Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

Below is the full text sent by the Military Auxiliary Radio System Headquarters for the 2017 AFD Crossband exercise to test communications between MARS stations and ham radio operators.  As many as can - NTS, ARES and in general - are encouraged to prticipate.  It's a lot of fun, and is used to show that the Amateur Service is prepared to help out in an emergency.  There are a number of different activities and modes to try.

Vy 73,  Chuck Motes, K1DFS, Section Manager, Connecticut

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"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 5,330.5kHzUSB    60M

14,438.5kHz        USB             20M

14,512.5kHz        USB             20M

18,211.0kHz        USB             17M


AAC / BARROW ARMY RESERVE CENTER, KY

(13 MAY 1300Z - 14 MAY 0100Z)

FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND

5,346.5kHz         USB             60M

7,360.0kHz         USB             40M

13,963.5kHz         USB             20M

20,920.0kHz         USB             15M


ABH / SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI

(13 MAY 1600Z - 2300Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 5,357.0kHz         USB                             60M

14,438.5kHz         USB                 20M

18,272.0kHz         USB                 17M

20,997.0kHz         USB                 15M

ADB / CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA

(13 MAY 1500Z – 14 MAY 0100Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 14,487.0kHz                               USB                 20M

17,545.0kHz         USB                 17M

20,994.0kHz         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

AIR FORCE STATIONS:

AIR / ANDREWS AFB

(13 MAY 1200Z - 2400Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,517.0kHz         USB                             80M

7,305.0kHz         USB               40M

15,807.0kHz         USB               20M

20,740.0kHz         USB               15M

AGA2SY / HANCOCK FIELD, NY

(13 MAY 1200Z TO 2400Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,575.0kHz       USB                             80M

7,540.0kHz         USB               40M

13,993.0kHz         USB               20M


WAR / PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC

(13 MAY 1200Z - 2400Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION           AMATEURBAND 5,357.0kHz                             USB/CW          60M

13,963.5kHz         USB/CW          20M

18,211.0kHz         USB/CW          17M

24,760.0kHz         USB/CW          12M

WUG-2 / ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TN

(13 MAY 1300Z-15 MAY 0200Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION     AMATEURBAND 5,403.5kHz                               USB                60M

13,910.5kHz           USB/CW         20M

18,293.0kHz           USB/CW         17M

20,973.5kHz           USB/CW         15M

AGA5SC / SCOTT AFB, IL

(13 MAY 1600Z TO 2300Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 3,308.0kHz                             USB               80M

4,872.0kHz         USB               80M

7,545.0kHz         USB               40M

AGA9TR / TRAVIS AFB, CA

(13 MAY 1600Z TO 2300Z)

FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND

4,575.0kHz         USB               80M

7,915.0kHz         USB               40M

14,411.0kHz         USB               20M


COAST GUARD STATIONS:


NMC1 / COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, CA

(13 MAY 1400Z - 14 MAY 0030Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 7,542.0kHz                            USB             40M

15,740.5kHz        USB             20M

22,924.5kHz        USB             15M

NAVY STATIONS:

NIIW / USS MIDWAY CV-41 SAN DIEGO, CA

(13 MAY 1500Z - 14 MAY 0500Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,003.5kHz                             USB            80M

7,360.0kHz         USB            40M

14,441.5kHz         USB            20M

18,211.0kHz         USB            17M

20,997.0kHz         USB            15M

NWKJ / USS YORKTOWN CV-10 CHARLESTON, SC

(13 MAY 1200Z-14 MAY 0030Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,000.0kHz                              USB             80M

7,360.0kHz          USB             40M

14,663.5kHz          USB             20M

18,272.0kHz          USB             17M

20,940.0kHz          USB             15M

NEPM / USS IOWA BB 61 LOS ANGELES, CA

(13 MAY 1500Z -2359Z)

FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND


NMN / CAMSLANT, CHESAPEAKE VA

(13 MAY 1400Z - 14 MAY 0030Z)

FREQUENCY   EMISSION   AMATEUR BAND

7,528.6kHz         USB            40M

14,459.6kHz         USB            20M

19,221.6kHz         USB            17M

NWVC / LST-325 EVANSVILLE, IN

(13 MAY 1200Z-14 MAY 0400Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,007.0kHz                              USB/CW      80M

6,913.0kHz          USB/CW      40M

13,974.0kHz          USB/CW      20M

24,782.0kHz          USB/CW      12M

NSS / US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD

(13 MAY 1300Z-14 MAY 0200Z) FREQUENCY EMISSION AMATEUR BAND 4,038.5kHz                              USB/CW      80M

7,533.5kHz          USB/CW      40M

14,487.0kHz          USB/CW      20M

17,545,0kHz          USB/CW      17M

20,994.0kHz          USB/CW      15M


4,043.5 kHz

USB

80M

6,903.5 kHz

USB

40M

14,463.5 kHz

USB

20M

24,803.5 kHz

USB

12M


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:

13,506.5kHzUSB                  17,443.0 kHzUSB

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 stationslistedbelow.    AlltimesinZulu(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:

  1. 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 atwww.usarmymars.org.
  1. 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 mailto the address listedbelow:
  • Transcript of receivedtext
  • Timeobserved
  • Frequencyobserved
  • The Call sign of the military station copied
  • The full name of the reportingindividual
  • Amateur Radio callsign,
  • Full mailing address (including zipcode).

:

ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION CHIEF, AF MARS

203 W LOSEY ST SCOTT AFB, IL62225


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:

STATIONCALLSIGN          ALEADDRESS

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

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