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.|
The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 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: An Introduction to Contesting.|
Presented by Rich Haendel, W3ACO. Rich will introduce you to the incredible fun of radio contesting. Rich has a lot of experience in a major multi-operator contest station in the Caribbean, and will introduce you to one of the most exciting and satisfying aspects of Amateur Radio. His program will cover all you need to know to get started with the all the fun of contesting, including:
• What is Contesting?
• Why should I do it?
• Is my simple station good enough?
• How do I get into a contest?
• Answers to all these questions and much more!
|Door Prize: This month's door prize is the ARRL book Magic Band Antennas for Ham Radio.
This new book is designed for radio amateurs who want to discover the mysteries of the “magic band.” Six meters
is a band full of surprises. When you least expect it, 6 meters can suddenly open for contacts over hundreds and even thousands of
miles. And while the HF bands may be suffering during a Solar Minimum, 6 meters is just as amazing as ever.|
If you’re looking for new pursuits in Amateur Radio, the world above 50 MHz is the territory you should explore. You’ll quickly learn 6 meters is exciting and fun!
• Insight into the unpredictable behavior of the 6-meter band.
• 6-meter operating and the quirks of 6-meter propagation.
• Build your own – from simple antennas to high-gain band busters.
• First Edition (October 2018).
You must be present to win. (This month's door prize was selected and provided by John, KØGH.)
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 November 14th! 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 December 12th.
(Note that the slide show for September's program, Introduction to DXing, presented by Craig, KØCF is available for download here.)
Southeast Iowa Hamfest
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Muscatine County Fairgrounds
West Liberty, Iowa
|ICARC and The University of Iowa ARC are sponsoring a joint Volunteer Examiner session:
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 November 12, 2018 by KØCF
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