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HFLINK.NETHam Radio ALE Operation in the
2016 US Armed Forces Day
Military-Amateur Crossband Test

PCALE Programming | MICOM 2 Programming | Technical Info

USA Amateur Radio Operators Test ALE HF Interoperability with Military Stations During Annual Celebration Event 14 May 2016


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BACKGROUND
This is the second year that ALE, Automatic Link Establishment, will be in use for the annual celebration of US Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Communications Test on 14 May 2016. Hams will call up military stations to initiate voice SSB QSOs using the HF selective calling feature of ALE on the air. Although the military has been using ALE for over 35 years, and hams have been actively using ALE for about 15 years, this is only the 2nd year of direct ALE HF Interoperability between US Amateur Radio Service and US Military stations.

INVITATION
USA Ham operators are invited to participate during this free and open event. Operators get real-world experience and become proficient in HF Interoperability communications. They initiate and respond to ALE calls, and communicate with military radio operators with SSB voice QSOs on HF. The experience gained by operator participation in this readiness exercise is also useful for HF Emergency/Disaster Relief communications.
 
EQUIPMENT
US Amateur Stations with Automatic Link Establishment capability can literally dial up a military station directly on specific split frequency duplex channels set up for this purpose. Amateur stations transmit on specific Amateur HFLINK ALE frequencies, and receive split on the corresponding military ALE frequency. Military stations will also transmit ALE station identification (soundings) on each military frequency at regular intervals. Amateur stations may scan the military ALE frequencies or select the ALE channel manually. HF Radios with an embedded ALE feature (commercial HF radio such as Harris, Rockwell-Collins, Micom, Codan, Barrett, Icom, or Kenwood, etc) or conventional HF ham radios with computer-based PC-ALE, are compatible for use with the federal/military 2G-ALE standard used in this event. All ALE ham stations will be using the Non-Automatic (NALE) features of ALE for participation in this event.


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Technical Information for ALE Ham Operators in the Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

OPERATING STANDARDS

All operators are reminded to be courteous and operate only on the recognised International Amateur Radio ALE channels and standards. This is not a competition. Listen Before Transmitting.

CAUTION HAM OPERATORS
Do not transmit on a military frequency.
Check your transmit frequency and verify it each time on a dummy load prior to connecting your antenna.

RECOMMENDED ALE QSO PROCEDURE AND MODES
1. Call a station: Transmit an INDIVIDUAL CALL to the ALE ADDRESS callsign of the desired station. It may be necessary to first add the station's callsign (address) to your ALE Other Address list.
2. Upon successful link on Upper SideBand (USB), use your microphone and say the callsign of the station and your own callsign by Voice with standard phonetics.
3. Continue QSO using USB Voice.
4. When the QSO is completed, transmit the CLEAR LINK signal using ALE.
(NOTE:  If you link on the 5MHz channel only, you may use USB Voice or you may send a single AMD text message. You may receive an AMD message or USB Voice in response.)

CQs - NETCALLS - ALLCALLS - ANYCALLS
ALE netcalls, allcalls, anycalls or CQs should not be used in the event.

SOUNDING
For this event, ham operators may transmit ALE station identification (
Manual/Attended sounding) on the selected amateur radio channel frequencies.

14 May 2016 is the day. There is approximately a 10 hour period of operation.

This year, we have a welcome surprise: the 5 MHz ALE frequency for the event will be SIMPLEX on 5371.5 kHz USB. It is a common frequency that many hams already have programmed for ham radio HFN and HFL ALE nets.

Upper Sideband (USB) is utilized on all frequencies for transmit and receive.
More information:
http://www.usarmymars.org/home/announcements


Military ALE stations

CALLSIGNALE ADDRESSTIME UTC
AAZ 
AAZ
1400-2359
AGA2SY2SYAGA1300-0100
 WARWAR1200-2359

AFD Event ALE Channel Frequencies

Channel Name

Amateur TX Frequency

Military Frequency

Freq Format

X75US

3996.0 USB

4000.0 USB

Split

X60INT

5371.5 USB

5371.5 USB

Simplex

X40US

7296.0 USB

7357.0 USB

Split

X20INT

14346.0 USB

14846.0 USB

Split

X17INT

18117.5 USB

18272.5 USB

Split

X15INT

21432.5 USB

20940.0 USB

Split

X12INT

24932.0 USB

24858.5 USB

Split


PCALE SET UP INSTRUCTIONS
USA Armed Forces Day Crossband Test Only


For operators using PCALE, there are 2 possible types of station configurations:

1. Manual Frequency Control with Hardware PTT.
This configuration applies to most ham radio stations.

2. CAT Frequency Control
Warning: This configuration applies only to ham radio stations with specific types of transceivers capable of PCALE split frequency control.

PCALE
WITH MANUAL FREQUENCY
CONTROL
AND HARDWARE PTT CONTROL (not CAT)
This configuration applies to most ham radio stations.
Program these split channels into your
Radio Transceiver's Channel Memory:
TRANSMIT RECEIVE
3996.0 USB 4000.0 USB
5371.5 USB 5371.5 USB
7296.0 USB 7357.0 USB
14346.0 USB 14846.0 USB
18117.5 USB 18272.5 USB
21432.5 USB 20940.0 USB
24932.0 USB 24858.5 USB
Frequency kHz

See PCALE Quick Start Guide for configuration instructions.
1. PCALE: MENU> Channels>
       Select Active Group>
        "USA AFD MIL-HAM SIMPLEX [K]"> OK
2. PCALE: Press the [>] UP channel button to select the desired calling channel.
3. PCALE: MENU>Configuration>MIL STD 188-141>
     Turn off CAT Control by setting
      "CAT COMM PORT" = [ 1 ]
        --OR--
     Disconnect the CAT frequency control cable from your radio.
4. To select a frequency for calling, 
     USE YOUR TRANSCEIVER'S MEMORY CHANNELS ONLY.
5. Do Not connect CAT control to your radio.
6. Check your transmit frequency and verify it each time on a dummy load prior to connecting your antenna.
CAUTION HAM OPERATORS: Transmit only on amateur frequencies.


