[mdmars_staff] Re: Attitudes need to be more positive than this

  • From: J Sears <aat3ok@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mdmars_staff@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 06:34:00 -0700 (PDT)

John... that is exactly my point to the forum.... and as most of you know.. 
Ihave never busted anyones butt if they just sent in a correct participation 
report. As I have said before to most of the guys, I know many have to work ALL 
WHATEVER....and he didnt even give me the benifit of the doubt..and try.  
Apparently he likes being an part of the elite.... go figure
   I need radios for netrom nodes before you unload anything please let me or 
gary know. I am particularly looking for some low power radios.. say 40w and 
under.. the radios you sold would have been great for packet nodes.. I think 
they had solid state antenna switching.  That is what is wrong with the Meade 
node now.. we need to replace it.

--- On Tue, 5/26/09, John AAR3CK / AAM3MD <aar3ck@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: John AAR3CK / AAM3MD <aar3ck@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [mdmars_staff] Re: Attitudes need to be more positive than this
To: mdmars_staff@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 8:54 AM

Thanks for the explanation, Bruce,

That confirms that I was indeed sleeping during that class.


bmcpherson73@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote: 

This item came from a thread on eham.net about the possible dissolution of Navy 
MARS. Like so many of these forums, it quickly devolved into name calling and 
personal attacks between Army and Navy MARS members.  So much for 
interoperability.  One writer summed it up well with the Ben Franklin quote-- 
If we dont hang together we will most assuredly hang separately.

On another note, one of the items I picked up at Dayton was the ARRL Digital 
Technology for Emergency Communications course on CD.  Unlike other ARRL 
courses, it does not require registration or mentors, and there is no limit to 
how many people can use the course from a single CD. It also issues a 
completion certificate at the end. It covers such topics as Packet, Winlink, 
Airmail, sound card modes, ALE, and a lot of other digital topics on a very 
basic level. It would be a introductory good course for our digital dinosaurs 
(as Stu Carter calls them). I dont know if it will count as MARS training, but 
if anyone want to borrow my CD they are welcome to it at no cost.

Also Jim, I sold 3 VHF Spectra 110w radios at the Howard County hamfest on 
Sunday, and later Gary told me you were looking for some. Sorry I didnt know 


On May 25, 2009, John AAR3CK / AAM3MD <aar3ck@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 

Wow, what got this started?

Guess I was sleeping in class again, but as a client station, I didn't think he 
had to meet any regular MARS requirements.  He doesn't even have to do a 
participation report.

Where's the beef?

J Sears wrote: 

You know.. I try to be nice and stay off my high horse but this guy pisses me 
off with his attitude. I have never bothered him or chased him but instead I 
have tried to include him in our activities where it made sense. He also gave 
me a real case of the ass with his 60+ crap.. 
sorry for the attitude

by N3ZH on May 21, 2009 

I have concluded I can not work and also be in Army Mars. 

I can handle one-time requirements that I do at my leisure - like on-line 
courses. General license? I already have Extra. The 4 fema courses - I already 
did them 2 years ago, but did them again in case something changed. 

It is all the new ongoing requirements: 

1. The annual 12 weeks of Mars101 with on the air participation and final exam. 
I can not assure I will be available those 12 consecutive weeks every year. 
That's also 3 months out of every year I can't go on vacation or be sick. 

2. Participate in an emergency exercise every quarter. I suppose that means 
there will be one each quarter, and I can't guarantee I will be available to 
participate given my work hours, regular days off, and the possibility of 
mandatory overtime. I may be out of town, on vacation - or working overtime - 
during that one exercise needed to stay in Mars. 

3. Be NCS once per quarter - well this one is not a problem. 

When I leave Army Mars, I was going to join Navy. 

Without Navy Mars I'll need to wait for retirement to be in Mars again - and 
join the other retirees. 

Mars is being ruined. People are being forced out - including good people. In 
one state over 50% have left Army Mars. It now belongs to the over 65 retired 
folks who have time for a full-time-mars-job, if they have enough smarts left 
to pass the fema courses and tests. Army mars is going to be a small fraction 
of what they once were. 

Army mars may not be able to deploy at all - due to age of their members. Your 
not going to get the 60+ people to go into a Katrina. It is ironic that all the 
changes are to be able to deploy and the changes may leave them with nobody who 
can deploy. 

Army mars is already kaput. 

I am waiting to see if Navy Mars also becomes kaput. 

I hope Navy Mars survives.

by WA3MEJ on May 22, 2009 

Well unfortunately Air Force is not in much better shape than Navy it appears. 
Air Force in Maryland basically does not exist and I am told by a very reliable 
source that AF has lost their budget as well but nothing was said at dayton 
about that. 

As far as ALE.. well it is less than usable as far as I am concerned because I 
can do manually what it does with automation. It sucks up extra spectrum when 
it is not necessary and really is a dumbing down of the operators skills set. 
Its primary reason for existance would be that our customers (FEMA, SHARES etc) 
use it.. again they are NOT operators you have only to listen to their SHARES 
to see that. The largest number of stations checking into SHARES & FEMA are 
Army MARS anyhow. 

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