Dubuque County ARES Net

The Dubuque County ARES net is held every Thursday @ 7:30 pm. This meeting is open for all to join in. ARES members will be called first. ARES news/traffic will be handled and then any late check-ins or non-members may check in. Please note the format may change as the ARES net is new and still developing.
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Club Meeting, Monday, April 13

Our program for Monday’s meeting will be Harry Styer and the Tri State Modelers. They will be showing us their home built RC, radio controlled airplanes. They will also explain the radio end of their hobby and possibly they will be bringing a small drone.

Also at this meeting will be discussion of the special event station we will have on the William M Black at the NMRM commemorating the NMRM’s special Titanic exhibit. The NMRM is very enthusiastic about us operating from the William M Black. We have to work out the details and agree on a workable date.

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Getting Started With The HackRF, Hak5 1707

HackRF One from Great Scott Gadgets is a Software Defined Radio peripheral capable of transmission or reception of radio signals from 10 MHz to 6 GHz. Designed to enable test and development of modern and next generation radio technologies, HackRF One is an open source hardware platform that can be used as a USB peripheral or programmed for stand-alone operation.

  • 10 MHz to 6 GHz operating frequency
  • half-duplex transceiver
  • up to 20 million samples per second
  • 8-bit quadrature samples (8-bit I and 8-bit Q)
  • compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more
  • software-configurable RX and TX gain and baseband filter
  • software-controlled antenna port power (50 mA at 3.3 V)
  • SMA female antenna connector
  • SMA female clock input and output for synchronization
  • convenient buttons for programming
  • internal pin headers for expansion
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • USB-powered
  • open source hardware

HackRF One has an injection molded plastic enclosure and ships with a micro USB cable. An antenna is not included. ANT500 is recommended as a starter antenna for HackRF One.

HackRF One is test equipment for RF systems. It has not been tested for compliance with regulations governing transmission of radio signals. You are responsible for using your HackRF One legally.

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The Great River Amateur Radio Club is renewing it’s commitment to the Emergency Responders of Dubuque County, and we are announcing the first session of the G.R.A.R.C. ARES net. Anyone interested in ARES is welcome to participate. The net will take place on the club’s 2 meter repeater.

Please join us on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30P.M.


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April’s Club Meeting

April’s club meeting will be held on Monday, April 13th at the:
Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility
14928 Public Safety Way,
Dubuque, IA 52002


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GRARC Applies For Special Project Grant!


To find out more, click the banner above, or click here.

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20 Trivia Questions

01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don’t know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?________________.

02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. In early 1964, we all watched them on The ____ ___________ Show.

03. ‘Get your kicks, __ _________ _______.’

04. ‘The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to _____ _ _____.’

05. ‘In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ____ ____ ____ ____.’

06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we ‘danced’ under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the ‘_____.’
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Spotter Training – Dubuque, IA

Spotter Training – Dubuque, IA

Where Dubuque County Fire Fighters Association Regional Emergency Responder Training Facility – 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque, IA 52002
When Tue, March 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Description 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. 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.
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Homebrew Buddipole

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Club Meeting February 9 – Guest Speaker

Donnie Miller, N0RWR will be our speaker at the February 9th club meeting. He will be discussing the correct ins and outs of tower climbing, erecting an antenna, using a gin pole, safety precautions and selecting the best antenna for one’s needs and conditions.

Over the years Donnie has been an Elmer to many new and old hams, always ready to help when needed. He will be ready to answer questions and share the tips he has learned in over sixteen years in the hobby, going back even farther to when he began in CB.  Donnie’s mobile radio installations have always been considered masterpieces of perfection!

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G.R.A.R.C VEC Testing Dates

February 14

May 9

August 8

October 10