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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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Headquarters Army MARS,
May 9, 2016, 10:45 AM