Minden Amateur Radio Association


Public Service Through Communications

P.O. Box 1292

Minden, LA 71058-1292

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An ARRL affiliated club

About MARA - The Minden Amateur Radio Association was begun in 1991 with about 20 members and now has more than 80 members from Minden, Shreveport and other municipalities in the Bayou State and elsewhere. (Our fairly up-to-date Membership Roster is available on this site.) MARA is registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Louisiana. The 1998 club officers are:

President - Steve Peters, N5EKC
Vice President - Mike Drummond, N5JSA
Treasurer - Marsha Bond, KC5PQK
Secretary - George M. Winford, K5AIE

Non-elected positions in the club include:

Relay Editor (MARA newsletter) - George M. Winford, K5AIE
Repeater Chairman - Jimmy White, KB5SUE
Field Day Chairmen - Jimmy White, KB5SUE
Hamfest Chairman - Dusty Collins, KB5WFE

MARA Activities

Repeater: 147.300+ - MARA's 2-meter repeater has good coverage and is open to all licensed hams. If you are driving through, use it, and, who knows, you might get a nice "Howdy" back.

MARA's Digipeater/Nodes - Location: Bryceland, Louisiana; Antenna Height: 400 Feet AGL - 700 Feet ASL; Frequency: 145.070 Mhz; Digipeater Call Sign: Bry; Nodes: Minla KB5SUE-2 - (Networknode) Minka: KB5SUE-1 (KA-Node); BBS Call Sign: Minbox, Local Traffic Only (no mail forwarding).

Annual Christmas Hamfest - This popular event is held the first Saturday in December and draws participants, including dealers, from surrounding states and has gotten bigger each year. Its timing provides a "hamfest fix" during a period of the year during which few hamfests are held. For more information on dealer tables, swap tables and/or tickets, contact MARA.

Field Day Activities - Field Day activities for the club are held in conjunction with the ARRL's annual Field Day activities in June of each year. MARA's Field Day site is on one of the highest points in Northwest Louisiana and provides family fun and operating experience for all who want to participate.

Public Service - Club members participate in a wide variety of public service activities including the Caney-Dorcheat Triathlon held each August and Walk-a-thons, as well as Skywarn and other events as the need arises.

Monthly Meetings - The club's monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at the Golden Corral Restaurant on Homer Road in Minden. Meetings begin at 12:15 p.m., but members and guests are encouraged to show up early, have lunch and visit.

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