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Author Topic: Armed Forces Day Set for Saturday 13 May  (Read 2874 times)
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« on: May 04, 2017, 08:38:08 AM »

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND MILITARY/AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TEST

(13 MAY 2017)
 
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 13 May 2017.

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).

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. 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.

The following stations will be transmitting on the frequencies listed below using the operating modes listed:
 
ARMY STATIONS:
 
AAZ / FT HUACHUCA, AZ
(13 MAY 1500Z - 2359Z)
 
FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND
5,330.5 kHz    USB       60M
14,438.5 kHz  USB       20M
14,512.5 kHz  USB       20M
18,211.0 kHz  USB       17M
 
AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY
(13 MAY 1300Z - 14 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
 
ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI
(13 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
(13 MAY 1500Z – 14 MAY 0100Z)
 
FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND
14,487.0 kHz  USB          20M
17,545.0 kHz  USB          17M
20,994.0 kHz  USB          15M
 
ALT/ CAMP MABRY, TX
(13 MAY 1300Z-14 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
 
WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC
(13 MAY 1200Z - 2400Z)
 
FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND
5,357.0 kHz   USB/CW      60M
13,963.5 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
(13 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
 
AIR FORCE STATIONS:
 
AIR / ANDREWS AFB
(13 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
(13 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
 
AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL
(13 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
(13 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
(13 MAY 1400Z - 14 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
(13 MAY 1500Z - 14 MAY 0500Z)
 
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 CHARLESTON, SC 
(13 MAY 1200Z-14 MAY 0030Z)
 
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
 
NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA
(13 MAY 1500Z -2359Z)
 
FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND
4,043.5 kHz   USB         80M
6,903.5 kHz   USB         40M
14,463.5 kHz USB         20M
24,803.5 kHz USB         12M
 
NMN / CAMSLANT, CHESAPEAKE VA
(13 MAY 1400Z - 14 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
(13 MAY 1200Z-14 MAY 0400Z)
 
FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND
4,007.0 kHz USB/CW        80M
6,913.0 kHz USB/CW        40M
13,974.0 kHz USB/CW      20M
24,782.0 kHz USB/CW      12M
 
NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD
(13 MAY 1300Z-14 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. ARMED FORCES DAY MESSAGE TEST
 
The Armed Forces Day message will be transmitted via Military Standard radio teletype modes described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B and listed 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/MSDMT.html
 
Utilizing this mode with soundcard equipment can be challenging and we recommend Amateur stations review the instructions carefully.
 
A short practice transmission will be sent at 1930Z and 2330Z on the 6th, 7th, 10th, and 12th of May 2017 on:
 
13,506.5 kHz USB 17,443.0 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.

The Armed Forces Day message can be received from the stations listed below. All times in Zulu (UTC).
 
COMBINED BROADCAST STATIONS BY TIME
 
13 MAY/1400Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            13,506.5 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/1410Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/1420Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             13,506.5 kHz USB    WAR

13 MAY/1420Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            17,443.0 kHz USB     AGA2SY

13 MAY/1430Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/1430Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/1440Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            13,506.5 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1440Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            17,443.0 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/1450Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1450Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB    WAR

13 MAY/1500Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            17,443.0 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1510Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB     AAZ

13 MAY/1510Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1530Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAZ

13 MAY/1800Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             13,506.5 kHz USB   AGA2SY

13 MAY/1810Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/1820Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             13,506.5 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/1820Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK              17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY

13 MAY/1830Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK  13,506.5 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/1830Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK  17,443.0 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/1840Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             13,506.5 kHz USB      AAC

13 MAY/1840Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             17,443.0 kHz USB      WAR

13 MAY/1850Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB      AAC

13 MAY/1850Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/1900Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             17,443.0 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1910Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB     AAZ

13 MAY/1910Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/1930Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAZ

