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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 […]



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.



DMRAA Wishes All a Happy New Year

Jan 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The Des Moines Radio Amateurs Association would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  One of our resolutions is to reach out to newer operators in an effort to get them on the radio more often.  We also want to encourage club members to reach out and recruit interested neighbors and […]



Amateur Radio Spotters enjoy NWS Recognition Day

Dec 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Chatter

Many hams enjoyed the hospitality of the Nation Weather Service this last Friday and Saturday.  The conference room was reorganized to accommodate two Icom  746 Pros and an Icom 2820 VHF/UHF radios.  All visitors were allowed to operate these radios.  Many contacts were made to other NWS offices and stations around the county as well […]



Fox Hunt in Ames, December 4th

Nov 13th, 2016 | By | Category: Chatter

  The Story County Amateur Radio Club is hosting another Fox Hunt, or hidden transmitter hunt, on Sunday, December 4th 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 […]