The IRA Hamfest at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds scheduled for June 6, 2020 has been canceled.
Supporters of the IRA, Over the past few weeks the IRA Board has been challenged, as have you all, with the COVID-19 virus our World is facing. It is with great regret that our Hamfest for 2020 has to be canceled. Many factors went into the decision from the unpredictable nature of our Governor's Executive orders to concerns by the Fairgrounds Board but also the very real impact this virus is having on some of our neighbors, friends and family. The opportunity to meet new friends and to visit with livelong friends will be missed by everyone. Keep checking into our Web Site and Facebook Page for future activities we hope to schedule as circumstances allow. In the interim I would like to challenge everyone to consider doing these three things. Make an on air schedule with your friends. Check into one of the many Nets the IRA has scheduled. There are online opportunities to study for and pass that General or Extra Class Ticket. Thank you for your friendship and support. 73, de KA8YSM Tom Werkema President, Independent Repeater Association
6/4/2020: The Big Rapids link transmitter sending to Grand Rapids is down. Anyone on the northern links will not be able to transmit into the system.
See the link status page for information on all sites.
Thank you to all of you who continue to donate to support the link system.
If you use the link repeater system, please consider donating to help cover expenses. In addition to our operating expenses, we had to relocate our Big Rapids site. Using the Pay Pal link below, you can make a tax deductible single or monthly donation that helps to ensure the future the the IRA repeater system.
DONATION CHALLENGE: One of our repeater users has issued a donation challenge. “I am challenging everyone to donate to the IRA for the projects that need to be completed this year. I will MATCH 30% of every donation made to the IRA through July 15th, 2020 up to $300 dollars of my own money. If you are on the edge of making a donation, maybe this will help you decide, knowing your donation is being “upped” by 30% via a matching contribution from one of our users”. Donations can be made using the PayPal link below, or sending checks to our PO Box address.