MARSRADIO Network Replaces MARS Phone Patch Net
   
Nov 2017:  The Air Force MARS Phone Patch Net has been operational since the Vietnam War.  Hundreds of patches a day were handled through the early 80’s when bases starting closing their MARS stations.

The net was tasked to handle DoD patch requests in support of transports, tankers, bombers and other aircraft and ground units handling routine weather, ETA/Customs calls as well as emergency support.  Morale calls are still handled.

In the fall of 2014 the net became a joint operation with Army MARS and was supported by dedicated volunteers of both Air Force and ARMY MARS members.

The MARS Phone Patch Net is changed to MARSRADIO Network recognizing it as an important service to the DoD whose operation differs from regular MARS nets.  There will be few changes in its operation and the AFMARS MOI will be updated in its next publication.

MARSRADIO is recognized as a global service to DoD that supports phone patch request and equipment checks (voice and SELCAL) as a backup to other communication systems. 

MARSRADIO is looking for members that meet its requirements and are interested in participating.  Contact AFN6P via the website http://marsradioglobal.us.
    
MARSRADIO PBX System

August 2017:  MARSRADIO has started using a PBX telephone system that offers advantages to its customers.  About half of the stations have this capability with more
being added.

-  Easily transfer a patch in progress if propagation conditions changes

-  Coordination among net operators

-  Callback system that allows Operations to get back in touch with an aircraft or
    a missed morale call*.

               * Aircraft must remain on frequency or have SELCAL available

Support For Hurricane Harvey And Irma

Sept 2017: The phone patch net supported numerous flights enroute to Caribbean islands including the first flight into St. Croix and coordination for fuel around the islands.  
July 2017:  MARSRADIO assisted in communications training during a Florida Navy JROTC training camp as part of their Signal HF Radio Communications Class.  Almost 20 cadets were involved in establishing and running a phone patch.  Approximately 30 patches were handle by MARSRADIO.

King Aircraft Searching For Teens​​

July 2015: MARSRADIO has provided support to aircraft searching for the two missing Florida teens.

El Faro Cargo Ship

October 2015: MARSRADIO provided support to RESCUE and KING aircraft searching for the missing cargo vessel El Faro lost in hurricane Joaquin.

C130s At LRAFB Study
[SteveThorton]
By Sarah D. Wire / Arkansas Gazette
This article was published today at 3:52 a.m. on 16 May 2015.

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock added the C-130J study to the military spending authorization.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force must explain why it decided to leave 10 C-130J aircraft in Mississippi instead of moving them to Little Rock Air Force Base, under an amendment added to the National Defense Authorization Act before it passed Friday.

The four members of Arkansas’ House delegation, all Republicans, voted in favor of the bill, which passed 269 to 151. The act, which authorizes $612 billion in government funding for Department of Defense programs, next goes to the Senate for consideration.

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock added the C-130J study to the military spending authorization. It requires the Air Force to examine whether the service can save money by moving the aircraft to Little Rock Air Force Base, and the short- and long-term costs of keeping the planes where they are.

Classroom Phone Patch

April 2015: MARSRADIO handled patches between an aircraft over the Gulf to a grade school classroom in New Mexico. Children in the classroom were able to ask questions and hear general information concerning the aircraft and crew. The net was delighted to provide communications for this event.

Smoke In Cabin

April 2015: An aircraft reported strong fumes, cabin, MIL STAR is OFF. Determined they would fly direct to Tinker AFB. If smoke increases then they would need to land immediately.  No communication links were operational except for MARSRADIO. The net handled several patches over a couple of hours until the aircraft landed safely at Tinker AFB.
Thunderbirds

A variety of patches are run for the Thunderbirds. The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (“Thunderbirds”) is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF). The Thunderbirds are assigned to the 57th Wing, and are based at Nellis AFB, Nevada.The squadron tours the United States and much of the world, performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked aircraft. The name is taken from the legendary creature that appears in the mythology of several indigenous North American cultures.

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B-1 Bomber Crash In Montana

Several reports after the crash including location on August 19, 2013 was handled through MARSRADIO]

C-5 Lands After Decompression Over the Atlantic

Feb 8, 2014: CHICOPEE, Mass. A military aircraft headed to Delaware from Germany was diverted to Chicopee, Mass., Saturday after it experienced a loss of pressurization above the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.A military aircraft headed to Delaware from Germany was diverted to Chicopee, Mass., Saturday after it experienced a loss of pressurization above the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. “Most people were sleeping, and then we just heard this noise, and people jumped up,” said a passenger who asked not to be identified.​​
The Air Force Galaxy C-5 was carrying 25 crew and passengers when it lost pressurization at 34,000 feet at about 11 a.m., according to a statement from Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

MARSRADIO handled approximately five hours of communication with the C-5 until landing.