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

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The Geomagnetic Field status monitor downloads data periodically from the NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours of 3 hour Planetary Kp Index data is analyzed and an appropriate level of activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:

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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Field Day A3S Yagi on temp mount.
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Black Bears at the Station location (click to enlarge)

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 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 for many years by Larry Yerks, WL7BNW (SK) as he had ties with the post.

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.

Bear Intecept Video
Alaska F-15 Intercept video link (click the pic)
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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
Eagle and the Bear
Alaskan F-15 and the TU-95
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Alaskan F-22 Intercept of a TU-95



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 Alinco DR-1200 VHF Radios and two Kantronics KPC3+ TNC's.


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.

Our Mailing address: 

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     

We recieve generous support from:

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                2550 Denali Street, Ste 1000        

Anchorage, AK 99503               


                   310 E. 76th Unit B

            Anchorage, AK 99518

                      907 276 0023

8015 Schoon Street Anchorage Alaska 99518
  Phone: (907) 349-9668 Fax: (907) 522-3995     

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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 17 Dec 2014