DE AFN9SN NR 57
R 040014Z APRIL 2014
FM: AFN9SN / NV
TO: MISSION SUPPORT NETWORK
1. The 141st Communications Flight will be part of an Exercise
Evaluation conducted 10-11 April at Fairchild AFB, WA. The
141st also has a JISCC (MARS call sign AAR0WNA) that they
will deploy as part of the exercise. They are asking for AFMARS
to set up a voice net from 12:00-4:00 PM PST on 10 April and
from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST on 11 April to provide their JISCC
operators an opportunity for on-the-air-training using HF radio.
2. The Mission Support Network will provide HF
communications support for this exercise, which is expected
to be regional in nature. Frequency MSC shall be used as the
primary and should provide good propagation for the intended
area. Frequency MSB is the alternate.
3. All MSN stations in Divisions 8, 9 and 10 are asked to
provide communications support for this exercise. Other
Divisions/Regions are welcome to participate depending on
4. I spoke with MSgt. Leo Hubbard of the 141st
Communications Flight, he is very interested in working
with AF MARS and the Mission Support Network.
USAF MARS National mission Support Network Manager
DE AFN9SN NR 031
R 051047Z MARCH 2014
TO: MISSION SUPPORT NETWORK ASSIGNED STATIONS
Subject: USAF MARS National Mission Support Network White
This is a Mission Support Network communications exercise
(COMEX) covering the entire U.S. and possessions. A growing
low-pressure area covers the continental US with lingering
frigid cold temperatures ranging from 25 degrees F down to
minus 60 degrees F with snow depths ranging from over 12
feet in the northern tiers to a few inches in the Deep South.
I will initiate this exercise on-the-air as part of the MSN
Operations net on voice, Olivia 32 and M110A digital modes
using the parameters specified for both of these modes on the
http://afmars.us and http://afmars-msn.org web sites.
Date: Saturday, 22 March 2014
Time: 1700 Z (1000 Pacific, 1100 Mountain, 1200 Central and
1300 Eastern) Propagation should be better at this time than
during the MSNAD1 Admin net.
Duration: One hour, unless additional time is required to pass
Check-in: Each operator checks into the net on the designated
frequency using voice or digital.
1. Voice: USE ABBREVIATED PROCEDURES. “This is,
(call sign, location, traffic – if any) Over.”
2. Digital: Olivia 32 or M110A. USE FULL, or ABBREVIATED
PROCEDURES. “(NCS call sign) DE (call sign, location, traffic –
if any) K.” or “DE, (call sign, location, traffic – if any) K.”
All participating stations shall send at least one METAR
(weather) report message for their location to the MSN manager
AFN9SN, the Point-of-Contact (POC) for this exercise. It is
permissible and suggested you construct your message prior to
the start of this exercise.
It is recommended that stations use the METAR to MARS
message format converter, downloadable from
http://www.w3mdj.com/metar.html. This program has been used
extensively in Division 9 and it works very well.
Whenever possible, exercise message traffic shall be
sent/relayed on-the-air via voice, or any authorized digital mode
with the audio centered on 1,500 Hz. for amateur modes.
If message traffic needs to be sent via e-mail due to poor
conditions or other reasons, please use the winlink e-mail
address below in my signature for this exercise.
All exercise voice traffic will contain the words “MARS
EXERCISE” in each radio transmission preceding the exercise
message content. All exercise written messages will contain
similar wording IAW the MOI and AF MARS National
Emergency Communications Plan.
3. MSN Objectives
A. MSN operators review the current AF MARS National
Emergency Communications Plan in advance of the exercise.
B. Operators obtain practice composing, sending,
receiving, copying and forwarding exercise message traffic.
C. Other objectives to be determined.
D. After Action Report by the MSN Manager.
// Signed //
USAF MARS National Mission Support Network Manager