Phone Patch Net
Joining The Phone Patch Net
The net operates 24/7 and can use extra help at anytime during the day or night that you are available to volunteer.  

MARS members receive special assignment to operate on the net after meeting the requirements.  Most members do not have a pre-set schedule, and check in with Net Control anytime they have an hour or more that they are able to volunteer.

The net runs interesting and real traffic every day!  Surveillance aircraft, Medivac aircraft, Tankers, Heavy Transport aircraft and Reserve aircraftroutinely utilize the services of the Phone Patch Net.  While the overwelming majority of the traffic is routine morale or routine official traffic, virtually all members of the net have at one time or another run traffic for an aircraft with an emergency situation.

If you are an Amateur Radio operator and would like to join the USAF Phone Patch Net, you must first be a member of Army or Air Force MARS, completed initial training and have the recommendation of your State MARS Director.

Members must have:

                     Phone patch with clear, undistorted audio.
                     Stable HF transceiver that can operate on designated PPN frequencies 4 - 30 MHz.
                     500 - 600 Watt amplifier or better.
                     Full-size directional beam type antenna (6DBd or better) on 13 MHz and higher
                     Dipoles or better for 4 - 13 MHz
                     Capable of monitoring 13 MHz and  7 MHz.
                     Work well with others

MARS requires a minimum participation of 16 hours per quarter however the Phone Patch Net desires people who can volunteer more time. Current members devote from 20 to 200 hours a month to the program and a minimum of 36 hours per quarter. 

Use the contact form for more detailed information. Include your amateur and MARS callsign.