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2018 Field Day June 23rd & 24th

Apr 21st, 2018 | By | Category: DMRAA Events

Plan on joining the Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association for a fun packed Field Day.  We will be at Yellow Banks County Park near Runnels Iowa again this year. We will also be operating out of the two Polk County ARES trailers, Emcom 1 and Emcom 2.  Both are air conditioned and offer protection out […]



Ron Hobbs NØXWI Receives 2018 Bob Evans Award

Apr 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Alerts

Ron Hobbs NØXWI was awarded the 2018 Bob Evans award at the recent DMRAA Hamfest.  The Bob Evans award is given to an Amateur Radio operator who has given great service to the Ham community.  The recipient need not be a DMRAA member.  Several members of the DMRAA board commented on Ron’s unselfish efforts to […]



April 24th Meeting, Puerto Rico Communications Response

Mar 30th, 2018 | By | Category: DMRAA Meetings

Please join is April 24th for a presentation by Juan Truillo NØPSF.  Juan travelled to Puerto Rico with the Red Cross immediately following the massive huricane Maria.  He took many pictures and his story is very interesting. April 24th, 2018 7:00PM Waveland Room Plymouth Congregational Church 42nd & Ingersoll, Des Moines



March meeting well attended and informative

Mar 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The March DMRAA meeting featured a presentation by Brad Scandrett, KCØMKG from PowerFilms solar in Ames.  The presentation described the proprietary manufacturing process to make their signature flexible solar products.  He also pointed out they are the largest US solar manufacturing company.  A great discussion about batteries and correct charging procedures was given.  Our many […]



DMRRA Hamfest is Rapidly Approaching

Mar 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Alerts

The 2018 DMRAA Hamfest will be held on Saturday, April 21nd, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Elwell Family Center located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. VE Testing will be held at the Elwell Center, with registration starting at 9:00 am and testing beginning at 9:30 am. More information is available under the […]



Story County ARES Announces One-Day “Ham Cram” Class April 28th

Mar 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

Story County ARES Announces One-Day “Ham Cram” Class Story County ARES will be presenting a 1-day Technician license class Saturday April 28th, 2018. Class begins at 8:00am and will be immediately followed by FCC license testing at 6:00pm. The class will be held on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more details and […]



NWS Spotter Training Well Received

Feb 28th, 2018 | By | Category: Alerts

Over 60 people atteneded the 2018 version of the National Weather Service’s annual Spotter Training.  Brad Small, Senior Meteoroligist with the Des Moines office of the National Weather Service spent 90 minutes briefing the group on appropriate reporting methods and also reviewed cloud and severe weather interpretation.  While the majority of the group were Amateur […]



It is Not Too Early to Sign up for ARES Events

Feb 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Alerts

It is snowing and being optimistic we must look forward to warmer days.  Better weather lends itself to more outdoor activities and service to others.  Polk County Amateur Radio Emergency Service very often provides radio communication to many outdoor events and this year will be no exception. A list of these follows.  Notably this year […]



The Iowa Digital Net is changing the Frequency

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The Iowa Digital net has moved frequency due to the increase of the JT-8 activity.  We are going to be at 3.5885 MHz USB (Dial) with 1500 Hz set on the WF.  We use Olivia 8-500.  Please get this out to as many folks as you can.— Joe Hoepfner, AE5EI722 W Superior StClarksville, IA 50619IA Section, ARRL Affiliated Club […]



WØMG Swap Meet July 15th

Jan 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

WØMG Swap Meet July 15th, 2018  8:00AM Cedar Falls, IA  Lincoln at East Main