Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test

1. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the Annual Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test in celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD).  Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2012, the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted 12 may 2012 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention (18-20 May 2012), which is the same weekend as the actual Armed Forces Day.

2. The annual celebration features traditional military to amateur cross band communications SSB voice and morse code tests. These tests give amateur radio operators and short wave listeners (SWL) 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.

3. Military-to-Amateur Cross Band operations will take place on the dates/times in Zulu (UTC), and frequencies listed below for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB).  Some stations may not operate the entire period, depending on propagation and manning. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military mars frequencies and listen for amateur radio stations in the amateur bands indicated below. 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.

See 2012-05-12_Military Amateur_Radio_Communications_Test for the full list of participating stations, dates and rules.

(Information provided by Gary/K7GJT/NNN0GJT)

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