April 8, 2021

Jeff, KC9UNZ was Net Control and the following people checked in: N9TWA; KG9NG; W9RDB; N9WIB; N9STF; WB9VHF; KD9DZT; KF9AQ; KD9RNA; KD9KJV; KD9KJX; KD9SHY; KD9RYV

This week’s Audio News can be found here: https://blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/75649400/arrl-audio-news-april-2-2021/

New Membership Managment Software

We’ve created and installed new membership management software on our website. We are in the process of entering profiles for all the members of MARA and will soon send out an email on how to access your information. Your profile will include all the information normally found on our membership form along with information on current dues payments and donations (we won’t be entering records going back more than a year!). There will be one catch going forward. Each membership record will require an email address. We have found that we do not have current email addresses on everyone. We’ll let you know soon if we have a problem with your record. You will be able to see a record of your recent payments to MARA as well as keep your contact information up to date. As soon as we get the records up to date we’ll send out an email with instructions on how to access your information.

MARA Net Meeting

MARA has begun weekly net meetings again after a long “vacation”. We will meet every Thursday Evening at 8PM on the 147.150 repeater. We’ll check in, report on repeater news (if there is any), listen to the ARRL Audio News for the week and then brag, ask/answer questions, share ideas, in a round robin style discussion. You don’t have to be a member to join in, although we hope you will be inspired to join and help support the repeaters.

January 2021 MARA Membership Meeting

We are holding the January 2021 MARA Membership Meeting virtually again this month using Zoom. We will meet on January 11 at 7:30 PM.  For a Zoom invitation please email a request to treasurer@wglaca.org and he’ll send one along to your inbox.

At this meeting we will be presenting the Financials for 2020 as well as the Budget for 2021 and nominations and election of officers for 2021. See you there. 

147.150/147.750 REPEATER

  • FREQUENCY – Input: 147.750 MHz Output: 147.150 MHz
  • XMTR & RCVR – Yaesu DR-1X
  • RF AMP – TBD
  • ANTENNA – Telwave folded dipole, 4 bay
  • DUPLEXER – Wacom 6 cavity, 300 watts capacity
  • LOCATION – WMTV, TV channel 15 (west side of Madison)
  • HEIGHT – 750 ft. (1800ft. MSL)
  • ERP – 190 watts
  • ACCESS – TSQL (123.0 hz)
  • TIMER – 3 minutes, reset by “beep” courtesy tone

Hamfest Dates through 2028!

As you know we have a dilemma each year scheduling our Hamfest around other dates in the spring particularly Holy Week and Easter, so we have projected out for the next 10 years when Easter was and then consequently when we would schedule our hamfest. Here it is. Get our your calendars out and add these dates! If you want to see how we came up with these dates you can check out the Hamfest version of our newsletter here.