ICARC Logo in World Map

Fox Hunt
Local Area
Local Area
Local Area
Radio Clubs
Ham Radio

This is http://icarc.org hosted at n952.ooguy.com

RF Meeting Outline .

July Meeting: 8th 1900hrs Junk in the Trunk
Toward the back of City Park by the small pond.
We did field day once or twice at this location.
Just in the parking lot area.

Skywarn Net Operations page

Field Day Notes

ICARC 2020 Field Day: Web Page

This Corona Virus outbreak may prevent our use of the Hickory Hill Park Pavilion (27th & 28th June).
To address that possibility, we will make plans for dispersed operations.
If conditions change in the upcoming weeks, we can activate our normal field day operations on short notice.
Our Saturday evening picnic, however, will be cancelled should we make it to Hickory Hill Park.

Field Day resources from the ARRL:

Field Day resources from our members:


Welcome to the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club (ICARC) home page,
your information source for Amateur Radio in Iowa City and Johnson County, Iowa.

For complete information about the club, please click on the "About ICARC" topic in the menu bar above. This page contains a great deal of information about the club, including membership requirements, a membership roster, club officers, a brief history, club incorporation documents and by-laws, and details on a wide range of club activities.

You may contact ICARC through this link or by "snail mail" at: ICARC, PO Box 4, Iowa City, IA 52244-0004. (Note: To use the email link above (or email links anywhere on this site), you must have JavaScript enabled in your browser.)

ICARC meetings are normally held at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of every month, currently at the Pizza Ranch, 171 Highway 1 West, Iowa City. For current meeting information, please see the "Upcoming Events" section, below. Visitors are always most welcome!

We also have a Facebook page. Please visit us there!

Interested in becoming a member? Please see the "Membership" section on the "About ICARC" page for details and a membership application form.

Click to visit ARRL'S Public Service page Click on the icon to the left to visit ARRL'S Public Service page for more information about Amateur Radio's emergency capabilities.

Back to the Top

Upcoming Events

July Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
Due to the Corona Virus outbreak we anticipate another RF meeting.
Usual meeting place is at the Pizza Ranch, 171 Highway 1 West, Iowa City.
Buffet and pizza are, of course, available at this venue. Be sure to watch this web page for late-breaking updates!

Looking at a CW session in March brokered by W0TER.

Note: Before the meeting, Members and visitors are invited to get together for an informal meal and socializing before the meeting. Please feel free to join us there any time between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Note that since the meeting begins at 7:00 PM, it would be best to arrive for dinner by 6:30 to 6:45. We hope to see you there!
Please consider bringing a ham guest, either a non-member or an inactive member.

Next Fox Hunt

Listen in on the Sunday Evening Net and let us know your preferences.
We will probably operate at Hickory Hill Park due to it being remote and under used. Alcohol wipes, soap and paper towels will be brought to the event.
We have sufficient resources to satisfy the needs of novices and experts these days.

Fox Hunt

Southeast Iowa Hamfest

Southeast Iowa Hamfest
Sunday, October 4, 2020
New Location, to be determined

VE (Volunteer Examiner) Session

VE Logo
The Moday April 6th. VE session was cancelled.

Field Day 2020

Field day is held thon the 4th. weekend in June each year.

We have a small album of 2018 Field Day pictures.

Back to the Top

What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?

This section was suggested by Brownie Girl Scout leader Carla Rodriguez and her daughter Willow. Her Troop has been talking about ham radio in their meetings lately while learning about emergency preparedness and communication skills. One of the girls mentioned that her grandfather and father have been ham radio operators for many years, and all the girls are really interested! We hope you will be, too!

Willow found a great introductory web page, and I am pleased to publish a link to it here:

This web page concludes with a list of many interesting links to other web sites about amateur radio. The first one, which I will repeat here, is this page, published by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL):

My thanks to Carla and Willow for providing the inspiration for this section!

Back to the Top

Special Announcements

Weather Spotter Safety

Skywarn ®  
NWS is now conducting the spotter training via webinar on Tuesday and Thursday

We have provided a page of Weather Spotter Safety information (from the National Weather Service) to remind you of proper safety procedures when you are engaged in spotting severe weather for the Johnson County Skywarn® Net. Please read this information before you become active in Weather Spotting, and review it every month or two during the severe weather season!

Please Keep Your 2 Meter Radio ON!

