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Author Topic: Armed Forcess Day set for Saturday 14 May 2016  (Read 78 times)
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ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND MILITARY/AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TEST
(14 MAY 2016)


The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). The AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test is conducted 14 May 2016.

The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two way communications between Amateurs and military communicators authorized in 47 CFR 97.111, and features traditional military to amateur cross band SSB voice, Morse Code, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, as well as an opportunity for Amateurs to utilize more modern military communications modes such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE).  New for Armed Forces Day this year, military stations and amateur radio operators are authorized to directly communicate on the 60 Meter interoperability channels. 

These tests give Amateur Radio operators and Short Wave Listeners (SWL) an opportunity and a challenge to demonstrate their individual technical skills, and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.


PART I. MILITARY-TO-AMATEUR CROSS BAND SSB & CW TEST CONTACTS.


Military-to-Amateur cross band operations will take place on the dates/times in ZULU (UTC), and frequencies listed below for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB). Some stations may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected Military frequencies and listen for amateur radio stations in the Amateur bands indicated below. The military station operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2 minutes. The following stations will be transmitting on MARS frequencies listed below which are provided as "Window/Dial Frequency" in kHz.  Some stations will use CW to provide the opportunity to check in by Morse Code.
 

ARMY STATIONS:

AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ
(14 MAY 1500Z - 2359Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  5,330.5 kHz         USB             60M
14,383.5 kHz         USB             20M
18,211.0 kHz         USB             17M
 
AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY
(14 MAY 1300Z - 15 MAY 0100Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  5,346.5 kHz         USB             60M
  7,360.0 kHz         USB             40M
13,963.5 kHz         USB             20M
20,920.0 kHz         USB             15M
 
AAV / CAMP EVANS, NJ
(14 MAY 1400Z - 2100Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION     AMATEUR BAND
  5,330.5 kHz         USB/CW             60M
  7,493.5 kHz         USB/CW             40M
14,846.0 kHz         USB/CW             20M
18,272.0 kHz         USB/CW             17M

ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI   
(14 MAY 1600Z - 2300Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  5,357.0 kHz         USB                 60M
14,438.5 kHz         USB                 20M
18,272.0 kHz         USB                 17M
20,997.0 kHz         USB                 15M

ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA
(14 MAY 1500Z – 15 MAY 0100Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
14,487.0 kHz         USB                 20M
17,545.0 kHz         USB                 17M
20,994.0 kHz         USB                 15M
 
WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC   
(14 MAY 1200Z - 2400Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION     AMATEUR BAND
  5,357.0 kHz         USB/CW          60M
14,854.0 kHz         USB/CW          20M
18,211.0 kHz         USB/CW          17M
24,760.0 kHz         USB/CW          12M

WUG-2 / ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TN
(14 MAY 1300Z-15 MAY 0200Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION    AMATEUR BAND
  5,403.5 kHz           USB                60M
13,910.5 kHz           USB/CW         20M
18,293.0 kHz           USB/CW         17M
20,973.5 kHz           USB/CW         15M

ALT/ CAMP MABRY, TX 
(14 MAY 1300Z-15 MAY 0200Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  5,357.0 kHz          USB                60M
14,512.5 kHz          USB                20M
18,293.0 kHz          USB                17M
20,997.0 kHz          USB                15M

AIR FORCE STATIONS:

AIR / ANDREWS AFB
(14 MAY 1200Z - 2400Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,517.0 kHz         USB               80M
  7,305.0 kHz         USB               40M
15,807.0 kHz         USB               20M
20,740.0 kHz         USB               15M


AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY
(14 MAY 1200Z TO 2400Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,575.0 kHz         USB               80M
  7,540.0 kHz         USB               40M
13,993.0 kHz         USB               20M

AGA4AR / ARNOLD AFB, TN   
(14 MAY 1500Z TO 2000Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  3,299.0 kHz          USB              80M
  7,457.0 kHz          USB              40M
15,632.0 kHz          USB              20M


AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL 
(14 MAY 1600Z TO 2300Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  3,308.0 kHz         USB               80M
  4,872.0 kHz         USB               80M
  7,545.0 kHz         USB               40M



AGA9TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA 
(14 MAY 1600Z TO 2300Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
    4,575.0 kHz         USB               80M
    7,915.0 kHz         USB               40M
  14,411.0 kHz         USB               20M
 
COAST GUARD STATIONS:

NMC1 / COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, CA
(14 MAY 1400Z - 15 MAY 0030Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  7,542.0 kHz        USB             40M
15,740.5 kHz        USB             20M
22,924.5 kHz        USB             15M

