Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Interoperability Exercise

Hello members,

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will be conducting interoperability exercises during October. If you operate a HF station you could join in.

I have provided some information below that I received concerning the exercises.

73,Dan AC8NP

ASSIGNMENTS THAT CAN BE MADE ON THE NET BCSTN, RELAY STN, ANC STN

ALL TRAFFIC RECEIVED ON MARS COMEX 20-4 60 METER CHANNEL 1 5330.5 kHz,

INTEROPERABILITY NETS WILL BE COLLECTED, CONSOLIDATED, AND PASSED ON UP

THE CHAIN FROM A MARS OPERATOR THROUGH OUR NORMAL MARS CIRCUITS

( MILSTD M110A / ALE / MARS NETS ) MARS STATIONS TO TAKE CARE OF THIS TASK MUST BE ASKED / NOTIFIED ON THE NET, OR, THE NCS CAN TAKE CARE OF THIS TASK, IF CAPABLE.    ***OPERATIONS***

    DoD MARS COMEX 20-4 INTEROP NET SCHEDULE: OCT 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, AND 25
    FOR RJMOG 20-4 SET EASTERN TIME ZONE 1200 NOON AND MIDWEST TIME ZONE 1200 NOON

    FORMAL MARS NET CALL-UP WITH THE ADDITION OF, AND INCLUDING, A CALL FOR
    GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS, SATERN STATIONS, WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC.
   GIVE A DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED INFORMATION **RI** THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

    EXAMPLE: ALL STATIONS THIS NETWORK, ALL STATIONS THIS NETWORK, THIS IS XXXXXX
    THIS IS A DoD MARS /RJMOG 5 MARS DoD COMEX 20-4 INTEROPERABILTY NET. WE ARE LOOKING
    FOR “RI” XXXXX.
    NOW CALLING FOR ANY MARS, GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS, OR SATERN STATIONS,
    WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC FOR THIS NET, OVER.

    ASSIGNING AN ALTERNATE NET CONTROL, BCSTN, RELAY STN.
    CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL MARS / GOV, AMATEUR, SHARES, RED CROSS,
    OR SATERN STATION CHECK-INS WITH OR WITHOUT TRAFFIC.
    NCS RECORDS ALL CHECK-INS AND GENERATES A ROSTER
    ( INCLUDING **ALL** CALLSIGNS THAT CHECKED IN ) TO BE PASSED
    ON THE NETWORK USING FLDIGI MT63-1KL
    PROMOTES TRUE MARS / AMATEUR INTEROPERABILITY

    ***TRAFFIC***

    USING FLDIGI MT63-1KL PLAINTEXT TEMPLATE, STRIPS, OR VOICE TO PASS COLLECTED OR SINGLE, METAR, COUNTY STATUS
    OR ANY OTHER “RI” THAT COMES DOWN THAT REQUEST AMATEUR, OR “OTHER”, PARTICIPATION.

Great Lakes Division Vice-Director

Greetings Seneca Radio Club Members,
As the Executive Board of the Seneca Radio Club, W8ID would like to offer our endorsement supporting the candidacy of ARRL Section Manager Scott Yonally N8SY for the office of Great Lakes Division Vice-Director.  Scott has demonstrated a deep commitment to Amateur Radio and the members of the Ohio Section.  Scott travels widely around the Ohio Section and routinely visits club meetings and other events where Ohio Hams are active.  He is responsive and always available to assist in any situation.  Scott is committed to enhancing Amateur Radio by encouraging the participation of our youth and was a key player in supporting ARES as the prominent Emergency Communications organization that it is today.

We render our endorsement now as Scott offers his energy and dedication to the Great Lakes Division.

73,

Jeff WB8REI Past President

Mike KC8WH W8ID Trustee

Dan AC8NP V. President

Mike KD8QDL Sec/Treas

Current Contest

Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 23 – 24 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Members of the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23 – 24 at the Seneca County Fairgrounds in Tiffin, OH. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. [codepeople-post-map]Field Day begins at 2:00pm Saturday and runs until 2:00pm Sunday.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio – sometimes called ham radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets, or smartphones,, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains on of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Seneca Radio Club (W8ID), it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Tiffin and Seneca County.

For more information about Field Day, contact Dan Stahl, KC8PBU – President KC8PBU@gmail.com or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

    Memorial Day Parade                Cancelled

               May 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

All amateur radio operators wishing to help with this event will meet at GW’s for breakfast at 8:00am. The parade will form at St. Joseph Church and begin at 10:00am. Visit link below for more information.

Congratulations To The Newly Licensed Hams

2018 Technician Class        2019 VE Exam

KE8IXJ General Dana Eblin                                     W8IES   Extra Class Scott E. Edmondson

KE8JJB Technician Glyn Kidd                              KE8ODJ Technician Joy Bunting

KE8JJC Technician Paul J. Blohm                      KE8EKG  Extra Class  Beth Souder

KE8JJD Technician Jenny L. Ryman                 KE8EKH General Jeff Michel

KE8JJG Technician Kyle  L. Frazier

KE8JJH Technician Don  W. Barrett

W8IES Technician Scott E.  Edmondson

KE8JJJ Technician Andrew T. Duffy

KE8JJK General Caleb D. Jones

KE8JNM Technician Nicholas D. Portentoso

Seneca Fair Days Special Event Station 2020

The Seneca Radio Club will be operating the Seneca Fair Days Special Event Station at the fairgrounds. The Seneca County Fair will be celebrating their 175th anniversary July 24-July 30! Our fair theme this year is “175 years and still going strong”.

Please send QSL card and SASE for return card to:
Seneca Radio Club W8ID
Dan Rinaman AC8NP
55 Longfellow Dr.
Tiffin, OH 44883

73,
W8ID