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Re: MARScom with HAM downlink ?



Bob

Contrary to your claim "other than the fact that ANYONE with a HAM 
license can join MARS and as a MARS member, they can use the 
satellite.", the eligibility criteria below would seem to specifically 
preclude the majority of the worlds amateurs from joining MARS.

*Eligibility to Join NAVMARCORMARS*
An applicant must:

   1. be 18 years of age or older,
   2. be a United States Citizen or Legal Resident Alien,
   3. possess a valid amateur radio license issued by the Federal
      Communications Commission or other competent U.S. authority --
      Technician class or above, and
   4. possess a station capable of operating on the MARS HF frequencies
      (2.0 - 30 Mhz).

How to Join Army MARS

Eligibility

The applicant must -

    * Be 17 years of age or older. (Signature of parent or legal
      guardian is required when an applicant is under 18 years of age.)
    * Be a United States Citizen or resident alien. (Possess a valid
      amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communications
      Commission (FCC) <http://www.fcc.gov/> or other competent U.S.
      Authority.)
    * Possess a station capable of operating on MARS VHF and/or HF
      frequencies <http://www.asc.army.mil/mars/freq.htm>.
    * Agree to operate a minimum of 12 hours per calendar quarter with 6
      hours being on VHF and or HF networks.


*Eligibility to join MARS (USAF)
*

*The applicant must:*

    * Be 18 years of age or older.
    * Be a United States citizen or resident alien.
    * Possess a valid amateur radio license issued by the Federal
      Communications
    * Commission.
    * Have digital capability, i.e., Packet, Amtor, Pactor, or G-TOR.
    * Possess a station capable of operating on MARS HF frequencies.

MARS members must agree to operate in accordance with the rules and 
regulations governing MARS as follow:

    * A* *Minimum of 12 hours participation per calendar quarter with 6
      hours in their primary HF assignment.


*Eligibility to Join NAVMARCORMARS*
An applicant must:

   1. be 18 years of age or older,
   2. be a United States Citizen or Legal Resident Alien,
   3. possess a valid amateur radio license issued by the Federal
      Communications Commission or other competent U.S. authority --
      Technician class or above, and
   4. possess a station capable of operating on the MARS HF frequencies
      (2.0 - 30 Mhz).



Robert Bruninga wrote:

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Nigel A. Gunn. 59 Beadlemead, Milton Keynes, MK6 4HF, England. 
Tel +44 (0)1908 604004
e-mail nigel@ngunn.net or  nigel@ngunn.demon.co.uk
www    http://www.ngunn.net  or  http://www.ngunn.demon.co.uk
Amateur radio stations  G8IFF, KC8NHF
Member of  AMSAT-UK #182, ARRL, GQRP Club, QRPARCI, SOC #548  RAYNET
           Flying Pig #385, Dayton ARA #2128, AMSAT-NA  LM-1691,
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