Welcome to the Alaska Ham Radio WIKI. This site is just one part of the Alaska wikicity, and most of this information will be mostly from Ham Radio operators in the Fairbanks Interior. If you have any questions or would like to see information on this page.. Please let me know and I will be glad to inform you on how to add to the WIKI if you don't know. Please be courteous to other users of the WIKI and please use the standard Ham radio etiquette.
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Arctic Amateur Radio Club - KL7KC Edit
The Arctic ARC is the general interest amateur radio club in Fairbanks. Members meet every first Friday of the month at 7 PM. These meetings are open to the public and are held in Room 401 at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), also known as the Akasofu Building, on west ridge at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. There are usually pre-meeting activities and discussions beginning at 6 PM.
By far the largest operating activity undertaken by AARC each year is providing communications for the Yukon Quest, a 1000-mile sled dog race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. The race takes place in early to mid-February. Volunteers staff the communications center around the clock and provide all services, from handling radio traffic to answering phones and making web site updates to musher and dog team status.
KL7KC maintains an extensive voice repeater network throughout Interior Alaska. While in the Fairbanks area, hams with VHF equipment will find KL7KC on 146.88 MHz (-600 Hz shift), which requires a PL tone of 103.5 Hz. See below for more Interior repeater deltails.
The club also holds monthly licence exam sessions, free of charge. These exams are given at the Noel Wein Library on the first Saturday of each month at 1 PM. Primary examiner is Bill Brookins KC8MVW.
For more information, please visit KL7KC.com.
Two Rivers Contest Club - KL2REdit
N1TX hosts the KL2R contest shack about 20 miles east of Fairbanks. A small group of competiitve hams gathered in 2006 and resolved to establish a modest contest presence just below the Arctic Circle. Since then, the KL2R team have received impressive worldwide acclaim by placing well in a number of significant ARRL and CQ events. True competiitors are few and far between, and the intrepid Zone 1 team generally stick together. Need a sked? Let one of us know. You can keep up with KL2R at their blog .
Local 2m FM Operating FrequenciesEdit
For the past decade, the KL7KC repeater system has fallen into an increasing state of disrepair. It used to connect a significant portion of the Interior. Some sites had to be closed by directive of government entities or lack of access. Expertise faded away.
Most 2m FM across the state has moved to IRLP. The Alaska reflector is #9109. Two RIvers, North Pole, and Eielson AFB are covered by 146.43 PL 123 WL7CW (Node 7794). Others in Fairbanks covering a wide area include
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For a current list of other IRLP nodes in the area goto http://status.irlp.net/index.php?PSTART=7 and enter 99701 for the ZIP code.
Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS)Edit
Also, among the voice frequencies, there have been a growing number of APRS users. Tourists in summer typically add to the traffic. Even a few aeronautical and balloon APRS stations make their appearance occasionally. Many digipeater sites and igates are centered around Fairbanks, as the effort has been focused on coverage of the paved road system north of the Alaska Range. (Think an area the size of North Dakota.) In practical terms, that means much of the Alaska Highway from the border to Fairbanks, and south to Denali National Park (or at least Healy).
The Anchorage area hams have an independent APRS presence. The Parks Highway south from Denali until about Willow is an APRS dead zone. Elliott, Steese, Denali, and Dalton Highways have very limited coverage. The MANLEY digipeater at Manley Hot Springs has been down since October 2014.
The standard frequency of 144.390 MHz is used at 1200 bps. Wide-area digipeaters and igates in Fairbanks and along the RIchardson and Alaska Highways include TETLIN, TOK, DOTLK, MILTAN (Delta Junction), HARDNG, 2RIVRS (20 miles east of Fairbanks), and FRBNKS.
Wide-area digis on the western arc include FOXAK (12 miles north of Fairbanks), SKINNY (25 miles west of Fairbanks), NENANA, and ANDRSN south of Nenana. The latter three cover the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Healy.
Plans include expansion of the APRS network for continuous coverage to the Canadian border, including Chicken and Eagle, and link to the network in VY1.
Interior Scanner Frequencies Edit
As the new ALMR system is implemented, It is harder to monitor "conventional" communications. At this point in time, Fort Wainwright, Eilson, Fairbanks Police, State Dept of Transportation and more are on this system. For more information visit RadioReference.com Alaska
Various departments have began to completely use the ALMR system. Currently Feb 07, North Star Volunteer, North Pole Fire, Fort Wainwright Fire, and some others are now solely on ALMR.
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Greetings from Southern Maryland KB3YXS
Grabbed a couple of spelling mistakes. 73, KL1RL
Thanks!! I have also fixed the 146.94 mistake.KL0RN
Added IRLP Node information. KL1RL
Added Winlink information KL0RN
Updated meeting location and Months. Meetings now are conducted all year long.. KL0RN
Greetings from Southern Maryland. N3NTX
Greetings from old Panama City, FL friends - Ted Poppke AB1CM
Hello from Chugiak, 73, KL2TC
Good information! KL2ZB
Looks great. VY1PG
Major update 01/27/12 and more APRS updates 09/26/15 - N1TX
Looking for KL's ON5EU
Looking forward to visiting again in September KB3UOO
Hello from Trion, Georgia km4iik What about King Salmon or NakNek KC7OHY Interested to know more about Ak Radio, Curious why just Fairbanks and no Anchorage - KL3QH member of KL7AIR
W7KV visiting Fairbanks and Denali 6/24-6/29/16