Statewide Quarterly Comex

HARVEST MOON Quarterly Statewide COMEX

Our Section Emergency Coordinate (SEC), Linda/AD4BL has set September 26th 0900-1400 for our next Comm Exercise.  We will continue to train on new Winlink Forms and Message Handling.  Folks are encouraged to deploy with there go kits to test various location around the Borough as to the efficiency of our network.  We will have VHF, UHF and 220 available thru EARS Station on JBERS.  VHF thru Bushmaster Operations.  HF to Fairbanks/KL7EDK, Anchorage/KL7NMC, and Soldotna/KL7GRM.  All modes will be available depending on the station you connect too, Packet, VARA, and PACTOR.  Winmor will no longer be used.  Any questions, training or assistance in setting up your station, go box or equipment please contact Don/KL7JFT.  I will need some assistance at the Bushmaster Comm Center.  We can also setup Zoom or Free Conference Call to do the training and during the operation to tie you in.  If you have DMR, we can start using that for Coordination around the state on TG 3102.

Exercise Scenario:  Hunting season is upon us with hunters all around the central part of the state are the field and isolated.  Weather has changed and severe blizzards are occurring, weather has closed in and planes are grounded.  Winds up to  50 MPH.  There is a lost musher in Anaktuvuk Pass area.  Hypothermia is a major concern and planned pickup of hunters requiring air extraction can not be accomplished.  Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the nearest facility and Covid procedures are in affect.  The SEOC is coordinating rescue efforts with the Air National Guard.  Report any information that will be helpful in rescue of the hunters.

 

 

MARA 2020 Field Day

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.

2020 Field Day Packet(1)

Field Day is Over Now What?

Summer Solstice Qtry State Wide Comex (Completed)

20 June, we completed our Quarterly Alaska Comex, from 0900-1400.  We received, sent and originated msg traffic by Winlink and VHF/FM voice.  Bushmaster Operations cleared all traffic. Had 17 hams check into the Phone net 5 on HF & 17 on the local repeaters & 2 on DMR.  The exercise was support of the borough and forestry fire suppression teams. All traffic was handled on Winlink RMS and P2P, using VARA, Pactor, Packet, & using the Eagle Packet Network (145.01) down to Homer and places in between.  The RMS stations were KL7EDK, KL7GRM, WL7CVG-10 & KL7JFT-10 on various frequencies. We generated Health & Welfare, County Status & Windshield reports & Sitreps.  We had request for equipment, rescue, both animal and human. We used ICS213s, text msgs. Our long haul was P2P to AG6SV/Ken the Saturn Communications Coordinator. The DMR network used the AK TG 3102 thru our local repeaters. We had hams from Tok, Big Delta, Northpole, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sterling, Eagle River and throughout the Matsu Valley. A big thank you to all the hams who participated.  Start studying and practicing for next Quarter.

Don/KL7JFT

MATSU DEC

ALASKA 60 METER FREQ TEST ON 5167.5 KHZ

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.

2020 VHF Contest Results

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.

Sincerely,

Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

VP, Alaska VHF-Up Group