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Carmi Smith, WØJOC SK

Feb 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Carmi (Smitty) Smith Altoona Carmi Jess Smith, 90, passed away on February 13, 2017 in Altoona. Carmi was born on May 30, 1926 in Tacoma, WA. He moved with his parents, Jess and Lonetia Smith to Chariton, IA in 1929 and was raised in Chariton and Des Moines. He graduated from North High School in […]



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: Chatter, Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

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 […]



ARRL Entry Level License Committee wants Suggestions

Feb 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The ARRL has developed an Entry Level License Committee charged with suggesting changes to the current license system.  These changes could give beginners experience with more bands and modes in an effort to encourage on-air activity, retention, and upgrades. The committee is also looking for ways to increase youth licensing. Please give your input to […]



2017 DMRAA Hamfest April 22nd

Jan 31st, 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 […]



March 28th Meeting to Feature DMR-MARC Linked Repeaters

Jan 28th, 2017 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

Tom Bicket, AEØTB with Bill Dedic, WØGEN and Scott Lowe, WAØTPN. will speak about the DMR linked repeaters in Eastern Iowa.  This rapidly grown system of digital repeaters may offer some special advantages for severe weather reports to the National Weather Service as well as civil emergencies.  Join us for the presentation and discussion. Tuesday March 28th, […]



Distracted Driving Bill

Jan 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

There have been two simultaneous bills introduced into the transportation committees of the Iowa House and Senate. HF-85 and SSB-1002 both read almost alike and cover the use of electronics while driving. They also provide for fine of $500.00, and/or license suspension up to 180 days.We are encouraging all amateurs in Iowa to contact their […]



BRRR Ride February 4th Needs Operators

Jan 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Dallas Country ARES is looking for a little help with the annual BRRR Bike Ride to Rippey. The event will be Saturday February 4th, 2017.  Please contact Don Price KCØMTF at kc0mft@arrl.net to sign up.



3900 Club 2017 Hamboree May 13th, 2017

Jan 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

Boone County Fair Grounds, Community Building, 1601 Industrial Park Road, Boone IA. When: May 13, 2017 Doors open to public @ 8 AM to 1 PM Doors open for Vendor setup 3-9PM Friday & 7AM Saturday Doors open for pre reg attendees Saturday at 07:30 Admittance $5 and includes 1 raffle ticket.