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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 by 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, at the American Legion, 3016 Muscatine Ave, in east Iowa City. The Legion serves food and beverages, and we invite you to gather for dinner and socializing before the meeting (6:00 to 7:00 PM). 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.



Upcoming Events

Field Day

Click to visit ICARC's Field Day page
Field Day is the "big event" for the ICARC. It provides us a great opportunity to have a lot of fun, while improving our skills in setting up emergency stations, and operating under conditions that can be difficult, at best. Field Day 2018 will be held June 23 and 24 at Hickory Hill Park in northeast Iowa City, with setup beginning 8:00 AM CDT (sharp!!!). Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Radio operations begin at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM CDT) Saturday and end 24 hours later at 1:00 PM CDT Sunday.

There will be a Saturday evening dinner at 6:00 PM CDT for operators, families and friends. You are encouraged to bring a salad, hot dish or dessert.

Since we are setting up in Hickory Hill park, it also provides us an opportunity to show off amateur radio to the public. We usually get publicity for this event in the local newspaper, and local TV stations have featured us on their weekend news broadcast.

The ICARC Field Day page provides all the details, including links to the complete ARRL Field Day rules and many other resources. There are a few photographs of the 2006 operation available on the Field Day Photo Album page.


July Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at the American Legion Post 17, 3016 Muscatine Ave, in east Iowa City. This meeting is our annual "Junk in the Trunk" swap meet event. Bring old radio gear, antennas, parts, etc. that you would like to move; conversely, bring cash to buy the treasures brought by others! We will have dinner first, then trading will begin at 7:00 PM, and NOT BEFORE. Be sure to watch this web page for late-breaking updates!

Door Prize: This month there will be no door prize due to the swap meet.

Note: Before the meeting, members and visitors are invited to get together for an informal meal and socializing at the Legion, which serves food and beverages. Please feel free to join us there any time between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Note that the meeting begins at 7:00 PM, so it would be best to arrive for dinner by 6:30 to 6:45.

We hope to see you on July 11th! Please consider bringing a ham guest, either a non-member or an inactive member.

(Click on the highlighted address above for a Google map showing its location.)

Looking ahead... next month's meeting is on August 8th.



2018 ARRL Midwest Division Convention / Midwest STEM TechFest 2018

August 4 & 5, 2018 at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City, Iowa.    <<< [ Click for an interactive Google map ]
Yes, this is a hamfest. But it’s also so much more! 39 acres of fun for hams, makers, and STEM hobbyists of all kinds!

Click here for the Official Hamfest Flier



Southeast Iowa Hamfest

Iowa Section Convention (Southeast Iowa Hamfest)
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Muscatine County Fairgrounds
West Liberty, Iowa



Special Announcements

Weather Spotter Safety

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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!




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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

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(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 detailed discussion of each point in the Code, please visit DX-Code.org.




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