MARS Information Release COMEX 16-4 Information

TO:  Region AF MARS Directors

RE:  MARS Information Release  COMEX 16-4 Information


Please disseminate to all AF MARS Members and to Amateur Radio lists and service organizations


Subject:  Military Auxiliary Radio System to Conduct Interoperability Exercise with Amateur Radio Community, COMEX 16-4


From 30 October through 1 November, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (both branches)will be conducting a quarterly Department of Defense Contingency Communications exercise. The purpose of this quarterly exercise is train on our ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. While the simultaneous loss of all communications nation-wide is not likely, for training purposes, we are assuming there has been a massive nation-wide outage.

One of the objectives of this exercise is to continue the partnership with the amateur radio community to help provide information about local conditions and send this information to the Department of Defense to help understand what is happening around the United States.  During this exercise, we will use 60 meters, local VHF and UHF repeaters as well as HF NVIS amateur radio bands. Our goal is to have a conversation about the local conditions in and around your county. During the conversation, our operators will be asking basic questions such as the status of commercial power, public water systems, and road conditions. These will be person to person conversations…you don’t need to use any digital modes or know any special messaging formats.

To kick off this exercise, we are encouraging the amateur radio community to monitor 5,330.5KHz from 0300-0400 Hrs Zulu on 31 October. During this hour, we will be doing a high power voice broadcast from a military station on the east coast and alternate with a voice broadcast from the west coast. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to submit a reception report as indicated in the voice broadcast.


For the remainder of the exercise, MARS personnel will be calling for amateur radio operators on the 60 meter channels as well as using already established amateur radio nets on HF NVIS and VHF/UHF repeaters.  Amateur radio operators are also invited to attend the ARRL webinar scheduled for 25 Oct at 2000 hrs eastern time where Dave Stapchuk, Chief AF MARS, and the Army MARS Program Manager will give a presentation about the MARS program. Please register for the webinar at:…/4300481724544982273


If you have further questions about this exercise, please email: .


Jodie Rouse

Region Seven Public Affairs Officer

Missouri State Director


UpDated Times___Seneca East Regional Cross Country Meet

Another year has gone bye and ARES has been asked again to provide “Emergency Communications” for the Seneca East Regional Cross Country Meet, This Saturday August 27.

Seneca County ARES is looking for operators for the event.
Please contact Dan – KC8PBU to sign up.
Below is the schedule we utilized last year.

6:30 breakfast at GW’s on S Washington St, Tiffin
Then to Seneca East School, 8:00 for setup and assignments.
Races begin at 8:30 last race 2:30
Be sure to bring what you will need for the day: food, water, rain gear, HT with extra batteries (if possible) chair ect, ect ect.
Repeater for the day will be the KB8RCI Republic Repeater 147.255/444.4375/107.2
Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Dan Stahl

2016 Seneca County Fair Booth

Again this year the Seneca County ARES will have a display setup up in the garage area of the Public Safety Building.

We will need help with setup on July 24th at about 1:00pm.

Help with manning the booth all week (July 25-31) is also needed so any time you can come out and help would be greatly appreciated.

For more information contact Dan KC8PBU on the 145.150 repeater.

Weather Seminar

12:30-2:30 PM Saturday, April 9th

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) District #1 will be holding a “Severe Weather Seminar” presented by Meteorologist Ryan Wickman, WTOL-Toledo 11.

This presentation will be hosted by Seneca County Emergency Management/ARES at the Seneca County Public Safety Building, Emergency Training Center (Fairgrounds), 126 Hopewell Av, Tiffin.

All are welcome.

Antenna Talk November 9th

Antenna Talk November 9th will be at the Seneca County EOC located at the Seneca County Fairgrounds at 7:00pm.

Dan Callahan W8MTD and Jeff Potteiger WB8REI will be having a talk about ‘MAGNETIC LOOP ANTENNAS’

We will be in the training center downstairs of the EOC for the antenna talk and all are welcome to come and talk about this type of antenna.