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DMRAA partnering with Waukee Schools to offer technician licensing class

Jan 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Alerts

The Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association is pleased to continue our partnership with the Waukee Community School District’s Community Education program, offering a Technician licensing class beginning on January 31. Classes will be held each Thursday beginning at 7 p.m., and ending on April 12 when testing will be held. You do not need to […]

Travel package from Iowa to 2013 Dayton Hamvention being organized

Jan 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Chatter

Good day: I am presently putting together a “travel package” through NW Tours to reserve a tour bus with room and board for all interested HAM radio operators who would like to attend the Dayton Hamvention® 2013 – “DX Hamvention” – May 17-19, 2013. If you have an interest and a sincere desire to go […]

Interested in upgrading? DMRAA general-class study group starts February 21

Dec 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Chatter

The Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association will be holding a general-class study group beginning on February 21. The class will be held at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave., just west of the Franklin Avenue Library. The first class will be February 21 and will meet on successive Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. […]

From the DMRAA archives: The founding of Operation Santa Claus

Dec 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Alerts

In July of 1948, Des Moines was besieged by an epidemic of polio, which filled all the hospitals, primarily with children. The Sister Kenny treatment was used involving hot water and wool blanket. The demand for blankets was so great it put them in short order. An appeal was made for donations of wool blankets […]

2012 Skywarn Recognition Day – November 30-December 1

Nov 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Chatter

You can work K0DMX via the MISA linked repeater system, HF SSB, or D-STAR (Reflector 001C). The 14th Annual Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) will be held at National Weather Service offices around the nation to celebrate the contributions amateur radio operators make during severe weather. The Des Moines National Weather Service (NWS) office, located at […]

The Iowa QSO Party is October 20!

Oct 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Alerts

2012 Iowa QSO Party Date & Time: Saturday October 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time. Purpose: Iowa stations contact as many stations as possible regardless of location; Stations outside Iowa are to contact as many Iowa stations as possible in Iowa within the Iowa QSO Party time frame. Modes: Phone (includes […]

Des Moines amateur radio licensing classes begin September 20

Sep 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Alerts

Have you ever had a significant other, relative, co-worker, neighbor, or friend wonder what it would be like to immerse themselves in the surging hobby of amateur radio? The Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Des Moines Public Schools Community Education program, offering a Technician licensing class […]

NWS Des Moines WSR-88D to receive dual-pol upgrade; system downtime begins September 4

Aug 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Chatter

During a two-week period, beginning September 6, 2012, the Doppler radar at your National Weather Service Forecast Office will undergo an upgrade to incorporate new technology. For these two weeks, radar data will be unavailable from NWS Des Moines! Surrounding radar sites include: Sioux Falls, SD Minneapolis, MN La Crosse, WI Quad Cities, IA Kansas City, […]

Story County ARC summer fox hunt – August 12

Jul 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Chatter

The Story County Amateur Radio Club is inviting hams to participate in a Fox Hunt, or hidden transmitter hunt, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. We request all interested hunters assemble in the parking lot west of Ames City Hall (behind the Ames Veteran’s Memorial, Grand Avenue […]

Thanks for an excellent 2012 Field Day!

Jun 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Alerts

Despite some less-than-preferable weather and some minor glitches, W0AK has had one of the most positive Field Days in recent history. Thanks to everyone that participated, either by providing food or equipment, or manning the radios to make some contacts — we couldn’t have done it without you! More than 50 people stopped by our […]