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October 30, 2017



Reported by Murray K3BEQ:



ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio

Community Set




ARRL Bulletin 19  ARLB019

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT  October 24, 2017

To all radio amateurs



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 Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC. New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. 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 .





Jamaica:  Rick and the team have been active on the 60m band.

The team is Rick (W4GE) 6Y4T, Gaylord (N4SF) 6Y4F, and David (K8AJA) 6Y4J. Their group call will be 6Y4T and will be active from Oct 25 to 31, and plan to be on every evening. They will TX CW 5.373 and announce UP and the group will RX on 5.405. They will also be on FT8 on 5.357.   QSL LoTW, eQSL or direct with $2 USD.


TUVALU: T2 Tony 3D2AG Tony has been on 5405 with a good CW signal. I heard him this morning but believe he’s QRT now.


3D2 – Rotuma: 3D2EU

A team of five plans to put it on the air February 23-March 16, 160-10M "all main modes."  The ops are 3D2AG, DJ9RR, DK2AMM, DL6JGN and PA3EWP.  They have requested the 3D2EU callsign.  QSL via DK2AMM.


Tony 3D2AG will sign 3D2AG/p  From Tony:

For Rotuma 2018, please note that 3D2EU is only for the European team, I will join them but use my own callsign (3D2AG/p) on air and QSLs for 3D2AG contacts are direct to me as usual. I should be on air about a week prior to the start of the 3D2EU operation, and a week after.

Jamaica 6Y4T: Rick W4GE and his team were active before the past weekend CQWW contest.



NEW COUNTRY 3Y0 - BOUVET ISLAND: Hope to have their 60m band plan soon. The operation is planned for Jan. 2018.


V4 - St. Kitts:  V47JA, aka W5JON, reports no damage to his Calypso Bay vacation home except for his antennas, which were all destroyed.  He will be there again October 15- November 7 and plans to be on 60M.  QSL direct to W5JON or use LoTW.


Upcoming DXpeditions:



PJ4 Bonaire: David NA2AA Oct 22 to Nov. 3


3Y0 - BOUVET ISLAND: From their website:


The January-February, 2018 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team has posted a propagation page on their website (http://www.bouvetdx.org).  It has videos showing propagation predictions for that early 2018 timeframe.  The tab for the propagation is in the header menu.  You can choose time, frequency and signal strength for your QTH.  This is based on the average sunspot numbers forecast for January, 2018.



60m Website: The 60m website is: www.60metersonline.com

Please send your station picture with you in it to webmaster@60metersonline.com and he will be happy to post it with the others. It’s nice to put a face with a call. On the website we have a 60m DXCC country count. It has nothing to do with the ARRL DXCC award. Go to Achievements, DX Awards and you’ll see who is on our country leader board. Feel free to send your totals to the webmaster for posting. As you work a new one, advise our webmaster to update your listing webmaster@60metersonline.com _____________________________________________________________________________

If you know of a friend going on a Dxpedition, please encourage them to operate the 60m band and keep me posted so I may pass the word.



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