Visit us at the Volunteer Fair

The 2019 Volunteer Fair is right around the corner!

While you are there, be sure to check out the booths for:
North Iowa SKYWARN   –   (Click here for North IA Skywarn Facebook)
ARES of North Iowa   –   (Click here for ARES of NI Facebook)
North Iowa CERT   –  
(Click here for North IA CERT facebook)

Help them Spread the Word about the event and come visit!!


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!

Click Here to view the Facebook Event for this upcoming class!

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.

“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.”