[AARA] Ham News

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Sat Mar 12 16:59:40 CST 2022

**Set your clocks up one hour tonight or Sunday morning at 2:00 AM
We go back/forward? to Daylight Saving Time.*
Greater Houston HamFest 2022 Cancelled*
The event will be rescheduled for March 4 & 5, 2023 so mark your
Board of Directors
Brazos Valley ARC


Please join us at Sicily’s in Broussard March 19th at 6:00 pm

In Albertson Parking lot

At the corner of HWY 90 and Albertson Parkway.

We are family friendly, so come and pass a good time.

Hope to see you there!


Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Exercise Set for May 14

The 2022 running of the Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-Band exercise will 
be held on May 14, 1300 - 2200 UTC. A complete list of participating 
stations, modes, frequencies, times, and other details will be announced 
<https://www.dodmars.org/mars-comex-information-website/armed-forces-day> on 
April 1. The event is open to all radio amateurs. Armed Forces Day is 
May 21, but the AFD Cross-band Military-Amateur Radio event 
traditionally takes place 1 week earlier in order to avoid conflicting 
with Dayton Hamvention^® . During the exercise, radio amateurs listen 
for stations on military operating frequencies and transmit on 
frequencies in adjacent amateur bands.

Military and amateur stations have taken part in this event for more 
than 50 years. It's an exercise scenario, designed to include ham radio 
and government radio operators alike.

Per previous announcements: "The AFD Cross-band Test is a unique 
opportunity to test two-way communications between military 
communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service, as 
authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and 
challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical 
skills in a tightly controlled exercise scenario that does not impact 
any public or private communications."

Military stations in various locations will transmit on selected 
military frequencies and announce the specific ham band frequencies they 
are monitoring.

An AFD message will be transmitted utilizing the Military Standard 
(MIL-STD) serial PSK waveform (M110) followed by MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK 
(850 Hz RTTY), as described in MIL-STD 188-110A/B. The AFD message will 
also be sent in CW and RTTY.

Full details will be released on April 1.


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