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Cabin Fever Fever Reliever  January 25th, 2020

Jan 18th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter, Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

  The second annual Cabin Fever Reliever will be held at the Saylorville Event Center 3081 NW Prairie Lane between Saylorville and Johnston just North of 66th Avenue, Doors open at 7AM Door Prize drawing is at 9AM.  The event ends at 10AM. Admission is free will.  The 9am main door prize will be a […]

Iowa Legislature Working to Allow Black Plates for Ham Radio

Jan 16th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter

Yesterday, January 15th, Representatives Olson, Jones, and Mitchell introduced HF2020 which is a bill to allow amateur radio operators to have Blackout plates.  They are proposing to make the change to the Code section that is specific to radio operator plates, so that is a  good, direct way to make the change.  I am hopeful […]

The Number of Amateur Radio Licenses increased 2.6% in 2019.

Jan 8th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter

At the end of 2019, the U. S. had 775,037 licensed amateur radio licensees.  That was an increase of 2.6% from the previous year.  Iowa had 6,582 licensees, and an increase of 254 from the previous year. Details of the number of amateur radio operators by license type, state, and expiration date may be found at   This […]

Pay Your DMRAA Dues Online

Jan 5th, 2020 | By | Category: DMRAA Events

The DMRAA has just made it easier to pay your club dues.  Just go to and you will see at the the Pay Now icon.  Click on the Pay Now and you will be taken to a PayPal page.  Tell them you are a guest and how many years you are paying.  Click continue and […]

Are You a Doer?

Jan 5th, 2020 | By | Category: Alerts

I ask this question with regards to service within the boundaries of Amateur Radio.  A quick Google search showed: doer, “a person who acts rather than merely talking or thinking”.  I’d like to think that it is the Doers that exemplify Amateur Radio Emergency Service.  These are the folks that give up their time, usually […]

CW Operators’ Club 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 30th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

January 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the CW Operators’ Club (CWops). In our ten years of promoting the use of CW in amateur radio communications, we’ve grown to more than 2,400 members worldwide. To honor our members’ devotion to CW and the efforts of many volunteers toward promoting its use and educating new devotees, we’re […]

HARC RF Fest February 29th 2020

Dec 19th, 2019 | By | Category: Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

February 29, 2020 will be the date of the HARC RF Fest in Perry, IA. Please see the HARC website at for more information.  

Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association’s NI6BB will be on the air Dec. 28

Dec 13th, 2019 | By | Category: DMRAA Events

A few days after Santa bring you that new HF rig, you’ll have a unique opportunity to contact a piece of History.   The Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association’s NI6BB will be on the air Dec. 28, 2019 from 1600 to 2359 UTC to commemorate Iowa statehood in 1846.  Anticipated frequencies will be 7043, 7243. […]

DMRAA Hamfest April 25th, 2020

Dec 12th, 2019 | By | Category: Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

The Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association is pleased to announce the date for the 2020 Hamfest.  April 25th, 2020.  Please note change in location.  Hamfest will be at the Walnut Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 2020 Hamfest Flyer Table Reservations may be made at 2020 Hamfest Flyer 3 2020 Hamfest Flyer 3

Bob Johnson, WØSMS Honored with the Winthrop Mager Award

Dec 10th, 2019 | By | Category: Alerts

Bob Johnson, WØSMS is the 2019 recipient of DMRAA radio operator of the year, the Winthrop Mager Award. Bob was in the DMRAA for many years before deciding to come back and be more active.  Since becoming more active he has taken on many responsibilities.  He has been very active with the DMRAA Education Committee […]