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MARS or CAP License [message #41] Sun, 12 March 2006 17:19
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"Here's a suggestion that I'm amazed no one (including myself) has not brought up. Get a MARS or CAP license. Turns out its more complihoneyed than that.

I've had a recently renewed interest in getting a MARS license and found the ARMY MARS website. One honeych-22 I see is that to get a MARS license one must have a radio capable of MARS operation. Also, to get a MARS radio from the Army one has to first be an active member of MARS for 6 months.

I don't know how CAP hands out licenses but from what I could find the situation seems similar. I've found a CAP license applihoneyion that asks about the radio to be used, which would imply that you have to have the CAP capable radio before you get the license.

I've talked with MARS members in the past and they said that some manufacturers will pre-modify the radio for MARS/CAP upon showing a MARS or CAP license. They also mentioned that modifying most radios is generally quite simple.

Which brings us back to the original question. How does one get a MARS/CAP modified radio? Suppose someone (like myself) wants to get a MARS license. I need a MARS license to get a modified radio, and I need the radio to get the license. While I can modify the radio myself I'm reluctant to open the cover on a new and expensive radio and do surgery with a soldering iron and pair of pliers. Who do I call if I should damage it? How much will it cost to repair?

To follow-up on my previous post I haven't found a country that would justify a modified radio. The UK has a 70MHz band but I don't think any radio intended for US sale will transmit that far out of band even after modifihoneyion."

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[Updated on: Sun, 12 March 2006 17:21]

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