[A-DX] Department of Defense information on WWV/WWVH / SWRG#94

Fr Apr 5 21:13:15 CEST 2019

"......Welcome to program 94 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:45  MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:58  Department of Defense information on WWV/WWVH
  6:31  MFSK64: Petition re "Amateur digital mode transparency"
  9:12  Comment: The US' 'five-year' moon plan is dangerous*
14:03  This week's images*
28:32  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with images(s)

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 From ARRL.org:

Department of Defense to Transmit Interoperability Exercise Info

29 March 2019

The US Department of Defense (DOD) plans to start making use of a
provisional time slot on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF
military communication exercises and how the Amateur Radio
community can become involved in them. The announcements will
occur at 10 minutes past on WWV and at 50 minutes past on WWVH.
WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

"DOD's use of the broadcast time slot on WWV/WWVH will benefit
the MARS program's mission of outreach to the Amateur Radio
community," said US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS)
Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. "The actual messages to be
broadcast are coordinated by the DOD Headquarters that the MARS
program supports."

The initial announcements are set for the period April 20 – May
3, which coincides with the "Vital Connection" interoperability
exercise to be held in Wisconsin. Future time slots will coincide
with the Vital Connection exercise Ohio in June; DOD COMEX 19-3
in August, and the DOD COMEX 19-4 in October. Following the proof
of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH
broadcast time slot full time, year-round.

At the outset, broadcast messages will likely be static. For
future exercises, announcements could be updated throughout an
exercise. The messages will direct listeners to a specified
website to provide reception reports and feedback.

The reception report will also ask the listener to submit a
survey that will be shared among DOD, MARS, and WWV/WWVH
personnel. English said that the survey will ask listeners
questions about how often they listen to WWV/WWVH signals, how
they use them, and what types of messages they would like to
hear, but he notes that the survey is still under development.

"We want to provide feedback to WWV/WWVH to improve situational
awareness of who is using their service and how it's being used,
as well as future considerations," English said.