NAVY STATIONS:

NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA
(14 MAY 1200Z - 15 MAY 0600Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,003.5 kHz         USB            80M
  7,360.0 kHz         USB            40M
14,441.5 kHz         USB            20M
18,211.0 kHz         USB            17M
20,997.0 kHz         USB            15M

NWKJ / USS YORKTOWN CV-10
(14 MAY 1200Z - 15 MAY 0400Z 2015)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,000.0 kHz          USB             80M
  7,360.0 kHz          USB             40M
14,663.5 kHz          USB             20M
18,272.0 kHz          USB             17M
20,940.0 kHz          USB             15M


NMN / CAMSLANT, CHESAPEAKE VA
(14 MAY 1400Z - 15 MAY 0030Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
   7,528.6 kHz         USB            40M
 14,459.6 kHz         USB            20M
 19,221.6 kHz         USB            17M

NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN
(14 MAY 1200Z-15 MAY 0400Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,007.0 kHz          USB/CW      80M
  6,913.0 kHz          USB/CW      40M
13,974.5 kHz          USB/CW      20M
17,500.0 kHz          USB/CW      17M
24,782.0 kHz          USB/CW      12M


NPAX / US NAVAL ACADEMY MD
(14 MAY 1300Z-15 MAY 0200Z)
FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND
  4,038.5 kHz          USB/CW      80M
  7,533.5 kHz          USB/CW      40M
14,487.0 kHz          USB/CW      20M
17,545,0 kHz          USB/CW      17M
20,994.0 kHz          USB/CW      15M


PART II. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MESSAGE TEST VIA DIGITAL MODES.
 
The Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via Military Standard radio teletype modes described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B and listed below.  Reception of Serial PSK will provide a technical challenge to Amateur stations to receive the broadcasts using a high symbol rate Serial PSK waveform not utilized in Amateur radio, but found in all modern military equipment. 

Additionally, broadcasts will be sent using Wide Shift FSK (RTTY), as this mode represents a baseline in interoperability common in all radio services.  Specific settings are shown below.


MIL-STD 188-110 A/B Serial PSK. 
Software to demodulate the military Serial PSK waveform and detailed instructions can be downloaded at:

http://www.n2ckh.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM/

Utilizing this mode with soundcard equipment can be challenging and we recommend Amateur stations review the instructions carefully.  Receivers should be set for a 2.7 kHz passband between 300 and 3000 Hz.  Audio level should be set to just above the minimum level that decodes.  Reception of the preamble at the beginning of the transmission is required to demodulate text.

To practice receiving signals in this mode, tune to the following dial frequencies at 1201Z, 1801Z or 0001Z daily.


 
11,105.0 kHz USB
11,454.0 kHz USB
12,147.0 kHz USB
13,512.5 kHz USB
14,935.0 kHz USB
15,870.0 kHz USB
 


FSK in accordance with MIL-STD 188-110A/B
Military FSK is Baudot at 850 Hz, 75 baud, low mark, and 2000 Hz center.  Most RTTY programs can be set to decode this mode.  To achieve low mark while receiving in USB, the reverse shift is selected.

Although not a capability normally found in Military stations, to accommodate amateurs some stations will transmit the Secretary of Defense message using common ham radio modes such as RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK-31, MFSK and MT63.   Amateur sound card modes will use default settings.

The Secretary of Defense message can be received from the stations listed below. 

Frequencies listed are provided as "Window/Dial Frequency" in kHz.   All times in Zulu (UTC).
 

COMBINED BROADCAST STATIONS BY TIME


14 MAY/1400Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/1410Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/1420Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1420Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/1430Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1430Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/1440Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1440Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1450Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1450Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 

14 MAY/1500Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1510Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAZ 
14 MAY/1510Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1530Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAZ 

14 MAY/1800Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/1810Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/1820Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1820Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/1830Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1830Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/1840Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1840Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/1850Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1850Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 

14 MAY/1900Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1910Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAZ 
14 MAY/1910Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/1930Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAZ 
14 MAY/1930Z   RTTY                           7,457.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
14 MAY/1930Z   RTTY                         7,540.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/1930Z   RTTY                         7,545.0 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/1930Z   RTTY                           7,915.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR

14 MAY/2030Z   MT63                           7,457.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
14 MAY/2030Z   MT63                         7,540.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2030Z   MT63                         7,545.0 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/2030Z   MT63                           7,915.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR

14 MAY/2100Z   MFSK                           7,457.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
14 MAY/2100Z   MFSK                         7,540.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2100Z   MFSK                         7,545.0 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/2100Z   MFSK                           7,915.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR
14 MAY/2130Z   RTTY                       13,993.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2130Z   RTTY                         14,392.5 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/2130Z   RTTY                         14,411.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR
14 MAY/2130Z   RTTY                         15,632.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
 
