ARRL Iowa Section SET 2021 October 23 8AM-12PM

Cyber Attack! “This is a drill”

Information and calendar below


Registration, discussion, calendar, files, meeting, event, and update notifications at:

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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

  1. Step 1 Visit the Winter Field Day Website

  2. Step 2 Read the WFD Rules

  3. Step 3 Operate Jan 30th and 31st

  4. Step 4 Log your contacts and submit your log before Mar 1

  5. 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

  1. Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules: Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter and SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics

  2. Review the Basic Spotter Training modules.
    They are available on
    YouTube Spotter Training playlist.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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.

  1. 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

  2. Get on the air and enjoy!

ARRL Field Day - June 25-26, 2022

ARRL Field Day

  1. Watch the Get Ready for Field Day video

  2. Read the Field Day Rules

  3. Find a Field Day Site Near You or Contact the Amateur Radio Club Near You.

  4. Join in, help with set up, operate, and log your contacts. Have fun!

  5. Submit your logs/score to your Field Day organizer or to ARRL.
    Entries must be postmarked or submitted via web app at by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

  6. 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.

  1. Watch the IA Section News and Notes for information on Amateur Radio participation in RAGBRAI 2022

  2. For route and other info go to RAGBRAI XLVIV

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - Oct 15-17, 2021


IA Simulated Emergency Test - Oct 23, 2021

ARRL Iowa Section SET 2021 October 23 8AM-12PM

Cyber Attack! “This is a drill”

Information and calendar at: website:

Registration, discussion, calendar, files, meeting, event, and update notifications at:

SET Managers: LGarner WA0UIG IA_SM/SEC, JHoepfner AE5EI IA_STM

SKYWARN® Recognition Day - Dec 4, 2021

Skywarn Recognition Day

December 4, 2021 from 0000z to 2400z

Always the first Saturday in December
(7 PM Saturday to 7 PM Sunday CST)

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

SKYWARN™ Registration Form - not yet active for 2021
SKYWARN™ Participation Certificate - n
ot yet available for 2021

List of Participating NWS offices: - not yet available for 2021

Follow NWS on Twitter #Skywarn21 and Facebook
Follow ARRLIowa on Twitter #IASkywarn21 and Facebook

SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 4, 2021 from 0000 - 2400 UTC (Sat 7pm- Sun 7pm CST).

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site ("sunny", "partly cloudy", "windy", etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.