Elmendorf Amateur Radio Society (EARS)
(aka JBER Radio Club)

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Status Quiet: the Geomagnetic Field is quiet (Kp < 4)

Status Active: the Geomagnetic Field has been unsettled (Kp=4)

Status Storm: A Geomagnetic Storm has occurred (Kp>4)

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2015 Club Board
President Adam Allen, KL3QH
Vice-President Ron Keech, KL7YK
Treasurer/Secretary Daniel Alicie KL3TY
Trustee Ron Keech KL7YK
Activities/Projects Travis Turner KL3ZE
  
E.A.R.S. (aka JBER Radio Club)

The Elmendorf Amateur Radio Society (EARS) started life in 1996 when the Air Force shut down the formal MARS AF Station on the base.  At that time the call was transfrerred to the newly formed club to insure that it would remain on the base. Our Consitution lays down that the club will maintain a working Amateur Station on the base for our Active Duty folks.  This is accomplished via donations and grants to the club.  We are a no-profit function and all work is done by volunteers in the club or for the club.  We do enjoy limited support from the Communications Unit on the base.

We are a two call club with both an Air Force call and an Army Call.  In 2010 in an effort to reduce operating costs the two facilities Elmendorf and Ft Richardson were merged with the AF taking on the primary role of managing the two bases.  This merger became known as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson or JBER. With there being no Ham Club on the Army side we decided to "merge" the AF and Army Ham operations as well in 2014.  

The Air Force Call Sign -

In 1948 the KL7AIR Military Amateur Recreation Call was assigned to the newly established Elmendorf AFB and it has been for the most part in use since.  The Amateur Call Book for the Fall of 1948 confirms this. There were of course periods when it was not used this due to personnel changes, mission changes etc...  We do have evidence of contacts made with the KL7AIR call as far back as 1951 in the form of copies of QSL Cards sent.  The Club has been in several locations over the last 67 years.  In the 1990's the newly formed club EARS setup shop in the basement of Denali Hall which was a barracks building.  In 2006 we moved from that location into our current location on the second floor of Building 16322 which is the Civil Air Patrol Building also known as R1 North.  It sits on the Elmendorf Moraine which is a ridge that runs between the base and Anchorage.  The origin of this high ground is from a long gone glacier that as it melted back some 13,000 years ago it left behind this ridge.  We enjoy having no above ground power lines nearby and the building is generator backed up as well.

The Army Call Sign-

The KL7USA Military Amateur Recreation Call was assigned to Ft Richardson in the Fall of 1953 according to the 1953 callbook.
The entry says: "811th Signal Co. (Service) Bldg. T-569 Ft. Richardson." Many thanks to Pete NL7XM for the history. Construction on the post began in 1941 with the build up for World War II.  Until about 1945 the Army operated on what was Elmendorf Army Airfield at the time. Not sure when the last Amateur Club function existed on post, its been 15-20 years anyway.  We have only found a single reference to a QSO between 1979 and 2014.  The earliest we have been able to document so far is 1959.  Effective Jan 2014 this call became part of the Joint Military Amateur Recreation Club Station.

The KL7USA call was maintained (As Trustee) for many years by Larry Yerks, WL7BNW (SK).  We appreciate Larry's efforts to keep the Army Call from being lost.

Today we are also known as the JBER Radio Club as we are a combination club of AF and Army members.  
We continue the effort in maintaining a fully operational station for our Active Duty Members, their Dependants, Civilian Employees and Retirees.  We are co-located with the Civil Air Patrol in building 16322 also known as R One North.

We are capable of operating from 160m to 33cm.  HF antennas are a TH7 (HyGain Thunderbird) Triband Yagi, a 43 ft DX Engineering Vertical and a loop mounted on three utility poles made of about 900 feet of wire.  6 meters and up use a combination of VHF/UHF Yagis and verticals.  Station consists of an Icom 756Pro II, Kenwood TS-570S and an Icom PW1 one kilowatt solid state amplifier.  As well as a collection of VHF/UHF radios.

 To see a list of the remaining active Military Rec Calls visit: http://ah0a.org/fcc/clubs3.htm

Look for KL7AIR and KL7USA on the air at any time.  The station is active several times a month and the club participates in most major contest events including Field Day.

General Membership Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 5pm at the club station location.  See http://kl7air.us/location.htm for directions to the station.



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Alaskan F-102 Intercept of a TU-95 Bear
Phantom and the Bear
 Alaskan F-4 intercept of a M-4 Bison
 
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Alaskan F-15 and the TU-95
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Alaskan F-22 Intercept of a TU-95

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Mt McKinley from the station.
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Net Memberships

KL7AIR   OMISS 8424  1010 39691
KL7USA             yl     YL System  3656
 
 
The KL7AIR Repeater is a Vertex 5000
146.67 Minus Split 103.5 PL
Located on Elmendorf


We QSL 100%

Want a Paper Card?  Use the Bureau or if direct SASE PLEASE 
and or SAE and 1 dollar US if overseas and PLEASE NO IRC's!

Our QSL Cards

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We host a VHF RMS for ARES, WL7CVG-10 operates at 144.90.  
ARES VHF RMS Usage: Using RMS Express, Paclink or Airmail connect to WL7CVG-10.
You will need to have already established an Account thru Winlink.org.
From this system you can send an email to anyone from radio to the internet.
 The Winlink mailbox for us is "KL7AIR@WINLINK.ORG".
Gear for this is a Kenwood TM-261 VHF radio and a Kantronics KPC3+ TNC.
Dell Desktop running Windown 7.

Area Packet Nodes - Digipeaters KL7AIR-2
This is quick primer-  EARS maintains two Digipeaters to allow 1 hop connections to either the Eagle Node on Mt Gordon Lyon (145.01) or the Valley Node (147.96) in Wasilla.
To use these digi's -  "c eagle v ears" (radio set to 145.01), if that fails try "c kl7air-7", wait for the menu and then select "c eagle".  Same idea for the Valley Node "c valley v ears" (on 147.96) or "c kl7air-7" then connect to Valley by typing "c valley".
When done type "b" for bye.
When in the nodes to access the "talk" function simply type "talk", to exit talk type /ex on a blank line.
(note- c is a shortcut for connect and v is a shortcut for via)
Both sides also have a basic mailbox feature, to use this connect (c) to KL7AIR-5 and follow the menu.
These digis are made up of two mobile VHF Radios and Kantronics KPC3+ TNC's.

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We also operate an APRS IGate at 144.39mhz KL7AIR-10.  
Radio is a IC2000 using an old MFJ1270 TNC.
Older Dell Desktop running Linux/Xastir 2.

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Our Mailing address: 

JBER/EARS
P.O. Box 6079
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506

 Station Phone is 907-552-2664 (recording).

Email address: club(at)kl7air.us Website: www.kl7air.us     

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673rd CES, 381st ISW

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Last Updated 14 March 15