Talktober on SWIRADIO


It is an open repeater, free to all to use, and needs no PL tone. Located top of a 185 ft cell phone tower on a hill 3 mi NE of downtown Council Bluffs, it covers fairly well into Omaha, even to West and SW Omaha. Remember the negative (-) offset.

Don’t forget our C4FM System Fusion Repeater on on 442.225.  It is Wires-X connected to a national repeater network.



What does that mean?  I don’t know, I heard it on the radio.

Join in the SWIARC Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday Nets.

Listen in for some spooky chatter this October on 146.82MHz



You are invited to join in every Saturday at Noon on the SWIARC repeater for the Swap Net. Got something to sell? Looking for Something? After the Swap Net all items are listed on our classifieds page.


BELOW: Enjoy our News and Articles written by SWIARC members…

Runs on a 9V battery
I used the old one
from our Smoke Alarm

Ten Dollar Transistor Tester

SWIARC Pres Russ AD0QH brought this Transistor Tester Kit to the meeting in September. It was fourteen ($14) bucks and tests resistors and capacitors too. We tested a transistor that he brought, and also a capacitor. You just stick it in and the included computer chip figures out whether it’s NPN, PNP, FET, or a …

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SWIARC Repeater Sims St site

Simms Ave Tower

Jeff KEØGKF writes, “This is .82 as we call her, repeater serving the Council Bluffs/Omaha area and surrounding cities. It has excellent coverage. And a long history since the 70s It is maintained by the South West Iowa Ham Radio Club. (Swiarc) 146.820”

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eBay sellers are using the Motorola logo, however, is the Baofeng name even legit?

Baofeng DM-5R Bust

For $70 you can by a Baofeng DMR HT that will not work on our local DMR repeaters. Many sellers don’t bother disclosing this to buyers.   Make sure your new DMR HT supports Tier 2 (TDMA) or you’ll be left out of the Omaha DMR scene.

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ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition

Local Class Helps Folks Become a Ham

Leonard (KD0QFE) writes, “Our Technician License Class is starting October 7th, 2017. It will run over three Saturdays; October 7th, 14th & 28th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. All three sessions will be held in a conference room at Bellevue Medical Center, located at 25th street & Highway 370.”

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Election Results

Gary WDØCFC writes, “Albert KEØLOL won president, Bill KDØFJR will remain as VP, Rich WAØZQG changes roles from Treasurer to the new Secretary, and Greg Ross NØGR is now the club Treasurer.  Greg will also remain repeater trustee.”

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Voice of America Bethany Relay Station

Radio Camp Wa-kon-da

Saturday (9/23) SWIARC regulars took time to chat with kids calling from Camp Wakonda as part of a Radio Scouting event.  Dudley, KDØNMD offers his thanks to those operators as well as the SWIARC club for the use of the repeater.  HF contacts were also made including a 15-year old girl with Voice of America.

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Albert KE0LOL offered
his homemade antenna mount
(looks exactly like com'l one)

Omaha Fest Springfield NE

Every fest has a ‘theme’ in the form of a Lot Of Something or Other. I thought there was an unusual selection of Power Supplies – an Astron 35 with meters and adjustable Voltage and Current offered at $80 (they’re $200 new), and a lot more including this orphan FP-301 made to match the Yaesu …

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Good place to meet people.
This is Joel KQ0J in 2013.

Irma, Learning Experience and update!

Hey all howdy from sunny Florida.  They said it would be nice and relaxing down here – so much for that.  Thanks all for the prayers and thoughts – Ken AA0UU gave me a shout on IRLP today and passed well wishes along.  Hams are supporting the local shelters. In our town the club listens …

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Image credit: KCCI News Des Moines Iowa

Coronal Mass Ejection

Due to a solar storm you may be able to see the Aurora Borealis tonight from your backyard in Council Bluffs IA. This morning there were two solar flares, the second being the most powerful in over a decade. The flares caused radio blackouts, and some transpolar flights were diverted for safety reasons.

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Notice plastic tube
draining gasoline

Generator Maint.

SWIARC member Andy WB0WKC (SK) used to change the oil and gas in his generator 3 or 4 times a year. He was the one who brought a bright pink 100ft extension cord to a couple of our Field Days. It was made of very flexible (lots of strands) 3 wire #12. Andy was an …

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