Skip to comments.Nationwide Air Force & Army COMEX communication GRID down exercise Friday 02/12/2016
Posted on 02/08/2016 9:10:14 PM PST by MarchonDC09122009
Nationwide Air Force & Army COMEX communication GRID down exercise Friday 02/12/2016
Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Events, PWCARES Air Force & Army MARS COMEX 2016/01/19 David Lane Air Force & Army MARS COMEX
By: Clarence, K4CNM â (AAA3R3, Army MARS Region Three Operations Officer)
The Air Force and Army MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) will conduct their first 2016 communications exercise (COMEX) from 7:00 am until 6:59 pm EST on Friday, 12 February. The scenario will be: there is no power, no phones (cell or landline), and no internet. Also, internet linked radio repeaters (such as D-Star) should not be used. One of the objectives of this COMEX is to reach as many counties and cities within the entire country as possible. It is expected that sometime during the second hour (8â9 am), a request will come down asking MARS stations to contact hams for a local conditions report. That request will probably have a deadline of around eight hours (and certainly be due a couple of hours before End of Exercise â ENDEX). Prior contact and pre-arranged schedules between MARS stations and hams is permitted and encouraged.
MARS stations will be instructed to collect the data from hams via radio only â using any FCC authorized amateur frequency and/or mode â and prepare the report that will be consolidated within the region and then sent back up the line. Note: In order not to unduly excite those who are not aware of the COMEX, only real information should be reported. Following is a list the items (with possible conditions) that will be requested:
Â Â Â Power: Fully functional, brownout, rolling or partial blackouts, complete outage Â Â Â Water: Full service, service in parts of county only, contaminated, no service Â Â Â Sanitation: Fully functional, service in parts of county only, no service Â Â Â Medical facilities: Fully functional, partial service due to facilities, partial service due to personnel, facilities maxâed out, none available due loss of personnel or infrastructure Â Â Â Communications: Fully functional, partial service, no service Â Â Â Transportation: Fully functional, service in parts of county only, no service
Unless there is something actually going on, report everything as fully functional. The condition of one or more of these might not be known, thatâs okay, report what is known; reports from other hams may fill in the missing data. Hams can report on any county or city that they have first-hand knowledge of.
MARS Region Three is the same as FEMAâs Region Three and includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. According to the FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) code list there are 245 counties and 42 independent cities within our region. Virginia has 95 of those counties and all but one of the cities.
More information about the Army MARS program is available.
All Amateurs are encouraged to forward this to other groups and clubs that you are a member of and to any of your ham buddies that might be interested. More information will be provided as it becomes available. MARS
SHTF, HAM radio, Preeper’s ping -
Good deal, glad they are doing something to encourage HF radio as it is the one mode of communications that can work anywhere without commercial infrastructure. At the rate things have been going, nearly everyting has become dependent on phones, satellite links and GPS.
HF radio and shortwave will no doubt be helpful for the remnant patriot resistance left in our nation’s FEMA - UN districts. /s
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MARS stands for Military Auxiliary Radio System. We are headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and assigned to the Headquarters, United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM).
MARS is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as a separately managed and operated program by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The program consists of licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in military communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.
MARS has a long and proud history of providing world-wide contingency emergency communications during times of need. The combined three service MARS programs (Army, Air Force, and Navy-Marine Corps) volunteer force of over 5,000 dedicated and skilled radio operators is the backbone of the MARS program. Our civilian volunteers continued unselfish support of our mission keeps Army MARS Proud, Professional, and Ready.
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Thanks for the post. It is about time and too many coincidences.
May the odds be ever in our favor...
RE: “Thanks for the post. It is about time and too many coincidences.”
The last couple of years I’ve made contact with the Pentagon and even got a QSL card from them. Their call sign is Whiskey Alfa Romeo... WAR.
They have such a ironic dark sense of humor, don’t they...
Seriously, please let us know when the SHTF, before the Internets flicker out.
Please let us know about sudden bank holidays, as well as updates of when the blue helmet convoys and #BLM gimmedat hordes start com’in our way.
Don’t wanna go on no FEMA camp bus ride!
Getting ready for when zer0 goes full dictator, more like.
manythanks for this info!
ping to this one!
I was overseas in the 70s and called home one night to talk to my wife. After I said something I had to say “Over” so the operator could un key the mic. Well, it wasn’t a good night. My mother in law answered and the conversation went like this.
Me-”Can I speak to ......? Over.”
MIL- “She’s not here. Over.”
Me-”Where is she? I told her I’d call her today. Over.”
MIL-”She wants a divorce. Over.”
Me-”I’ll call her tomorrow. Goodbye. Over.”
Turns out it was the best news I’d ever heard considering her.
Could President Obama Declare Martial Law and not leave the White House in 2016?
Interview with Lannie Davis (Clinton hack) and Constitutional lawyer discuss Obama’s overly broad National Defense Emergency Executive Order.Â
RE: “Getting ready for when zer0 goes full dictator, more like.”
Here's a picture of AFA7UGA, a MARS station owned by Senator Barry Goldwater at his home in Arizona, which was used to conduct thousands of phone patches to loved ones back home from US service personnel deployed in VietNam.
Thanks for posting this related picture - it puts a face to the huge effort of HAM operator patch communication .
RE: “Here’s a picture of AFA7UGA, a MARS station owned by Senator Barry Goldwater at his home in Arizona, which was used to conduct thousands of phone patches to loved ones back home from US service personnel deployed in VietNam.”
It’s not a matter of “could”, it’s a matter of “will he”.
Thanks for this post.
Wow. If I understood correctly, it sounds like you look back on that call as the start of positive changes. Still, I always hate hearing about these “Dear John” phone calls/letters that our servicemen have to endure. I love women, but some can really make it easy to hate.