The Section Exercise will be Dec 5 from 0900 to 1400

The scenario is to follow Santa as he travels across Alaska.  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 radiogram or ICS formats.

I would appreciate any messages being copied to my 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.  We may also have new amateurs trying out new pieces of equipment.  This is a prototype for how we will operate in the event of an actual emergency.

KL7EDK AND KL7JFU will be the hubs.  All traffic intended for the SEOC will go to KL7JFU  - NO EXCEPTIONS.  KL7JFU will act as the SEOC and only the SEOC will have the authority to activate any military units so all requests for military assistance will need to go to KL7JFU.

All H/W traffic will go to the Special Opps group manned by AL7N either via CW or Winlink.  These can be real messages to friends and families.

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.

You may put messages that indicate that Santa needs assistance with the reindeer, sled etc.  Or Mrs. Claus needs to get a message to Santa somewhere along his route and include the message.  Keep it clean!!  We would appreciate weather forecasts and reports that Santa is likely to encounter or for the military should they need to be activated.  You might want to arrange a "filling station" for the reindeer along the route.  It will be a long ride.

Statewide Quarterly Comex

HARVEST MOON Quarterly Statewide COMEX Results

Not too bad folks we are getting better.  We will continue training handling traffic, equipment use and setup, and logging requirements.  One thing we could do is maybe pick an evening and do some training and discussions on Zoom in regards to this.  Thank you so much for being there, your support is appreciated.

Even with bad HF conditions, we were able to pull off the exercise.  HF opened a bit after noon.  We used VHF 2 Meters, 220 MHZ, UHF/70 CM, HF VARA, voice and FM to pass the traffic, using mainly the ICS 213s.  The Comm Center was manned by Don/KL7JFT & Carol/KL2FA.  I had outlying stations in Matsu off Knik Taft/KL4BH(Fire Station 6-2), Kathy/KL7KO in Anchorage, Jim/AL4W in Palmer(Palmer EOC), Brian/KL4A (CAP PIO liaison) at Trail Lakes,  Bridgit/KL4B on Lazy Mountain, Rich/KL7RCS liaison to the Win system in Meadow Lakes, Jameson/KL4TK, roaming in Wasilla.  We has some good training and added to our emergency group.

We connected with Juneau, Kodiak, Tok, North Pole, Palmer, Wasilla, Homer, Soldotna, Kenai, Eagle River, Chugiak and Anchorage.  We had a few check ins on 3920 and 2 check ins on DMR TG 3102.  Dave/KL7EB, the Section Manager checked in on 147.30 for an exercise update.  We had a total of 9 check ins on 2 Meter, 5 check ins on HF, and 2 on DMR.

Traffic handled by KL7JFU Comm Center

194 Winlink messages, incoming, originated, outgoing, relays and acknowledgments. We ran 3 Winlink Stations, 1 2 meter, 1 220, and one HF.  The Comm center was ran off Battery and Generator power for the entire exercise.  We monitored 3 local repeaters and 3920 on HF and TG 3102 on DMR Repeater.  We also had the KL7JFT-10 RMS up, the KL7JFT-5 APRS IGATE up, and the Eagle Packet network from Matsu to Homer up.  Received an additional 7 msgs after close of exercise for a total of 201.

Message templates received and work quite well were the ICS 213, County Status Report, Winlink Check in report and Weather report.  In Matsu we like to have our stations submit the last 3 so we know their status and condition and who and what we have at the remote locations.  Stations without Winlink do this with a paper forms they carry in their go boxes as well has message blanks.


Items noted during the exercise.  Stations need to know their lat long in order to plot their positions more accurately.  Stations need to know how to get the weather from their nearest airport or NOAA and thru Winlink.  If all else fails, this is where the weather spotter training comes in on our SKYWARN Program.  Also folks need to keep a Comm Log and the ICS 214, which is their time sheet for the operation.  Our upcoming training will including logging and msg ops.





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.




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.


Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

VP, Alaska VHF-Up Group