What I dont understand is how any ham equipment can be used on the MARS frequencies? The last time I checked I thought all equipment used on the MARS frequencies had to meet NTIA standards?
The was never implemented for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was enforcement of the requirement on civilian-owned equipment. AFAIK, CAP was the only one to actually mandate NTIA compliance. They did that by outlawing the use of modified amateur radios completely.
There is a list of NTIA-compliant ham rigs, and adding an TCXO will make virtually any recent manufactured (within the last 15-20 years or so) rig compliant. The only real concern was frequency stability and drift for net operations. Except for folks using boat anchor rigs on the nets, it is pretty much a non-issue. FWIW, with a cooling fan in the case, my 1960s KWM-2A drifts no more than my TS570 after 30 minutes.
In the great scheme of things, NTIA compliance for MARS rigs is a solution in search of a problem.
Lon - NNN0OOR (Former MDE SMD, Deputy SMD, Assistant For Net Operations)
Southern New England Navy-Marine Corps MARS
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