Iowa Legislature Working to Allow Black Plates for Ham Radio

Jan 16th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter

More news;  The bill has been moved to the Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee considers things where money is involved. With this committee involved, the bill was renumbered as HF2234. Yesterday, February 12, a subcommittee of Ways and Means recommended that the bill be passed. Yesterday, January 30, the Iowa House of […]

The Number of Amateur Radio Licenses increased 2.6% in 2019.

Jan 8th, 2020 | By | Category: Chatter

At the end of 2019, the U. S. had 775,037 licensed amateur radio licensees.  That was an increase of 2.6% from the previous year.  Iowa had 6,582 licensees, and an increase of 254 from the previous year. Details of the number of amateur radio operators by license type, state, and expiration date may be found at   This […]

CW Operators’ Club 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 30th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

January 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the CW Operators’ Club (CWops). In our ten years of promoting the use of CW in amateur radio communications, we’ve grown to more than 2,400 members worldwide. To honor our members’ devotion to CW and the efforts of many volunteers toward promoting its use and educating new devotees, we’re […]

News Flash! You can Pay Your DMRAA Dues Online

Dec 10th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

The DMRAA has just made it easier to pay your club dues.  Just go to and you will see at the the Pay Now icon.  Click on the Pay Now and you will be taken to a PayPal page.  Tell them you are a guest and how many years you are paying.  Click continue and […]

DMRAA Christmas Party a Festive Evening

Dec 1st, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

The 2019 DMRAA Christmas Party is in the books.  By all accounts it was a good time with delicious food.  New this year was the catered supper.  Prepared by Gateway Market there was plenty of holiday fare.  The best part, somebody else did the cooking.  Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious […]

Winthrop Mager Nominations Due at ChiliFeed / Auction

Nov 11th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

A reminder that nominations for the Club’s highest award are due by November 26th.  They may be turned in at the DMRAA ChiliFeed.  Please look to nominate that special club member that always seems to be helping. The purpose of the Winthrop Mager Award is to perpetuate the memory of the Reverend Winthrop M. Mager […]

NØNUC Retirement Party Announced

Nov 7th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

We’ve received word that Roger Pokorny NØNUC is having a retirement party, Saturday November 9th Noon until 2PM.  The festivities will be held at the Crestwood Baptist Church, 3717 Forest Avenue in Des Moines.  Roger’s health problems have necessitated his retirement.  Roger will relocate to southern Missouri in the very near future to be closer […]

Living History Farms Fun Race, November 23rd

Oct 21st, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter, Polk County ARES Events

Polk County ARES will again provide communications support for the Living History Farms Cross Country Race. The race is approximately 7 miles long, giving the participants ample opportunity to see most of the farms property.  We need close to 30 operators to provide the support needed.  This is one of the most interesting events on […]

DMRAA ChiliFeed / Auction, November 26th

Oct 20th, 2019 | By | Category: Area Events, Chatter

The 2019 edition of our annual ChiliFeed / Auction is a little more than a month away. November 26th, 2019 to be exact. Have you scoured the shack to find those great little treasures that are not being used like they once were? Have you put them in the box? Is the box full yet? […]

DMRAA to Host Jamboree on the Air October 19th

Oct 5th, 2019 | By | Category: Chatter

  The DMRAA will host this years JOTA event at the Fort Des Moines Museum, Army Post Road and Chaffee Road.  Saturday October 19th. The station will be active from 9Am to 2PM.  Please invite any Scouts that you know (Boy or Girl) to visit.  They will be talking to other Scouts many miles away.  […]