Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) October 21st

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

WØSCI, the Radio Scouting club of Central Iowa, is pleased to announce the sixtieth Jamboree On The Air will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 AM until 4 PM at the Maytag Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, Iowa. Jamboree On The Air is an annual scouting event and the largest […]

National Weather Service Open House Well Attended

Sep 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Nice crowd enjoys the NWS Open House today.  Polk County ARES was an active participant, demonstrating Amateur Radio and answering may spotter related questions.  A steady stream of visitors visited the event which ran from 10am to 3pm,  Tours of the facility were popular and well as many in depth discussions with the many meteorologists […]

Listen to the Hurricane Irma Net on 146.985

Sep 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The DMRAA will link the 146.985- repeater at Veteran’s Hospital to the Hurricane Irma net.  This will only be a receive net.  We would love to hear your comments good or bad about this temporary link.  Many thanks to Scott, K1SLR for the link support.  

National Weather Service Open House Saturday September 16th

Sep 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

If you are a weather fanatic or just interested in finding out more about National Weather Service operations…please come join us. The open house will include a look inside the office to check out the operations area. Stations to ask questions and see demonstrations by our Meteorologists. Many weather related displays will be available, as […]

Rover in Des Moines for 9-10 September VHF Contest

Aug 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

My team and I will be operating “rover” in the 9-10 September VHF Contest.  We are starting at the SW corner of Des Moines – just off highway 35 – and heading to the 4 grid corner about 45 minutes to your southwest.  We will be in your area from 1 PM to 1:30 PM […]

Story County ARES needs operators for the GAAR Race September 10th

Aug 29th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The Great Ames Adventure Race (GAAR) will be held Sunday morning, September 10th at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in north Ames.  Individuals or teams up to four will compete on a course consisting of a three-mile canoe race, followed by a 15-mile bike ride and finishing with a 5K run.  See for more information. […]

DMR Digital is still exciting in Iowa

Aug 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is continuing to gain momentum around Iowa.  Last count shows well over 425 hams registered in Iowa.  The weekly 3119 statewide net had 86 check-ins this Sunday night.  The new TYT dual-band mobile is starting to hit Iowa.  Many folks now know what a “codeplug” is!  The new radios for the […]

Story County Amateur Radio Club Fox Hunt August 13th

Jul 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

In addition to the SCARC potluck picnic that evening, the Story County Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Fox Hunt, or hidden transmitter hunt, on Sunday, August 13th in Ames, Iowa. We request all interested hunters assemble in the parking lot west of Hy-Vee Gas, Grand Avenue and Lincoln Way at 2 pm to register with the hunt leader and […]

Operation Stable Mercury September 7th & 8th at Camp Dodge

Jul 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Join us for the Quarterly Polk County ARES meeting.  Monday, 7:00 PM July 17 at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center.  1907 Carpenter, Des Moines.  Speaker will be Colonel Robert Hedgepeth (ret), KEØGSN.  The topic will be the upcoming communications exercise Operation Stable Mercury at Camp Dodge September 7th & 8th.  This exercise will include […]

Have You Tried the New Repeaters at Broadlawns Yet?

Jun 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

Recently the Des Moines Radio Amateur’s Association and Polk County ARES placed two repeaters at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines.  The DMRAA placed a Yaesu Fusion repeater on 145.130- tone 114.8.  Polk County ARES added a Motorola MTR-2000 with a frequency of 444.050+ and a tone of 151.4.  Both repeaters are local area repeaters, share […]