"What is MidCars?"
The Midwest Amateur Radio Service, Inc., more commonly known as MIDCARS, is an all volunteer public service primarily designed to assist amateur radio operators who operate mobile while traveling around the country. The Midwest Amateur Radio Service, Inc. operates on a frequency of 7258 KHz from 7:30 AM Eastern Time until 2:00 PM Eastern Time 365 days a year, depending on propagation and availability of volunteer Service Control Operators (SCO) who control the service as a Net Control station would. This assistance provided by MidCARS includes maintaining a monitored and easily accessible frequency for contacting fixed stations as well as relays between mobile stations to pass traffic thus providing reliable communications, especially in the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions. The basic operation of MIDCARS needs to follow these guidelines as presently adopted and listed below, and of course, the Rules and Regulations as specified by the Federal Communications Commission in Part 97.
MIDCARS is also used an alternate contact frequency during simulated emergency tests or field exercises to check access to various areas in maintaining certain disaster preparedness and relief net operations. Therefore, it is often monitored by many stations that are involved with the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, ARES and RACES. MIDCARS does not handle formal traffic, although we will assist in finding a station to move off frequency with you to handle traffic
Many fixed stations from across the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada use MIDCARS as a meeting place to make initial contacts for daily or weekly schedules before moving them to another frequency to continue their QSOs.
Those participants who enjoy and take advantage of the service that MIDCARS has to offer are encouraged to return the favor occasionally. Perhaps they could help contribute by running the service for a few minutes to give the SCO a break if needed. Besides being a good experience for those wishing to step into a regular SCO position, it will help the effectiveness and the continuity of MIDCARS by keeping the service in continuous operation throughout the day. Again, it is not that difficult and the experience can be beneficial to your participation in other types of net operations.