The Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) is a Department of Defense sponsored
program with separately managed and operated programs by the Army, Navy, and Air
Force. (Note: You may not join or belong to more than one MARS service at the same time.)
MARS applicants must:
MARS members stations meet periodically in scheduled nets on military frequencies outside of the amateur bands. There are various types of networks and each accomplishes a specific goal. For example, administrative networks to take care of much of the day-to-day management of the program; traffic networks which exist solely to pass third party traffic; and of course, emergency networks which are established to provide for communication needs during periods of emergency. There are also technical nets and training nets. MARS nets operate in different modes. Although high frequency (HF) single sideband (SSB) voice is predominant, there are RTTY, VHF, PACKET, other digital modes and even slow scan TV nets.
To find out more about the program and membership, visit these sites:
We are working to become an AF MARS station. Currently two members are applying for membership.