David R. Hassall, WA5DJJ
Armed Forces to Amateur Cross Band tests will be held tomorrow May 12th. The Information on where the Military stations will be operating from and what frequency is contained in the attached .PDF file. For those who have never done this, the game is to listen to the military stations frequency. He will tell you where he is listening on the US Amateur Band. You go to that frequency and call his call sign. When he hears you, he will answer and give you a signal report. Give him your callsign, name and his signal report. Sometimes he will ask you for some other information. Most of the military operators are NOT amateurs. Some are Amateur Radio MARS Members. But it is a good test for your station to be able to contact
The Military Operators. It is training for both us and them. The skill of doing this may come in handy in case of a major emergency for both us and the Military operators. I have had the pleasure of operating both sides of this fence. I was one of the military stations that participated in this test in 1973 and 1974 from the US NAVAL RADIO STATION – NORTHWEST in Chesapeake, Va. It was a lot of fun. That station now no longer exists as a HF Radio site. This year the US NAVAL Academy Amateur Radio Club is revitalizing the old NSS Radio station call sign. For some of the old time Navy Radiomen, This will be a familiar call sign. It has been silent since the late 1970’s.
So Jump in and try it out. It will seem strange but it is also a lot of fun and will give you a good idea how well your radio station will work doing something that isn’t natural.
The information sheet is attached to this message.
Take care and have fun.
73 Dave Hassall WA5DJJ Las Cruces, New Mexico
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