“Providing RadioTelephone Service to US Military Aircraft Worldwide”
The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a United States Department of Defense sponsored program, established as a separately managed and operated program by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. The program is a civilian auxiliary consisting primarily of licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in assisting the military with communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.
The Phone Patch Net is now listed in the Flight Information Publication as of April 2016.
The MARS Phone Patch Net provides HF Radio Telephone Service to all US Military, Coast Guard, Dept. of Homeland Security Aircraft and Allied Forces. The net is staffed 24/7 by Amateur Radio volunteers who are members of the Air Force or Army MARS program.