MARA May Hamfest

We have scheduled or annual Hamfest for May 9th Saturday 0900 setup and open 1000-1600.  Have found a venue for the hamfest.  It will be at the Church of Christ in Wasilla near Home Depot  at 2061 N Merciful Cir.  We also are beginning to gather door prizes and look for ideas for programs or seminars. We need to tie a site down as soon as possible.  Coordinate your door prizes thru Pam/KL3PAM and you can get your tax receipt for the donation and letter of introduction from her.  Make sure you get a business card from them so we can post it on our web site.

Upcoming Technician Class

MARA will be conducting it's next Tech Class on Saturdays 4 April to 22 April from 1000-1200 at the Houston Fire Dept Building 57.4 Parks Hwy, Houston, AK.  Contact John/AL7LA at  if you would like to attend or want to purchase the text book prior to the class.  The Class is free, as is the test.  The text book is $25, however if you take the class and past the test MARA will reimburse you for the cost of the book and you keep the book.  You also get a 1 year free membership to the club.


February General Meeting

This month's General meeting will be Friday February 28th at 7pm and held at the Good Sheppard Lutheran Church on Bogard road. The address is 501 East Bogard Road, Wasilla AK.

Why is Ham Radio Still Important?

In an age where communication is often taken for granted, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Ham Radio.

I often receive questions like: “Why do I need Ham Radio when I have a cell phone?” or “Didn’t the internet kill Ham Radio?” While these modern forms of communication may have shifted the attention away from Ham Radio, by no means did it make it unnecessary. In fact, during a disaster, it’s very likely that these modern forms of communication will be the first ones to fail.

The number one reason for preparedness minded people to consider Ham Radio is its reliability during times of crisis. Since the early 1900s, this form of communication has reliably made it through every major crisis, disaster, and emergency situation with flying colors. When all other forms of communication fail, Hams are often the ones who are called upon to help communicate in and out of the disaster zone.

When the grid goes down, the Ham Bands will still be alive and very active.


To all Alaska Hams with a call sign License Plate

The State DMV is sending out yellow cards to those people needing to re-register their plates. The card indicates you can register online. However, for those that have ham radio plates you can't do it online. It has to be done at a DMV office. I have included below what one administer sent me.

I would advise that those re-registering their plates to take what Karina Garces-Pellon sent to me so if there are any questions, you have some backup. She is from the Anchorage DMV

I’ve included our Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 812) for the renewal, you will need to

  • State on form 812 that you’re requesting Amateur Radio Exemption by checking the box “Other” and writing in the Amateur Radio (AR)
  • Make the following statement in the Affidavit section on the application “This vehicle meets the requirements outlined in AS 28.10.421 (d) (8) (A) & (B) and I qualify for free registration under this statute.”
  • Copy of current FCC License
  • Folks need to understand they need a 5 Band HF radio installed in the vehicle with Antenna and power connection.

Click here for the Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 812)


For older vehicles, Claude N7FXX reports, since it’s an older vehicle he bypassed the “free” renewal and changed categories to “old” and “vanity” so now I’m permanent, no renewal. Cost me a little up front but now all seven of my legacy vehicles are “P” designated.


MARA members, if you know of a member who needs cheering up because they have lost a loved one, or are laid up with illness or injury, or if someone is in the hospital, please let one of us know. We would love to send a ray of sunshine in their direction.


Help us spread the cheer. Donations are always appreciated and can be made at the general meeting or directly to Tabitha or Pam.


Contact Tabitha at (best way), or text or phone 907-414-2281.

Pam at, or 907-376-9281.