1. The Canadian Forces Affiliate Radio System (CFARS) is a program sponsored by National Defence Headquarters in which military installation, military unit/club and volunteer licensed Canadian amateur radio stations and operators participate and contribute to the aim of providing auxiliary communications on a local, national and international basis as an adjunct to existing military unit/club amateur radio communications.
2. A military CFARS station is a facility installed, operated and maintained by DND personnel.
3. A military unit/club amateur radio station is a licensed Non-Public Funds radio station manned, operated and maintained by Industry Canada licensed volunteer Amateur radio operators.
4. An individual
affiliate radio station is a privately owned amateur radio
station, licensed by Industry Canada, and operated by an
individual who is affiliated with the CFARS.
The purpose of the CFARS network, both voice and data, is multifaceted but to keep it simple, it is intended to be a medium, to "pass traffic". Regardless of the nature of the traffic, the system is meant to be a national information portal, committed to its role in providing support to DND and the Government of Canada. CFARS presently has several memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with various Canadian Government agencies, with more in progress. The system, operates regularly scheduled training nets Canada wide, in both voice and data. All members and eligible agencies are strongly encouraged to participate in these nets on a regular basis.
The voice network is critical in establishing working parameters; like band conditions, optimum operating frequencies and the need for personal radio/antenna system maintenance. Checking into the net, allows you to determine some of these variables, to ensure that your station is capable of carrying out the aims and goals of the CFARS network. Daily, monthly and yearly, many of these conditions change and if an operator does not keep up with these changes, it makes it that much more difficult to accomplish our goal. As well, valuable technical, administrative and training traffic is passed during these occasions, which enable us to keep the CFARS machine; well oiled and working smoothly.
The data side of the network has been set up to pass formal traffic, unlike the voice network, which is primarily for administration and logistics. Data is passed between CFARS stations and other agency stations, as well as providing the capability of internet e-mail, via radio. At present, we have adopted as our main data format; HF PACTOR, using several CFARS Winlink RMS PACTOR stations across Canada. This is currently supplemented by WINMOR and several CFARS RMS WIMOR stations. Peer to Peer PACTOR connections and traffic passing is also practiced during these sessions, to ensure that this capability, is still a viable alternative. We are presently planning several more CFARS RMS PACTOR stations in critical areas of the country and are looking into the development of portable data kits, which could be allocated in times of emergencies and/or exercises.
The weekly training nets, using NATO standard voice procedure, provide information and training for CFARS and Canadian Forces (CF) Signals Units across Canada. CFARS can also establish ad hoc training nets on relatively short notice, at the request of CF Signals Units. These nets are usually regional in nature, and could be run on a regular parade night or at a time requested by the unit. All members are encouraged to participate in these nets, when time permits. It is a useful training tool for working with our military affiliates.
CFARS will also support CF Field Exercises at any time, on request. As well, we continue to take part in inter-agency exercises with Government agencies governed by our MOUs. CFARS welcomes these opportunities, as they provide excellent training for our membership.
2200Z, starting on assignment JULIETT, and the net control station (NCS) will later move the net to the secondary voice assignment ALFA.
2200Z, Wednesdays, starting on assignment JULIETT, and the net control station (NCS) will later move the net to the secondary voice assignment ALFA.
There are currently a number of PACTOR and WINMOR RMS stations running 24/7 each scanning or on set CFARS data assignments, as listed on the website. As well, members practice peer to peer connections and traffic passing capabilities.
Used for Canadian Forces and Government Department training on request.
For more information, or to request training nets or exercise support contact:
CFARS via the contact page (Link here);