MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).


All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be appropriate.
Additional information can be found at:

MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

Extra Class Upgrade Training

The K9MCE Macoupin County Club will be hosting Extra Class Upgrade sessions at the Macoupin County Sheriffs Department Administrative Office (2nd Floor). 

Classes will be held both in person and also via Zoom sessions (which will be recorded) each Monday evening beginning May 17- June 28 from 7:00PM to 9:00 PM with the exception of Memorial Day  This will give us a total of 6 classes of 2-hour sessions.  NOTE:  NO Memorial Day Class will be scheduled.

For more complete information see this page.

Illinois ARES Set

The SET Hotwash will be held on Monday, 5/3 at 7:00 PM using the IL ARES Zoom Room:

https://zoom.us/j/666446520?pwd=QVJLMUVhakpGUVpnNStNbzc4UUR1dz09

On Saturday, May 1, the Illinois ARES team will be doing a Simulated Emergency Test from 10 AM to 2 PM. The scenario is an earthquake in the southern part of the state. Simulated emergency messages will be passed locally, throughout the ARES districts and statewide to test message handling and net operation skills. Primary net operations and coordination will be on 3905 kHz. The Illinois Section ICS-205A can be reached through: https://ilares.org/ in the New Files In The Library Post.

An informal wellness net will begin at approximately 1 PM during the SET. All amateur operators are welcome to check in.

April SM Newsletter Posted

Thom, W9RY, has posted his April Section Newsletter. It can be found by using the link on the Resources drop-down menu, or by clicking here. The newsletter contains important information about the upcoming SET on May, 1.