Author Topic: ARRL National BLACKOUT DRILL on Nov 4th-Simulating a Mass Coronal Ejection event  (Read 2710 times)


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If you have an amateur radio license, you are our target audience.  My best recommendation is to monitor the 60 meter interop channels (all USB):

5330.5 (this is where the broadcast will take place Sunday morning 0300Z which is actually 2300 eastern Sat night)

Also Sunday at 1600Z will be a second broadcast on 13483.5 USB.

Follow the instructions on the broadcast and submit a reception report for a QSL card.

We will focus our outreach on the 60 meter channels...the broadcast will tell you which channel to use for a give part of the country.  Our operators will be asking for county information...basically the status of electricity, water, sewer, transportation, medical...this will all be done via radio op talking to another radio op...use real information. 

ARRL Msg is as follows:

ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio
Community Set

ARRL Bulletin 19  ARLB019
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  October 24, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLB019 Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio
Community Set

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a "communications interoperability" training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a "very bad day" scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

"This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity," Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC.  New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.

"We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community," English said. "We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario."

Contact Paul English for more information or questions about this exercise via email at, .