Now that MARA Field Day is over, as previously mentioned, it was an individual or family Field Day event. Folks operated from their home or portable stations, with or without emergency power. The rules were modified a bit so that class 1D can contact other class 1D station as well as any other station as before.. If you participated in Field Day please include your association with MARA/KL7JFU in your tally sheet to show the club's aggregate score. Also please send KL7JFT a copy of your sheet.
ALASKA AMATEUR RADIO PICNIC – 2020
Sponsored by The Alaska Motley Group
June 25th to June 28th - Tolsona Wilderness Campground
The campground was located at mile 173 Glenn Highway. Most of the pictures will be found on the KL7JFT Facebook.
This was the 38th annual Motley Group Picnic. around 45 attendees, most of whom are members of the Motley Group, Snipers Net or Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net, but ALL amateur radio operators and their families were welcomed.
We had 2 experienced and certified tower climbers (Tom/KL3TC & Claude/N7FXX direct and demonstrate how to put up a tower, guying techniques and tower rescue procedures. Proper Safety belt use and support personnel procedures. MARA was well represented, approximately 12 members were on hand. The tower replaced the one the campground had lost in the last wind storm. This will be used for expanding their WiFi foot print and will last them for many years. Our campground owners really took care of us and joined in on our activities.
Saturday all the ladies got together and went to Glennallen for lunch and shopping.
Saturday we had the games and contest going on. The Cornhole game had some good competition and Betty/KL1XL was the champion.
The potluck dinner, awards presentation, door prize drawings Chinese auction was a lot of fun and good time was had by all. We had a couple of the younger group float the creek. Weather was super until Sunday as we broke camp and had a good breakfast before we headed home
WL7PM/Dean will be net control. The 5167.5 60 meter frequency is an Alaska only frequency that can be used within 50 nautical miles of the Alaska Coast and anywhere in Alaska. 150 watts is the maximum power allowed. A dipole can be constructed out of wire at 82.5 FEET total. it can be fed with ladder wire or coax, depending on what your tuner will handle. The Net will start at 1000-1100 on the last Saturday of every month. Report any results if you make contact or not, so we can determine the usefulness of the frequency, to Dean.
Mark Allan/KL2EC was selected for MARA's Ham of the Year for 2019. Mark's contributions are many. He supports a majority of the Clubs, ARES and CERTs activities. He is also the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Caswell Lakes and Willow Area. When you ask him for help all he says is "Lets gitter done" Thanks Mark
Hello there MARA,
On behalf of the club I wanted to thank you all for carrying our flyer for the contest. I think it definitely helped stir up interest.
In previous contests I think I've only ever gotten one or two contacts from stations north of Eagle River. This time around there were Mat-Su operators on the air at each of the four grid squares I activated. Most surprising was that I was able to reach the stronger stations from even the Turnagain Arm and Sterling Highway locations. Those signal paths were quite a stretch, and not line-of-sight either.
We were hoping for a really good debut with the new club call sign, and we definitely got it. In previous contests we've never had a rover score over 140 or so, and the highest number of contacts was about 20. This time around we scored 423, and had a total of 41 QSOs. It's a small score by contesting standards, but a huge jump for activity up here in Alaska.
Anyway, thanks again for your help. If there are projects we can help with we would love to return the favor.
Brandon Clark, KL7BSC
VP, Alaska VHF-Up Group
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.
MARA will be having our before the meeting lunch at Denali Restaurant just north of Wasilla, Thursday prior to the regular meeting. Real good Alaska food. See you there.
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 Bridget/KL4B 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 www.kl7jfu.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our ARES website is located at www.kl7jft.org 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 Army Mars program, you can contact me or Ron/KL7YK 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: http://www.survivaldispatch.com/14-essential-survival-knots/ — 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