Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club (OVARC) is
primarily made up of members in southern St. Lawrence County, although the
roster does include members in Jefferson and Lewis Counties and some from
out of New York State. OVARC is dedicated to promoting ham radio in
St. Lawrence County New York. Membership in this organization is open to
anyone interested in ham radio, whether or not a currently licensed radio
The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month,
September through June, with meetings starting at 7 PM. These meetings are
held at the Edwards Fire Station in Edwards, N.Y. Formed in 1978, the
roster has stood at about 30-35 members for the past several years.
Membership dues are $25 per calendar year. Memberships
entered after the May meeting are $12.50 per year for the remainder of the
year and expire on December 31st.,
Membership covers licensed ham radio operators living at the same address.
Dues should be sent to the club secretary. (Go to
www.ovarc.us for the
address) and checks should be made out to the "Oswegatchie Valley
Amateur Radio Club" or O.V.A.R. C. Meeting attendance is
not necessary for membership but all are welcome to attend. Anyone
who is not a licensed Amateur Radio Operator is welcome to become a member
and attend meetings but will not have a voice in club activities or
decisions. Meeting are held the second Tuesday of the month at the
Edwards Fire Department, 115 New Street, Edwards, N.Y. Meeting time
is 7:00 PM. There are no meeting in July and August.
Membership payments and inquiries should be made to the
secretary. General club correspondence should be directed to the OVARC
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OVARC sponsors a vhf repeater on 147.135+ with a 151.4 pl-tone
and a digital DMR repeater on 442,175 Mhz. Both repeaters are located on
the Ridge Road in the town of Fine, New York. Both machines covers most of St.
Lawrence County and much of northern Jefferson and Lewis Counties, although
several stations frequently use the repeater from Rochester, Syracuse, Tupper
Lake and well into Ontario. A net, the Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club
Net, is conducted on this repeater each Thursday evening starting at 7:30. In late March
2013 a Echolink node was added to the
repeater. It can be accessed by using node # 823942 or WA2NAN-R, it is
active 24/7 give it a
The Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club is affiliated with
the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
and over one-half of the OVARC membership roster are ARRL members.
For more information on OVARC, please direct a message to
In addition, Kerry Bickford, WA2NAN, OVARC President, is
St. Lawrence County Radio Officer for RACES, the ARES EC and ARRL DEC for
St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Anyone wanting
any information on RACES or ARES can contact him.
The Amateur's Code
The Radio Amateur is
CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to
lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other
amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which
Amateur Radio in the
is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built
and efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly
advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and
consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the
BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties
owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to
country and community.
--The original Amateur's Code was
written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.
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