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Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12

Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 2, 2012
To all radio amateurs

ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12

The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test in celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May — May 19 in 2012 — the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on May 12 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for May 18-20.

The annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications SSB voice and Morse code tests. These tests give Amateur Radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity 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.

Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB). Some stations, depending on propagation and staffing, may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. 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 schedules and frequencies of participating military stations can be found in PDF format on the web at,

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Amateur Satellite Photos

(ANS) Bob McGwier N4HY has made available an extensive collection of amateur radio satellite pictures available for download. The pictures range from the early 1960?s with OSCAR’s 1, 2, 3, etc. to the more recent Eagle and SuitSat:

Pakistan: ICUBE-1 CubeSat

(ANS) Students at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) built Pakistan’s first CubeSat ICUBE-1. Like a number of new CubeSats its communications subsystem is capable of acting as an “AO-16 mode” FM to DSB transponder.

The IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination panel pages say that the VHF downlink will operate as a 1k2 BPSK beacon but has the capability of being configured as an FM-DSB transponder. A downlink on 145.947 MHz and an uplink on 435.060 MHz have been coordinated.

It is planned to have an imaging payload with a small low resolution CMOS sensor. The camera will be mounted on the Z+ face of the ICUBE and can take continental scale images.

ICUBE-1 is scheduled to be launched by Interorbital Systems.

Student Satellite Project
Institute of Space Technology (IST)

[ANS thanks the student cubesat teams and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

SOS Radio Week

Amateur Radio enthusiasts from all over the UK and Ireland will be broadcasting to raise money for the RNLI’s biggest annual fundraising event, RNLI SOS Day.

SOS Radio Week is taking place from 21 – 29 January and is open to all Amateur Radio enthusiasts who will be talking to like-minded people from around the world.

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PSK2K – A New Meteorscatter Mode By DJ5HG

PSK2K is a meteor scatter mode that enables multiple contacts to take place on a single frequency.

PSK2k is high speed meteor scatter software written by Klaus DJ5HG (Prof. of Computer Science at University Hamburg). It allows 2 way MS QSO’s to be conducted with any suitable transceiver/PC/soundcard combination.

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Call Of Titanic Will Go Out Again

Nearly 100 years ago, Jimmy Myrick, a 14-year-old Newfoundland boy, was one of the first people to hear RMS Titanic’s late-night distress call.

The transmissions from the stricken vessel and the resulting bustle of activity at the Cape Race Marconi Station that occurred after Myrick alerted the station’s wireless operators to the impending disaster will be re-enacted on April 14 as part of the 100th anniversary of the world’s most fascinating marine tragedies.

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