Tag: MARS

via the ARRL: Iowa National Guard Exercise Pushes Communications Interoperability Boundary

An Iowa National Guard exercise in late April for the first time saw the use of a common digital mode among military, Amateur Radio, and Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) participants on the 60-meter interoperability channels. Military standard communications mode MilStd 188-110 was pressed into service to pass digital messages during Exercise Stable Mercury. Because Amateur Radio […]

via the ARRL: Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test Set for Saturday, May 12

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests to mark the 67th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD) on Saturday, May 12. Armed Forces Day is May 19, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event traditionally takes place 1 week earlier in order to avoid conflicting with Hamvention. Complete information, […]

via the ARRL: Hospital Ship Crew Members Get Amateur Radio Training at Sea

On February 21, US Army civilian contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii to begin its deployment for “Pacific Partnership 2018” (PP18), a humanitarian assistance exercise that will include several Pacific stops. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage was […]

via the ARRL: MARS Team Provides HF and Amateur Radio Communication Training on USNS Mercy

On February 21, contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith embarked on the USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage has been to conduct Technician and General class Amateur Radio classes for more than a dozen military and civilian personnel crewing the Mercy; and to provide training […]

via the ARRL: Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Amateur Radio community, […]

via the ARRL: Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part. “This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as […]

via the ARRL: David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in […]

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, […]

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