On Saturday June 2nd Dick Eastman KL3TNT passed away peacefully. Dick was a good friend to many of us and he will be missed by all.
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.
Quarterly Statewide Comex
Saturday June 9th from 0900 - 1300 will be the Quarterly Statewide Comex. Bushmaster Operation's will be activated and they will need operators for HF and VHF. All classes of license are welcomed and they will be teaching message and logging procedures. Also they will be teaching the use of Winlink for sending and receiving traffic. Please contact Don KL7JFT if you can attend.
There will be a VHF Contest being held on Saturday June 9th 2018. There will be folks up on various VHF frequencies. Home stations and rovers will be around the state trying to make contacts.
2018 Sutton Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday June 16th from 11am to 3pm at the Alpine Historical Park and Sutton Library.
11301 Chickaloon Way
Sutton, AK 99674
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.