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
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.
For the past several years, the club has published a monthly
newsletter. Since most members are on-line, links are being added to
our web site so that information normally contained in the newsletter can
be accessed through our web site. Members not on-line will still be
mailed these bulletins.
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
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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
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, 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
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.