Army MARS Motto: "PROUD, PROFESSIONAL AND READY"
With its club station presence at the Diana site, a former U.S. Army facility, OMARC can not think of anything more appropriate for the club to do at the Diana site in recognition of its deep history with the U.S. Army than to offer our proven ability to provide communications in support to our men and woman in uniform.
As such the OMARC Board of Directors approved the use of OMARC's radio station at the Diana site for Army MARS use in the spring of 2002. Following this approval, a number of OMARC members that were not already Army MARS members, applied to join the U.S. Army Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS) and are currently in training as Army MARS operators.
In October 2003 OMARC applied to the U.S. Army MARS program to become an Army MARS club station, this request was accepted and OMARC has been issued the Army MARS club station callsign AAR2CAB.
The OMARC Army MARS station custodian is Steve Hajducek, N2CKH/AAR2EY with the second point of contact for the station being Bob Witham, WD2U/AAR2JC.
For some photo's taken at our AAR2CAB station click here
The Military Affiliated Radio System is not an Amateur Radio service as such, rather it is licensed outside the Amateur Radio bands, but, most MARS operators in the U. S. are licensed hams. MARS provides health and welfare as well as other Military traffic for our service men and women.
At present, the primary mission of MARS is to provide communications support for federal agencies responding to emergency situations. This is done by supporting state and local government efforts to save lives, protect public health, property, and to ensure individual safety.
The primary disaster relief agencies supported by MARS are FEMA, Nationa Communications System (NCS) including Shared Resources (SHARES), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), National Weather Service (NWS), State and Local disaster relief agencies and the Red Cross.
MARS stands for Military Affiliate Radio System. It is an auxiliary communications service sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and operated by the United States Army Signal Command (USASC). Army MARS consists of trained, licensed individual volunteer Amateur Radio operators, club stations, and Military Unit stations.
Army MARS stations:
In 1925, the US Army Signal Corps created the Army Amateur Radio System (AARS) to develop a pool of trained radio operators. AARS operated until the outbreak of hostilities on 7 December 1941.
Following the end of World War II, the Military Amateur Radio Service was created by action of the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force. The service was renamed in 1952 to its present name, Military Affiliate Radio Service. In 1963, Navy-Marine Corps MARS became operational.
Individuals wishing to participate in Army MARS must meet several qualifications:
To learn more about Army MARS click here.
To send a MARSGRAM to service personal please click here.
OMARC members interested in participating in Army MARS pease address all such coorespondance to email@example.com
The club snail mail address is:
Address any questions on the club and its events to:
Ron Olender, WA2HZT