Welcome to Ottumwa Amateur Radio Club - WA0DX

Ottumwa Amateur Radio Club
Ottumwa, Iowa USA
Wapello County

Located in Southeast Iowa, The Ottumwa Amateur Radio Club (OARC) is dedicated to the advancement of "Ham Radio". Founded in 1962, the OARC is a "general-purpose" club for anyone interested in ham radio.

Ottumwa ham operators were holding meetings as early as 1948 and Ottumwa Amateur Radio Club incorporated in 1962.  

Through the years OARC members have devoted time and resources to planning and providing communications support for the annual Ottumwa Oktoberfest Parade and Wapello County's Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure."  

For many years, OARC has participated in the national Field Day exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.  Club members set up portable radios and antennas to simulate emergency conditions while making contacts with other ham radio operators across the continent. 

We have members of the OARC active in the these aspects of ham radio:

  • Emergency communications (RACES, ARES, and MARS)
  • DX-ing (long distance communications)
  • Field Day participation
  • Home-brewing (building your equipment and antennas)
  • Community service
  • Amateur Television Digital Amateur TV (Digital-ATV, DATV, D-ATV) Analog Amateur Television (ATV, SSTV)
  • HF/VHF/UHF communications
  • Repeater communications
  • Satellite communications
  • PSK31 communications
  • QRP
  • Digital voice communications (D-STAR, WinDRM, etc.)
  • PACKET radio and APRS
  • Just talking to other HAMs

Repeater Information

Club Repeater: WAØDX/R 147.285 + PL: 146.2


Repeater Use Guidelines 

• Emergency and public service communications shall have priority over all other communications.

• Give priority to mobile stations: Variations in travel distance, terrain and repeater coverage may make it difficult for mobile stations to hold the repeater.

• Welcome and include newcomers & visitors: Encourage newcomers to Amateur Radio and visiting ham operators to participate in your QSO, round-table, and club activities. The OARC repeater is open to all and repeater use should be encouraged. Please be courteous, friendly and patient.

• Practice good repeater etiquette: Basic repeater etiquette includes pausing prior to transmitting so breaking stations may be heard and the repeater timer can reset.

• FCC Rules / Good conduct: Repeater users are expected to observe applicable FCC rules and established principles of good Amateur Radio practice.

Nets and Meetings

Local Nets:

Mondays @ 8:00pm local, 147.285 + PL: 146.2

Club Meetings:
2nd Saturday of each Month
10AM @ Ottumwa Public Library- 102 4th Street

Local Calling Frequencies

The following frequencies are frequencies often times monitored by Amateur Radio operators in the Ottumwa area.

80M - 3.560.0
80M - 3.970.0
40M - 7.030.0
40M - 7.122.0
10M - 28.060.0
10M - 28.445.0


VE Testing

VE Test sessions are available each month at our club meetings held 2nd Saturday of each Month. Tests are available to the public.

If you're intersted in testing, please contact info@wa0dx.org or call Glen(K0JGH) at (641) 934-5320.