THE BEACON

HISTORY



Written by Herb McAdams, N9XC formerly KB9HM in the spring of 200l.

On October 21, 1974 eight local ham operators met at the home of WB9LCN now KB9HM to organize the WHITE WATER VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB. That night the club was founded. We now have a roster of about 65 members. About 10 years later we built our first repeater on the freq. 147.270 + call sign N9JM. At that time we formed the WHITE WATER VALLEY FM REPEATER ASSOCIATION and incorporated it into the original club. Since then we have enjoyed study participation and growth. In the fall of 1999, THE RICHMOND AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION which had been in Richmond since 1927 decided to disband due to lack of membership. as you know age catches up with all clubs. With out the recruiting of younger members before we know it the older members are all gone, hence goes the club. The Richmond Club had provided communications for the American Red Cross Chapter here in Richmond for many years. One of the few members left in the Richmond Club ask our club to take over the duties at the local Red Cross Chapter, we agreed and took over the Red Cross equipment which included another repeater on 147.180 + call sign KA9QAN. we are now providing that service to our local Red Cross Chapter. In recognition of the other club we renamed our repeater association to incorporate their club name. it is now known as THE WHITE WATER VALLEY/ RICHMOND FM REPEATER ASSOCIATION. In December 1999 we installed a new Kenwood 50 watt repeater. Our antenna is located on the General Telephone Co( Now Verizon ) tower at the 200 ft level. We offer phone patch services, plus excellent coverage to the North-West and South. The East coverage has been some what nulled so as to not interfere with The Washington Court House, Ohio, machine on the same freq.

On November 27, 1998 another group was formed with in the WHITE WATER VALLEY CLUB, all our Charter members have become members of the QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS ASSOCIATION ( QCWA ). As a result of this we have founded the EASTERN INDIANA CHAPTER # 205 OF THE QCWA. On April 25, 2000 we were granted the club call of W9QCW. The members meet once a month for a breakfast meeting in various restaurants here in Richmond. We hold the W.W.V.A.R.C. 2 meter net each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. On the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. we hold the QCWA net, both on the 147.270. Repeater. All check ins are welcome. For additional information on our clubs contact BUSTER WEBB KG9ND at kg9nd@ruraltek.com or STEVE SHANK sshank@arrl.net or JOHN STRAIN jfstrain@aol.com. FOR QCWA information contact HERB MCADAMS kb9hm@globalsite.net or JOHN STRAIN jfstrain@aol.com.

WORDS TO THE WISE! ! ! GET SOME YOUNG BLOOD IN YOUR CLUB TO CARRY THE TORCH WHEN YOU REACH THE AGE WHERE YOU CAN NOT PARTICIPATE. IF NOT SOME DAY THERE WILL NOT BE ANY AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS.











The White Water Valley Amateur Radio Club was founded in 1974 by amateur radio operators for the purpose of promoting the amateur radio hobby.  The club is a focal point of Amateur Radio education, activities, and service to the community.

OUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of the White Water Valley Amateur Club is to provide emergency communications support to the Wayne County communities during a major emergency or disaster and during times of severe weather.

The club provides communication support for other public services on a secondary basis. It also encourages the Amateur Radio Service through education to the general public.

The club's activities range from a weekly radio check-in, to a monthly meeting, to full-scale emergency activity support In between members participate in occasional drills, provide communication support for a number of other community activities participate in the annual Field Day Competition.

TRAINING

Various types of training are offered to the WWVARC members, at least once a year. Training consists of Severe Weather Identification, Severe Weather Reporting to Dayton Skywarn, Net Control Operations, and providing updated information on new laws and requirements for amateur radio operators

ON-AIR ACTIVITIES

The WWVARC operates the 147.27 MHz (+) repeater with the club call N9JM.  All amateurs are welcome to use the repeater.  Each Thursday evening at 7:30 PM local time, the club holds a weekly check-in net.  Net announcements help keep members up to date on upcoming activities. Informal comments also help members to know each other better.  Non-members are welcome to check in to the net as often as they like.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

Please plan to attend our regular scheduled monthly meeting, the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM at the The American Red Cross building, 1417 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana. This is West bound Route US 40, just after it leaves East Main Street. Meetings are open to all with an interest in Amateur Radio, Full membership is limited to licensed amateurs.
 

WWVARC LINKS:
 
Dayton Hamvention
 
United States Ham Call Look-up



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