13 MAY/1930Z    RTTY                                      7,540.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY

13 MAY/1930Z    RTTY                                     7,545.0 kHz USB    AGA5SC

13 MAY/1930Z    RTTY                                     7,915.0 kHz USB     AGA9TR

13 MAY/2030Z    MT63                                    7,540.0 kHz USB     AGA2SY

13 MAY/2030Z    MT63                                    7,545.0 kHz USB     AGA5SC

13 MAY/2030Z    MT63                                    7,915.0 kHz USB      AGA9TR

13 MAY/2100Z    MFSK                                    7,540.0 kHz USB      AGA2SY

13 MAY/2100Z    MFSK                                    7,545.0 kHz USB      AGA5SC

13 MAY/2100Z    MFSK                                    7,915.0 kHz USB      AGA9TR

13 MAY/2130Z    RTTY                                    13,993.0 kHz USB     AGA2SY

13 MAY/2130Z    RTTY                                   14,392.5 kHz USB      AGA5SC

13 MAY/2130Z    RTTY                                   14,411.0 kHz USB      AGA9TR

13 MAY/2200Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK           13,506.5 kHz USB      AGA2SY

13 MAY/2200Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 14,487.0 kHz USB     ADB

13 MAY/2210Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/2210Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 20,994.0 kHz USB    ADB
 
13 MAY/2220Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            13,506.5 kHz USB     WAR

13 MAY/2220Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK             17,443.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY

13 MAY/2230Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB   WAR

13 MAY/2230Z    MT63                                     13,993.0 kHz USB   AGA2SY

13 MAY/2230Z    MT63                                     14,392.5 kHz USB    AGA5SC

13 MAY/2230Z    MT63                                     14,411.0 kHz USB    AGA9TR

13 MAY/2230Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AGA2SY

13 MAY/2240Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            13,506.5 kHz USB        AAC

13 MAY/2240Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            17,443.0 kHz USB       WAR

13 MAY/2250Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB        AAC

13 MAY/2250Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB       WAR

13 MAY/2300Z    MFSK                                    13,993.0 kHz USB    AGA2SY

13 MAY/2300Z    MFSK                                    14,392.5 kHz USB    AGA5SC

13 MAY/2300Z    MFSK                                    14,411.0 kHz USB    AGA9TR

13 MAY/2300Z    MIL STD 188-110 FSK            17,443.0 kHz USB      AAC

13 MAY/2310Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 13,506.5 kHz USB      AAZ

13 MAY/2310Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAC

13 MAY/2330Z    MIL STD 188-110 SERIAL PSK 17,443.0 kHz USB     AAZ

14 MAY/0300Z    CW-25WPM                             4,007.0 kHz USB    NWVC

14 MAY/0300Z    CW-25WPM                             6,913.0 kHz USB     NWVC
 
SUBMISSION OF ARMED FORCES DAY TEST MESSAGE ENTRIES.
 
QSL cards are available for individuals that receive the Armed Forces Day test message.

To receive a QSL card copy the printed text of the test message as you received it from the military station, and include it in your QSL report. Transcripts of the received text should be submitted "as received". No attempt should be made to correct possible transmission errors.

Requests for a QSL card must be complete and sent to the appropriate address according to the following instructions:
 
A. Stations copying Armed Forces Day message transmitted from US Army and US Navy stations and requesting a QSL card, complete the QSL report using the on-line form at www.usarmymars.org.
 
B. Stations copying Armed Forces Day message transmitted from US Air Force stations and requesting a QSL card, include the following information on a single sheet of paper and mail to the address listed below:

 Transcript of received text
 Time observed
 Frequency observed
 The Call sign of the military station copied
 The full name of the reporting individual
 Amateur Radio call sign,
 Full mailing address (including zip code).
 
ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
CHIEF, AF MARS
203 W LOSEY ST
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.
 
Amateur stations seeking more information about ALE go to http://hflink.com
 
Military stations participating in ALE are listed below:

STATION CALLSIGN   ALE ADDRESS
 
        AAZ                      AAZ
       WAR                      WAR
     AGA2SY                 2SYAGA
 
 
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         14,383.5 USB
X17INT      18,117.5 USB         18,272.5 USB
X15INT      21,432.5 USB         20,940.0 USB
 
 
​Good luck to all participants!



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