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VE Testing Session May 30th in Marshalltown

May 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Just as a final reminder — We will be having an additional VE Session in Marshalltown this month. This is coming fast next — Tuesday evening. HAM Radio Testing Session May 30 2017 We will be conducting this session at the Iowa Veteran’s Home.  It is an open session, so if you missed the session […]



Operators Needed for Tour de Cure June 10th

May 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Dallas County ARES is looking for a few good people to help provide communications for the American Diabetes Tour de Cure bicycle ride June 10th.  The event offers riders the opportunity to ride from Urbandale to Jamaica and back.  The ride takes about 10 operators.  Please contact Don, KCØMTF  at donprice555@msn.com (515) 306-6352 if you can help. […]



New DMR Repeater now on Permanent Frequency

May 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The new DMR repeater located in Grimes and serving the greater Des Monies area is now on it’s permanent frequency 444.725.  DMR owners should have updated their codeplugs to include the new frequency.  We want to thank the D-Star group for the use of it’s tower space for the last month. If you need assistance […]



DMR Digital is Popular in Des Moines

May 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The new DMR repeater has only been functional for two weeks and is getting quite a workout.  Temporarily the repeater has been operating on 443.175+ the UHF D-Star frequency.  In a few days the frequency will change to 444.725+ and the UHF D-Star will be back in service.  Given the huge interest (over 60 registrations […]



DMR Coming to Des Moines

Apr 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

  Digital Mobile Radio is coming to Des Moines.  DMR as it is commonly called is a digital protocol that allows multiple users to connect locally, across the state, nation and worldwide. I am pleased to announce that we are in the process of acquiring a Motorola Mototrbo XTR8300 repeater for the Des Moines area.  The […]



Drake 1/2 Marathon, April 29th, 2017

Apr 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter, Polk County ARES Events

The 49th DRAKE ROAD RACES during the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a start next to Drake Stadium and finish near the Fine Arts Center on Drake’s campus. For the course map, CLICK HERE. The two races include a half marathon starting at 7:30AM and a 5K beginning at […]



Ames Fox Hunt 23rd April, 2017

Apr 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Area Events, Chatter

The Story County Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Fox Hunt, or hidden transmitter hunt, on Sunday, April 23rd in Ames, Iowa. We request all interested hunters assemble in the parking lot west of Hy-Vee Gas, Grand Avenue and Lincoln Way to register with the hunt leader and receive the rules briefing. Hunters may be individuals or teams and […]



Fight for Air Climb Needs Operators

Mar 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The 2017 edition of the American Lung Associations Fight for Air Climb is in need of additional operators.  Typically this event requiers approximately 35 operators.  The event which takes place in four downtown Des Moines high rise buildings lasts about six hours.  This is a great way to sharpen your radio skills. When: April 9th […]



2m “Tape Measure” Yagi Building Workshop April 1

Mar 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

If you have been interested in participating in a fox hunt but you don’t have a directional antenna, we have the perfect opportunity for you!   Clint Miller KCØJUO and Paul Cowley KB7VML with the Story County Amateur Radio Club are hosting a 2-meter “Tape Measure” Yagi Building Workshop April 1st in Ames. We will […]



ARES Signup system is up and running

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Good news, we have managed to repair the on-line signup for 2017 Polk County ARES events.  This system allows you to quickly add your name and information to any or all events.  Not so good news is that the system was down for a few weeks before we discovered the issue.  If you had signed […]