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Membership

The current ICARC Membership Roster is available here.

Membership in the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club is open to all who have an interest in amateur radio. An FCC license is not required for membership, but if you are not currently licensed, we will help you pass the tests and become licensed if you so desire. Also, membership in the ARRL is highly recommended, but is not required. To join, please print and fill out the Membership Application and mail it to the address on the form, along with a check for your dues.

(Note: If you have trouble printing the Membership Application form, an Adobe Acrobat PDF version is available here.)

Payment of dues is required for membership. The ICARC dues schedule, as enacted at the meeting of December 10, 2008, follows (all amounts are per calendar year, prorated for part-year membership for new members only):

Membership dues are the sole source of income for the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club, and support all activities of the club, including the WØJV repeater (a very expensive undertaking), the Field Day potluck dinner, programs and refreshments for the regular meetings, and other activities as authorized by vote of the memberhsip.



2017 Club Officers (Board of Directors)

OfficeNameCallsignPhone
(319)
Email
PresidentJoe ScheblerKDØVTI330-4547  
Vice-PresidentDavid ChristKØLUM351-7717 
SecretaryCam CushingW7CAM  
TreasurerWilly RobisonKCØJFQ665-8584 
WØJV TrusteeJohn Kauble KØGH337-6950
WebmasterCraig FastenowKØCF351-8258



History

The Iowa City Amateur Radio Club (ICARC) has been in existence since at least 1933, when it was first affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. The club callsign, WØJV, belonged to a long-time club member, George Carson, who was a Physics Professor at the University of Iowa. The club obtained it as a memorial callsign following his death. The callsign is used on the club’s two-meter repeater on 146.25/146.85 MHz, as well as for various club events, such as the annual Field Day exercise.



Activities

Monthly Meetings

ICARC normally meets at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of each month, at American Legion Post 17, 3016 Muscatine Ave, in east Iowa City. Meetings consist of a brief business meeting followed by a program of interest to radio amateurs. Note: Before the meeting, members 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 anytime between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

Minutes of past meetings are available on the "ICARC Meeting Minutes Index" page.


WØJV Repeater

2m Radio
ICARC sponsors the WØJV repeater which operates on an input/output frequency pair of 146.25 MHz / 146.85 MHz. The repeater is open to all, and is located on a tower on North Dodge Street south of Interstate 80.

In January 2007, KØGH and NØRXD installed a new controller unit and a new commercial repeater running approximately 45 watts. The previous repeater is being kept as a back up.

The repeater requires a 192.8 Hz CTCSS tone for access. This means that when you transmit on the repeater's input frequency, your transceiver adds a very precise audio tone (192.8 Hz) at a very low level superimosed on the transmitter output along with the microphone audio. The repeater must sense that tone on the received signal to open the squelch. A circuit called a Carrier Operated Switch senses the squelch opening, which tells the repeater that there is a carrier on the input. The controller keys the transmitter, thereby repeating the signal from the input frequency. (The tone frequency used on the WŘJV repeater (192.8 Hz) follows the recommendation of the Iowa Repeater Council for our area.)

Repeater
The Repeater: Top: Kenwood repeater.
Bottom: The Duplexer (gold cylinders) - This unit makes it possible to transmit and receive at the same time on a single antenna!
  Tower
The Antenna: The tower is 300' tall. The WØJV antenna is at 150' and is marked with an arrow.



Sunday Evening Net

Although the ICARC does not officially sponsor the Johnson County Sunday Evening Net, this information is provided here as a courtesy to the net.

The Johnson County Sunday Evening Net is primarily a "social" net, which meets at 7:30 PM every Sunday evening on the WØJV repeater on 146.85 MHz, which requires a 192.8 Hz PL tone. Although this is an informal net, proper directed net procedures are followed.

In case of malfunction of the Iowa City repeater, the first alternate net frequency is the Coralville repeater on 147.15 MHz, which also requires a 192.8 Hz PL tone. In case neither repeater is functional, the net will meet on the national simplex frequency, 146.52 Mhz.

Net control responsibilities may be rotated monthly through volunteers from area amateur radio operators. If you would like to volunteer, please do so at a regular monthly meeting of the ICARC, or contact Jeff, KIØJP. Information exchanged includes ham radio-related news, such as meeting notices or other club activities, VE session announcements, hamfest announcements and equipment for sale. Please check in whenever you can.

(For Net Control Stations: A suggested net control script and roll call is available here. You can download this same information in PDF format by right-clicking this link and choosing "Save Target as...". The roll call sheet lists callsign, name and QTH for those who frequently check in, and has additional columns to record check-ins and traffic, if any.


Severe Weather (Skywarn®) Net

Skywarn ®  
Although the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club does not officially sponsor the Johnson County Skywarn® Net, this information is provided here as a public service to those who wish to participate.

The Skywarn® Net is an ad hoc net which may be activated by request of the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service or any amateur radio operator when severe weather is identified in any part of Johnson County by the National Weather Service. Weather sirens sounding are a valid trigger for opening the net. The net meets on the WØJV repeater on 146.85 MHz, which requires a 192.8 Hz tone. Trained weather spotters from various areas of the county may observe weather conditions and report their observations to net control.

Please see the Skywarn® Net Operations page for more information.

Field Day

Field Day 2017
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 is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM CDT) Saturday and ending at 2100 UTC (4:00 PM CDT) Sunday. Field Day 2017 will be held June 24-25, 2017. We usually incorporate a Saturday evening potluck dinner for families and friends. Since we usually set up in a local public 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 often on a local TV station's weekend news broadcast. A brief synopsis of the rules is available here, where links are also provided to the complete ARRL Field Day rules and other ICARC Field Day information pages. There are a few photographs of the 2006 operation available on the Field Day Photo Album page.


Email Reflector

ICARC maintains an email reflector (or distribution list). Emails sent to the reflector are re-sent to all members of the list. Club officers routinely use the reflector for meeting notices and other information of interest to the club. The reflector is open to both club members and non-members.
All reflector members may post to the reflector, but your email's return address must be the exact same address that you registered under.


Public Service

Members of the ICARC may on their own initiative provide public-service communications for community activities, including the annual Run For the Schools and the Solon Beef Days. Communications services are usually conducted on the WØJV repeater by participating local amateur radio operators using either handi-talkies or mobile radios.

The Iowa City Amateur Radio Club is neither officially involved nor responsible for any such operations.




Last updated May 11, 2017 by KØCF
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