- Section Name:
- Ray Hollenbeck, KL1IL
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
- KL1IL at ARRL.org
Alaska Section Information:
Amateur radio is alive and well inside Alaska. Ham Radio operators have supported public events and emergency response operations in Alaska for over 70 years. With three ARRL 50+ year affiliated radio clubs and more than 3400 amateur radio operators throughout the state, ham radio has the ability to provide communication coverage all over the entire state. As you can see from the size comparison map, that is a lot of coverage. Alaska is twice the size of Texas, 413 times the size of Rhode Island and yet has only one section for the entire state to support activities and emergency communications.
Each operator has a radio, their own power supply and a general knowledge of emergency communications needed to provide emergency or priority communications traffic compliant with the Federal Response Plan National Traffic System. Amateur Radio is a key component in the State of Alaska Emergency Plan. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) of Alaska http://www.aresalaska.org/ provides auxiliary communications support for local governments, disaster relief, and search and rescue groups during emergencies, as well as support for various public service community events. ARES operates throughout Alaska via several "regions". In Anchorage, ARES is managed by a dedicated team of ARES volunteers. To verify meeting information contact the Anchorage District Emergency Coordinator, Mike O'Keefe firstname.lastname@example.org .
Amateur Radio Clubs in Alaska
The Anchorage Amateur Radio Club serves Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, Girdwood and Indian. The club call is KL7AA. Meetings: 7:00 PM, 1st Friday, every month, in the Carr-Gottstein building, Alaska Pacific University campus. Check out http://www.kl7aa.net/ for more information, map of meeting locations and a listing for local repeaters serving South Central Alaska. The website also has newsletters from 2002 to the present available for download.
The Elmendorf Amateur Radio Society (EARS) serves primarily military personnel on Elmendorf AFB and Fort Richardson Army Post. These facilities were merged in 2010. It is open to local civilian members as well. Club call signs are KL7AIR and KL7USA. The Club represents the two military stations one Air Force base and one Army post and as such is also known as the JBER Radio Club. EARS is also an active Navy MARS Aux Station with the call sign, NNN0EAM. Meetings: EARS meets monthly. Meetings are at the EARS club house, (R-1 North, CAP Wing Headquarters) on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).
Email Ron Keech, KL7YK, for details.
The Matanuska Amateur Radio Association (MARA) KL7JFU serves the Greater Matanuska Susitna Valley, Palmer-Wasilla-BigLake-Sutton-Willow and Talkeetna area. Meetings: 7:00 PM, on the last Friday of each month, at the Fire Station 61, in Wasilla. MARA sponsors a Hamfest and flea market every year, usually in the spring. http://www.kl7jfu.com/
The Arctic Amateur Radio Club Inc. (AARC) KL7KC, is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. KL7KC was the first Amateur radio club formed in ALASKA in 1939 and incorporated in 1966. Today there are over 250 members. They meet at 7:30 pm on the first Friday of the month at the International Arctic Research Center, Room 401, which is located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. http://www.kl7kc.com/ Check out the KL7KC website for a good map of repeater coverages in the interior and when driving to ALASKA.
The Alaska QRP Club -- No dues, no rules, everyone welcome. Low power radio is fun! Enjoy "do it yourself" radio and visit with other hams. Meetings are on hold right now but may start up again if there is enough interest. To be added to the Alaska QRP email notices list contact Jim Larsen, AL7FS at email@example.com
The Moosehorn ARC serves the Kenai-Soldotna-Sterling area. Club call is AL7LE. Meetings: 7:00 PM, first Thursday of the month, at the Kenai Peninsula Borough building. Moosehorn sponsors a Hamfest every year, usually in July. http://www.moosehornarc.com/
In Kodiak, the primary mission of KARES is to support the community through the augmentation of communications for local, regional and governmental entities and community groups during times of emergency and non-emergency events when normal communications fail. Meetings are Monday nights held at 7:00 PM in the Bayside Fire Hall, 4606 Rezanof Drive E in Kodiak. Contact Mike Dolph - KL7JBV at Mike_dolph@hotmail.com for more info.
The Juneau ARC (JARC) serves the Juneau - Douglas - Auke Bay areas. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month except July & August. Meetings are held at the National Weather Service Office, 8500 Mendenhall Loop Road.
Nenana ARC serves central Alaska in the Nenana area.
The Petersburg ARC serves portions of Southeastern Alaska, along the "inside passage". Petersburg is located on Mitkof Island.
The Seward Peninsula ARC (SPARC) serves Nome and surrounding communities in Western Alaska. Meetings: 7:00 PM, last Monday of each month, at the Nome Fire Hall. http://www.sparcalaska.com/
Then our newest radio club in Alaska is BARK, AL7YK, the Bethel Amateur Radio Klub. From the hard work of a few mentors to the good outreach of ham radio, the Bethel hams have been very active in promoting amateur radio in Western Alaska. At last count Bethel is up to 62 hams in town. For a better understanding of the unique operating conditions rural communities encounter check out the Bethel radio clubs website at: http://www.al7yk.org