From October 30 through November 1, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct a quarterly US Department of Defense (DOD) Contingency Communications Exercise (COMMEX). The quarterly exercise will offer training on the ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario, when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. The exercise will involve interoperability between MARS and Amateur Radio participants and is open to all members of the amateur community.
“While the simultaneous loss of all communications nationwide is not likely, we are assuming there has been a massive nationwide outage, for training purposes,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, said. “One objective of the exercise is to continue the partnership with the Amateur Radio community to help provide information about local conditions.” Information gathered will be forwarded to the DOD to provide a better picture of what is happening around the country, he said.