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SWIARA Swap Meet, June 10th, 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

SWIARA Swap Meet HAMFEST/CONVENTION 06/10/2017Start Date: 06/10/2017 End Date: 06/10/2017 Location: Creston Early Childhood Development Gym 901 North Elm Street Creston, IA 50801 Website: http://www.swiara.com/ Sponsor: South West Iowa Amateur Radio Association Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.79Ø -offset (PL 136.5) Public Contact: Doug Welsch , KAØMHJ 517 SW 2nd Street Greenfield, IA 50849 Phone: 641-745-5501 […]



Fight for Air Climb Needs Operators

Mar 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The 2017 edition of the American Lung Associations Fight for Air Climb is in need of additional operators.  Typically this event requiers approximately 35 operators.  The event which takes place in four downtown Des Moines high rise buildings lasts about six hours.  This is a great way to sharpen your radio skills. When: April 9th […]



2m “Tape Measure” Yagi Building Workshop April 1

Mar 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

If you have been interested in participating in a fox hunt but you don’t have a directional antenna, we have the perfect opportunity for you!   Clint Miller KCØJUO and Paul Cowley KB7VML with the Story County Amateur Radio Club are hosting a 2-meter “Tape Measure” Yagi Building Workshop April 1st in Ames. We will […]



Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network Presentation April 25th

Mar 12th, 2017 | By | Category: DMRAA Events

Join us April 25th for a presentation of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network Presented by Matt Chenoweth, KEØIAT the AREDN is timely given the various needs presented by some of our served agencies. Waveland Room, 7:00PM April 25, 2017 Plymouth Congregational Church, 42nd and Ingersoll. What is an AREDN™ Network? An Amateur Radio Emergency Data […]



2017 DMRAA Hamfest April 22nd

Mar 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Alerts

The 2017 version of the DMRAA Hamfest will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Elwell Family Center located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  There will be a lot to do at this year’s Hamfest.  First, several vendors are on tap to help you get your radio gear […]



Great Attendance at Annual Spotter Talk

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Alerts

The DMRAA annual NWS Spotter talk was very well attended.  Most were local Hams but we also saw several non-hams attending as well.  Our thanks to Roger Vachalek KCØWFU, Senior Forecaster with the Des Moines Nation Weather Service for a great training.



ARES Signup system is up and running

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Good news, we have managed to repair the on-line signup for 2017 Polk County ARES events.  This system allows you to quickly add your name and information to any or all events.  Not so good news is that the system was down for a few weeks before we discovered the issue.  If you had signed […]



ICS-300 ICS-400 classes to be offered on weekends in Des Moines

Feb 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The Polk County Emergency Management Agency is proud to team up with the Safeguard Iowa Partnership to offer two high-demand training opportunities centered around the Incident Command System (ICS).  We heard from our partners that they needed offerings during non-traditional work hours for volunteers and off-shift personnel to attend.  The upcoming ICS 300 and 400 […]



2017 Winter RF Fest, February 25th, 2017

Feb 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Archive, Chatter

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club presents the 2017 Winter RF Fest. The 9th annual Winter RF FEST will be held at the Perry National Guard Armory 2920 Willis Avenue, Perry, IA. Date February 25 8:00 until noon.   There will be seminars including ARRL.  And at least one other seminar. VE testing will be held. QSL […]



National Weather Service Anounces Spotter Training Dates

Feb 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The National Weather Service, Des Moines Forecast Office has announced the Spotter Training dates and locations for 2017.  These trainings provide valuable  education and support to all residents in the local 51 counties served by the Des Moines NWS.  These classes are particularly helpful to the Amateur Radio community in providing the Weather Service with […]