Welcome to the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club – W9MQB

We operate in south central Wisconsin to provide supplementary communications in times of emergency and to lend support to all Hams as they enjoy and develop the hobby.
Hams from Jefferson, Rock and Walworth Counties volunteer their talents and equipment to serve other agencies and the public to provide reliable communications for local emergencies, assist the National Weather Service during times of severe weather, as well as the Tour de Fort Bicycle Ride, Jefferson County Literacy Council Bike Ride, and Great Midwest Relay Race.

TCARC maintains a VHF repeater on 145.49 MHz, negative offset, with a CTCSS tone of 123.0.

Want to talk with about about joining into one of the area events, or just have a question? Email us at TCARC (at) W9MQB (dot) org and we’ll get right back to you.


HAMFEST 2024 IS COMING IN 21 DAYS!

TCARC sponsors an annual spring swap meet for amateur operators, computer enthusiasts, and the resourceful public at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Wisconsin. The Swapfest is an area tradition, bringing people from Illinois, Central, and South-Eastern Wisconsin.

Join us for Ham Fest 2024 on Sunday, March 17, 2024, from 8 AM through Noon.

Click here for the Fest Flyer or go to our live SwapFest page to buy discounted tickets, order tables to sell your stuff, or search to see what everyone is bringing! Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door, with 111 tables of everything imaginable.


TRI-COUNTY NEWS AND UPDATES

  • It’s SwapFest time!
    Quick Links for this story: So, what is a SwapFest? You might be new to Amateur Radio, so let me introduce you to the idea of a SwapFest. Most are short, half-day events, but some national events (such as the Dayton HamVention) can last for several days.…
  • Madison Area Repeater Association 2024 Hamfest
    The Madison Area Repeater Association 2024 Hamfest will be on April13th and features vendors of new and used equipment for Amateur Radio, Electronics, Computers, computer parts and software. Come their huge Flea Market in the Mandt Community Center’s spacious 26,000 sq ft main hall. VE testing starts…
  • FREE Club table
    As a Club, we know that this is a difficult time for many ham clubs. The costs of running a swapfest or repeater increase every year but the funds we have to work with don’t. It’s hard to keep current members, as many move to new digs…
  • Rescheduled Jan 2024 meeting
    Our rescheduled January 2024 meeting of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 6:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). Given the snow…
  • JAN 9, 2024, MEETING RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW
    Isn’t Wisconsin good at helping us stay flexible and open to change? By dumping snow on us when we least expect it? Yeah, sorry, that’s all the optimism you’ll get from me until the driveway is cleared! Yes, it’s rare to hear to hear me tell you…
  • How do I vote for the changes?
    There have been a number of questions about the upcoming changes to the Club constitution, so I wanted to answer some of those questions. What are we changing? To read what we approved for consideration, the changes are listed here and a ballot form is included. For…
  • January 2024 Club Meeting
    The next meeting for the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2023 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room (downstairs) at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). For those of you who…
  • 2023 Christmas Party
    Forget the agendas and Zoom credentials: next week is the TCARC Christmas Party, and we’re all about cookies, chips, pizza, and snacks! We’ll be meeting in the Community Room (downstairs) starting at 6:30 at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson…
  • Constitutional Changes
    At our last Club meeting, we tackled some long-overdue updates to the TCARC Constitution and By-Laws, which were last changed in April of 1985. The dawn of 1985 opened in the era before email, websites, packet, APRS, AREDN, National Incident Management System (NIMS), ICS-213, heck, even before…
  • November 2023 Meeting
    The next meeting for the TCARC will be Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Dwight Foster Public Library, located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson (map and directions). For those of you who can’t make the meeting in…

NETS

The “Frequency of Knowledge” Net is held every Monday evening at 8:00pm. This net is open to all amateur operators. 

On Wednesday evenings the Jefferson County ARES/RACES Net is held at 8:00pm. All amateur operators are encouraged to participate in this net.

2 Meter AM gatherings at 8:00PM on most evenings – except on Fridays. If you have either new equipment or vintage equipment capable of AM look for us on 144.144Mhz around 8:00PM.


Club Meetings On The Air

Club meetings are held monthly (except June, July, August) on the second Tuesday of the month. 2023 dates include: Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, and Dec 12.

Due to Covid restrictions, we’ve movced our meetings from the Fort Atkinson Police Department to the the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave, in Fort Atkinson at 6:30 p.m. We may also hold meetings on the W9MQB repeater and via Zoom. Check in and join into the fun!

Check the News Feed above for updates if our in-person meetings are cancelled.

The public is always welcome. Yearly dues are $10 per person or $15 per family. Download a membership form or pay online here.