Maricopa Repeaters: 145.210 MHz PL 162.2
449.125 MHz PL 136.5
446.300 MHz PL 100
2016 Skywarn Classes Scheduled
If you've ever considered becoming a certified Skywarn spotter, now is your chance to take the required class. If you're already certified but you haven't had a refresher class in two years, you need to sign up for one of the classes being offered.
What's Skywarn? When significant, or severe weather occurs anywhere within the Phoenix County Warning Area, the Weather Service turns to the Skywarn Spotter Network to obtain timely and accurate reports. This network is comprised of amateur radio operators and others who have been certified in free classes offered by the National Weather Service.
These training classes prepare volunteer spotters to identify the development stages of severe weather including thunderstorms, desert flash flooding, and tornadoes. Information is relayed via amateur radio nets that are activated during severe weather.
The NWS uses the information to issue warnings that ultimately save lives and protect property.
Click on the logo to get more information from our forum including links to a class schedule.
Use the Forum and Facebook
What's new? A lot is happening but you may not always see it on this page. Our web site is primarily an image of our club, designed to give information about who and what we are. As such, this page doesn't change a whole lot.
To find out about day-to-day happenings, notices, special events, and member discussion, there are two resources: Our online forum and our Facebook page. Both have links below. Please, use them. Ask questions. Comment. On the forum, it's easy to check for new posts and there is a myriad of news and information relative to ham radio.
If you would like to moderate your own section of the forum and have, for example, a technical section or a discussion of a licensing exam, whatever, let me know and I will set you up with admin privileges.
As hams, we're communicators - so, let's communicate.
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.
Visit us on Facebook
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.
Please Help MARA by Shopping at Fry's
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. We received $64 from Fry's last quarter. Thanks for your participation.
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 446.300, PL 100.0 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.
MARA Monthly Meeting
We will be having our next business meeting on Saturday, February 27, 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). Everyone is welcome to attend. Lunch will be available after the meeting.
National Parks on the Air 2016
You may remember the hugely successful ARRL 100th Anniversary Celebration Contest where the objective was to work as many W1AW Stations as possible. We now have a similar event for 2016 where the objective is to work as many national parks as possible. All of the scoring is done automatically by uploading your contacts to Logbook of the World. Certificates are available for various levels of accomplishment.
Click on the NPotA 2016 logo for read more in the forum thread.
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!
Click on the button below when you shop to make sure that Maricopa Amateur Radio Association gets a donation from Amazon.
Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program!
New Hams Licensed at Technician Boot Camp
Joshua Babb K6FZ was the instructor at a Technician licensing class on Friday November 20 and 21. Bob Singer, W1RDS, was the coordinator making sure things like enrollment, study guides, and lunch got done. Timothy Monson, N7LVB, taught a segment of the class. Nick Ellis, N7RM, Norm Fasoletos, K7NWF, and Bob Howard, W8RH from our VE Team were there to monitor exams. This is our second Technician Licensing Boot Camp and this time 17 out of 19 students passed their exam. Several VE examiners, including 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. And for those who passed, if you are a Facebook user, please visit our Facebook page and post your new Call Sign in our Boot Camp followup post. We would like to know who you are when we here you on the air.
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.
ToAs 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 still working on it or I broke it. Feel free to bring them to my attention by e-mailing me at email@example.com. To see a list of the most recent changes to the site, or leave comments, visit the forum using the button below. 73, Steve