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Interesting history of a Des Moines Ham

Feb 23rd, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

Wendell Hansen Snyder 1896-1957 The DMRAA received an inquiry from Wendell’s grandson Grey Synder.  He had heard that his grandfather was very much into our hobby but was looking for more information.  Unfortunately were were not much help.  Undeterred he forged on and was able to retrieve some newspaper clipping and such.  He complied his […]



FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

Feb 14th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

  The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the […]



HARC Winter RF Fest Saturday, February 23, 2019

Feb 1st, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter, Hamfests, Swap Meets & Classes

The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club presents the 2019 edition of the Winter RF Fest. Saturday February 23rd.  Always a great time to meet old friends and sell or buy some shack items. Door prizes and presentations. Winter RF Fest Saturday, February 23rd 2019 8:00 AM to Noon. Admission is $7 and tables are $10. Location Perry National […]



Friday Lunch Bunch Moves to Bonanza Steakhouse

Dec 28th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The Friday lunch bunch has decided to move the lunch to the Bonanza Steakhouse 5029 NE 14th St, Des Moines, IA.  It is located on the NE corner of E 14th Street and I80/35.  You can order from the menu or have a complete meal from their vast salad bar. Hams begin to gather at 11:30 […]



Hamfest Planning has started for the DMRAA Board

Dec 27th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The annual DMRAA Hamfest is just a few months away.  April 27th, 2019.   The DMRAA board has begun contacting vendors and securing door prizes.  The Elwell building has been reserved and the ARRL is being contacted for there approval as a sanctioned Hamfest. If you’d like to be a part of the crew that helps […]



Walt Chivers WDØFYJ Silent Key

Dec 26th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

Walter Chivers Jr, WDØFYJ of Des Moines, IA, passed away on January 1, 2019. Services will be held on Saturday, January 5, at 3:00pm at Merle Hay Funeral Home with visitation immediately prior, beginning at 1:00pm. Interment will follow services at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery. Our condolences to his family.  More information below.   Services for […]



Skywarn Appreciation Day Friday 6PM to 10PM

Nov 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

Once again, the National Weather Service is holding their annual event, Skywarn Recognition Day. This year’s event will be Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The 24-hour event begins at 6pm local on Friday evening. All amateur radio operators are invited to the Johnston NWS Office to stop in and say “hi” (and maybe […]



Winthrop Mager Award Nominations due at ChiliFeed

Oct 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The purpose of the Winthrop Mager Award is to perpetuate the memory of the Reverend Winthrop M. Mager WØMJH, and to stimulate the activity in all fields of Amateur Radio in the Central Iowa Area. It is awarded by the Des Moines Radio Amateur Association, Des Moines, Iowa. Any radio operator with any class license […]



Mid-American Energy Employees look to start an Amateur Radio Club.

Oct 15th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

  Recently several employees with Mid-American energy met to discuss the possibility of starting a radio club.  The interest in this endeavor follows the installation of a radio room at the Mid-American Control Center in Urbandale.  The radio room which includes UHF, VHF and multiple analog and digital radios also has HF capacities and commercial […]



Friday Lunch Bunch Loaction Change

Aug 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Chatter

The Lunch Bunch is moving to the Pizza Ranch effective September 7th, 2018.  After many years of Friday lunches at Buffet City it was decided to go for a change of venue.  The attendance has been sluggish and folks still coming decided to move the Friday get together to a new location.  The Lunch Bunch […]