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June 3, 2019

On June 1, 2019, Gary Hartig - KØWLC was appointed the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Cedar County by Iowa State ARES. He will be missed as an AEC in Muscatine County, but we look forward to working with Gary in his new position.

Gary has a strong background in law enforcement, corrections and public service. He has already has a good working relationship with Cedar County Emergency Management and encourage all licensed amateur radio operators that reside in Cedar County to contact Gary and register yourselves with ARES. He can be reached via email at Cedar@IowaARES.org.

For the time being, all nets and meetings will be combined with the Muscatine & Louisa County team. Please support Gary in his new role and wish him well in his mission.

C Scott Richardson - NØMRZ

Muscatine & Louisa County Emergency Coordinator

September 18, 2018

 On October 7, 2018 the Southeast Iowa Hamfest will host the ARRL Iowa Section Convention. See the HAMFEST page for more information!

Doors Open at 7:00am      All Wristbands are $8.00

Hours: 7:00am to 2:00pm

Indoor Tables are $10 each (All include electricity)

$5.00 each for returning commercial vendors,

or new commercial vendors if paid prior to Sept 1, 2019

Outside area is FREE!

Muscatine County Fairgrounds

1Ø1 N. Clay Street  |  West Liberty, Iowa

Indoor / Outdoor Flea Market / Commercial Vendors

Seminars / Licence Testing (walk-in) / QSL Card Checking

Talk in Repeaters:

146.910- with 192.8 Hz CTCSS  &  147.760- with No Tone

May 1, 2018

May 6 at the Muscatine Mall - 8:00am to 3:00pm. Test session at 2:00pm.

Make this YOUR event! Come in support of this 1st year experience. This is a combined effort of all area amateur radio clubs. Each group can call it their own! One day a year to get together with other operators and swap stories... and maybe even some equipment.

Help us make this event a success! Tables available for $5 each! Electricity available upon request. Amateur radio license testing at 2:00pm.

For more information, contact:

C Scott Richardson - NØMRZ - EC@MuscatineARES.org,

or call 563-506-0304 today!

Amateur radio enthusiasts in Muscatine County are working together to make sure the Salvation Army and Red Cross can maintain lines of communication in the case of digital radio systems failing.

MUSCATINE — The Muscatine County emergency management director doubts it will ever happen. But if the county’s digital communication systems were to fail during a catastrophe, a local group of amateur radio enthusiasts say they have the backup plan.

A team of 20 engineers, hobbyists and old-school radio gear-heads has formed the Muscatine County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, as part of the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club. They’ve been working since last June to refurbish a trailer suited with emergency service radio equipment. It is one of 10 trailers brought to Iowa around 11 years ago by a Homeland Security grant, according to local member Scott Richardson.

The amateur radio equipment, he said, could help local agencies and the county communicate during natural emergencies and catastrophes, espe...

April 10, 2018

The Muscatine County ARES team will be participating in Operation STABLE MERCURY on April 23rd & 24th, 2018. This is a statewide communications interoperability exercise that will include participants from Federal, State, County, Local, and Volunteer entities and organizations who are involved with Public Safety and Emergency Responses to disaster events.Amateur Radio operators may be asked to fill a variety of roles in this exercise, and your responses to the questions below will help the event planners find a suitable role for you to learn and participate.

Setup: Sunday, April 22 - EOC to arrive at 4:00pm

Operation: Monday, April 23 - 7:00am to 5:00pm at MCC grounds behind McAvoy Center

Tuesday, April 24 - 7:00am to 4:30pm - Tear down to be completed by 8:00pm when EOC is picked up.

If you are participating with the MCARES team, and you have not yet registered, please do so at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZ2e7UPgLbprITjvHFiUhIoWwtypCc0j3_eLA_5YX5ZkY4cA/viewform

This is...

