What are we about?
The Strategic Air Command Memorial Amateur Radio Club (SACMARC), Incorporated, is a
Non-Profit, Public Benefit Corporation in the State of Nebraska and is affiliated with the
American Radio Relay League, Incorporated, of Newington, Connecticut. The purpose of the
corporation is to preserve the communications history of the Strategic Air Command and
United States Air Force through amateur radio by a variety of lawful means. A historic
military-recreation callsign (formerly associated with Headquarters
SAC, Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska),
KØAIR, as well as the personal callsign of
General Curtis E. LeMay when
he was the CINCSAC, KØGRL, were recovered from the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to serve
as a living exhibit of both past and present amateur radio communications.
A Bullet Background Paper, prepared both as part of a
coordination package for the former CINCSTRAT (General Eugene E. Habiger) and for the
benefit of Board Members of the SAC Museum
and Society of SAC, is also available.
An excellent article in May 1997 QST,
Page 43, by Dr. Charles Keene (independent of our efforts) nicely documents SAC
communications history, and some of the people and amateur radio callsigns behind it.
One of our contacts during the
B-29 Special Event,
Chuck Sudds, KØTVD, sent us an interesting
of his Vietnam-era (1967-1969) memories of running overseas telephone patches for the
Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS). He served as one of the operators at KR6CF in
Okinawa, Japan, and recalls not only KØAIR's strong signal into the Pacific Rim on HF,
but also a frequent operator of that station, a helpful airman named "Al" (his
full name, unfortunately, lost to history).
We welcome all sincerely interested individuals to become members, whether active duty
members or veterans of any branch of the Armed Forces, or just members of the local
community with an interest in preserving military communications history.
The mailing list continues to be vital to the SACMARC as an
avenue of informal communications, particularly about
late-breaking events, to supplement our formal, quarterly,
in-person business meetings.
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