The Jacksonville Amateur Radio Society is located in Jacksonville, Illinois, serving Morgan and Scott counties and the surrounding area. K9JX is the current call sign of the Jacksonville Amateur Radio Society (JARS). The club was founded in the late 1950s and incorporated in 1958 as the Jacksonville Area Amateur Radio Club (JAARC), and had one of the earlier two-meter repeaters on the air in West Central Illinois. Going through some of the old repeater logs (back when there had to be a control op logging activity) we find the club held the call sign W9TZL. That was the call sign of a founding member that had passed away. Also, back when repeaters were issued "WR" call's the club had WR9ACS on the repeater. In the early 1990's the club decided to change its name to the current name because of a conflict with another local organization with the same acronym. At about the same time the club was issued the call of KB9KCR before obtaining the vanity call of K9JX. It’s a fitting call since the local airport ID is KIJX with the VOR sending IJX in CW!
The JARS has always been involved with ARES, Field Day, Skywarn and many other activities such as covering bike-a-thon’s, relay races, parades and special events. Our club has hosted Hamfest in the past. We have helped local and state organizations in times of need and has close ties with the Red Cross. We have always held a strong sense of community for here and all the towns surrounding Jacksonville and have always been glad to give a helping hand when someone is in need. The largest event with the JARS was the great flood of 1993 that devastated the communities along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. We set up communications to help the Red Cross with their efforts feeding sandbaggers along the Illinois River West of Winchester IL. During that time, we were able to also help with communications between the Illinois National Guard and the local Scott County Sheriff.
Long time officer Tim Childers, K9CQ (formerly KB9FBI), recently became a silent key on 12/27/2019. He helped re-establish the club in the late 90's and set the foundation that we currently are building upon. Without his hard work and dedication we would not have the presence that we do here in Jacksonville. We would also like to acknowledge Al Tabor, N9MAF, for all of his hard work helping with the repeaters and other stuff over the years. Al recently moved to Missouri but does frequently visit the local area.
The JARS currently has two repeaters located in downtown Jacksonville on a high rise building operating on 146.775 MHz - (103.5pl) and 444.675 MHz + (103.5pl). The JARS meets every month on the first Friday, currently at Christ Deaf Lutheran Church on 104 Finley Street, at 7PM. There is also a net on the 2M (146.775) repeater every Saturday night at 9PM. Hope to hear you on the air!