Things to ponder and prepare for emergency situations.  Keep your fuel tanks to at least 3/4s of a tank.  Have your go boxes, put together and ready to go.  Emergency rations, water, medications, warm clothing and things for your pets.  If you have a fire place is it working, do you have wood, when was the chimney last cleaned?  Do you have an emergency generator with spare fuel?  Have spare batteries for flashlights and small items on hand.  Have a bag with your radios ready to go.  Please give some thought to getting operational on Winlink and both VHF and HF as your license permits.  You will want to have spare water filters on hand, also air filters for your vehicles, in case we have volcanic activity.  Join our ARES Net on Thursday nights at 2000 on either 147.33 or 147.30.  This will allow you to test out your equipment and antennas.  We have various themes each week to evaluate your capabilities.  HT and Cross banding, Mobile operations, checking radio paths from Red Cross and Salvation Army locations, radio go boxes. Pet emergency plans, backup power.  Let’s help each other and be ready for the next possible event.  If you need assistance, check out the club web page, were we list our Elmers.

We are starting to get our meeting programs together and ready for this next year.  Please send your suggestion for programs or if you have a programs you would like to share, to our VP Craig/KL7H the program coordinator.  Our January program will be on upcoming programs.

With the first of the year here our Club Dues are due.  Please check with the Treasure John/KL1XM to make sure you are up to date on your contact info. You can get a copy of the club application on the website and email to him and you also can pay your dues thru the website.  You can join ARRL thru the club as well, remember ARRL supports ham radio throughout the US with programs like LOTW, training material, reference books, contesting, building projects, new equipment evaluations, lobbying for frequencies and tower ordinances, equipment insurance and supporting club activities.  Please let the treasure know if you have renewed your ARRL dues else ware so we can keep the roster up to date.  Thank you for your support.

Folks interested in joining MATSU ARES, contact me at  Our ARES website is located at that has all our Emergency Operating Plans, SOP and other useful emergency information and the ARES application.  If you have completed any of the ICS courses, 100, 200, 700, 800, and 144 please send me a copy of your certificates.  Also if you are interested in the Skywarn  program, you can contact me for information and requirements.  Anyone interested in joining CERTS and getting training, contact Tabitha/KL4FZ.

This may be interesting you: 14 Essential Knots for Every Survival Situation You May Encounter! This is the link: — You never know when you will need to use a rope and if you do need it these knots become mighty important.

We have Emergency Coordinators for various areas around the borough.  Feel free to contact them to let them know you are available to assist during emergencies.  They can give YOU additional guidance for your area.  We due need a replacement for our Palmer EC, please contact Don/KL7JFT

MATSU Borough District Emergency Coordinator  Don Bush/KL7JFT

Trapper Creek & Petersville Area  Hal Morgan/KL0WX

Caswell Lake, Talkeentna & Willow  Mark Allan/KL2EC & Paul Williams KL7ES

Wasilla and Houston Area   Ray Hollenbeck/KL1IL

Palmer & Butte Area  VACANT

Sutton/Chickaloon  Lou Friend/KL4NK


1000-1400, Operation: FALL RECOVERY.

Exercise Scenario

Due to the recent large storm in Alaska, and also to Hurricane Ian, we see there are large areas involved in recovery operations.  For this reason, it was decided that this exercise will deal with recovery issues, and logistical support messaging.

This means, transmissions regarding:

Food, water, blood, medical supplies, chain saws, generators, fuel, transportation, etc.

Clothing is not considered a logistical issue for the purposes of this exercise.

Modes of communication


Point to Point Winlink Messaging

Voice transmissions

The CW operations team / circuits will be active for this exercise.

All message traffic must be copied through KL7FJU (Thanks Jerry for the heads up on that)

I will need copies too, so I may request anything I don't get via the above method. You can send them to this email account if you prefer.

Section Protocols

  1. All messages begin with Exercise Exercise
    2. Messages are to be in radiogram or ICS format
    3. Copies of all messages need to be sent as described above
    4. We do Cross-Border Exercises because Alaska is so isolated we may need their help
    5. Primary RF is Winlink. Also can use CW and Voice
    6. If using other digital formats, must prearrange
    7. Any other formats but must prearrange
    8. We have two hubs for traffic, KL7EDK and KL7JFU
    9. All traffic needs to go thru one of the hubs and the messages to the "SEOC" need to go to KL7JFU
    10. We operate as a team. Each area is a team, like Juneau, Sitka, Fairbanks etc. Together they all make up a Section Team.
    11. If there is an emergency and a team is actuated, they need to notify the SEC so that the SEC is on hand in the event that that team needs Section support and beyond that cross border support.
  2. Please stick to the frequency plan. If you aren't where we can find you, there won't be much to communicate between us.

Section Managers

Section Manager
David Stevens

Section Emergency Coordinator
Todd Dokey

Section Traffic Manager
Ed Trump AL7N