Elmendorf Amateur Radio Society (EARS)
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President Doug Myers, KL1DJ
Vice-President Adam Allen KL3QH
Treasurer Marty Foreman KL3ID
Secretary Micah Foreman KL3IE
Trustee Ron Keech KL7YK
Activities/Projects Daniel Alicie KL3TY
  
E.A.R.S. (aka JBER Radio Club)

The Elmendorf Amateur Radio Society started life in 1996 when the Air Force shut down the formal MARS Station on the air base.  At that time the call was taken over by 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.  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.


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...  Since 1996 however we strived to keep it active.  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 new 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 the inlet.  The origin of this location is from a long gone glacier that as it melted back some 13,000 years ago it left behind this ridge.  We enjoy no above ground power lines nearby. The building is generator backed up as well.

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. In 2010 when the Joint Basing (part of the mandated downsizing efforts) took place and the Air Force assumed responsibility for the among other things the Signals Building on the post which housed the Army MARS Station.  Due to operational considerations changes in the Posts mission the Army no longer had any Radio Operators assigned.  The MARS Station fell silent and was effectively mothballed sometime in 2009.
In 2011 the AF decided to close to Army MARS Station down as it was no longer being used or maintained.  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.

The KL7USA call was protected by WL7BNW, Larry Yerks as he had ties with the post.  Larry's efforts are appreciated.  

Today we are also known as the JBER Radio Club as we are a combination club of AF and Army.  
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 build 16322.

We are capable of operating from 160m to 33cm.  HF antennas are a TH7 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.  We activate the station several times a month and participate in most major contest events including Field Day.

Club 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 club 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 a Winlink Account thru Winlink.org.

 The Winlink mailbox for us is "KL7AIR@WINLINK.ORG".

 

We also have two VHF DIGIPEATERS for the area. 
 
To use the VHF Digipeaters at EARS:

On your terminal display type “c eagle v ears” to digi to the Eagle Packet Node 145.01

or type “c valley v ears” for the Valley Packet Node 147.96

You can also connect to KL7AIR-7 on either frequency and Connect from there to the other nodes.  

The KL7AIR Packet Mailboxes are also active at KL7AIR-5.

The digipeaters consist of 2 meter mobile radios and Kantronics 3+ TNC's


We also operate an APRS IGate at 144.39mhz KL7AIR-10 using Linux and Xastir 2.0.4.  

Icom IC-2000 VHF Radio and an MFJ 1278 TNC.


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     

   Our Civilian Sponsors, these are the largest supporters.  
We also have dozens of supporters who have contributed to the club by donation of 
gear which is of course very appreciated.

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Our Military Supporters -

ALCOM/JTF-AK, 673CS, 673FSS/FSDE, AK Wing HQ Civil Air Patrol
673rd CES, 381st ISW

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Last Updated 18 April 2014