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National Weather Service Open House Well Attended

Sep 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Nice crowd enjoys the NWS Open House today.  Polk County ARES was an active participant, demonstrating Amateur Radio and answering may spotter related questions.  A steady stream of visitors visited the event which ran from 10am to 3pm,  Tours of the facility were popular and well as many in depth discussions with the many meteorologists […]



Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) October 21st

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

WØSCI, the Radio Scouting club of Central Iowa, is pleased to announce the sixtieth Jamboree On The Air will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 AM until 4 PM at the Maytag Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, Iowa. Jamboree On The Air is an annual scouting event and the largest […]



Listen to the Hurricane Irma Net on 146.985

Sep 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The DMRAA will link the 146.985- repeater at Veteran’s Hospital to the Hurricane Irma net.  This will only be a receive net.  We would love to hear your comments good or bad about this temporary link.  Many thanks to Scott, K1SLR for the link support.  



Operation Stable Mercury Provides Opportunity to test many forms of Emergency Communications.

Sep 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Alerts

Operation Stable Mercury was held September 7th and 8th at Camp Dodge in Johnston Iowa.  This event has been offered on a yearly basis for several years.  With a goal of bringing communication assets from across the community and state, it offers an opportunity for various entities to test and stress their radio equipment and […]



National Weather Service Open House Saturday September 16th

Sep 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

If you are a weather fanatic or just interested in finding out more about National Weather Service operations…please come join us. The open house will include a look inside the office to check out the operations area. Stations to ask questions and see demonstrations by our Meteorologists. Many weather related displays will be available, as […]



Rover in Des Moines for 9-10 September VHF Contest

Aug 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

My team and I will be operating “rover” in the 9-10 September VHF Contest.  We are starting at the SW corner of Des Moines – just off highway 35 – and heading to the 4 grid corner about 45 minutes to your southwest.  We will be in your area from 1 PM to 1:30 PM […]



Story County ARES needs operators for the GAAR Race September 10th

Aug 29th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The Great Ames Adventure Race (GAAR) will be held Sunday morning, September 10th at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in north Ames.  Individuals or teams up to four will compete on a course consisting of a three-mile canoe race, followed by a 15-mile bike ride and finishing with a 5K run.  See www.greatamesadventurerace.org for more information. […]



DMR Digital is still exciting in Iowa

Aug 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is continuing to gain momentum around Iowa.  Last count shows well over 425 hams registered in Iowa.  The weekly 3119 statewide net had 86 check-ins this Sunday night.  The new TYT dual-band mobile is starting to hit Iowa.  Many folks now know what a “codeplug” is!  The new radios for the […]



September 26th Meeting is all about DMR

Aug 27th, 2017 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

Join us for an update to DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) in Des Moines and Iowa.  Since the DMR repeater became operational in April there has been a tremendous amount of DMR activity.  This presentation is intended to bring local users up to date on all things digital.  Feel free top bring your radios to be […]



November meeting, DMRAA ChiliFeed Auction November 21st

Aug 25th, 2017 | By | Category: DMRAA Events

The annual DMRAA ChiliFeed and Auction.  This once a year event helps you thin out the shack and then fill it back up again!  Auction cost is $6 and includes the chili.  Help a new ham get his shack started and make your wife happy about it! 6:00 PM food 7: PM Auction November 21st, 2017  […]