MARA Monthly Meeting
We will be having our next business meeting on Saturday, January 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Barro's Pizza, 44600 West Smith-Enke Road ( Smith-Enke and John Wayne Parkway). The meeting will start at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Lunch will be available after the meeting. There will be no December meeting. Join us December 19th at 6:00 pm at Barro's Pizza for our annual Holiday dinner.
You do not need to be a club member to log on to our online forum at http://www.w6sdm.net/forum/ or just click on the image above. Find information on upgrading your license, building your station, events, news, and just about anything amateur radio related.
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Click on the image above to visit us on Facebook. Just because the band folded doesn't mean you can't say in touch with our local amateur radio community. Look for "CopaHams" on Facebook.
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By registering your loyalty card, purchases you make at Fry's will help support the club. It will not effect the benefits you personally receive from using your loyalty card. It's easy - just click on the "Instructions" button and follow the directions.
Our on-the-air discussion takes place every Monday night at 8:00 PM MST, 0300 UTC. All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to check in. 145.210 MHz - PL 162.2 Echolink node 3354.
If you are a credentialed VE and would like to join MVET. Click here. If you are interested in becoming a VE, click here.
To set up license testing sessions. Drop us a line at MVET1@outlook.com or call us at 520-222-7311.
The Maricopa Amateur Radio Association, Inc. is proud to be a member of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce.
The Maricopa Amateur Radio Association serves the City of Maricopa and the surrounding areas. We provide VE testing and a variety of community services through our affiliation with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS).
We maintain two Yaesu System Fusion digital repeaters: Two meters on 145.210, PL 162.2, the 440 repeater on 449.125, PL 136.5. Give a shout out if you're in the area.
We are a registered nonprofit corporation. We sustain out activities with donations, fundraising, and membership dues. Donations to the club are always appreciated and are tax deductible.
Support MARA when you Shop at Amazon
As the holidays approach, our members and supporters will be busy shopping for gifts. By shopping at smile.amazon.com, Maricopa Amateur Radio Association could increase its AmazonSmile donations and put money into our treasury.
Using AmazonSmile doesn't cost you anything extra and it helps the club. And Amazon has ham radio equipment too. Type "ham radio" into the search box and check out the new Baofeng PoFung GT-3 Mark II Dual Band HT for under fifty bucks!
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New Hams Licensed at Technician Boot Camp
Joshua Babb K6FZ held a Technician licensing class on Friday November 20 and 21. This is the second Technician Licensing Boot Camp that Josh has instructed and this time 17 out of 19 students passed their exam. Several VE examiners from the MARA MVET team helped monitor the testing and grade the exams.
Bringing new hams into the hobby and "Elmering" them once they're licensed and starting out are long held traditions in amateur radio and a primary focus of our club. Congratulations to all of those who passed their exam.
For a complete list of those who passed, and a listing of their newly assigned call sign as it's issued, click the button.
Up, Up and Away!
The 2015 CopaFest was a tremendous success. Our first attempt at a hamfest went very well. We didn't lose any money and actually enriched the treasure a little. We learned a lot that will benefit us in hosting the 2016 ARRL Arizona State Convention next year.
Arizona Near Space Research was an active participant launching two balloons into near space. It was fun watching them ascend to over 95,000 feet and then come down exactly where they were supposed to, near the University of Arizona Agricultural Center.
Balloons are tracked from launch to touchdown by APRS, a protocol that allows for receiving radio packets on 144.390 MHz, which contain the target's location. There are also on-board cameras to record ascent and descent.
Many thanks to the UltraStar Multitainment Center and to the Ak-Chin Tribal Council for allowing us to host this event.
As you may have noticed, changes are coming to our web site. We have recently upgraded our site building software and we're taking advantage of the features that were not available on the free trial version.
You may come across links that don't work or things that don't display properly. That's because either I am working on it or I broke it. Feel free to bring them to my attention by e-mailing me at email@example.com. 73, Steve