What is MARS?

The Military Auxiliary Radio System is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as separate managed and operated programs by the Army, Navy and Air Force. The program consists of licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in military communications. They contribute to the MARS mission providing auxiliary or emergency communications on a local, national and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.

MARS History

In November 1925, the Army Amateur Radio System (AARS) was formed by a few dedicated pioneers in the United States Army Signal Corps. This organization continued until the start of World War II when operations were suspended. Army amateur radio was authorized to resume operations in 1946 and the Army Amateur Radio System was in 1962, the Navy-Marine Corps MARS program was launched making MARS a joint service program.

MARS Mission

Eligibility to join MARS

Some of the requirements to participate in MARS are that the applicant must -

Benefits of MARS Membership

MARS Frequencies

MARS members stations meet periodically in scheduled networks on military frequencies outside of the amateur bands.

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