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Old 05-16-2007, 4:14 PM
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Default M.A.R.S. freqs in Wisconsin

Does anyone know of any active M.A.R.S. freqs in Wisconsin?

I found a list of Milwaukee area M.A.R.S. freqs from the late 90's that now appear to be silent.

Army
143.9900/148.0100

Air Force
148.1250 Link
143.4500/142.1500

Navy
148.3750/148.9750

148.3500
148.4100
148.9500
150.0900
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:47 PM
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NAVMARCORMARS has a very high profile repeater in Milwaukee, north and west of downtown.

Unsure about the freq (haven't been MARS for years) but it's there...just saw it last month.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:34 PM
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most MARS transmissions are on HF. I work five MARS nets each day on HF.
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The official name was the Military Affiliated Radio System.

I remember the ruckus, the government caused back in the 80's when they decided to locate one of those (MARS) towers in one of Milwaukee's well-to-do suburbs. The people of Mequon thought the Soviet Union would target their city if the tower was located there.
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:37 PM
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close, but no cigar,

What is MARS?
The Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as separately managed and operated programs by the Army, Navy-Marine Corps and Air Force. MARS members are volunteer licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in providing auxiliary or emergency communications to local, national and international emergency and safety organizations, as an adjunct to normal communications.

The primary concept of MARS is to meet the requirements of training for any communications emergency. To this end, organization, methods and facilities must be adequate to meet any emergency requirements and must be flexible in order to provide for rapid expansion. Normal methods must be such that only minor changes will be required when shifting to an emergency status.
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Not as easy to find out MARS frequencies as it used to be, since the Great 9/11 Paranoia Attack resulted in their frequencies becoming 'FOUO' (For Official Use Only), and the users barred from telling anyone what they are.

I do think that most 'active' MARS traffic would be on HF, though. Not much call for 'local' traffic for them, really.
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Old 06-02-2007, 4:18 AM
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Here's what I could put together from what's still available online (some of it shouldn't be!), but bear in mind the HF frequencies can change from month to month to deal with propagation changes:

USAF MARS Regions:

Region 1: PE NY NJ DE RI MA NJ NH ME
Region 2: MD VA WV KY TN NC SC AT AL FL
Region 3: ND SD NE KA MI IO MO WI IL MN IN OH AK
Region 4: TX OK AR LA AR MS
Region 5: WA OR ID MT WY UT CO
Region 6: CA NV AZ NM
Region 8: HI

Region 1 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO CHARLIE
ROMEO BRAVO

Region 2 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO FOXTROT

Region 3 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO GOLF (RG) 3308.0 KHZ (USB) (Primary Local Nights)
ROMEO HOTEL (RH) 4517.0 KHZ (USB) (Primary Local Nights)
ROMEO INDIA ( RI ) 7305.0 KHZ (USB) (Primary Region-Wide Days)

Region 4 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO JULIET (RJ) 3370.6 KHZ (USB) (Alternate Local and Nights)
ROMEO KILO (RK) 4464.6 KHZ (USB) (Primary Local and Regionwide Nights)
ROMEO LIMA (RL) 7302.1 KHZ (USB) (Primary Regionwide Days)

Region 5 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO NOVEMBER
ROMEO OSCAR
ROMEO MIKE

Region 6 ECOM Nets:
ROMEO PAPA (RP) 3296.0 KHz (USB) (Primary Local & Nights)
ROMEO QUEBEC (RQ) 4575.0 KHz (USB)
ROMEO ROMEO (RR) 7457.0 KHz (USB) (Primary Region-Wide Days)
WHISKEY SIERRA SIERRA NOVEMBER ONE (WSSN1) 6996.0 KHz (USB)

HF/SSB Voice Liaison to SHARES as directed. Frequencies are normally
published in SHARES Readiness Notice

(One set of SHARES frequencies from diagram
5336.0 Khz (USB)
14396.5 Khz (USB)

HF/SSB Voice Liaison to FEMA as directed. Frequencies are as follows:
5211.0 KHz (USB) (FEMA’s Primary Callsign is WGY 912)
10493.0 KHz (USB) (FEMA’s Primary Callsign is WGY 912)
13956.0 KHz (USB or LSB) Often used for exercise checkins

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS of INFORMATION (EEI) Event Identifiers

AIR CRASH --------------------------------------- FALLEN STAR
AIRBORNE POISONED GAS --------------------------- POISONED AIR
BIOLOGICAL EVENT -------------------------------- BAD BUG
BOMBING INCIDENT -------------------------------- LOUD BANG
BRIDGE DAMAGE/LOSS (MAJOR) ---------------------- LOST SUPPORT
CHEMICAL SPILL ---------------------------------- POISONED GROUND
CIVIL UNREST/RIOT ------------------------------- BAD MAGIC
DAMAGING HAIL ----------------------------------- FALLING ICE
EARTHQUAKE -------------------------------------- ROLLING THUNDER
FLOOD ------------------------------------------- TALL WATER
FOREST/GROUND FIRE ------------------------------ SCORCHED EARTH
GAS LEAK/EXPLOSION (MAJOR) ---------------------- HOT AIR
HEAVY WIND (Other than hurricane, or tornado) --- MIGHTY WINDS
HURRICANE --------------------------------------- HOWLING WIND
ICY ROADS --------------------------------------- BLACK ICE
INTERSTATE, BLOCKED/DAMAGED (MAJOR) ------------- BLOCKED LANE
MAJOR COMMUNICATIONS LINK DOWN ------------------ LOST COMM
NUCLEAR ----------------------------------------- NUCLEAR GRAYSTONE
OIL SPILL (WATER) ------------------------------- DARK WATER
POWER OUTAGE (MAJOR) ---------------------------- DARK DAY
SEARCH/RESCUE ----------------------------------- SECURE HAVEN
SEISMIC SEA WAVE -------------------------------- TSUNAMI
SHIP WRECK/INCIDENT ----------------------------- DEEP SEA
TERRORIST INCIDENT ------------------------------ HIDDEN SHADOW
TORNADO ----------------------------------------- VIOLENT TWISTER
TRAIN WRECK/DERAILMENT -------------------------- BROKEN TRACKS
VOLCANO ----------------------------------------- BRAZEN BRIMSTONE
WATER DAM BROKE/DAMAGED (MAJOR) ----------------- FAST WATER
WINTER SNOW STORMS ------------------------------ WHITE BLANKET

------------- Communications Support Identifiers -----------------
FEMA SUPPORT ------------------------------------ FEDERAL RESPONSE
JCS REPORT -------------------------------------- JOINT LIONS
NATIONAL GUARD & RESERVE SUPPORT ---------------- CIVIL COVER
NCS REPORT -------------------------------------- TOP COVER
NDMS SUPPORT ------------------------------------ MEDICAL LINK
SHARES SUPPORT ---------------------------------- COMMON FORTUNE
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