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United States Air Force
Military Affiliate Radio System
29 December 2002

USAF MARS DIGITAL BDCST NR 16
DE AFN3AT NR 16
R 292102Z DEC 02
FM: AFN3AT.KS
TO: ALL USAF MARS
INFO: AGA3C
BT
SUBJECT: DIGITAL PARTICIPATION.

1. WITH THE INCREASING NEED TO MOVE TRAFFIC THROUGH THE DIGITAL
TRANSCON NETWORK, I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO ASSIST THEIR RMD
AND SMD'S TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS WITH DIGITAL CAPABILITIES TO BE
CANDIDATES FOR THE USAF MARS PROGRAM.

2. EACH REGION SHOULD SET UP DIGITAL TRAINING THROUGH THEIR
TRAINING MANAGER TO ASSURE THAT NEW MEMBERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH
AND TRAINED IN THE PROPER USE OF THE DIGITAL NETWORK BOTH ON A
REGION LEVEL AND TRANSCON.

3. I HAVE INCLUDED A COPY OF USAF MARS BROADCAST NUMBER 27,
DATED 16 DECEMBER 1996, ITEMS 50 AND 51. THE DIGITAL CAPABILITIES
ARE IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL HF REQUIREMENTS AND MUST BE
AUTHENTICATED AS DESCRIBED IN THE BROADCAST.

4. SUBJ/MARS BROADCAST NUMBER 27, DATED 16 DEC 96/

ITEM 050: PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS. FOR THE PURPOSE OF
CLARIFICATION THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATION REPORTING PROCEDURES
WILL BE THE RULE: 12 HOURS OF PARTICIPATION TIME IN ANY, REPEAT
ANY HF NET ACTIVITY WILL BE CREDITED AS VALID PARTICIPATION TIME,
REGARDLESS OF PRIMARY NET ASSIGNMENT, THIS INCLUDE HF PACKET NETS.
AT LEAST SIX HOURS OF PARTICIPATION IN ONE'S PRIMARY ASSIGNMENT
IS PREFERABLE, BUT MAY BE WAIVED. MEMBERS PREVIOUSLY ASSIGNED TO
CW ONLY NETS MUST BE REASSIGNED TO OTHER HF NET ACTIVITIES IF
CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP IS DESIRED. TRAINING ON VOICE PROCEDURES
MAY BE INDICATED, AND WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SMD TO
EVALUATE. TO MEET OUR OBJECTIVE OF MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF
DIGITAL CAPABILITY, PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS TO HF PACKET NETS IS
AUTHORIZED.

ITEM 051: SMD AUTHENTICATION. EACH NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS
WILL BE AUTHENTICATED BY THE SMD IN THE REMARKS BLOCK INDICATING
WHETHER THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN SCREENED FOR DIGITAL CAPABILITY.
AS INDICATED IN A PREVIOUS BROADCAST, A SELECTIVE MORATORIUM IS
CURRENTLY IN EFFECT RESTRICTING NEW MEMBERSHIP TO ONLY THOSE
CANDIDATES POSSESSING DIGITAL CAPABILITIES, IN ADDITION THE NORMAL
HF REQUIREMENTS. APPLICATIONS NOT AUTHENTICATED WITH THE SMD
ENDORSEMENT, ATTESTING TO THIS DIGITAL REQUIREMENT, WILL BE
RETURNED TO THE SMD WITHOUT ACTION.

5. AIR FORCE MARS: LEADING THE WAY IN DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS.

6. SGD: USAF NATIONAL DIGITAL MANAGER,AFN3AT
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