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


                             See if you meet the basic qualifications.
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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 MARSRADIO, 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

The network operations a PBX system to provide inter-communication, international dialing, etc.  Two methods are available.  Either a VOIP to analog interface box and use existing patch equipment or a VOIP desk phone modified to interface into a radio with no additional patch equipment necessary.  The PBX also allows participation by individuals who do not have a local house line.

MARS requires a minimum participation of 16 hours per quarter however MARSRADIO 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.

Amateur Radio Operators:   MARSRADIO needs good stations and operators.  There is currently a program to bring in qualified amateur radio station operators and "fast track" them into the net.  Basic MARS training will be required but not digital and other capabilities that are not used on the net.  Contact us if interested.

The net operates its own telephone PBX system.  Therefore, interested applicants that only have a cell phone but adaquate internet service at home can participate by using the PBX system. 


   
Amateur Radio Applications

Amateur radio operators who are interested in only the MARSRADIO operation but not a current member of MARS may apply for assignment to the net.  Interested amateur radio operator will send the MARSRADIO Net Manager (MRNM) an application for Air Force MARS membership and an application for MARSRADIO.

The MRNM will review the application and interview the operator to determine if the amateur radio operator meets all the requirements of the network with the exception of being a MARS member.  The MRNM will forward the MARS application to HQ for approval into MARS.

The new MARS members will take basic MARS training provided by their region as determine by the region training manager and the MARSRADIO manager.  The new MARS member will be assigned to MARSRADIO for further training upon successful completion of basic MARS structure and operation at the MRNM discretion.

The new MARS member will be fully assigned to MARSRADIO upon successfully finishing training and demonstrate competency on MARSRADIO within 90 days of assignment but may not participate in other MARS opeartion outside of MARSRADIO unless they complete full MARS training.

This special program may be terminated at any time.
    




















                     











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