The Section Exercise will be in MAR 13th 2021 (TBD) from 0900 to 1400
All modes will be allowed also relays. We will use WinLink, voice, CW and any other method that works. All messages will begin and end with EXERCISE, EXERCISE so we don't upset any folks who might see the messages. Please use ARRL radiogram. NOTE: Winlink does have a race template to use. You can report in and out times, number of dogs,, dog drops, any requests, and team scratches. Let Race HQ, know the name of your Dog Race and the number of entries.
Linda/AD4BL/SEC would like all messages copied to her station when possible. While this is a fun exercise it is also very important as we will be testing all our methods and links. We will also have new amateurs on the system who might need your assistance and trying out new pieces of equipment. This is a prototype for how we will operate in the event of an actual emergency managing dispatches, support convoys, and the like.
KL7EDK AND KL7JFU will be the hubs. All traffic intended for the RACE HQ will go to KL7JFU - NO EXCEPTIONS. KL7JFU will act as Race Central and will have the authority to activate any air or ground support request for assistance.
All H/W traffic will go to the Special OPS group manned by AL7N either via CW or Winlink.
If sending real traffic please write: complete address, phone number, and email address and sign with your full name, callsign, and location so there is a better chance of getting them delivered.
If sending messages to "agencies" please write a complete address, phone number and email address and add your phone number and email address to your signature.
Results of Winter Field Day
As we have all read on other posts, Brandon has done a wonderful job reporting on the event. It was a great turnout for it. As he mentioned we had probably about 10 people onsite at our peak, there was possibly even more I think. Over the course of the day, I think we had between 25 and 50 people there. Ham's of all levels were there and even non-ham's. MARA members and nonmembers alike.
Of the stations on the air, Bridgit was onsite running and powering her full digital rig from her Prius using a dipole at the parking lot, Brandon was actually in a tent on the lake with his rig operating full digital as well, and I wound up in the SE corner of the lot with my heated tent and running strictly voice and the primary location of all training going on for hams.
As the stations shutdown and dispersed, I wound up staying a little while longer and trying to make contacts, playing the bands but eventually decided at 1630L to shutdown and go warm up at home.
WE really appreciate ALL that participated in both setup: Kevin Early (WL7BZ), I believe Rob one of our newly minted hams from the last test session, and forgive me I do not remember who all was there. Last but not least, for George showing up and helping me to finish up the teardown. Setup and teardown is the hardest part, but assistance with that was GREATLY appreciated! My thank you to all that I have mentioned and those who were there that I did not mention - I apologize to those whom I may have omitted.
I explained to my wife (non-ham... yet!) about the satellite ham work and that really caught her interest, so she returned with me back to the site and watched and learned as did my neighbor Kevin Early about how to do AMSAT work during the first pass from 2012L to 2027L and we made enough contacts to cover both Bridgit and I operating as a team as well as for Brandon operating independently, so we got our extra 1500 points for each team for the satellite work.
After Craig had left around 2030L after the first pass, and we decided to not attempt any of the other passes at Finger Lake. The remaining three of us left the site shortly after. I was on my way home when another non-ham call at 2040L wondering where we were. I had to explain that satellite contacts are only 15 minute windows. Apparently a few others were onsite expecting to observe our operation. We apologize to anyone who was expecting to see the satellite contacts, but based on report from Craig, we had more contacts during the first pass than he achieved at his home during the second pass. I also apologize for not being there running the MARA equipment after dark, but temperatures we dropping and I really did not feel up to being out onsite as the temps were projected to be nearly -9F that night.
All photos are posted on the MARA Club Facebook page.
I wanted to send out a reminder that AK VHF+ is doing our first Parks on the Air activation tomorrow. Some of you probably received the email earlier this week (if not, let me know and I can add you to our list).
The plan is to transmit from the Glen Alps trailhead at 1030 local. If anyone wants to stop in person to see the setup you're more than welcome. We will run FT8 on 6 meters to start. Once activity on FT8 dies down we will go over to 50.125 SSB for a little bit. Antenna polarization will be horizontal in keeping with typical usage on the weak signal sub-bands.
If you don't have a dedicated 6 meter antenna you can probably use a tuner and an HF dipole to try it out. I've done that before with good success. Don't worry about gain - the station is going to be at a very high location, signals may reflect off the snow, 6 meters has VERY good diffraction around obstructions, and FT8 has excellent weak signal performance. It's free and fun, so don't miss out.
Hope to hear you on air,
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.
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.
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.
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