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Field Day, CopaFest, Repeater Status & Recent Events
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Spring has sprung!

Average daily temperatures are starting to climb. With a wary eye on the thermometer, our thoughts are turning toward Field Day.

Field Day is coming!

ARRL Field Day happens on June 24-25, this year!  

We are looking at staying in the area this year, and working a single location. Last year we split the group and half went to play in the mountains.

The tentative location for this year is Korsten West Pinal Park, on SR-84, west of SR-347.

Keep an eye out for more information to come!
Planning for CopaFest 2017!
Please check the club website for more information.
MARA Repeater Update - Thunderbird Farms
Water Tower Photograph

The water tower construction is pretty much completed.  The repeater antenna is almost done, and the feedline is ready to install.
 
Once this is finished, the 447.725 repeater should be back on the air!  This System Fusion digital and analog repeater is at an altitude of about 1,400 feet above sea level, which should provide excellent coverage to the Maricopa area.
2017 Winter Field Day
What does a Maricopa area ham do on a cold winter morning? We go play in the park! Maybe RF does have an effect on the brain after all.

Our January meeting was held in the middle of solar panels, half erected antennas, and enough radios and accessories to keep anyone happy. There was LOTS of talking, and occasionally some operating.

Photographs are available on the Forum!
How did you spend your weekend?

This past Saturday, April 15th, MARA hosted an outdoor "ham radio activity."  After the success of Winter Field Day, we decided to try again, in a different location.  The idea was not only to sharpen our skills at building and operating solar-powered stations but also giving everyone in the club who may not presently be operating on HF a chance to operate in a low-key, non-contest environment. The only objectives were to have fun, socialize, and learn something new.

The location was the Korsten Pinal West Park, on SR-84, west of Stanfield.

We had two solar powered stations operational, and several people sat down and made contacts on 20 meters! 

Here are some photographs from the event. There are others on the MARA Facebook page.
Our next MARA meeting is scheduled for April 22, at Barro's Pizza in Maricopa. We start gathering at 9am, with the formal meeting starting about 9:30.
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