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Harry Rice
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Fred Jones
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Catherine Rice
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NAVY - MARINE CORPS MARS

AFTER MANY YEARS OF PROVIDING COMMUNICATIONS AND PASSING MESSAGES FROM SERVICE PERSONNEL TO THEIR FAMILIES.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. All hams with a FCC ham radio license equal to General Class or above are eligible to join one of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). I, Ken Massie, WN8F served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Then being a ham during the Vietnam War I joined the Navy - Marine Corps MARS program. I received the call of N0ABC, NOVEMBER ZERO ALPHA BRAVO CHARLIE was the required way of reporting on the air. I had a Swan VFO with crystals connected to my Swan 500 CX for the operating frequencies that I could use. The ones I used were just above our 80 meter band. I never passed voice messages from service people in Vietnam like many hams did. I had more than one teletype and one Collins receiver dedicated to messages from Vietnam. Nearly every day messages from ham operating stations in Vietnam would send messages via teletype to Washington, D.C. I think every state had a MARS net program. These messages were sent to the proper state and then during the evening Ohio State MARS Net I would check in. If there were any messages from service people for our area, I covered Gallipolis to Portsmouth, OH, I would check in and accept these messages. Some were from Vietnam, ships at sea, foreign and domestic military bases. If I could call the family on the phone to relay the message I would. If not able to call on phone I would type the message on an ARRL message form and mail by postal to the family. I received many thank you return messages. One sent me a dollars worth of postage stamps (maybe about 20 cents then for postage) he said please use these stamps for a very good cause.

I have been a ham for over 53 years and I enjoy not only the hobby part but partially like helping others. The MARS, ARES-RACES programs were made for me. Back during the Vietnam War and later there were no cell phones and emergency communications as we know it today. I had a phone patch connected to my station and loved running phone patches. My favorite was Byrd Station, McMurdo, Antarctica. No phone poles to here or any satellites to pass messages they relied on ham radio operators. Most of the time this was done soon after noon and on 20 meters. I would listen for the Navy Station, K4USN calling and requesting phone patch traffic. If no other ham station answered I would call and state that I would accept the traffic. He would give me the name of the military person wanting to talk to his family in the U. S. also the number for me to call. The phone company allowed phone patches. I would then call the phone operator and state that I wanted to call the number of the family. She would ask who it was from and their location. When I told her the call was from the Antarctica she was amazed and I am sure she listened in. I would make a collect call to the person in the U. S. they would accept the charges from my home to theirs. If the person had not talked by phone patch before I would explain the one way conversation and say over. From the person at the station in Antarctica to their families in the U. S. the communications were as good as phone calls. Only difference, if one was talking the other party could not give a comment. One would talk and when finished say over, I would then throw a couple of switches at my station and the other one would talk. These ham radio days are gone for the present time.

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) intends to work with US Army MARS and US Air Force MARS in transitioning the Navy-Marine Corps MARS (NAVMARCORMARS) program. The intent of the transition is to best align the program to support national mission requirements.” Chris Jensen of NCTAMS LANT told ARRL that the Navy no longer has any service specific requirements for Navy-Marine Corps MARS and is working within DoD to transition the program into Army and Air Force MARS. “We will continue to publish updates as this transition progresses,” he said. The Army and Air Force MARS branches have an obvious role in providing contingency communications for the 50 states,” said the individual, who preferred not to be cited by name. “Members are everywhere ‘on the ground,’ and experience in Afghanistan and Iraq has proven the tactical usefulness of HF on land. There was no similar role for the landlocked membership of Navy-Marine Corps MARS.” He said the MARS program can use all the volunteers it can attract and hopes the Navy-Marine Corp MARS volunteers will join one of the other MARS branches.

I encourage present day hams to join an Army MARS program and be ready to help when called upon. Go to this Army MARS site for more information. http://usamars.us/

LET'S REMINISCE. FROM 1995 TO 2005 I WAS EDITOR OF SOARA'S NEWSLETTER NAMED HELLO RADIO. IT WAS A TEN PAGE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, MANY OF THE ARTICLES WERE WRITTEN BY MEMBERS AND WITH THEIR HELP HELLO RADIO WON TOP HONORS IN COMPETITION IN A NEWS LETTER CLUB CONTEST THAT INCLUDED HAM NEWSLETTERS FROM ALL STATES. . THE PAGE BELOW WAS WRITTEN BY RAYMOND RICE, KC8KTZ WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM. HE IS THE SON OF CATHERINE RICE, KC8WDS, NOW AN INACTIVE MEMBER DUE TO MEDICAL PROBLEMS. HARRY RICE, KC8WDR IS RAYMOND'S BROTHER AND HARRY IS A ACTIVE MEMBER ALWAYS HELPING WITH OUR MEMORIAL DAY PARADE.

I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET THE ARTICLE COPIED AND PASTED HERE SO I RETYPED IT. THIS WEBSITE REQUIRES THE USE OF HTML CODES. THIS IS ONE OF HELLO RADIO'S FAVORITES FOR ME. IT PROVES HOW VALUABLE HAM RADIO WAS TO THE MILITARY.

Prayer Answered Through Amateur Radio

By Raymond Rice, KC8KTZ

Sometimes, as amateur radio operators, we look only at the equipment presently on the market, and tend to forget some of the history that has brought us to this plateau. I would like to relate a personal story which may interest dome old and new hams. I was stationed near Phu Loi Village in Vietnam 1969 -1970; a member of the U. S. Army Forces of First Calvary Division, Airmobile. Also, a son of a praying Mom and Dad back in the states. My only connection to my folks and sweetheart was by snail mail with about a 2-week turn around in reply. One particularly busy time no letters came in or went out from the field. With my thoughts being consumed by the war at hand, kept me from realizing how many days or weeks it had been since last mail call. I had registered for a chance to call home on the Military Affiliate System (MARS) network and finally a call came to headquarters that my name had been drawn. As I waited for the instructions to say “over” at the end of each sentence, so the radio operator could switch from transmit to receive, I did not know that my Mother, on the other end, had just gotten off her knees asking God for some sign or word on my welfare. The news media told of extreme fighting and there were no letters from me. As the amateur radio operator in Anchorage, Alaska connected me by ham radio and his phone patch to my Mother by her phone, her tears of joy to a prayer answered were felt 10,000 miles away. I will never forget the experience with ham radio I had over 30-years ago.

Below this is not the Hello Radio Newsletter about Raymond Rice. This is when we had a chaplain.

Yes, at one time we did have a chaplain. Click this. THIS Adobe PDF file


 
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