Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

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Membership Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM.
Meetings are held at the EARS shack location.
Phone: 552-2664 (recording)
Talk in on 146.67 Minus Split 103.5 PL Tone
Email Address
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We also have an email reflector if you wish to receive email about club activities contact club@kl7air.us and we will get your email
address added, you do not have to be a member to get club notices via email..

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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Click to see Field Day 2016
Click to see Field Day 2015
Click to see Field Day 2014
Click  to see Field Day 2013
Click to see Field Day 2012

Black Bears at the Station location (click to enlarge)

2015 Club Board
President Ron Keech KL7YK
Vice-President Daniel Woody KL3YR
Treasurer/Secretary Dan Knapp KL4CX
Trustee Ron Keech KL7YK
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 -


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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 fa
r 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 theTrustee) 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 R1 North.

We are capable of operating from 160m to 70cm.  HF antennas are a (HyGain TH-7 Thunderbird) Triband Yagi (circa 1985), a modern 43 ft DX Engineering Vertical (2012) and a pair of HF loops mounted utility poles.  6 meters and up use a combination of VHF/UHF Yagis and verticals.  HF Station consists of an Icom IC-756Pro II, Kenwood TS-570S and an Icom IC-PW1 (one kilowatt solid state amplifier).  

We also have in the station multiple VHF radios with 1200 Baud KPC TNC's for things like APRS,
Digipeaters and even a VHF Winlink RMS.

We have rigs like the D-710G Kenwood for UHF 9600 Baud Packet and a Bridgecom
BCM-220 on a KPC 9612+ TNC for 9600 Baud on 1.25 meters.
Even a Motorola GTX 900mhz setup.

There is also an FT-857D for all mode work on VHF-UHF.

 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 Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the club station location.  See the Map for directions to the station.

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KL7AIR has earned ARRL WAS, ARRL DXCC (169 confirmed), CQ WPX (1000+ confirmed)
KL7USA has earned ARRL WAS.

The KL7AIR Repeater
Vertex 5000
146.67 Minus Split 103.5 PL
Located on JBER

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!  
The US Postal Service no longer issues them and these days few employees know how to redeem them.

Our QSL Cards

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Digital Radio Support


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
with an omni vertical antenna.  Dell Desktop running Windows 10.

Area Packet Nodes - Digipeaters KL7AIR-2
Cick here to get to the Digital Info Page


We also operate an APRS IGate at 144.39mhz as KL7AIR-10.  
Radio is a IC-2100 using a KPC 3+ TNC on an omni vertical antenna.
Runs on an HP Mini Laptop Win10 and UI-View32.


Our Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 6079
JBER, AK 99506


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All Rights Reserved

Last Updated 19 April 2017