I assume by now you may of received sufficient information in regards to
your initial question on Air Force MARS?
I became interested in MARS for several reasons; but primarily due to the
service and support I received while in the army and stationed on Engineer
Hill in Vietnam located near the Pleiku Air Base. I used the Air Force MARS
station at the air base and later down at Dalat from the Army Signal Corps
The MARS service gave me great pleasure for being able communicate with my
family at home in Indiana while stationed in RVN during my tour. That is
what I defined as service and support for my morale and that of my family
Appreciating and remembering those services after retiring from the army
gave me inspiration to join one of the MARS programs when getting my ham
license. And I want to comment briefly on this joining scenario. I signed
a note pad on the various MARS tables at about every ham fest here in the
Hoosier state. Finally sometime between 2 or 3 years later I received my
1st response. And that happened to be the Air Force and the program I still
remain in to this day.
Having said all that above I have not only been a member of AFMARS using
various modes besides voice, but also checked into the other MARS service
nets such as the Army and Navy. That also eventually led to my turn at
helping to staff the MARS table at the Fort Wayne hamfests. In my personal
opinion the operators of all the MARS services are a great group.
Further with the changes in time from Vietnam and technology in the world
since - communications as we knew it has also changed. Today my grandson
in Iraq has the convenience of frequent email and chat on a laptop computer.
With the alerations in technolgogy and the MARS services we still have a
mission as radio operators. Most recently this mission has been supporting
the role of providing communications in the time of emergency. Certainly
this fact has surfaced significantly during the recent enormous wide area
power outages experienced from the wrath of mother nature that shut down
electricity, telephone and cell phone services.
Hope I did not bore you or anyone else to tears.
Don Evilsizor /KA9QWC Formerly /AFA1OK now /AFA5EDka9qwc@arrl.net