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.


Tri-County Ham Fest

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 2023 on Sunday, March 19, 2023, from 8 AM through Noon.


  • Mar 5th — Note Date — HamFest 2022 Follow-up Club Meeting
    Our next Tri-County ARC meeting has been rescheduled, now taking place on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6:30 PM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave, in Fort Atkinson. We’ll be meeting in the upstairs conference room and on Zoom (Meeting ID: 498 306 5761, Passcode:…
  • Dennis Karksi estate (W9CWI)
    At this Fest on Sunday, the friends and family of Dennis Karksi (W9CWI) will have a table at Sunday’s HamFest 2022 to try to find new homes for the gear that Dennis owned when he passed. The family has been struggling with Dennis’ large quantity of stuff…
  • HamFest 2022 is mere hours away!!
    As I write this, HamFest 2022 is only 43 hours away! Are you as excited as I am to be able to actually get my hands on stuff I could only look at online for most of the past TWO years?!?! One new feature the club’s website…
  • SwapFest Software
    We’ve had a lot of questions about the new SwapFest software we’re running this year, so I thought I’d crawl behind-the-scenes for a moment and give some background, and credit. The largest portion of the programs that run the website (and, later, the day-of-event tools at the…
  • March TCARC Club Meeting – Mar 8 at 6:30 PM
    Our experiment with the earlier start time last month worked very well, so we’re going to continue the new 6:30 PM start time for the rest of the year. The meeting location will again be in the upstairs meeting room at the Dwight Foster Public Library in…
  • 2022 MARA HamFest
    I got into a conversation yesterday with another ham about the status of some of the other ham swap fests in the area. One he was wondering about was the MARA (Madison Area Repeater Association) swap fest usually held mid-April in Stoughton. I had heard through the…
  • Online HamFest 2022 Ordering is Live!
    We hams have always been known for using and developing some of the coolest gear in the universe and we think the new web site fits right into that category! The new SwapFest software we’re using this year let’s you check out the Fest long before you…
  • HamFest 2022 date change
    So, have you ever heard the phrase “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry?” The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club is living out that old adage out right now. In the process of preparing for the upcoming HamFest 2022, we learned that the event space…
  • February TCARC Club Meeting – Feb 8 6:30 PM
    Hello all! We have a lot to discuss this week so in order to get it done before closing time for the library at 8PM we will be starting the meeting at 6:30PM. Location is the upstairs meeting room at the Fort Atkinson Library. Directions are here.…
  • WARAC Mid-Winter Swapfest ends
    I’m sure most of you have heard the news about the end of the WARC Mid-Winter Swapfest. Here’s the information from https://warac.org/swap/index.htm: The West Allis Radio Amateur Club is, unfortunately, cancelling the Mid-Winter Swapfest event. The 2021 Swapfest cancellation was due to the COVID. Beginning for year…


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. 2022 dates include: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, and Dec 13.

Due to Covid restrictions, our monthly meetings are now held at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave, in Fort Atkinson at 6:30 p.m. Due to Convid-19 restrictions, we may also hold meetings on the W9MQB repeater and via Zoom. Check in and join into the fun!

Check the New 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.