MARA ANNUAL PICNIC

MARA's annual picnic was a great success at the Lake Lucille Rec Area,   The barbee was great, thanks to our Chief Cook, John/KLIXM.  We had some great salads, cookies, baked beans and chili.  We had door prize drawings, all the kids had a great time, as well as the pups. Everyone cooperated on keeping their distance and keeping things clean, thank you for that.  Pictures have been posted on the MARA Facebook.  If you have any to add please send them to Don/KL7JFT.  We had some excellent discussions and future plans are in the works.  Thanks to John/KL7LL up from Washington State for the unique gifts.  Remember those who participated in the last ZOOM Meeting and won a door prize, we still have it for you as well as the folks who ordered coffee cups   Our VE Testing was a smashing success. We had 12 folks test, the youngest was 11, who passed.  Of the 12, 9 passed. 4 new techs, 4 upgrade to general and 1 to extra.  One of our applicants passed the tech and general.  Congrats to all.  The weather wasn't too bad, we had extra shelters erected, which helped everyone to keep there distance.  Thanks TJ/KL3IT for coordinating the dogs and cows, top notch meat.  73s & 88s everyone.

Map to Lake Lucille Park

Motely Picnic

 

 

ALASKA AMATEUR RADIO PICNIC – 2020

Sponsored by The Alaska Motley Group

June 25th to June 28thTolsona Wilderness Campground

The campground was located at mile 173 Glenn Highway.  Most of the pictures will be found on the KL7JFT Facebook.

http://www.tolsonacampground.com

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

 

Pay your Membership Dues On Line

If you haven't paid your 2020 membership dues, please get with John/KL1XM.  Our dues is one of our main incomes to maintain the club equipment and activities.  We are also a 501c3 non-profit club so it is all tax deductible. The web site has an application form for you to fill out under Forms and you can go to the Donate tab and pay by PayPal or Credit Card, if you like.  For any other club donations we will provide you a Tax Receipt.  Also with all the benefits available thru ARRL, you may be interested in joining it also.  You have the choice of 2 magazines now, one for new hams, with your ARRL membership, you also can get good equipment insurance, pod casts on various ham subjects, new equipment evaluations, construction projects, contest, and what ARRL is doing on our behalf with new legislation.

Another item of interest is that we are allowed to use our current meeting venue by donating to the food bank, non-perishable food or paper products.  This helps out our Food Bank for the community.   And thank you for your donation.

2018 MARA Ham Fest

Well it’s that time of the year again and the Annual MARA Ham Fest is quickly approaching. This year it will be held on May 5th, 2018. Setup is at 0900 and it runs from 1000 to 1700. We will have it at the Valley Boys and Girls club again this year, the address is 3700 Bogard Rd, Wasilla, Ak.

The talk in will be on 147.33 (103.5 tone) or 146.85 (103.5 tone)

Entrance Fee is $3.00 per person
Tables are $10.00 each. to reserve a table contact KL1XM (John) sniffles@mtaonline.net
If you would like lunch the Barbeque is $5.00

There will be a VE testing session at 1400, please contact KL2HF (Ken Hudson) kenputer@hotmail.com if you intend to test. Walk in’s are welcome.

Folks interested in putting on a program this year are asked to please contact KL3PAM (PAM Whitehead) at pam.whitehead@gmail.com

Ham Fest 2017 on May 6

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO HAMFEST 2017

Boy and Girls Club, 3700 E Bogard Road, Wasilla, AK

May 6, 10-4

Table rental for displays or selling items $10
Admission at the door is $3
BBQ costs a donation of at least $5
Door prize ticket $3, MUST be present to win
50/50 Raffle tickets $5 each or five for $20, need NOT be present to win

Country Store items
T-shirts $15 members, $20 nonmembers
Club membership $24
Logo decals and patches $5
Ham radio cartoon CDs $15
Coffee mugs to order $18
If you don’t have enough for a table we’ll sell them for you during the Hamfest for 10% commission, which goes to the club. You can drop off items or pictures of large or heavy items to be sold at the Country Store tables. Contact Don, dbush@gci.net for additional details
The schedule of events
7:30-9:30 Setup
9:30 Satellite demonstration
10:00 Hamfest begins
10:30 prize drawing
11:00 Jim Pace & Ray Hollenbeck ARRL presentations
11:00ish BBQ begins
11:15 Satellite demonstration
12:30 prize drawing
12:55 Satellite demonstration
2:00 Licensing Exam, free club membership for passing techs
3:30 split the pot drawing
4:00-6:00 Cleanup
If you have not already done so, please contact Betty at sniffles@mtaonline.net, if you will need a table, so she can make sure there are enough.

Please bring folding/lawn chairs. Also any canopies you have available would be greatly appreciated!!!

BBQ will have hotdogs and cheeseburgers provided. Bring a side dish to share.

There will be a table with beginner electronics activities for kids taught by John Mears, former UAA electronics professor

There will also be three satellite communications demonstrations, a Licensing Exam, and presentations from our local and regional ARRL representatives.

See you there!!!!

Shelia, KL3TP, MARA President & Mark, KL3TO, First Dude