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.
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 on the icon to the left to visit ARRL'S Public Service page for more information about Amateur Radio's emergency capabilities.|
Former ICARC member Jerry Cooper, WBØPLZ, became a silent key on February 5th. He was 79. He worked for the University of Iowa as an Electronics Technician for more than 34 years. At Jerry's request, there will be no funeral service. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.
The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the American Legion Post 17, 3016 Muscatine Ave, in east Iowa City. Be sure to watch this web page for late-breaking updates!
|PROGRAM: The Paraset Radio|
Steve White, NUØP and
Rod Blocksome, KØDAS (ARRL Midwest Division Director)
Steve, NUØP will tell us about the Paraset radio used by Allied spies who parachuted behind enemy lines in World War II. Steve will cover the history surrounding this simple (and small for its day) radio and how six replicas are being constructed by folks in his “builder’s group”. The Paraset radio is a simple CW transmitter and receiver using vacuum tubes, with a single tube transmitter on 3.579 MHz. The receiver is a two-tube regenerative design while the antenna can be any improvised single wire.
Following Steve’s program, Rod, KØDAS will briefly describe a Paraset “re-enactment” exercise being planned for later this spring when the weather is nicer, along with technical details of the direction finders to be used in the exercise.
Further information on the direction finders and the "Axis & Allies" exercise can be found beginning on page 7 of the February edition of "Bandspread", the newsletter of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club, which is available here.
In addition, a user group has been started at groups.io. Anybody who is interested may join this group to follow progress and activities pertaining to the Paraset radio.
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 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 on February 13th! 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 March 13th.
|ICARC and The University of Iowa ARC are sponsoring a joint Volunteer Examiner session:
The Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a Fox Hunt on April 20th. Please plan on arriving around 9:00 AM for registration and instructions. The actual Fox Hunt will start at 10:00 AM. There will be three hidden transmitters. The location will be Kent Park, west of Iowa City on US Highway 6. The hunt will be scored with prizes for high scores!
Important: Meet at the Conservation Education Center, near the north end of the park!
Before and during the Fox Hunt, we will monitor the Coralville repeater on 147.15 MHz, 192.8 Hz PL Tone. This repeater and the 146.85 repeater both have good coverage in Kent Park.
Here is a link to an introductory article about Fox Hunting: http://www.homingin.com/intlfox.html. This is a comprehensive look at International Fox Hunting, and how it is becoming popular in the US.
Here are documents and maps for the Fox Hunt:
(Click on any of the links above to display the document; right-click to save it to your computer for printing.)
Southeast Iowa Hamfest
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Muscatine County Fairgrounds
West Liberty, Iowa
We have a small album of Field Day pictures here.
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!
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!
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!
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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(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.
Last updated February 9, 2019 by KØCF
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