MARA Annual & Election Meeting (CHANGE)
MARA will conduct their Annual Meeting and Elections on October 30th at 1900. Due to the large increase of COVID-19 Cases in the valley we will not be having an in person meeting. The meeting invite will be sent out Wed, to include a ballot. If you would like to pay your dues, you can do that on the club website under Donation. We have our slate of officers completed for the new year. Please contact Pam/KL3PAM at email@example.com to submit any additional nominations or self-nominations. Please have them emailed to Pam by Wed 28 Oct. We also have sent out ballots for MARA Ham of the Year Award and Elmer Certificates for the members to fill out and send into Pam/KL3PAM at firstname.lastname@example.org . There will be door prizes and briefing on possible upcoming programs. Below is the current ballot. Please be advised to be on the board, hold a position or vote you must be a paid up member.
VE Testing Schedule for September thru December
We normally have VE testing at the Wasilla Red Cross off of WestPoint Dr. We do have some YouTube Videos that follow the Gordon West Text if you would like to study ahead. Refer to the below locations and time for the summer schedule. Contact Don/KL7JFT if you would like the link for the YouTube Videos..
Due to summer activity, and Covid-19 the regular testing location has changed. For the August thru December testing sessions, it will be held at a new location. AmVet Post 9 off the Wasilla-Fishhook Rd, 1591 N Creste Fonis St. Contact Ken/KL2HF if you would like to test.
Mat Valley Statistics
Total Cases 1277
Meadow Lks 3
Big Lake 27
Hospital Cases 27
Active Cases 724
Latest SEOC COVID-19 Briefing & DHSS Press Release
COVID-19 HEALTH MANDATES
Why is Ham Radio Still Important? (Updated)
In an age where communication is often taken for granted, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Ham Radio. In during our present situation it may become more important than folks realize. Across the nation, lines of communications are becoming stretched. Hams around the the world are training, testing, practicing various types and modes of ham radio, to be ready.
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.
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 email@example.com (best way), or text or phone 907-414-2281.
Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 907-376-9281.