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Coast Guard To Join Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

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ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications Test

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Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 7, 2012
To all radio amateurs

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ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications
Test

The US Coast Guard will be joining the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines in the 2012 Armed Forces Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12. In addition to the Coast Guard station, five Army stations, three Air Force stations and six Navy/Marine Corps stations will be on the air to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD).

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 Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via digital modes, including RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK31, MFSK and MT63 from certain stations.

The following information was not included in the original list of the stations that will be on the air for the test:

Station: NMN (1300 UTC May 12-0030 UTC May 13) USCG CAMSLANT (Communications Area Master Station Atlantic), Chesapeake, Virginia

Frequency Emission Amateur Band

7.5286 MHz USB 40M (USB)

14.427 MHz USB 20M (USB)

18.1961 MHz USB 17M (USB)

QSL card requests should be addressed to Commanding Officer, ATTN: OS3 Cattell, 4720 Douglas A. Munro Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322-4399.

Schedules and frequencies of participating military stations, including the stations that will be transmitting the message from the Secretary of Defense can be found on the web in PDF format at, http://www.netcom.army.mil/MARS/docs/AMC_Test_2012.pdf.

Instructions on how to copy and submit the message are also included.
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Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

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ARLX003 Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Scheduled for May 12

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QST de W1AW
Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 2, 2012
To all radio amateurs

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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, http://www.netcom.army.mil/MARS/docs/AMC_Test_2012.pdf.
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Probably The Coolest FT-817 Manpack Frame Ever

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:

http://n4hy.smugmug.com/AMSAT

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.

ICUBE http://www.icube.org.pk/
Student Satellite Project http://www.ist.edu.pk/student_satellite.html
Institute of Space Technology (IST) http://www.ist.edu.pk/

[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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