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!


Never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

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With knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

Slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

Radio is a avocation, never interfering with duty to family, job, school, or community.

Station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

Skywarn Class Date Set

Training is FREE and last about 2 hours.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church
213 N Pennsylvania Ave, Mason City, Iowa 50401

You’ll learn:
Basics of thunderstorm development
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety

The United States is the most severe weather-prone country in the world. Each year, people in this country cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two landfalling hurricanes. Approximately 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, causing around 500 deaths each year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.

Although, NWS has access to data from Doppler radar, satellite, and surface weather stations, technology cannot detect every instance of hazardous weather. Spotters help fill in the gaps by reporting hail, wind damage, flooding, heavy snow, tornadoes and waterspouts. Radar is an excellent tool, but it is just that: one tool among many that NWS uses. We need spotters to report how storms and other hydrometeorological phenomena are impacting their area.

SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital “ground truth” to the NWS. They act as the eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

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