Thank you for your interest in Air Force MARS.  Our program has several prerequisites: 

1. You must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency, 18 years or older and be a currently licensed amateur radio operator with any class of license.

2. You must have radio equipment capable of operating on MARS HF frequencies, assigned by Region AF MARS officials.  If used, VHF  complements the HF station, providing critical “first mile/last mile” connectivity.
 Almost all of the commercial amateur radio transceiver's can be modified to operate on the MARS frequencies.

3. The radio equipment must meet current NTIA frequency stability and band width standards. Most all modern HF amateur radios meet the band width requirement and will meet the stability requirement standard if the TCXO or upgraded crystal oscillator has been installed.  VHF transceivers must meet the NTIA narrowband standards.

4. You must have have the capability of operating voice and digital modes specified by HQ USAF MARS. Digital mode is defined as any computer-generated signal otherthan continuous wave (CW).

5. And you must be able to meet the minimum participation requirement of 12 hours per quarter on-air participation in MARS operation.  

You will receive live training on one of our HF frequencies. While in training status you will not be able to handle traffic or operate on other MARS frequencies or modes, but this will provide you an opportunity to gain experience regarding how our nets operate. Your training status can last up to six months, but most of our members finish their training much quicker. 

Air Force MARS operates a number of Area and nation wide HF networks on voice and digital modes, some running 24/7 and others operating on fixed schedules. Our Region mirrors FEMA Region IX.

To apply for membership, please complete the MARS application and e-mail the form  to the appropriate State MARS Director (SMD) using the link below.  If you were a previous MARS member, please include a copy of your MARS license or assignment order. I’m sure you will find your experience in Air Force MARS rewarding and worthwhile.

For Completing
The Application
Arizona SMD, AFA9MC
California SMD, AFA9CH
Hawaii SMD, AFA9AM
Nevada SMD, AFA9LC

The AF MARS Application Form is also used for requesting administrative actions for current members. Current AF MARS members wishing to update their membership informaton, submit a change of address, amateur license renewal, etc., must submit a signed and dated Application Form to their SMD, indicating the action requsted. The form provided is one used for these administrative actions.