The Athens County, Ohio
Amateur Radio Association
The ‘ACARA’  is the oldest and largest of the four  Amateur  radio organizations in Athens County, Ohio.  It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  Ohio scientific and education corporation devoted to the advancement of  wireless telecommunications.  Our members also provide emergency and  public service communications to Athens and surrounding counties.

Newcomers to our hobby are always welcome!   We normally meet monthly September through May on the Third Tuesday evenings.   Times and locations are posted on our  Calendar Page.  We offer licensing classes  each year, and are happy to  provide study guidance at other  times.   Check our members’ links page to see if you might already know one of our members in your community!  The ACARA owns and operates several state-of-the-art communications  systems serving Southeast Ohio.  These include a wide-area VHF ‘repeater’  system operating on 145.15 MHz, which features mobile-telephone, emergency  backup power, and SKYWARN severe weather alerting. We also operate several  wireless digital systems,….known as ‘packet radio’, which support wireless  e-mail, file-transfers, internet connectivity, weather tracking, and other  advanced communications services.‘Ham’ radio is a diverse hobby, and our local members  represent a wide variety of ‘special interest’ groups including emergency communications,  low-power operations, antenna design, long-distance worldwide communications,  contesting, wireless digital, space communications, antique radio restoration,  and many others.

Our Association Officers for 2015-2016 are:

  • President: Eric McFadden (WD8RIF)
  • Vice-President: Drew McDaniel (W8MHV
  • Secretary: Bob Curtis(KD8FRQ)
  • Treasurer: Jim Crouse (KC8OVB)
  • Newsletter: Andy Young(KD8WVX)
  • Repeater Trustee: Eric McFadden (WD8RIF)
  • Digital Systems/UHF Trustee/Webmaster: Jeff Slattery (N8SUZ)

If you have questions regarding Ham Radio, or would like  to obtain an FCC Amateur Radio License, please feel free to contact any  of our officers or members.