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.

MARA 2021 HAMFEST

Our date is set for 11 Sept.  Setup time is 0900 open from 1000-1600. The location will be the Big Lake Lions Club, at 2942 Lions Cir Big Lake.  Map below.

The Vice ARRL Northwest Director, Mark Tharp/KB7HDX has confirmed his attendance.  He is also a DXCC checker, so if you have QSL cards you would like to submit for that award, he will be able to do at the hamfest.. He will be bringing a lot of new ARRL and Ham radio info with him and wants to get our opinions on various items. We have Satellite presentations and VHF/POTO/SOTA and Winter Field presentations on the schedule.

Entry is $5.00 at the gate and 1 door prize tickets, additional door prize tickets will be a $1.00 with max of 10, Tables are $10.00 reserve them thru John/KL1XM, we still have tables available but are filling up quickly. The Barbee will be $5.00 ea. A special door prize will be an ICOM 2720H Analog, dual band VHF/UHF transceiver, just completely refurbished by the factory. 50/35W output and removable faceplate. Full band receive, Ham band transmit. 1 door prize ticket per person for $5.00. It is programmed with all the local frequencies/repeaters. Please note: for all door prizes you must be present to win. The grand door prize will be a round trip tickets for 2 on the train to Denali and back, starting at Anchorage.

We need volunteers to help on various tasks for the hamfest.  Please contact Chris/KL5BF to volunteer.  Will need VEs to conduct testing at 1300, will need folks at the gate and the MARA Country Store, setup and tear down crews. Folks can bring side dishes and desserts if they desire. Remember if you need a letter or tax receipt for your door prize you’ve collected, let us know. Please turn in all door prizes into Pam/KL3PAM.  Pandemic protocols, as appropriate, will be in place. Hand sanitizer station, and optional face masks will be available, especially for those not fully vaccinated.

Interactive MAP TO HAMFEST

MARA 2021 ANNUAL PICNIC

MARA's annual picnic will be held at the Lake Lucille Rec Area on the 17th of July at 1000, it will be in Pavilion A.   We will be having our usual Barbee, we need a grill and chief cook.  We ask folks to bring a side dish, MARA will supply the Dogs, Cow, Buns, Condiments and Water.  We will have door prizes.  There is a very large field and play ground, good for flying drones if you are interested. There is a great dog park that the dogs will enjoy running and playing. Those that have ordered coffee cups in the past please stop by and pay for them and pick the up.   If you are interested in a VE Session, contact Ken/KL2HF, other wise it will be the following Saturday.  Bring a chair and if bad weather a picnic cover.  We will have picnic tables in the Pavilion.

Map to Lake Lucille Park

POTA, What is this?

Well POTA is Parks On The Air.  Do you want have some fun, well this is it and it good practice for operating away from your home station. A lot of Alaskans like to get into the outdoors, fishing, hunting, hiking, ATVing, boating, or just plain camping.  Now it's possible you just want to get away from the hussle and bussle from the city and others for peace and quite.  But how would you like to help your state to improve getting folks interested to visit and help our small businesses.   Ham operators are always interested in talking up their station, home, and interest you have.  Well go to a park, any type and setup your portable station and call CQ CQ POTA, Denali National Park. This winter we held Winter Field Day at Finger Lake and had a blast.  Below is a link to a video that tells you all about it.  Enjoy.      POTA

SOTA-POTA Saturday 13th MAR

Hello group,

Don't forget that this Saturday Alaska VHF+ is doing another Parks on the Air activation, and this time it will also be a Summits on the Air attempt at the same time.

Weather permitting, I will be hiking up a peak called The Hideout, just north of Skilak Lake. The plan is to be on the air for the 2 M SSB net at 0930 and make a few contacts there. I will have a good antenna but will be running QRP, so keep an ear out for a weak signal in the background.

If you can't hear me on VHF then keep an ear on 20 M FT8 around 1030. I'll be switching to that band and mode to make contacts outside of Alaska, but locals should be able to pick me up too.

For Summits on the Air this peak is "KLA/KM-456". It is within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and counts as K-0149 for that program.

Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

https://brandonclarklabs.com/

Parks on the Air (POTA)

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,

Brandon/KL7BCS

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

 

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