2m Radio
To truly make amateur radio a valuable emergency communications tool here in eastern Iowa, and to make our local amateur community more welcoming and open, we must all resolve to keep our 2 meter radios ON, both at home and in our automobiles, at all times (except maybe when asleep!). You should try to monitor at the very least the 146.85 (WØJV) repeater. If you have scanning capabilities on your radio(s), it would be helpful to include the 147.15 Coralville repeater and the national simplex frequency (146.52 MHz) as well. And, if you are so truly lucky as to have a dual-band FM radio, there is some activity on the 444.75 MHz repeater, too.

Let's all give it a try! Keep the radio on, and respond when somebody announces "KØXYZ monitoring". Most importantly, respond to visitors to our community who are looking for directions or just somebody to talk to as they pass through town. We can have a much more enjoyable, open and friendly hobby if we all will simply have QSOs with other local hams or travelers as they pass by on the Interstate. It doesn't have to be a half-hour "rag chew" -- short "How are you today?", or "Can you believe this weather?" QSOs are often quite adequate.

So, how about it? We'd love to hear you on 2 meters!

Share a Radio Program

If you have never been on HF and would like to find out what all the excitement is about, the Share a Radio program provides a way for you to become acquainted! Share a Radio allows hams who have little or no HF experience or who do not currently have an HF station to team up with hams who do have HF stations for a demonstration or to get some time on the air. When visiting a station, you may use your own call sign and log while operating under your own license class privileges; or with the station owner as control operator, you may enjoy the "Extra Class" experience. Please visit our Share a Radio page for more information!

Back to the Top

For Sale...

Offered by Franklin Seiberling: KC0ISV

Updated 17 Jun 16:15
I have a TS-50/ AT-50 (Kenwood) combination I would like to swap with  someone for an equivalent VHF/UHF all-mode transceiver.
The "Dynamic Duo" that I have sells for upward of $600 on eBay and QRZ.com with no technical issues.
I'm looking for "classic vintage" and NOT fancy every-time-you-want-to-do-something-run-for-manual .

Offered by Jonathan Poulton:

Updated 20 Mar 16:15
I would like to sell lots of radio equipment that I'll no longer use and have put together the attached pdf.
jonathan-poulton (at) uiowa (dot) edu

Post your ad here!

Contact the webmaster through one of the email links on this page.

Back to the Top


Real-Time Propagation Information

 Solar X-Ray Flux: Status
 Geomagnetic Field: Status

Click to visit GOES X-ray Flux (5 minute data)   Click to visit 3-day Estimated Planetary Kp-index Monitor

For weekly propagation bulletins, please visit the ARRL's W1AW Propagation Bulletins web page. A new bulletin is posted every Friday. Also, N6RT's excellent Propagation page is a great resource.

DX Code of Conduct

Click to visit DX Code of Conduct
(The following is from the DX-Code web site. This should be required reading for everyone who chases DX. Please read and heed these rules -- or, even better, a copy of the Code in PDF format is available here for you to print out and hang over your operating desk! Just think how much more pleasant DXing would be if only everyone followed these rules!)

It is no secret that the on-the-air behavior of hams, especially in pileups, has gotten worse in the last few years. Unpleasant, uncivil, impolite behavior of our fellow hams reduces the enjoyment of our hobby.

It does not have to be that way nor should it be. Impolite behavior is counter-productive and simply inconsistent with the aim of our hobby, to have fun.

Just as we work to improve our technical skills, we should all aspire to hold ourselves to the highest ethical operating standards. This Code is a reminder of the high ideals of which we are all capable. For a detailed discussion of the Code, please visit DX-Code.org.

Back to the Top

What's New?

News of the day.

Meeting Location Information

Meeting Location Changed to Pizza Ranch in Wardway Plaza
Pizza Ranch is reopening, please let us know if you would like to resume face-to-face meetings.

2020 Junk in the trunk

Talk about this on the Sunday evening net!

Web pages status

I am working slowly to make these pages html 4.01. If you refresh and get garbage, or no response, try again in a few seconds.
I'm also working to increase the contrast of the page.

The web server does not serve encrypted pages (https: will not work).

Other odds & ends

Back to the Top

Quick Link to QRZ.com callsign lookup

QRZ callsign lookup:  
Callsign lookups provided by qrz.com

Back to the Top

Last updated June 21, 2020 by KC0JFQ
Skywarn ™   and the Skywarn logo ™   are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.

Links for search engines to stumble into
Fox Hunting
Fox Transmitter
Amateur ARDF
Fox Hunting