IA Section Amateur Radio Events
Winter Field Day - Jan 29-30, 2022
Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2021 the dates are January 30th and 31st
Step 1 Visit the Winter Field Day Website
Step 2 Read the WFD Rules
Step 3 Operate Jan 30th and 31st
Step 4 Log your contacts and submit your log before Mar 1
Step 5 Fill out and print your WFD certificate!
Try this overview of QSO logging:
Ask Dave 18: Amateur Station Logging
Try this logging software training video:
NWS Weather Spotter Training - Feb 2022
National Weather Service (NWS) severe weather training for Amateur Radio is through the SKYWARN® Weather Spotter Program
Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules: Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter and SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics
Review the Basic Spotter Training modules.
They are available on YouTube Spotter Training playlist.
Participate in an online Weather Spotter Training webinar. Find a class near you at Iowa NWS Contacts. This training may be required every other year for NWS registered Weather Spotters.
Participate in an Amateur Radio Severe Weather/Storm Spotter net. Most ARES nets, and many other local nets in Iowa, will take severe weather reports for passing along to public safety, emergency management, and the NWS, By participating in severe weather reporting with other trained Spotters this gives you additional training and other methods for contacting the NWS.
To find an Amateur Radio net near you, read the IA_STM Net&Traffic Report or contact the Iowa Section Traffic Manager at AE5EI@arrl.net.
IARU World Amateur Radio Day - Apr 18, 2022
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio.
World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.
Find the list of Special Event Stations to work around the world at IARU World Amateur Radio Day, or create your own Special Event Station. QSL pls
Get on the air and enjoy!
ARRL Field Day - June 25-26, 2022
ARRL Field Day
Watch the Get Ready for Field Day video
Read the Field Day Rules
Join in, help with set up, operate, and log your contacts. Have fun!
Submit your logs/score to your Field Day organizer or to ARRL.
Entries must be postmarked or submitted via web app at http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
Rest up for next year.
RAGBRAI - July 24-30, 2022
RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 49th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.
Watch the IA Section News and Notes for information on Amateur Radio participation in RAGBRAI 2022
For route and other info go to RAGBRAI XLVIV
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - Oct 15-17, 2021