As amateur radio operators, communication is what we are all about. We use several means to communicate, including e-mail, text messaging, and (of course) ham radio!
We have several mailing lists and mail aliases for the club. The mailing lists are managed by freelists.org, which is a publicly available mailing list manager that supports thousands of lists for various organizations. The lists used by the Murray Amateur Radio Club are as follows:
This list is for announcements of a general nature about the club, club events, and topics of interest to all amateur operators. You do NOT need to be a member of MARC to join this list. To join the list, you need to visit https://www.freelists.org/list/marc-announce using a web browser (you can do this from a computer or mobile device). Enter your e-mail address in the field provided (the default action is to "Subscribe", so don't change that). Click the "Next" button to continue. Freelists.org will send you an e-mail to validate your e-mail address... that e-mail will include a link. Click on that link and you will receive a subsequent e-mail informing you that you have been subscribed to the list.
This list is fairly low volume, with an average of three e-mails per month (one for each meeting). Occasionally an extra message of general interest will be sent. Note that this is a moderated list... only authorized users can post to this list. This means that if you reply to a message posted to the list, only the sender will see it... not the other list members.
This list is for all club members. If you are a member of the club, you should join this list. Only registered club members (who have given their contact information to the club secretary) are able to join this list. Subscribing is similar to that described above, but you need to visit https://www.freelists.org/list/marc-members to subscribe. Since this list has controlled membership, there is an additional step that happens during validation of your signup... after you have clicked the link in the e-mail you will receive, a list manager will have to also approve your signup request. This may take up to 24 hours. As above, you will receive another e-mail when your membership has been approved.
All list members can post to this list. If you have a message you want to send to other club members, send it to this list. This list currently has very low traffic (a few messages a year so far). Replies will go to the whole list unless you change the To: address in your e-mail.
This special purpose list is for people who are interested in teaching or presenting at the club meetings. If you have an interest in presenting something at a club meeting or in teaching a class, you should join this list (and, by extension, the education committee). The URL for signing up is https://www.freelists.org/list/marc-education-committee.
As these lists are managed by freelists.org, if you ever want to unsubscribe from the list(s), follow the same link as above but select "Unsubscribe". You can also enable or disable digest mode (digest mode will collect all of the messages sent to the list in a day and send them to you in a single "digest" e-mail... this is more important on high volume lists than our extremely low volume lists) and enable or disable "vacation" mode (vacation mode keeps you as a member of the list, but suspends sending you any e-mail... disable vacation mode to start getting the e-mails again).
If you think we need any additional mailing lists, let us know!
In addition to these mailing lists, there are several e-mail aliases that are in use by the club... they are all @murrayarc.org (the actual addresses are not included here as spam bots love to scrape e-mail addresses from web pages... send to an address that looks like firstname.lastname@example.org). These are as follows:
postmaster, support, and admin - these aliases go to the club webmaster(s) and technical staff... use one of these if you have a technical problem with the club web site, mailing lists, etc.
president - this alias routes mail to the current club president
vp - this alias routes mail to the current club vice president
secretary - this alias routes mail to the current club secretary
treasurer - this alias routes mail to the current club treasurer
board - this alias routes mail to the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer
Slack is a communications tool that is used by many organizations for easy instant communications. It supports both channels and direct messages to individuals and ad-hoc groups. Messages can include text, images, emoji, and other multi-media. Slack also maintains a history, so you don't have to be online to see what has been happening, and mobile applications are also available. We are using the Amateur Radio in Utah slack group. If you need an invite, let us know, and join us on the #marc channel.
We use various amateur radio nets to keep in touch. Our main net is held on Sunday evenings starting at 8:00 PM Mountain Time (Monday morning 0200 hours Zulu during Daylight Savings Time, 0100 Zulu during Standard Time). This net is on the MARC repeater at 223.96 MHz (negative 1.6 MHz offset, PL of 103.5 Hz), which is channel number 27 in the standard load.
We also have brief "check-in" nets on the same day as each of our club meetings. These are the first, second, and third Thursday of each month. The frequencies are mentioned on the linked page and in the meeting announcements that are sent to the marc-announce mailing list.
In addition, many club members monitor a couple of frequencies at various times during the day. These are typically the club repeater at 223.96 MHz (PL 103.5 Hz), the Ensign Peak repeater at 147.16 MHz (PL 127.3 Hz, and other area repeaters (such as Farnsworth on 146.62 MHz or the Intermountain Intertie on 147.12 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) or another linked frequency. Throw out your callsign and see who comes back!
Finally, you can use the Contact Us form to reach out for general help and support.
We are not currently using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform. This may change in the future.