Tag: MARS

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Hurricane Response

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are pitching in to support communication at some Red Cross shelters in South Texas in the ongoing aftermath of catastrophic and unprecedented flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. ARES members also are serving as net control liaisons to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). At least 3 dozen […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

As now-Category 4 Hurricane Harvey bears down on his state, ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, reports that all 97 South Texas counties are on alert, with many preparing to assist coastal areas as needed. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) remains active in “Catastrophic Response Mode” on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. […]

Upcoming Army MARS Communication Exercises Highlighted at Regional Conference

US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, reviewed the upcoming calendar of communication exercises planned for the remainder of 2017, when he spoke via video link to attendees at the Army MARS Region 3 Conference April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hosting the event was Pennsylvania Army MARS, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #948

This Week in Amateur Radio #948 Week of April 29, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR948 Running Time: 1:07:53 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #948 with a release and air date of Saturday, April 29, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #939

This Week in Amateur Radio #939   Week of February 25, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR939 Running Time: 1:12:16 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #939 with a release and air date of Saturday, February 25, 2017. This weeks edition is anchored by Andre Wald, […]

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

Today’s Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD). “Probably the most significant […]

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18. “The intent of this COMMEX is to test and exercise interoperable communications (federal/state/local/tribal/amateur) during a major disaster, where communications infrastructure would […]

FEMA to Conduct Interoperability Exercise Using 60 Meters

FEMA Region X will conduct an interoperability communications exercise on December 21 that will use 60 meters. The “COMMEX” will consist of radio check-ins from authorized state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #923

Edition # 923 – Release date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 This podcast is suitable for air on amateur radio frequencies. Download here: https://archive.org/details/TWIAR923HAM Here are the stories making news … This Week in Amateur Radio: 2 men arrested on domestic terrorism charges after threatening to blow up HAARP RSGB criticizes UK Channel 5 television over […]

National Geographic Channel Ham Radio Guide Supports Before MARS Prequel

The National Geographic has produced A Guide to Ham Radio to support its recently released digital short, Before MARS — a prequel to its upcoming MARS series. The 33-minute prequel, which has a heavy Amateur Radio theme, provides the back story of two principal characters in the upcoming MARS global event series. In the prequel, […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #921

Saturday, October 22, 2016 This podcast is suitable for air on amateur radio frequencies. Download here: https://archive.org/details/TWIAR921HAM Here are the stories making news … This Week in Amateur Radio: ARRL Executive Committee meets in Chicago Army MARS set to test “a very bad day” scenario IARU Region 2 Emergency Communication Workshop covers a wide range […]

via the ARRL: MARS-Amateur Radio Interoperability Exercise to Test “Very Bad Day” Scenario

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 […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio-Military Interoperability Exercise Set for October 31-November 1

An Amateur Radio-military interoperability exercise will take place over the October 31-November 1 weekend. The event will begin at 1200 UTC on October 31 and continue through 2359 UTC on November 1 on 60 meter channels 1-4 —5.3305 MHz, 5.3465 MHz, 5.357 MHz, and 5.3715 MHz, respectively. During this exercise, military stations will attempt to […]

via the ARRL: MARS Sets Interoperability Communications Exercise for August 15

US Department of Defense (DOD) Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) operators in the US, Germany, and Japan, will take part in an interoperability communications exercise in August. The exercise will take place on Monday, August 15, from 1200 UTC to 2359 UTC. The focus of the exercise is “to train during a simulated communications-constrained environment […]

Voices of Service: Listening in with Army Security Agency (Pennsylvania)

Lonnie Frampton’s 20 years of Army service as a member of the Army Security Agency included a tour in Vietnam, where his skills at electronics repairs helped make the Army’s signal intelligence, sometimes referred to as Radio Research, possible. Frampton joined the Army after high school to get his military obligation out of the way. […]

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