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!

73’s & Best regards,
Sioux Empire Amateur Radio Club Membership

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Local Amateur Radio club members came out to the office today to participate in the Nationwide Skywarn Recognition Day!

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The fifth Tuesday is upon us! 41st St Pizza Ranch at 6PM on 11/29 for our holiday event. ... See MoreSee Less

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Skywarn Recognition day will be Dec 3th. We will operate from the Sioux Falls NOAA (weather service) office from about 8:30 until noon or perhaps a bit later. We will be using special event call sign N0F. The Murray County ARES group would like someone from our club to handle Echolink net control duties for the 9:30 to 10:00 CST slot. ... See MoreSee Less

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Anybody have any Motorola repeater gear, or repeater gear for sale? I am here for Thanksgiving ... See MoreSee Less

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I have a 65' tower that is yours if you take it down. Message me if you're interested or know someone who is. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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We have added a flyer for the upcoming Technician Licensing course. Please share! You can download it from our website..

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I have 6 ef Johnson vhf digital radios for sale. Also a perfectly working 5 amp and some other miscellaneous 2 way stuff. Let me know if you are interested. Sold as is ... See MoreSee Less

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HELP! I am teaching a one-day technician class Saturday November 12th in Storm Lake, and need the help of some VEs. As of right now I will have 11 students ready to take their tech test at the end of the day, approximately 5:00 pm. I'm a W5YI VE, so I need at least 2 more VEs and preferably someone to lead the testing, because I'm usually wiped out by the end of the day. Any takers? I know you'll love having a bunch of new hams in the area, but need your help to do it. I collect the test fee as part of the class registration, so I pay for all of them at one time. Any takers??? ... See MoreSee Less

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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.
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Upcoming Hamfest in the region...

S.A.R.A Hamfest
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.
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