January 26, 2018

Effective Immediately: Our ARES Emergency Simplex frequency has been changed with the state from 147.510 to 146.445. Please start using this frequency immediately as our old state assigned frequency has serious intermod issues with the 146.910 MARC repeater.  Thank you, Scott - NØMRZ - EC

January 5, 2018

  As most of you know... the mobile Emergency Operation Center trailer that we have been using has been delegated back to Muscatine County and Jefferson County has relinquished total control.  Muscatine County has put our team in charge of this piece of equipment.

  The unit was built over 10 years ago and was purchased with a Homeland Security grant along with one other unit in District 5, and a total of nearly 8 other unit across the state of Iowa as I understand it.  The trailer's generator was in a terrible state of disrepair, mostly because it has sat so long.  Many modifications and upgrades are planned for this very useful tool to tailor it to the needs of the Muscatine County Amateur Radio Service needs.

  The plan is to remove the generator and access the damages to the engine.  In the short time we have used the unit we have experienced massive oil consumption.  It is almost a given that the engine is going to need to be rebuilt. We are also hopeful that we can get a...

November 13, 2017

A new page has been added to the ARES section of the site. It refers to the Broadband-Hamnet. It's the new name for what used to be called HSMM-MESH, or the High Speed Multimedia Mesh Network. It's been around for years, just somehow avoided my attention.  It can be an awesome communications tool to aid us in our mission to our served agencies. Read more about this very affordable option. Click below:

October 5, 2017

All,

  Please see the below letters of approval from the ARRL concerning the Southeast Iowa Hamfest.  In 2018 we have been approved to host the ARRL Iowa Section Convention. In 2019 we will host the ARRL Iowa State Convention.

  Hours - With the added events such as the convention and seminars, we have changed the hours to 7:00am to 2pm. This will give us an extra hour to get the seminars done without having to start first thing in the morning when the early birds are trying to catch a bargain.

  Seminars - The plan is to build events that are centered around the seminar topic.  For instance: Seminar #1 - Emergency Communications;  With new ARES teams in both Muscatine and Washington Counties this will be a great recruiting tool.  Since we attract many other counties, having their ECs in attendance might also add members to their team, or spark the interest of someone that will start an ARES group in some of the many counties that don't currently have an ARES pres...

September 23, 2017

ATTENTION: All MARC Members,

This evening Kevin - N2AM and myself visited the repeater site. Owen - KEØNOF joined us shortly afterwards. The initial readings on the machine was showing a mere 9 watts output, and 2.8 watts returning which confirmed that we have a problem. Upon running the antenna analyser on the feedline it was evident that there was a drastic problem and a horrendous mismatch at a point 253' up the feedline. This means that the club is going to have to hire a climber to go to the feedpoint of the antenna and see if the problem is in the short jumper near the top, or in the splitter that feeds the elements.

To get us by until we can do something Kevin installed a circulator in the feedline between the cans and the repeater. This will re-route the reflected power from the mismatch into a dummy load rather than it coming back int the finals of the repeater and damaging the finals. The repeater was also set to high power (50 watts instead of 25 watts).

Tomorrow (Sunday) Kevin...

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Club Meetings

We meet the second Monday evening of each month at 7:00 pm.

Our meetings are held at:


Musser Public Library,

600 E. 2nd Street

Muscatine, IA 52761

All are invited to attend.

Club Repeater - KCØAQS

The KCØAQS/R 146.31/91 repeater located at the Muscatine Community College campus.


The repeater is an open access machine for the use of all licensed amateurs.


The repeater requires 192.8 Hz CTCSS for access.
Weekly net every Sunday at 8:30 pm Local Time. Please check in and meet the local hams.

This machine can also be accessed via Echolink on the KCØAQS-R Echolink repeater

Weekly Club Net

Weekly net every Sunday at 8:30 pm Local Time. Please check in and meet the local hams.

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HELPFUL HINTS!

Buy a $25 Baofeng H/T to hook to your antenna during stormy weather.

Compliments of Arnold - KCØALT