Spotter Training – Dubuque County

Pre-registration is NOT required. When you arrive, there will be a sign-in sheet at the class. This class is free, will last about 2 hours, and is open to the public. More Information: Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm Central Time
Dubuque County Fire Fighters Association Regional Emergency Responder Training Facility – 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque, IA 52002 (map)
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October Meeting, Monday the 10th, at the Dubuque Emergency Response Center

The next club meeting is Monday, October 10th, at 7 pm at the Dubuque Emergency Response Center.

Tom Berger, Dubuque County Emergency Management Administrator, will talk about emergency protocols in the county and showing the equipment available for emergency deployment.Tom Berger, Dubuque County Emergency Management Administrator, will talk about emergency protocols in the county and showing the equipment available for emergency deployment.

The center is at: 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque, IA 52002


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September Meeting to Highlight ARES Response to 2008 Cedar Rapids Flood

Join us for the September meeting, Monday, 9/12 at 7 pm at the Dubuque County Emergency Management and Training Center at 14928 Public Safety Way past the county fairgrounds.

Scott Haney, N0GUD, the State District ARES emergency coordinator will go over the ARES response to the 2008 flood at Cedar Rapids. Scott will discuss the response and what was learned.

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Microsoft eBook Giveaway

Microsoft has decided to giveaway dozens of ebooks for free. Whether you’re an IT professional, someone looking to become one, or just a geek, there is a great selection of books to choose from.

A list of topics include: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!

Check them out here.

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July 2016 Special Event at Field of Dreams Success!

Colin (W9UPK) reported a good turn-out at the Field of Dreams special event site. While they dodged a storm and broadcast conditions could be a challenge at times, many contacts were made.

Larry (AH6AX) commented: Thanks for the memories of ‘Field of Dreams’ – My wife and I visited last summer and walked the bases (I’m a cardio patient and can’t run anymore — darn it!)  May you have that field forever! Thanks to the people who have kept it “alive!”  It reminds me of simpler times. Thanks for the Special Event and the efforts you put into it!  It’s appreciated!

Colin reported many who called in were excited to talk to a station set up at the Field of Dreams.

See photos in the Gallery.

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Field of Dreams Special Event Friday and Saturday, July 22-23

Join The Great River Amateur Radio Club for our 2016 special event station at the Field of Dreams, near Dyersville, Iowa, where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed.

The special event station will operate on SSB 75, 40, 20, 17 meters and other bands as propagation permits.

                 Friday – July 22nd from 8 am to 10 pm 

               Saturday – July 23rd from 9 am until afternoon


Certificates will be available by sending a QSL card to GRARC Field of Dreams Special Event Station, POB 1384, Dubuque, IA 52004. Information about the event will also be posted in the July issue of QST.

Every year people gather at the site to remember the movie and to have a pick-up game of baseball. It’s always amazing how cars pull up, people old and young jump from their cars with their bats and balls, start hitting a few balls and suddenly there is a spontaneous game taking place. 

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W9DXCC DX Convention (Sept. 16-17)

FYI, the 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held on Sept. 16-17, 2016, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is the premier DX gathering in the region and is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. Contest University and DX University programs will be held Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. Saturday’s daylong session will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes, including a Yaesu FT DX 3000.

The evening banquet is a time to relax with keynote speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, the new ARRL CEO. For family members, Woodfield Mall, which offers a wide array of shopping, is one traffic light south of the convention site at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road.

Main Convention – Saturday (as of now, with more being added)

·         VP8STI/SGI Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island by K3LP

·         VK0EK Heard Island by KK6EK

·         K5P Palmyra Island by K9CT

·         Cycle 24 Update by K9LA

·         DX’ing During Declining Conditions by K9ZO

·         Flex 6000 for Contesting & DX’ing by N5AC

Registration: Go to for more information and registration.

Updates: for new developments.

For more information: John McCormick,

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GRARC Regular Meeting July 11 – Hear about Operating QRP While Hiking

The next regular meeting is Monday, July 11, at 7:00 PM at the emergency services center past the fairgrounds.

Jordan V0n Mulert, W0EMI, will speak to us about working QRP while hiking. Jordan has done this since upgrading to general class and he will have just returned from Colorado where he will be transmitting with his K3 in the Colorado Mountains. Find out how he does it, the antennas he uses and the special preparations for such operations.

Don’t forget the upcoming Special Event July 22-23 to be held at the Field of Dreams near Dyersville, IA.

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June 25-26 Field Day at Eagle Point Park

Join the club for Field Day, June 25-26, at Eagle Point Park at the Riverview Pavilion.

Set up begins at 9 AM, Saturday through noon Sunday.

Make a contact or watch the action.

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Special Event at Effigy Mound State Park, WI over Memorial Day Weekend

Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club in northeast Iowa is planning a National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event at Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette and Harpers Ferry in northeast Iowa.

We will be operating from the park over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28-Monday May 30, 10AM-4PM.

Due to space and other park restrictions, we think we will only be able to have 2 HF stations running at a given time.  We will have those setup, so you would only need to come and operate the radio.  I don’t have details on bands/frequencies we are going to operate at this time, I’m just gathering a list of those that want to come help operate during this period at this time.

Please contact if you are interested in participating and we can figure out a timeframe that will work for both of us.  You can operate the radio as much time as you want.  We also anticipate some interest from the public, so you can spend time talking with them and explaining amateur radio.  We will have handouts for the public.

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