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September 9, 2020

The Annual Southeast Iowa Hamfest has a new home after 37 years at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.

Due to a 450% increase in charges by the Muscatine County Fair Board... this event has been moved after being held in the same location for 37 years. Our new home is at the Louisa County Fairgrounds. They agreed to charge us a rate that was very close to that which we had been paying in past years in West Liberty, Iowa.

The new facility is much newer, nicer, and easier to get to. There is even lodging available close by. We look forward to our new home, and look forward to seeing everyone that comes to visit us on October 4, 2020 in Columbus Junction, Iowa.

January 1, 2020

On November 1, 2019 the Louisa County 146.985 - (192.8 Hz) ACØEC repeater went on-the-air! This machine has been performing beautifully thanks to it's builder Dave Metz - WAØAUQ.  The bulk of the work was done by Dave, and Scott - NØMRZ did the programming of the radio. Signal reports are good for this machine to the East around the Aledo, IL area as well as North up towards the Quad Cities.

Future plans include linking this machine to the 146.910 MARC Muscatine Amateur Radio Club repeater. This will be accomplished with a Motorola UHF GM300 radio and a yagi pointed towards Muscatine.

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:


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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:

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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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