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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

August Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 14, 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!

KPH exterior PROGRAM:  All the Ships at Sea.

Presented by David Christ, KØLUM. David will talk about coastal CW radio stations and specifically station KPH.

KPH is on the California coast north of the Golden Gate, and has a long history going back to the early years of the 20th century. The pictures at the left are of the exterior of KPH, and the operating room inside.

Virtually all ship-to-shore communications were via Morse Code until well after World War II. KPH remained a CW station until its closing in 1998.

This will be a fascinating program! Don't miss it!

KPH interior

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 August 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 September 11th.

Further information on the direction finders and the "Axis & Allies" exercise from the February meeting 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.

Southeast Iowa Hamfest

Southeast Iowa Hamfest
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Muscatine County Fairgrounds
West Liberty, Iowa

Field Day 2018

We have a small album of Field Day pictures here.

What is Amateur (Ham) Radio?

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!

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

Click to visit 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.

For a detailed discussion of the Code, please visit DX-Code.org.

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