Propagation on Mars

So we’re sending some people to Mars, who will surely die there. While I’m not really convinced that this endeavor will ever take place, it made me wonder:

  • How will radio radio signals propagate on Mars? Are there layers in the ionosphere (if there is such a thing there) which will allow signals to travel beyond line of sight?
  • If ham radio operators go, we need a new prefix. Anything in mind?
  • Do we need a ‘Mars band plan’?
  • Should we install repeaters on Deimos and Phobos?
  • Anything else important we should think of in advance?

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Please let me know what your thoughts are, and if you’re planning to apply for the trip – I’m always willing to arrange a sked.