MARA will be conducting a Technician Class starting 7 October to 28 October, starting Saturday Evening at 1800 (6 P.M) and for the next  3 Saturdays after, The test will be given the 28th.  Location will be at WASI (Wasilla Senior Center) off KGB Road.  Chief Instructor will be John Mears/AL7LA. He has Tech Manuals on hand if you need them.  We use the Gordan West Text. We have various programs available for the students to cover their manuals and the younger students can get a rebate on their license cost. This will all be covered during the first night of Class.  For any questions contact John at 907 745 6835



MARA has had another first.  Two  youngsters Enoch 8 & his sister Davella 11 passed their Technician Class License on the 24th of June.  They were assigned KL5PG and KL5PH.  Then on the 22nd of July they returned and passed their General Class. Now for the the finally in there new hobby beginnings, they both passed their Extra Test on the 26th of August.  Enoch is our youngest ham and sister 2nd youngest EXTRA Class hams in the Club. Elmers, if anyone knows of some equipment that they could borrow until they can get their own let us know.  Congrats to both of them.  So lets keep up the good work and get these younger folks going in their new hobby.  And you should talk to these youngsters, they know ham radio and are ready for the next step becoming operational.  Their parents and grandmother, are very proud. The ham shack is next.  Congratulations to you both.





MARA Monthly General Hybrid Zoom Meeting

Luncheon on Sept 28th at Denali Family Restaurant 121 S Lamont Cir Wasilla at 1130-1300.  The general meeting at the normal location, Wasilla Valley Church of Christ.

Friday, 29th of Sept.  It will be at the Valley Church of Christ at 1125 Majestic View Cir off E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, near Wasilla Home Depot at 1900.  The program will be Jessica Eison (Tech) KJ7VMN Discussion on FEMA & Ham Radio.

Click on link for map.

We will also include a Zoom meeting.  Invites have been sent out. MARA CLUB/KL7JFU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting if you can’t make the in person meeting.

Remember we have elections coming up at the Oct meeting.  We still need nominations for officers and board members.  Please forward to Sheila/KL3SRO.  We need all positions except for Treasure.  Officer job descriptions have been sent out in the prior Mukluk Telegraphs.  If you need any more info contact Don/KL7JFT.

MARA Board


***  Paying your Dues & Donating to the Club ***


If you haven't paid your current membership dues or would like to donate to the club, please get with John/KL1XM, our Treasure or follow the below procedures. Our dues is one of our main incomes to maintain the club equipment and activities. The dues are $24 Dollars a year for individual or family. We are also a 501c3 non-profit club so it is all tax deductible. The web site has an application form for you to fill out under the Forms Menu and you can go to the Donate tab listed to the left to pay by PayPal or Credit Card, if you like. For any other club donations we will provide you a Tax Receipt. Also with all the benefits available thru ARRL, you may be interested in joining it also. You have the choice of 2 magazines now, one for new hams "On The Air Magazine and the QST Magazine, with your ARRL membership, you also can get good equipment insurance, pod casts on various ham subjects, new equipment evaluations, construction projects, contest, ham reference books, ham products and what ARRL is doing on our behalf with new legislation.


This is a great way to get practice and learn how to run  nets.  You will learn how to handle rosters, run packet traffic and help in distributing the load among our current Net Controls.  Please contact Don/KL7JFT for additional information or review the Operations Section of the MATSU ARES Website,


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.

Came across your website and saw a note about updating license plates. Thought I would send a photo of my fathers
plate when we lived in Ketchikan. Now the plate is attached to the front of my pick-up truck in Vermont.


Here is the rest of the story, We lived in Ketchikan in the late 50's and early 60's. My father was in the US Coast Guard and I was in my early teens. Alaska was a territory when we moved there. My father was a "Ham" radio operator and had his call sign on our Alaska plate, KL7VFO. We moved from Ketchikan in the early 60's. My father is gone now (WWII veteran) and I have the plate attached to my truck, here in Vermont. Thanks for the time to tell a little of my fathers story who was a lifelong Ham Radio operator.

Mike Chesley

Bristol, Vermont



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 Sheila/KL3SRO


Contact Sheila at  (best way), or text or phone (907) 631-2356.