MISA Repeater Network – Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association

Amateur radio operators are a vital link in the spotter and communication network used by the NWS during severe or otherwise inclement weather. Not only do they report what they see with their own eyes, but they can report what others see, and also provide communications to other NWS offices should normal communication modes fail.

These repeaters are established and maintained entirely voluntarily by clubs and individual amateur radio operators. The repeater trustees that maintain these repeaters are listed below. The trustees ensure the integrity of the infrastructure by continually enhancing the network, upgrading equipment, and in some cases, installing emergency power backup systems in the event of a power outage. New repeaters continue to be installed by dedicated and hard-working hams to expand their networks. We also continue to learn of and put into use these new systems as soon as possible.

For now, we will not list 2-meter and 70-centimeter repeaters outside of our 51 county warning area, unless they also serve some of our counties. If you notice errors or omissions, or know of new repeaters that need to be added, contact us on this page and we can take care of your request.

If you are a spotter utilizing an amateur radio repeater, familiarize yourself with the procedures for sending reports to net control.

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System A

Location Freq Shift PL Trustee Notes
Grimes 146.610 114.8 W0DAY
Mason City 146.760 103.5 KA0SPF
Scranton 444.300 + 151.4 N0VPR
Williams 444.500 + 151.4 KA0SPF

System B

Location Freq Shift PL Trustee Notes
Afton 442.400 + 151.4 K0CSQ
Baxter 442.445 + 151.4 KC0NFA
Coralville 444.750 + 151.4 K0GH
Creston 146.790 136.5 N0GMH
Greenfield 444.700 + 173.8 N0BKB
Grimes 443.400 + 151.4 N0INX
Lenox 146.880 136.5 KD0TWE
Menlo 147.045 + 114.8 N0BKB
Osceola 147.210 + 114.8 K0CSQ

System C (ICN fiber optic link)

Location Freq Shift PL Trustee Notes
Bedford 147.135 + 203.5 KA0RDE For local use only, use a PL of 127.3
Des Moines 146.820 203.5 W0KWM For local use only, use a PL of 114.8
Mason City 147.315 + 203.5 KB0JBF For local use only, use a tone of 103.5
Pella 145.170 203.5 WB0URW

Echolink (last resort)

Station ID Node # Notes
N0INX-R 460526

Nets may be established on local repeaters that are not linked into one of the hub systems listed above. If possible, a liaison station should be established to collect and pass along reports back to K0DMX on one of the hub networks. The liaison station should check in with K0DMX net control to inform the operator at the NWS that they are serving in that capacity.

If radio contact cannot be made by the liaison station with K0DMX, reports of severe weather should be passed along to the NWS via telephone at 1-800-SKYWARN (1-800-759-9276) by the local net control station or liaison.