14 MAY/2200Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/2200Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   14,487.0 kHz USB   ADB 
14 MAY/2210Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2210Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   20,994.0 kHz USB   ADB 
14 MAY/2220Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/2220Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY 
14 MAY/2230Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/2230Z   MT63                       13,993.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2230Z   MT63                         14,392.5 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/2230Z   MT63                         14,411.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR
14 MAY/2230Z   MT63                         15,632.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
14 MAY/2230Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2240Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/2240Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 
14 MAY/2250Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/2250Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   WAR 

14 MAY/2300Z   MFSK                       13,993.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY
14 MAY/2300Z   MFSK                         14,392.5 kHz USB   AGA5SC
14 MAY/2300Z   MFSK                         14,411.0 kHz USB   AGA9TR
14 MAY/2300Z   MFSK                         15,632.0 kHz USB   AGA4AR
14 MAY/2300Z   MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/2310Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   13,506.0 kHz USB   AAZ 
14 MAY/2310Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAC
14 MAY/2330Z   MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK   17,443.0 kHz USB   AAZ 

15 MAY/0240Z   RTTY                       13,506.0 kHz USB    NWKJ
15 MAY/0240Z   RTTY                       17,443.0 kHz USB   NWKJ

15 MAY/0300Z   CW-25WPM              4,007.0 kHz USB   NWVC
15 MAY/0300Z   CW-25WPM              6,913.0 kHz USB   NWVC
15 MAY/0310Z   AMTOR FEC            13,506.0 kHz USB    NWKJ
15 MAY/0310Z   AMTOR FEC            17,443.0 kHz USB   NWKJ
15 MAY/0340Z   MT63                       13,506.0 kHz USB    NWKJ
15 MAY/0340Z   MT63                       17,443.0 kHz USB   NWKJ


SUBMISSION OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TEST MESSAGE ENTRIES.

Transcripts of the received text should be submitted "as received". No attempt should be made to correct possible transmission errors.  Provide time, frequency and call sign of the military station copied, including name, call sign, and address (including zip code) of individual submitting the entry. Ensure this information is placed on the paper containing the test message. Each year a large number of acceptable entries are received with insufficient information, or necessary information was not attached to the transcriptions and was separated, thereby precluding issuance of a QSL card.  Entries must be sent to the appropriate address as follows:

A. Stations copying Secretary of Defense message transmitted from Army and Navy stations, send entries to:

ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
COMMANDER NETCOM
ATTN: NETC-ITSMD
BLDG 90549 JIM AVENUE
FORT HUACHUCA, AZ 85613-7070

B.  Stations copying Secretary of Defense message transmitted from Air Force stations, send entries to:

ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
38 CYRS/CHIEF, AF MARS
203W LOSEY ST, RM 1200
SCOTT AFB, IL  62225


PART III. AUTOMATIC LINK ESTABLISHMENT.

Amateur Stations with Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) capability can contact a military station on specific half duplex “cross band” channels established for this purpose.  ALE is a selective calling and linking method utilized by government, military, and amateur radio communications.   

Military stations will scan and receive certain Amateur HFLINK ALE frequencies, and transmit on the corresponding military ALE frequency.  Military stations will also transmit ALE station identification (soundings) on each military frequency at 30 to 90 minute intervals.  Amateur stations which are capable may scan the military frequencies and monitor the soundings to build the LQA database or select the channel manually.  Amateur stations will call military stations using ALE selective calling on one of the paired cross band channels. HF Radios with an embedded ALE feature, or ham radios with computer-based PC-ALE, are compatible for use with the military 2G-ALE used in this event.

Amateur stations seeking more information about ALE go to http://hflink.net.

Please note:
Upper Sideband (USB) is utilized on all frequencies for transmit and receive.

Military stations participating in ALE are listed below:

STATION CALLSIGN     ALE ADDRESS
AAZ             AAZ
AGA2SY             2SYAGA
WAR                WAR


ALE FREQUENCY LIST

Channel   Amateur Frequency   Military Frequency
      
X75US   3,996.0 USB   4,000.0 USB
X60INT   5,371.5 USB   5,371.5 USB
X40US   7,296.0 USB   7,357.0 USB
X20INT   14,346.0 USB   14,846.0 USB
X17INT   18,117.5 USB   18,272.5 USB
X15INT   21,432.5 USB   20,940.0 USB
X12INT   24,932.0 USB   24,858.5 USB

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