Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club

Dedicated to promoting ham radio in St. Lawrence County

January 26th 2015

  VE Sessions on the second Tuesday every month,- (check the exams page)

(Check out our 440 Repeater on 442.025+ 151.4 tone)


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Officers for 2015

President/Newsletter Editor
Kerry Bickford, WA2NAN
76 County Route 27 Extension
Oswegatchie, NY 13670
Telephone: (315)848-3653
Packet: 145.63 (FINE)

Bill Papineau, KA2MHZ

David Jackson Sr., KB2HPR
PO. Box 227, 8 Second St.
Edwards, N.Y. 13635

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OVARC Site Links:

Club Roster

Repeater News



Tower Project

Other NNY Radio Clubs/Groups:

Black River Valley ARC

Jefferson County Radio Amateur Club

Thousand Islands Repeater Club

ARRL Related Sites:

 American Radio Relay League

Atlantic Division Homepage

FCC & Amateur Radio


 St. Lawrence County ARES

St. Lawrence County RACES

National RACES Resource Page

Other Ham Radio Links of Interest:

FCC Homepage

County Hunters' Web Page

QRZ Homepage

North Jersey DX Association

AC6V's Web Site

eHam.net Web Site

Anderson Powerpole

Powerpole Assembly










Don't forget the OVARC two meter net Thursdays at 7:30 pm. on the 147.135 repeater.

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The 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 amateur.

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 $15 per calendar year. Memberships entered after the May meeting are $8 per year and family memberships are available for $18 per year, $10 after the May meeting, for immediate families containing more than one licensed ham radio operator living at the same address.

Membership payments and inquiries should be made to the secretary. Checks should be made out to the "Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club." General club correspondence should be directed to the OVARC president.

Material to be included on the web site can be submitted to the Webmaster at any time.  Any material found on this site may be reprinted but please credit the Oswegatchie Valley Amateur Radio Club, the original author, and the original publication.

OVARC sponsors a repeater on 147.135+ which is located on the Ridge Road in the town of Fine, New York. This machine 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. Also located at the repeater site is the FINE packet node. This integral part of the amateur north country digital network is on 145.63 MHz and is currently linked to nodes in Ogdensburg, and Copenhagen. In late March of this year a Echolink node was added to the repeater.  It can be accessed by using node # 823942 or WA2NAN-R, give it a try.

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 the president.

In addition, Kerry Bickford, WA2NAN, OVARC President, is St. Lawrence County Radio Officer for RACES, and the ARES EC. 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 United States 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 amateur spirit.

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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