Welcome to the Sioux Empire Amateur Radio Club (SEARC) website. SEARC is a diverse group of amateur radio operators (Hams) that are interested in learning, collaborating and promoting the hobby, sport and service of amateur radio in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota metropolitan area and southeast South Dakota. SEARC is an ARRL affiliated club.
We hope you find this website to be a valuable tool and resource for members and non-members alike. Please provide your feedback, comments and suggestions. You may also follow our activities on QRZ.com or Like us on Facebook. Both Hams and non-Hams are encouraged to participate in our club, nets and club activities. All are welcome!
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Amateur Radio Technician Class
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8:00am - 5:30pm.
Storm Lake, IA
Email your name, address, & phone to IowaHamClasses@yahoo.com to pre-register. Registration must be received by October 29, 2016 to attend the class.
This is a one-day class to prepare you to take the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio license. The $99 class fee includes: The Class, Class Book & Study Guide, FCC Technician Class Test, Membership in the local amateur radio club, lunch, and your first amateur radio!
Why would I get into ham radio?
Ham radio is for anyone who likes to communicate with others via wireless technology. It is also for anyone who enjoys experimentation. Licensed amateur radio operators communicate with each other in nearby places, across the country, around the world or even with astronauts in outer space!
Ham radio is a great backup for emergencies. What happens when your cell phones don't work? Ham radio always works!
Amateur radio is a worldwide group of people who communicate with each other over a wide frequency spectrum using many different types of wireless transmitting modes.
Often, younger hams get a chance to meet other hams of various ages and professions. For example, Kid's Day is an annual event that encourages young people to get on the air, perhaps with a family member or a neighbor who is a licensed amateur radio operator. The frequent networking often helps teens when they are making career or education choices and wish to get some advice (from professionals in many technical fields) that maybe mom, dad or the guidance counselor may not be able to give.
Today, there are approximately 675,000 amateur radio operators in the United States, and more than 2.5 million around the world.
Why should I get licensed?
Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra.
The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called "short wave") bands used for international communications. ... See MoreSee Less
Upcoming Hamfest in the region...
Date: October 22 8 AM to 2 PM
Location: Sargent Bluff Community Center (903 Topaz Dr, Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054)
WB0W and Radio City will be there. Tables are available at $10 per table. Flea Market setup at 7 AM or Friday night from 4 PM to 7 PM. ... See MoreSee Less
Howdy, all! K0JWR here--I'm going to be teaching the ARRL Emergency Communications Course in South Sioux City at the LEC from 8A-1P on four Saturdays starting on September 10th. Testing will be done...
Howdy, all! K0JWR here--I'm going to be teaching the ARRL Emergency Communications Course in South Sioux City at the LEC from 8A-1P on four Saturdays starting on September 10th. Testing will be done at the conclusion of the class on Saturday, October 1st. Cost of the course is only $20.00 for the book and $15.00 for the required VE testing--that fee is due on the testing date. If you're interested, please email me ASAP, it's email@example.com. You don't need to be an emergency communicator already--just someone interested in helping out during times of need. You can't just show up to help anymore--you need to have some training on how to respond and be part of the solution during disasters! There should be hams from around the area participating--don't miss out! ... See MoreSee Less
Northern Plains Regional Radio Council Hamfest
August 27, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm
Civil Air Patrol Building
1698 Airport Road
Worthington, MN 56187
• Admission: $5.00
• Door prizes!
• Fly-ins welcome, tie-downs available
• Flea Market Tables Available ($8 each, $10 with power), please reserve in advance
• Radio City will be on site
• VE Testing starts at 10am
Contact: Paul Seifert, KC0NSR
2257 Nobles Street, Apt. #107
Worthington, MN 56187
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ... See MoreSee Less