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.
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.
The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club
will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 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!
We will have an informal Fox Hunting hardware session.
Some of the new transmitters and direction finding projects
from KC0JFQ will be there.
Bring your HT to listen in on what one of
the new transmitters has to say
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
"It's cold" seems to be the common complaint,
but if you're aching to try it,
and let us know.
We will resume when the weather improves.
These events typically start at 10:00 AM.
Fox Hunting Hardware
Two projects that you may be interested in are linked below.
Circuit boards are on hand and you may send an email message to
the email link above if interrested.
First project is a direction finding assist.
It is connected between a pair of antennas and a handheld receiver.
When the antennas are normal to the transmitter (i.e. equidistant)
the receiver doesn't notice the DTOA switch. As the antennas turn
away from the transmitter, a squeal is introduced into the audio.
The second project is a simple RF detector. This is rather
boadband, but works well in proximity to the transmitter as
a signal strength sniffer.
These both fit into the same Hammond project box.
The power switch is in the same location.
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!
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): www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio?
My thanks to Carla and Willow for providing the inspiration for this section!
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!
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!
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
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.
I will listen, and listen, and then listen some more.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station or anyone calling him and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before calling him.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station calls geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.
For a detailed discussion of the Code, please visit DX-Code.org.