The Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club is a group of amateur radio operators located in Ashtabula County, Ohio. We dedicate ourselves to all aspects of amateur radio communications, from emergency communications, to social gatherings, to contesting. Our club is open to anyone wanting to learn and participate, regardless of licensing.

The club maintains a repeater which is located in the village of Jefferson, Ohio on a frequency of 146.715 with a PL of 141.3. The repeater can also be reached on Echolink, node N8CT-L.

For more information on the club, events, and becoming a member, take a look at the About page.

Regular Club Events

Thursday Night Net

Everyone is welcome to join us for an informal net on the club repeater K8CY - 146.715 PL 141.3 or Echolink Node N8CT-L every Thursday evening at 8 PM. The repeater is located at the Ashtabula County Court building in downtown Jefferson, OH.

Club Breakfast

We gather for breakfast nearly every Saturday morning at Steak-N-Shake on US Rt 20 in Ashtabula at 10 AM. All are welcome.

Club Monthly Meeting

Club meetings are every third Tuesday of the month in the Harbor Room at A-Tech in Jefferson, Ohio at 7:30 PM.

If A-Tech is closed the day of a scheduled meeting due to weather, or other reason, our meeting will be cancelled as well. We will do our best to notify members here and on Facebook if A-Tech is closed. You can also check local media for school closings.

Latest News

  • Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 23 and 24 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service
    Members of the Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at the Geneva Township Office at 256 North Cedar St., Geneva, Ohio.  Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.  This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

    For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the internet.  Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.  More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated on Field Day in 2017.

    “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect with each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.  Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets and smartphone, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.  That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

    “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Isgur added.  “Hams do this by using a layer in the Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves.  In today’s do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best way for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines and is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communications infrastructure goes down.”

    Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.  There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100.  And with clubs such as the Ashtabula County Amateur Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Ashtabula County.

    For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact Paul D. Andrews (N8NYI) at 440-997-5483 or visit

    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 8:11 AM by Gary Gifford, Jr.
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