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.

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.

Amateur Radio in the News

Television Station WSIL in Southern Illinois recently featured a news item dealing with amateur radio as a hobby and as a tool for emergency communications. You can view it on YouTube at this link.

You may see an ad before the view begins, but you can skip it after a few seconds.