Amateur Radio is a…

…high-tech hobby that has something fun for everyone. Hams are people from all walks of life no matter what age, gender or physical ability. Anyone can hold an Amateur License – there’s no minimum age. Hams practice courtesy and respect for others.

Most of all, Amateur Radio is fun! As a ham, there are more ways to communicate. Using a small 2-meter hand-held radio you can stay in touch with other hams in your area and operate from almost any vehicle, boat or just about anywhere. Hams can send live TV in realtime or just still pictures over the air. Technician class Hams can operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television and more. You can search for hidden transmitters in a foxhunt and take part in contests. You can even make international radio contacts via Ham Radio satellites and communicate directly to Hams aboard the International Space Station. Using a computer and Amateur Radio, you can talk or use your keyboard to communicate with other Hams locally or around the world. You can even bounce signals off the moon!

And that’s just the beginning. There are also nets and roundtables where you talk in groups. You can participate in emergency communications or weather spotting. You can build your own equipment and antennas. And there are shows called hamfests to meet other Hams, learn more about the hobby, buy and sell equipment and be with those who have the same enthusiasm about Ham Radio.

Amateur Radio is a service which promotes and encourages the honing of technical and operational radio skills in order to have qualified operators to depend on in an emergency. It was created to experiment on cutting edge communications technology and techniques and to promote goodwill and the free exchange of technical knowledge among other Hams throughout the world.

This One day Study Session might just be your on-ramp on this crazy road! Are you going to take it?!?

Click Here to view more on the Once Day Study Class and Test Session!

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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.