WNY Amateur Radio Clubs and Traffic Nets


The Amateur Radio Association of the Tonawandas was founded November 6, 1954. The incorporation papers of February 27, 1957, said ARATs was organized to facilitate the exchange of information and general cooperation between members and:

  • To promote radio knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating efficiency.
  • To conduct club programs and activities so as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio.
  • To do any and all things necessary or proper in connection with or incidental to any of the foregoing purposes.
  • The territory in which its operations are to be principally conducted in the western part of the State of New York.

The club has never deviated from its original aims.

The club publishes a well-rounded monthly paper, The Coherer, carrying information on coming meetings, member activities, and vital information.

ARATS has a 2-meter FM repeater (146.955+) under the W2VCI call on the air that is used to contact other local amateurs.

Net: Thursdays at 7:30pm on 146.955- PL 151.4

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In normal times we offer public service communications to regular activities such as the various walk/hike/bike-a-thons that take place in this area every year.  Most of BARRA’s members participate in one or more of these activities each year.  Most recently, BARRA’s members and/or repeaters have been involved with the Roswell Park Tour de Cure and the Empire State Games.

BARRA is involved in emergency-type communications as a public service. Such operations are traditional to amateur radio.  BARRA members and their repeaters have been called upon many times in the past to assist in providing communications following natural disasters and other emergency situations.

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The Niagara Radio Club has been in existence since 1941 providing a vehicle for amateur radio operators to enhance the radio art, involvement to create higher technical standards for amateur radio and just plain old comradeship. We strive to promote education and license enhancement for new coming and existing operators.

We meet first Wednesday of the month except July and August at 7:00PM at:Venture Forthe, Inc. 3900 Packard Rd Niagara Falls, NY 14303.
The Niagara Radio Club conducts VE Exam sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM for license obtaining and upgrading all the way from Technician to Extra Class at Venture Forthe. No appointments necessary. Walk ins are always welcome.

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Lockport Amateur Radio Association. In 1968, Floyd Ziehl, installed a commercial radio frequency repeater at his family’s business a two-way radio shop, Ziehl Electronics.

As the FCC opened up the 2 meter band for Amateur Radio users,
Mr. Ziehl & some friends decided they would convert that Business repeater to a Public Resource. However it first had to be converted from the commercial frequency range to operate on a specific 2 meter amateur band.

The group of friends many of whom were amateur radio operators, had been meeting regularly at the shop after hours, to play cards, etc. decided to tackle this conversion project… a job that was successfully completed over time.

This early “Repeater team” developed quite a rapport with the local “HAM” clubs, and went on to complete a number of other important projects, including the next big task: Converting Commercial & Military Surplus radios to use the repeater, ( 2 meter radios were not readily available in those early days of the band. )

Given that very few 2 meter repeaters existed locally or anywhere at the time, the Ziehl Group were true Pioneers . The only other early repeaters at the time included the VE3RPT unit in Toronto and a group, now known as B.A.R.R.A. which at the time was just being formed with the key objective, being the installation of a 2 Meter repeater.

Net: Sundays at 8pm on 146.820- PL 107.2

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We are one of the largest and most active Amateur Radio clubs in the Western New York area, directly serving Erie and Genesee counties, as well as the Niagara Frontier.

There’s no need to ask yourself if LARC is right for you, or if you are right for LARC. We’re happy to have any and all. Our membership is diverse with an interest in electronics, communications technology, community support, emergency communications, outdoor activities, and, of course, amateur radio.

The Lancaster Amateur Radio Club is a family, with members of all backgrounds. Some of us members find their appetite for the Amateur Radio hobby quenched by LARC member’s involvement in Emergency Management, Radiosport, Community Events, and more. Others are happy to join us for a cup of coffee, to meet friends. What can you bring to LARC, and what can LARC offer to you?

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The Radio Association of Western New York (RAWNY) is celebrating 100 years as a continuously operating Amateur Radio Club. The club actually formed earlier than 1917 as the Radio Association of Buffalo, but in February of 1917, the club changed its name to the Radio Association of Western New York when it was determined that club members were coming to meetings from suburban locations such as Niagara Falls, Dunkirk, Jamestown, and even Erie, Pennsylvania. RAWNY is perhaps the second oldest Amateur Radio club in the United States after the Radio Club of Hartford (Connecticut) which was the earliest predecessor of the American Radio Relay League. RAWNY (W2PE) is proud of the fact that we have had over 95 years of American Radio Relay League affiliation. We are in the Western NY Section of the ARRL‘s Atlantic Division.

Net: Mondays at 7pm on 444.000+

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The South Towns Amateur Radio Society is an Amateur Radio group of approximately 100 members based out of Hamburg, New York, which is located approximately 15 miles south of Buffalo, New York.

Our group is very diverse in its interests, ranging from HF Contesting to VHF/UHF Public Service communications for local events. Highlights of the clubs activities include Field Day emergency communications drill, a weekly HF ‘Net’, the maintenance of a Club Station, Ham Radio Classes, VE Tests Monthly Club Meetings with educational/entertaining programs, and many other activities too numerous to list.

Of particular interest to all Hams, members and non-members alike, is our club’s monthly publication, the Telstar. This world-class newsletter is available on this Web Site every month, and is full of information which we hope will be of use to all Hams, worldwide!

Net: Thursdays at 7:30pm on 146.090+ PL 107.2

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Western New York and Southern Ontario Repeater Council.

There are thousands of ham radio repeater installations on the air across the U.S. and Canada, and in just about every location you can imagine. Some are installed in backyards on short towers, others are located on tall buildings, on water tank towers, shared with area police and fire department towers, and many are installed at commercial broadcast radio and TV station locations using very very high towers. Others are even on top of high mountains that serve a very wide area

A radio repeater re-transmits a radio signal. In telecommunications, a repeater is an electronic device that receives a signal and re-transmits it. Repeaters are used to extend transmissions so that the signal can cover longer distances or be received on the other side of an obstruction.

Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life — doctors, students, kids, politicians, truck drivers, movie stars, missionaries and even your average neighbor next door. They are of all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether through Morse Code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, all hams use radio to reach out to the world.

Repeater Database Listings
The Western New York and Southern Ontario Repeater Council, does not intend to post the WNYSORC Repeater Database on our “web site”. As a non-profit organization, our livelihood depends on the support of our full and associate members.

Repeater listings on the Internet would be unfair to the thousands of hams who, for many years, have unselfishly supported and contributed to WNYSORC. This support provides the necessary funding for our continued efficient operation. Further, posting our repeater lists on the Internet has the potential to reduce future membership revenues, which we need in order to remain solvent.

Thank you for your understanding.



The Western District Net is part of the amateur radio National Traffic System and covers the 13 Western New York Counties. It is a means of sending and/or receiving messages (Emergency, Priority, Welfare, or other) as a free public service in case of an emergency.

We meet daily at 2130 eastern time Tuesday thru Sunday on the 145.39 Mhz repeater which is in Delevan, New York and on Mondays on the Backup Repeater on 146.640 (PL of 141.3) in Whethersfield, New York for the purpose of handling formal written traffic, and training in Traffic Handling. We also check two barra repeaters. 146.91 and 444.000 which also have links to 10 meters on 29.68 and the 220 band on 224.82.

Net: Tuesday-Sunday at 9:30pm on 145.390-, Mondays at 9:30pm on 146.640-

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