NETCOM/Army MARS HF COMMEX!
The US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) will be running a “low power” HF radio exercise on Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April. This exercise is open to all Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Military Auxiliary, Canadian military, and CFARS units wishing to participate.
The purpose of this exercise is to give Soldiers an opportunity to train with their HF radios from home-station in a no-threat, semi-competitive training environment. Participants wishing to compete for score are asked to run no more than 20 watts and use field expedient antennas. Stations who want to run higher power and bigger antennas may serve as contact stations but cannot compete for score. The exercise is done on both single channel as well as ALE frequencies…all contacts are via plain text voice…exchanged information will be their UTM grid zone designator and callsigns. Stations competing for score are asked to email a log of their contacts. Stations will receive score multipliers for ALE contacts as well for sending “tac chat” messages via HF.
Last year’s top military stations were: Nebraska Army National Guard C Co, 1-134 CAV (LRS); Army Recon School Fort Benning, and the Royal Canadian Dragoons.
NETCOM will provide an information packet containing the log format and general exercise information.
Competition requirements: Units/teams who wish to compete for score will be limited to 20 watts output power and field expedient antennas. Units/teams who wish to participate running high power and larger antennas are welcome to train but cannot compete for points.
Exercise dates: Friday 311500 Hrs Z March – 012359 Hrs Z April 2017
Scoring: Units/teams wishing to compete will be asked to submit a station log of all contacts made during the exercise.
Frequencies: HF frequencies will be provided by NETCOM.
Those interested should coordinate with their chain of command for approval and authorization.
SDF G6/G3: For info & sign up, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 520 538-8166