Armed Forces Day Decoding

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The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday, May 15, 2010, the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted 08 May 2010 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention (14-16 May 2010), which is the same weekend as the actual Armed Forces Day.

The annual celebration features traditional military to amateur cross band communications SSB voice tests and copying the Secretary of Defense message via digital modes. 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 Secretary of Defense and/or the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations. Special commemorative certificates will be awarded to anyone who receives and copies the digital Armed Forces Day message from the Secretary of Defense.

The Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via digital modes including RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK-31, MFSK and MT63 from the stations listed below, including frequencies, mode, and date/time in Zulu (UTC). All frequencies are listed “Window/Dial Frequency“ Sound cards modes will use standard factory settings (Note: Not all stations may necessarily operate on all the frequencies listed, depending on propagation and available equipment.)

Army Stations
STATION: AAZ (HQ Army MARS and Western Area Gateway, Fort Huachuca, AZ)
Frequency EMISSION Mode Broadcast Date/Time
6989.5 kHz LSB RTTY 09 May/0110Z
PACTOR FEC 09 May/0130Z
MT63 09 May/0220Z
PSK-31 09 May/0250Z
14402.0 kHz USB RTTY 09 May/0110Z
PACTOR FEC 09 May/0130Z
MT63 09 May/0220Z
PSK-31 09 May0250Z

STATION: WAR (Pentagon MARS Station, Washington, DC ) Frequency EMISSION Mode Broadcast Date/Time 6989.5 kHz LSB Olivia 08 May/1700Z and 2300Z MT63 08 May/1715Z and 2315Z 14438.5 kHz USB PACTOR FEC 08 MAY/1730Z RTTY 08 MAY/1745Z
4020.9 kHz LSB PACTOR FEC 08 MAY/2330Z
RTTY 08 May/2345Z

STATION: AAV
Frequency EMISSION Mode Broadcast Date/Time
4038.9 kHz LSB MT63 09 May/0030Z
7360.0 kHz LSB RTTY 09 May/0100Z

Navy/Marine Corps Stations
STATION: NAJ (NAVMARCORMARS RADIO STATION, GREAT LAKES, IL)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7375.0 kHz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
MT63 09 MAY/0340Z
14468.5 kMz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
MT63 09 MAY/0340Z

STATION: NAV (HQ NAVMARCORMARS RADIO STATION, WILLIAMSBURG, VA)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7346.5 kHz RTTY 75 BD 08 MAY/2340Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
MT63 09 MAY/0040Z
14480.0 kMz RTTY 75 BD 08 MAY/2340Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
MT63 09 MAY/0040Z

STATION: NBL (NAVMARCORMARS RADIO STATION, GROTON, CT)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7370.0 kHz RTTY 08 MAY/2340Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0040Z
14393.0 kHz RTTY 08 MAY/2340Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0040Z

STATION: NNN0ASF (NAVMARCORMARS RADIO STATION, BENNINGTON KS)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7393.0 kHz RTTY 08 MAY/2340Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
MT63 09 MAY/0040Z
13975.5 kHz RTTY 08 MAY/2340Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0010Z
MT63 09 MAY/0040Z

STATION: NNN0CQQ (EX-USS MIDWAY MUSEUM SHIP, SAN DIEGO, CA)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7350.0 kHz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0340Z
14465.0 kHz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0340Z

STATION: NUW (NAVMARCORMARS RADIO STATION, NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA)
FREQUENCY MODE BROADCAST DATE/TIME
7380.0 kHz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
AMTOR FEC 09 MAY/0340Z
13530.0 kHz RTTY 09 MAY/0240Z
PACTOR FEC 09 MAY/0310Z
AMTOR FEC 10 MAY/0340Z

Transcripts of the RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK-31, MFSK and MT63 receiving test should be submitted "as received". No attempt should be made to correct possible transmission errors. Provide time, frequency and call sign of the military station copied, including name, call sign, and address (including ZIP code) of individual submitting the entry. Ensure this information is placed on the paper containing the test message. Each year a large number of acceptable entries are received with insufficient information, or necessary information was not attached to the transcriptions and was separated, thereby precluding issuance of a certificate. Entries must be sent to the appropriate military address as follows:
a. Stations copying Secretary of Defense message transmitted from AAZ/WAR/AAV send entries to:
Armed Forces Day Celebration
Commander NETCOM/9th ASC
Armed Forces Day Celebration
Attn: NETC-OPE-MA (MARS) (31)
Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613-5000
STATIONS COPYING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MESSAGE TRANSMITTED FROM
NAJ, NAV, NBL, NNN0ASF, NNN0CQQ OR NUW SEND ENTRIES TO:
ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
CHIEF, NAVY-MARINE CORPS MARS
CHEATHAM ANNEX BLDG 117
108 SANDA AVE
WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185-5830
 
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