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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 www.greatamesadventurerace.org 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 […]



Fox Hunt in Ames June 11th

Jun 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Chatter

The Story County Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Fox Hunt, or hidden transmitter hunt, on Sunday, June 11th 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 the […]



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 […]