September 9, 2015
RURAL IOWA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB IS DESIGNATED AS AN ARRL SPECIAL SERVICE CLUB
Rural Iowa ARC was presented a certificate for its designation as an ARRL Special Service Club at it’s September meeting. RIARC is the only club in Iowa with this designation.
July 20, 2015
RURAL IOWA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO DEMONSTRATE AMATEUR RADIO AND COMMUNICATIONS VAN DURING FAYETTE CO FAIR
Come out to the Fayette County Fair on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (Aug 5-7) from 1PM-6PM and get a demonstration of the Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club’s (RIARC) new mobile communications vehicle. The City of Elgin transferred ownership of the vehicle to RIARC this past fall.
Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club has spent the year reconfiguring the vehicle and equipping the vehicle with radios and antennas for Amateur Radio and public safety use during emergencies and disasters. The vehicle is also used during community events for supplemental communications and as a showcase to the multiple facets of the Amateur Radio hobby.
The communications vehicle currently has multiple radios that allow access to most methods of two-way communications. It has an Amateur Radio high frequency (HF) radio, which allows long range communications. Using that radio, club members can talk across the country or the world. The communications van also has dual band 2-meter and 440 MHz radios that allow for communications on a shorter scale, like across town or a county. It also has public safety radios that allow for a tie into public safety radio systems when needed.
The club isn’t limited to traditional radio communications either. Club members use computers and Wi-Fi routers to make an Amateur Radio mesh network. Over this mesh network, one can share documents, view deployed IP cameras, and instant message between devices connected to the network. The mesh network doesn’t rely on the Internet, which makes it ideal for disaster and rural use where Internet connectivity may not be available. The club also utilizes computers in the vehicle to do incident command event logging as well as APRS. APRS is an Amateur Radio based tracking system that also allows users to track positions of other APRS stations and send messages.
About Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club (RIARC)
Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators from Northeast Iowa. Their mission is to promote the Amateur Radio hobby and provide radio communications support in times of disaster and public service events. The club holds regular meetings the first Thursday of each month at 6:30PM in the Oelwein Super 8 meeting room. Meetings are open to anyone interested in Amateur Radio or radio communications. More information can be found on their website http://www.w0oel.com