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Author Topic: DOD - Amateur Radio Communications Exercise 4-6 Nov 2017  (Read 3926 times)
WD8DBY
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« on: October 25, 2017, 01:32:55 PM »

ZCZC AG19
 QST de W1AW   
 ARRL Bulletin 19  ARLB019
 From ARRL Headquarters   
 Newington CT  October 24, 2017
 To all radio amateurs 
 
 SB QST ARL ARLB019
 ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set
 
 Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a "communications interoperability" training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a "very bad day" scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
 
 "This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity," Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
 
 During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.
 
 Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Sunday from 0300 to 0315 UTC (Saturday evening).

 New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on  13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC (Sunday morning). Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.
 
 "We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community," English said. "We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario."
 
 Contact Paul English for more information or questions about this exercise via email at: mars.exercises@gmail.com.

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W7ASA
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 07:41:45 PM »

Thanks for posting.  In the wake of the Caribbean catastrophes, this is a good reminder of the need for interoperability. 60 m is an ideal band for this.


73 de Ray  ..._  ._
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N8AUC
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 08:24:14 PM »

And that's the same weekend as ARRL CW Sweepstakes.

73 de N8AUC
Eric
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W6EM
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 04:33:46 PM »

And that's the same weekend as ARRL CW Sweepstakes.

73 de N8AUC
Eric

No problem. MARS and REACT don't use CW.
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W7CJD
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 07:21:12 PM »

How much of a simulation is this?

no landline phones
no cellphones
no internet
no broadcast tv
no broadcast radio
no power grid - no electricity

..for real, or simulation?

I am asking because ANTIFA has announced demonstrations Nov 4
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WD8DBY
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 04:36:15 AM »

How much of a simulation is this?

no landline phones
no cellphones
no internet
no broadcast tv
no broadcast radio
no power grid - no electricity

..for real, or simulation?

I am asking because ANTIFA has announced demonstrations Nov 4

The CME, power outage and communications outages for this exercise are all notional...simulated.  This exercise was planned more than a year ago...long before there was an antifa.  However, take a look at the on-going power and comms outages in Puerto Rico...going on for a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall, and now the power outages in the northeast...those citizens are living it...during this exercise we will only simulate it.

Paul
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NQ3M
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 10:14:31 AM »

ZCZC AG19
 QST de W1AW   
 ARRL Bulletin 19  ARLB019
 From ARRL Headquarters   
 Newington CT  October 24, 2017
 To all radio amateurs 
 
 SB QST ARL ARLB019
 ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set
 
 Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a "communications interoperability" training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a "very bad day" scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
 
 "This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity," Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
 
 During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.
 
 Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Sunday from 0300 to 0315 UTC (Saturday evening).

 New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on  13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC (Sunday morning). Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.
 
 "We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community," English said. "We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario."
 
 Contact Paul English for more information or questions about this exercise via email at: mars.exercises@gmail.com.

 NNNN

While I fully understand the need, an trust the timing of this was purely coincidental many of us around this rock be monitoring all events starting 0001 Zulu. We don't expect Saturdays news of events within the US to be of interest, however events in Russia might be another story, so we have been told locally, as well as on 14.153 an 18.113 from Russia. We are not of the tinfoil herd, but realists who enjoy puzzles, no matter the end message.   
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