MARA 2023 Field Day (COMPLETED)

Ham Radio Field Day 2023v1

Ok MARA Field Day in going on this year.  Sean Mckenney/KL5NE will be in charge. .  Please contact Sean to volunteer and give him a hand in setting up.  This is great time practice portable setup and have fun contacting folks around world and lower 48.


Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

Field Day 2023 is June 24-25.  Check with Sean for his final plan.


Check Field Day (  for all the rules.

Annual ARRL Field Day Update & Planning - 04/26/2023 - YouTube

Four Field Day Generators - YouTube

ARRL Field Day Safety - Ham Radio Q&A - YouTube



The location I will be using is just north of the intersection of Glenn Highway and Palmer-Fishhook intersection on the east side of the road there is a large pull off that overlooks that Matanuska River, my thought is to set up in the grassy area and have some sign by the road that would indicate 'Ham Radio' or 'Ham Radio Field Day'.


For those who would like to run field day from home or other remote sites, look over the rules.  You would need to be at least a general class to run the site.  I would also recommend at least 2 people great time to get the family into the mix.


Everyone please take care and have fun.





Here is a good chance to work some cross band with the military on the 13th of May

The US Department of Defense (DoD) will host this year's Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test on May 13, 2023. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event.

The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly controlled exercise scenario.

Military stations will transmit on selected frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All of the times are Zulu (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.

A complete list of frequencies, time periods, QSL cards, and other information can be found at DoD MARS - Armed Forces Day.

AFD is a time of honor. It will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The first AFD was celebrated with parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. Today, many events and activities take place and may include multi-service military displays in areas open to the public, various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces, and large parades with local celebrations.


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.