement of the Spencer Christian Church, 157 South Montgomery Street Spencer, Indiana. Enter through the south side door.
After the meeting Owen County Emergency Coordinator, Jim Baughn, will discuss emergency communications.
Some members of the club meet at 08:00 AM across the street from the church in Chamber's Restaurant.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend.


Amateur Radio is a challenging high-tech hobby offering service to the community, life-long opportunities for learning and the excitement of communicating with other Amateur Radio operators around the world. Amateur radio operators today can explore many different communications modes, including all the more familiar methods of voice, computer and Morse communication as well as more exotic techniques involving Amateur Radio television, earth-satellite and moonbounce communications.
The Owen County Amateur Radio Association, founded in 1992, is a general interest radio club having over 20 members. Although membership is concentrated in the Owen County area, the club's members also come from many other areas in and around Owen County. While an Amateur Radio license is required for full voting membership in the club, unlicensed individuals are invited to join as associate members. The Owen County Amateur Radio Association is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association of Amateur Radio operators.
MEETINGS are held on the third Saturday of every month at 9 AM at the Spencer Christian Church 157 Montgomery Street. Regular programs of interest to Amateur Radio operators follow short business meetings. Anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio is welcome to attend.
SERVICE ACTIVITIES include public safety communications for the annual Applebutter Festival Parade, the Friend's of McCormick's Creek 5K Run/Walk and other public activities.
The club also supports the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) for the county's Emergency Management Service, American Red Cross and the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
WEEKLY NET Although this is the Owen County ARES net, and is conducted to drill members to prepare for providing emergency communications in natural disasters, any items of interest to radio amateurs whether contesting, dxing, rag chewing, digital communications, HF, VHF, UHF and satellite communications could be discussed. The two meter nets meet at 7:00PM local time on 146.895 MHz the first Wednesday of each month and on 146.985 on all other Wednesdays.
OTHER ACTIVITIES include an annual Field Day emergency communications exercise, annual training in Severe Weather Spotting, a hamfest (an Amateur Radio flea market), maintaining a repeater station serving amateurs in Owen and surrounding counties and conducting Amateur Radio licensing examinations.
For further information, contact any club officer listed below. To email, copy and past the e-mail address in your message. This is to prevent spam generators from grabbing the addresses.

Office Name
e-Mail Address
Call Address Telephone
President Lanny Colgan
KC9OWW 711 Meadow Dr, Spencer, IN 47460 812-508-4004
Vice President Tom Umphress
KD9HND 315 Bush Rd, Spencer, IN 47460 812-829-4092
Treasurer Kathryn Smith
K9INU 8837 Kipling Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46239 317-862-0468
Secretary Ray Dickson
KD9CRU 3534 East State Road 48 Shelburn, IN 47879 812-242-0530
Updated December 27, 2018
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