MARA Monthly General/Christmas Party

Our general meetings are back on the schedule, 1830 to 2030 meeting on the last Friday of every month at the Wasilla Valley Church of Christ on 1125 Majestic View Circle across from the Home Depot.

Our Christmas meeting will be the 30th of Dec, it will be an in person meeting only with a potluck dinner and Chinese action gift exchange, no more than $25 and no boat anchors.  That party will start at 1830 to 2030.  We will be furnishing the hams (pork type), please bring a side dish or dessert.

We are now meeting in the rear class room on the left side of the church thru the front doors.


Winter POTA Activity #Contest #portable #Mobile

Brandon/KL7BSC is planning his winter POTA activation season. The tentative list is below:

  • 12/3: Goose Bay Refuge and the Palmer Hay Flats (HF, VHF, UHF)
  • 12/17: Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge (VHF, UHF)
  • Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge will be 12/24.
  • Added Lake Louise snow camping POTA trip on 12/17 - 12/19
  • 1/14-15: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (might also be a small SOTA activation) (HF, VHF)
  • 1/21: TBD (January VHF Contest)
  • 1/28-28: Denali State Park (HF)
  • 2/18-19: Fielding Lake (HF)
  • 2/25: TBD (CQ WW RTTY Contest)
  • 3/4: Matanuska Glacier (HF)

If anyone wants to learn POTA or portable operating under field conditions feel free to reach out. It's going to be a fun winter.


W1AW 2022 Winter Operating Schedule

ARRL Bulletin 20  ARLB020
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  November 7, 2022

To all radio amateurs
ARLB020 W1AW 2022 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days

-------------------   ----     ---------

1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri

1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 2045 UTC - (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST)

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CW      Mon, Wed, Fri

2100  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu

2200  "  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily

2300  "  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily

0000  "  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri

0000  "      "         CWf      Tue, Thu

0100  "  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily

0200  "  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily

0245  "  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily

0300  "  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri

0300  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu

0400  "  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

Frequencies (MHz)


CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555

DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555

VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between

0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named "W1AWBDCT."  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as

follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 2045 UTC (10 AM to 3:45 PM EST).  Be sure to bring a reference copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions.  West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590 kHz.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 28 in the November 2022 issue of QST or on the web at, .




***  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,

Slide presentation on how to prepare yourself and family for emergencies, based on Alaska prior situations.

Ham Radio and Response Preparedness

By Chris Hamman/KL5BF


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



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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.