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March 23, 2017

  The Echolink node hooked to the KCØAQS 146.310/910 repeater has been changed to KCØAQS-R (from NØMRZ-R). It will only effect those that are connecting off their phone app or computer. The DTMF tones to control it will not change.

  The NØMRZ-R node will be re-assigned to a Simplex repeater on ARES Emergency channel 147.510. At first the plan is to link this simplex channel to the repeater until those currently using it sign on and get the connect message to please change their favorite to KCØAQS-R instead.

  We can still link the two together in times of need, or connect directly to it if the link on the repeater goes down. I plan to build a battery backup for the NØMRZ-R node.  

  The NØMRZ-R node will be receiving/transmitting at 65 watts from 20' at my QTH, until it is placed at the top of the new tower later this Spring at 65' in it's final residing location. 

  

  Thank you, de Scott - NØMRZ

March 16, 2017

   DX Engineering's Cory Gibson - W3CDG is putting together a program specifically for the Muscatine County ARES group. It will be on Emergency Communications and will be presented to our group at the April 24th meeting at the Muscatine Mall.  The meeting starts at 6:30pm, and the program will start LIVE at 7:00pm CST. More information to come as it becomes available! All members of Muscatine County ARES should plan to attend. Contact EC - Scott Richardson - NØMRZ for more information!

Cory works at DX Engineering (http://www.dxengineering.com). And ham radio has very quickly become a major part of his life!  He is also Vice-President of the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club http://www.w3lif.org) where he runs the email server and website.

Cory is the current Emergency Coordinator and Radio Officer for Mercer County and participates in many drills for emergency communications.

He doesn't do many contests, but he said he enjoyed field day and the PAQSO Party, so lo...

March 13, 2017

  Thanks to all that came out to the Muscatine Mall on March 11-12 for the 6th Annual River City Outdoor Show.  The Mobile Emergency Communications Trailer was on-site and sporting the 2 meter / 440 vertical on the top that was supplied by Kevin - N2AM, as well as a G5RV with the center at approx 50' and a R7 HF vertical on the back ladder.  The portable station was setup inside the front entrance of the Mall and several HF contacts were made across the two days.

 On-The-Air contacts were not the only contacts made that weekend.  Some old friends stopped by like Larry - WAØVUS and Dave Metz.  Many new friends were made as well and it was a great event for finding new members for MARC. Kevin - N2AM brought along a bunch of literature and some of it did make it in the hands of potential new hams!

  The power supply and a Yaesu FT-2800 were supplied by Club President, Bill - KC8TWZ, and Scott - NØMRZ brought the HF equipment (Kenwood TS-570S with an external speaker and...

March 9, 2017

This weekend, Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, March 12 from 10am to 4pm, to operate the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club's table at the 2017 River City Outdoor Show.  Operate UHF/VHF and HF off antennas on the Mobile Emergency Operation Center that will be parked out front of the Muscatine Mall. Please email times you have available to man the event, and what you can bring for equipment.  We need 2meter/440 radio, power supply, and an HF rig. Thank you!

February 13, 2017


On Saturday, 2/11 Kevin (N2AM) and Scott (NØMRZ) traveled to Fairfield, Iowa to bring back this mobile Emergency Communications Center for the club to use.  It was one of two such unit that were purchased with a Homeland Security grant approximately 10 years ago.  Neither of these units have seen much use, and are basically brand new.

 This was made possible by the Muscatine County Director of Emergency Services.  He made the arrangements for us to go and get this piece of equipment and bring it back to Muscatine County for the amateur radio club to use for training and for providing emergency communications.

 The unit is a 26' long fully contained trailer that includes a generator, a 65' Aluma tower that is run by an electric winch.  It also has such things as a refrigerator, rest room, and plenty of room to setup additional stations along the left wall.  There is already a 2 meter / 440 station that is programmed and ready to go!

 We owe the Director of Emergency Se...

January 19, 2017

Get the information to me to get your own personal webpage in the "MEMBERS" section of the site.  It's as simple as dropping me an email with what you want included on you page! Do it today.

November 30, 2016

The December 12th meeting of the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club will be held at Pizza Ranch at 106 Ford Avenue in Muscatine at our normal meeting time of 6:30pm on December 12th.  We have the back room reserved and everyone is on their own to be able to either get the buffet, or order from the menu. Everyone is invited! Hope to see you all there!

November 29, 2016

  All said and done, according to the final numbers, we had as many, if not more hams attend our annual Hamfest at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds. Here are a few images from that day...

August 26, 2016

For the September 12th club meeting we will gather outside the Musser Public Library at 5:30pm, and plan to leave town at 6:00pm to venture to Bill's.

Before moving to Riverside, Iowa, Bill Hartley, K3JNZ, was living in a New York City apartment. Being an enthusiastic contester, he noted how his coverage was meager at best. However, something in him always caused him to be on the look out for a place that would make a great amateur radio station. He did this for years.

Then one day, he found a house for sale in an ad on ARRL.org.  It was a house that was also a VHF contest station!  And this contest station had a write-up in a VHF magazine (CQ VHF). The reason for this was that it included a 42-ft dish capable of doing EME on 144 MHz, 220 MHz, 432 MHz and 1296 MHz.  Not too many houses had a feature like that!  Bill's comment: "Who wouldn't want a place like this?" Others had looked at the place but they hesitated.  Bill didn't hesitate and ended up scoring this dream station....

Plan to attend the 31st Annual hamfest sponsored by the Muscatine and Washington Area Amateur Radio Clubs, and held at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds on the first Sunday of October. This year's hamfest will feature:

  • Outside Flea Market space is FREE with gate ticket

  • Outside electrical hookup (fee required)

  • Saturday evening pre-hamfest Wiener and Brat Roast at 6:00 p.m.

    • Wiener meal - $5.00 adults; $3.00 children - 12 years old & under.

    • Brat meal - $6.00 adults; $4.00 children - 12 years old & under.

  • Commercial vendors

    • Vendor reservation form

    • Vendors planning to be here

  • Extensive drive-in Flea Market

  • Amateur Radio license exams, details below

  • QSL checking by Tom Vavra, WB8ZRL

    • DXCC, VUCC, WAS, and WAC applications.

    • Requires filled out application and stamped envelope to mail it to the ARRL.

  • Overnight parking

  • Electricity available on site

  • New radios, antennas and test equip...

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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 MEETINGS ON ZOOM

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