The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has an article about a HAM radio operator, currently stationed in Iraq, who is trying to get military families to send Fathers’ Day messages to troops stationed in Iraq. The messages are MARSgrams. MARS is the Military Affiliated Radio System. These messages can be sent at any time, for any occassion, to deployed troops. Each branch of the military has affiliated HAM operators who will work to get messages to the troops.
If you know of any military family who has a father deployed please let them know about this service.
Army MARS sites — those with a red envelope are capable of handling MARSgrams via the Web.
Air Force MARS site — good luck finding that.
I spent over 20 years in the Air Force and therefore believe I can criticize the Air Force. All of the computing capacity the Air Force has and they can’t come up with a one page web site providing links to Air Force MARS sites? That’s pathetic. The Air Force MARS participants are organized in regions. Google it. Fucking Air Force, always operating on assumptions that certain things, like electricity, will alway be available and would never be disrupted. I see that old stovepipe is still in place and continuing to be nonfunctioning.