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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warns against illegal usage

Jan 18th, 2021 | By | Category: Chatter

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned against using radio services to “facilitate criminal acts,” ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration this Wednesday. The warning, issued from FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, followed reports that some people were using radio services as an alternative to social media sites in order to communicate and coordinate activities. “The Bureau recognizes […]



November Virtual Meeting to Feature Testing Equipment

Oct 21st, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

Mike Waldron to present and discuss testing equipment in November 24th’s virtual meeting.  This talk could lead to some great stocking stuffer ideas! Please contact Tom Weaver, WØFN –> Tom.WØFN@gmail.com to get a Zoom Meeting Link/invite for our monthly meetings (4th Tuesday of the month @ 7PM).  NOTE: The meeting link will remain the same as […]



A COVID-19 Swap Meet Can Still Work

Oct 6th, 2020 | By | Category: Alerts

A nice crowd was attracted to a DMRAA Swap Meet Saturday the 5th of October.  A little light rain couldn’t dampen the gathering.  Approximately 25 amateur radio operators attended. Several folks had items to sell and a good time was had by all.  Hopefully the success of this small event will encourage the DMRAA board […]



IASPOTA Iowa State Parks on the Air

Sep 1st, 2020 | By | Category: Alerts

As you may know, to date there have been 1021 contacts made and 41 Iowa State Parks activated. I want to thank all of you who have made this possible. It is been a tremendous effort. And it is an outstanding accomplishment for the amateur radio community of Iowa.   Someone asked which Parks still […]



September 22nd Meeting all About Solar Energy

Aug 31st, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

John Forbes has agreed to present his solar energy project at the September meeting. John Forbes is a pharmacist who operates a Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale. When he planned the new building he now occupies, he specifically planned to install rooftop solar panels to supply all of the electricity. He has kept daily records of […]



Living History Farms Road O Cross Race Cancelled

Aug 30th, 2020 | By | Category: Area Events

We have just received word that the Living History Farms Road O Cross Race has been cancelled due COVID-19 concerns.  This means that Polk County had not been able to assist in any public service events in 2020.  While disappointed we look forward to a more normal year in 2021.  Thanks to all of you […]



August 25th Meeting to feature Fort Des Moines Station Progress

Aug 24th, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

August 25th, 2020   Our August meeting, on the 25th, will feature an update on the progress on the station at Fort Des Moines along with ample time for questions and opinions. The program will be delivered by Dennis O’Brien, Tom Weaver, and Bob Johnson. Tom Weaver WØFN is inviting you to the DMRAA Monthly […]



Future DMRAA Meetings will be with Zoom

Aug 24th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter

The Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association is inviting you to the monthly club (Zoom) meetings: Contact Patrick, KD9BBA patrmci@gmail.com to get an invite with sign-in information.  Thanks!!  



August 25th Meeting to Feature Fort Des Moines Museum Update

Jul 29th, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

  Our August meeting, on the 25th, will feature an update on the progress on the station at Fort Des Moines along with ample time for questions and opinions. The program will be delivered by Dennis O’Brien, Tom Weaver, and Bob Johnson. Zoom login details will be posted at DMRAA.com   7:00PM  



July Virtual Meeting will Feature Presentation on Frequency Allocations

Jul 5th, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

Join us at 7:00 PM July 28th for a virtual presentation from John Halbrook KCØRAM on Frequency allocations.  John will explain band plans both with-in the amateur bands as well as other use allocations.  The meeting will be done using the Zoom virtual meeting software.  More information will be posted closer to the 28th. Zoom […]