16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa AZ Click HERE for map 7:00 AM To 3:00 PM Admission - Free Outdoor Spaces - Commercial $10.00 For 2 Spaces (Additional Space $5.00 Each) Commercial Vendors Pre-Register By Emailing Fest@Copahams.Org Set Up At 5:00 AM Saturday Special Event Station – W7M, ANSR Balloon Launch, GOTA Station, Interesting Seminars, VE Testing, ARRL Card Checking, Hourly And Grand Prizes, Food, Drinks & Entertainment Available On Site At UltraStar Center.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OUR REPEATER SYSTEM
Yaesu has offered clubs a very limited time opportunity to purchase the DR-1X System Fusion Repeater that allows operators to smoothly transition between Analog and Digital operation on either the VHF (2m) or UHF (70cm) bands. The ultimate goal of System Fusion is to provide Digital integration without creating a need to upgrade or replace existing equipment. Yaesu is offering a special opportunity to purchase a Production DR-1X repeater at a substantially discounted price of $500.00 per unit until March 31, 2015.
I believe that purchasing 2 of these units for operation at the college (our main repeater site), would be highly beneficial. The total cost would be about $1000. We already have a very generous donation of $400 from one of our members, so the actual cost we would incur would be about $600--for 2 units (VHF & UHF)! The actual cost of this unit is $1699 each if we were to buy them from Gigaparts. Yaesu would be subsidizing the cost to expand their market in the digital arena, but this is greatly to the club's advantage because: 1-low cost 2-newest technology 3-BOTH digital and analog on the repeaters at the same time 4-ease of programming (color touch screen, easy functions) 5-increased reliability 6-anticipated greater longevity for MARA repeater system
The only possible downside I can see to this purchase is that as a club we would be locking ourselves into Yaesu's vision for digital communications as opposed to say ICOM's proprietary DStar or something else. I see this to be, in actuality, almost a non-issue.
The offer from Yaesu will expire on March 31, 2015.
Donations can be made here on our website by clicking on the "Donate" button above or by sending a check to MARA at P.O. Box 951, Maricopa AZ 85139. Any donation would be appreciated and is tax deductible.
Welcome! The Maricopa Amateur Radio Association serves the City of Maricopa, and the surrounding areas. The repeaters are on the air. Both the 440 repeater, 449.125 -, PL 136.5, and the two meter repeater, 145.210 -, PL 162.2, are up and working better than ever. Give a shout out if you're in the area. Log on to our club forum at http://www.w6sdm.net/forum You do not need to be a member. Find information on upgrading your license, building your station, events, news, and just about anything amateur radio related.
Our next club meeting will be on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM at the Maricopa Public Library located at 41600 West Smith Enke Road here in Maricopa. Talk in will be on the 449.125 & 145.210 MARA repeater system. There will be a Board Meeting immediately following this meeting. All Officers & Board Members are encouraged to attend.
CopaFest Meeting Date
We will have the first CopaFest Committee meeting on Tuesday February 10th starting at 6:00 pm. at the Donald N. Pearce Fire Station No. 575 at 45695 W. Edison in the Community Room. Talk in will be on the MARA repeater system. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Volunteer Examiners Needed
Are you a credentialed VE with the ARRL VEC, or any other VEC?
Please contact us, as we are looking for more VEs to set up license testing sessions. Drop us a line at Testing@CopaHams.org or call us at 520-222-7311