2021 MARA HAMFEST
I would like to thank all those folks that participated and supported our hamfest. We had a fair turnout. A lot of good door prizes received from our local businesses, ham dealers and Mark/KB7HDX our Northwest Vice ARRL Director and Dave/KL7EB or state Section Manager. Big thanks to Chris/KL4BH for securing a great venue to hold it in. There were excellent seminars and demonstration and a delicious barbee.
MARA was presented an ARRL Affiliation Banner for 47 years of service by the Vice Director and Section Manager. KL7ILA should be proud of the accomplishment he started and thanks to all the folks who have supported the club.
We are starting up another program thanks to the suggestion from AMY/KL5BB. Folks may be familiar with the term “GOTA”. This comes from Field Day. Get On The Air. We are going to be conducting training for hams to assist them in get their stations on the air and learn what ham radio is all about. It will be slanted to the new hams mainly but anyone one can come. It will be held at Houston Fire Station 9-2 located at 990 S. Kenlar Rd, (Map to Station 9-2) Off the Parks Hwy. We have seats for about 16 folks. It will be held on the 3rd Saturday evening each month. 6 P.M.-8 P.M. We have 12 different programs which will be lined out for you on the first training session 21 Aug. They will be posted on the club’s website calendar. Contact John Mears/AL7LA for additional info and if you are going to attend.
FOR THE YOUNGER HAMS OR PERSPECTIVE HAMS
The following video introduces ham radio and discusses its aspect geared to the younger generation. Let your friends know about this.
This is sponsored by the RSGB and even though it's not the US, our younger hams or perspective hams are all a like when it comes
to new (to them) technology and having fun. Plus what a great way to meet new kids and exchange ideas.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (best way), or text or phone 907-414-2281.
Pam at email@example.com, or 907-376-9281.