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.

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Thanks to Tim NL7SK for the image.


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 tabithainak@gmail.com (best way), or text or phone 907-414-2281.

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It’s that time of year again where we all gather around, swap some gear, tell a few stories and eat some good food together. What you don’t know? It’s HAM FEST TIME!

This year MARA is having their annual Ham Fest at the Boys and Girls Club on Bogard Road again. For more information click the link below


Technician Class

John/AL7LA has put together a Tech class. it is starting the 6th of Mar at 7 PM, check with your friends or spouses, please contact John to let him know they are interested. It will be held at the Mat-su Hospital in the Matanuska Room.