Get your license, then talk!

We have noticed a few people on local north Iowa for sale groups selling amateur radio equipment.

Please note:
We do not want this to be taken negatively, but we want to make sure that you are aware both as a buyer and a seller!

Please remember that transmitting on these radios requires an amateur radio license.

We will be more than pleased to help you get this license so you can LEGALLY join the fun.
This is as easy as learning a multiple choice test that we can help you start studying for today!

Talking without a license could find you looking at jail time, and fines between $7,500.00 to $10,000.00 (for each violation),
Plus you’re equipment being confiscated.

We also recommend the sellers “cover their own butt” and note in the advertisement that you must be licensed to transmit on this radio.

You do not need to be licensed to own, listen to, or sell these radios. But you MUST be licensed to transmit with / talk on them.

Remember!
“Federal law prohibits radio broadcasts without a license issued by the FCC. Anyone found operating a radio station without FCC authorization can be subject to a variety of enforcement actions, including seizure of equipment, fines and other criminal penalties.”

annual campout

The close of registration for the club annual campout is fast approaching! You have until August 3rd to register and send in your camp fees ($30). The campout is going to be at Wilkinson Park in Rockfalls August 23rd through 25th.

A time to relax, enjoy good company, good food and chat about anything of interest.
This will be an informal event. In other words, we do not plan any activities, what ever we decide to do is what will happen!

Registration closes August 3rd. You must give us your registration information and submit camp fee’s ($30 for the weekend) by August 3rd.

This is one of several social activities the club does each year.
Get involved with your club!

Cell Phones Don’t Always Work!

Verizon wireless is experiencing several outages in the North Iowa area today. This is but another reason why Amateur Radio is a great idea for back up communications. During a training session today the discussion turned to Verizon’s problem as it was affecting that county. We as Amateur Radio operators can assist in instances such as these. Cellular communications are now a huge part of local communications and the old wire telephone is nearly a thing of the past. Keep your radio skills sharp, encourage others to get licensed and join the hobby. Amateur radio still can play a large role in communications when these infrastructures go down.

 

New Repeater Coming Online Soon!

We are setting a few dates (the first part of May) to work on the final construction of our new Amateur Radio Repeater tower on a roof near downtown mason city.

We hope to have the repeater online not long after everything is put together and installed!
We hope to have the new repeater online before Field Day this year.

Be sure to pay attention to our website,  Club Facebook page, our ARES Team Facebook Page & Twitter for updates!

 

We also have plans to have a New GMRS Repeater online before the end of the Summer!