Our Affiliations

Bloomington Amateur Radio Club

Our fellow amateurs and neighbors who co-sponsor the Owen-Monroe Amateur Radio Hamfest.

Central Indiana's HT connection. Linked voice repeater network and a member of the aprs2 network.
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...

NCS Schedule Updated August 18, 2015

Events Listing Updated March 6, 2015

2013 Owen County Emergency Communications Plans Available updated January 13, 2014

2014 Owen County Emergency Communications PDF Version
2014 Owen County Emergency Communications Windows Word Version

Contact any club officer (listed below) for further information about our club and upcoming training sessions.

There will be no September meeting, however join us in lots of September activities

September 12 at 9:00 AM: Meeting of radio amateurs participating in the Spencer Applebutter Festival. Planning for set up of the booth and parade float. Spencer Burger King.

September 12 at 11:00 AM: Set up equipment for Parks on the Air. Contest runs from 12:00 Noon to 18:00 Local Time. Primary operating frequencies will be 7.290 and 3.920 MHz : Near Nature Center McCormick's Creek Park

September 12 at 12:00 AM: Begin assisting Friends of McCormick's Creek with BBQ and Blues parking : Near Nature Center McCormick's Creek Park.

September 17 at 18:30 : Quarterly meeting of ARES/RACES members. All interested amateurs are invited to attend. Owen County EMA office 129 S. Washington Street, Spencer.

September 18 at 18:00 : Begin set up for Applebutter booth : Corner of Main and Market.

September 19 at 12:00 : Begin decoration of Owen County Amateur Radio Association float : South East Street across from Fairgrounds.

September 19 at 13:00 : Provide communications for Marshals working the Applebutter parade : Cooper Park.

September 20 Applebutter Festival continues. Remove the booth and equipment in the afternoon. : Corner of Main and Market.

September 27 at 13:30 : Provide communications for Mag 7 Trail Race : Near the Nature Center McCormick's Creek Park.


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. However, membership in the ARRL is not a requirement for membership in the club.
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 training for sever weather recognition and reporting to the Indianapolis National Weather Service using amateur radio communications.
The club also supports the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) for the county's Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross and the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
A WEEKLY NET is conducted held for the purpose of handling traffic, bulletins and information of interest to local amateur radio operators as well as training members to prepare for providing emergency communications in natural disasters. 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 Paul McElwain
KC9YAX 5395 Patricksburg Rd, Spencer, IN 47460 812-828-9371
Vice President Tom Gwaltney
N9PDC 196 Deer Run Drive, Spencer, IN 47460 812-829-0252
Treasurer Kathryn Smith
K9INU 2961 Mangus Road, Poland 47868 812-829-2140
Publicity, Secretary, Webmaster Jim Baughn
K9EOH 4300 Lennox Road, Poland 47868 812-828-9086
Updated March 11, 2015
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