About the Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club
Heartland Hams is an organization made up of federally licensed amateur radio operators who live in the heartland of America. Heartland Hams, Incorporated was formed in 1995 as a non- profit organization. The group is made up primarily of amateurs who live in Southwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska, but the by-laws make membership open to any amateur who has an interest in being a member. Currently there are approximately forty members. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month with adjustments made for holidays or special events.
Our primary activities include Community Service, Emergency Communications, and Amateur Radio Education. We provide communication services for events like the Glenwood Iowa Homecoming Parade, High School band contests and track events and bike rides in the Southwestern Iowa region. Heartland Hams sponsors the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) organizations in four counties in Southwest Iowa. Our educational efforts include classes for those individuals who want to obtain an amateur radio license.
Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets
by David Rowan February 3, 2011
Somehow it makes little sense that amateur "ham" radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology -- which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam to receive a license -- currently attracts around 350,000 practitioners in Europe, and a further 700,000 in the United States, some 60 per cent more than 30 years ago. What is it about a simple microphone, a transmitter-receiver and the seductive freedom of the open radio spectrum that's turned a low-tech anachronism into an enduring and deeply engaging global hobby?