PCALE
WITH CAT FREQUENCY
CONTROL
Warning: This configuration applies only to ham radio stations with specific types of transceivers capable of PCALE duplex CAT control:
YAESU RADIO MODELS ONLY: FT-600, FT-920, FT-920_DATA.
ICOM
RADIO MODELS ONLY: IC765, IC775, IC781, IC746, IC746PRO, IC7410, IC756, IC756PRO, IC756PROII, IC756PROIII, IC7600, IC7700, IC7800, IC9100, ICOM/ICOM pairing, ICOM/WJ pairing, ICOM MARINE HF SSB RADIO MODELS, ICOM COMMERCIAL HF LAND MOBILE MODEL ICF7000.
JSB
RADIO MODELS ONLY: JSB176, JSB196, JSB196GM
KACHINA
RADIO MODELS ONLY: K505DSP
KENWOOD
RADIO MODELS:  ALL KENWOOD CAT and KENWOOD_HS CAT
HARRIS
RADIO MODELS: RF-5022, RF1310 series and receiver pairing
CUBIC
RADIO MODELS: T4150, T4180, TT588REM, TT599
FURUNO
RADIO MODELS: ALL FURUNO MODELS

1. PCALE: MENU> Channels>
       Select Active Group>
        "USA AFD HAM-MIL CROSSBAND  [i]"> OK
2. PCALE: Press the [>] UP channel button to select the desired calling channel.
3. Check your transmit frequency and verify it each time on a dummy load prior to connecting your antenna.
CAUTION HAM OPERATORS: Transmit only on amateur frequencies.


MICOM 2 Programming via Manual Keypad Input

for ham radio use in the US Armed Forces Day ALE


Estimated programming time: 15 minutes

Example: Add the channels to an already existing ALE Net 4 that is set to No Sounding.
==============================
Example Micom 2 keypad programming procedure:

ADDING THE CHANNEL FREQUENCIES IN MEMORY

(A) Add a new DUPLEX frequency to channel list
(1) MENU>MORE>PROG>RAD>CHAN>MORE>FREQ>DPLX 
(2) Rx Duplex Freq is displayed.
(3) press keypad 4000.0>ENTER.
(4) DPLX
(5) Tx Duplex Freq is displayed.
(6) press keypad 3996.0>ENTER>ENTER
(7) MORE>STOR
(8) STORE CH (flashing number) is displayed
(9) press keypad 50>ENTER.
(10) STORING is displayed.
(11) you have now stored the new duplex frequency pair in CHANNEL 50.
(12) CHAN PARAMETERS is displayed.
(13) FREQ>
(14) repeat steps (A-2) through step (A-12) for each of the 6 more channels.
(15) ESC>
You now have new channels 50,51,52,53,54,55,56 programmed.

Amateur DUPLEX | Military
50 Tx 3996.0 USB | Rx 4000.0 USB
51 Tx 5371.5 USB | Rx 5371.5 USB
52 Tx 7296.0 USB | Rx 7357.0 USB
53 Tx 14346.0 USB | Rx 14846.0 USB
54 Tx 18117.5 USB | Rx 18272.5 USB
55 Tx 21432.5 USB | Rx 20940.0 USB
56 Tx 24932.0 USB | Rx 24858.5 USB
=================================
ADDING THE NEW CHANNELS TO ALE NET 4 IN MEMORY

(B) Add each of the 7 new channels to the existing ALE NET 4
(1) MENU>MORE>PROG>ALE>NET>4>ENTER
(2) CHAN>ADD>50>ENTER
(3) ADD>51>ENTER
(4) ADD>52>ENTER
(5) ADD>53>ENTER
(6) ADD>54>ENTER
(7) ADD>55>ENTER
(8) ADD>56>ENTER
(9) ESC>ESC>ESC
(10)STORE YES/NO >YES
(11) ALE STORING displayed.

ADD NEW OTHER ADDRESSES IN ALE DIRECTORY

(C) Add the listed Military ALE addresses in the ALE Directory.
(1) MENU>MORE>PROG>ALE>DIR>
(2) ADD>CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR
(3) DIR cleared input is displayed
(4) DIR> input the address AAZ>SAVE
(5) DIR> input the address WAR>SAVE
(6) DIR> input the address 2SYAGA>SAVE
(7) ESC>ESC
(8) STORE YES/NO >YES
(9) ALE STORING displayed.

Military Stations ALE ADDRESS for AFD Event
AAZ
WAR
2SYAGA

SET ALE NET TO NO SOUNDING
(D) Set ALE NET 4 to no sounding
(1) MENU>MORE>PROG>ALE>NET>4>ENTER
(2) OPT>SOND>MANUAL>ENTER
(3) ESC>ESC>
(4) STORE YES/NO >YES
(5) ALE STORING displayed.

VERIFICATION OF FREQUENCY
(E) Checking and verifying the set up.
(1) MENU>CHAN>50>ENTER
(2) displays the receive freq of the Duplex channel
(3) press PTT of microphone
(4) transmits and displays the transmit freq of the Duplex channel
(5) repeat steps (E-1) through (E-4) above to verify proper frequencies.

Programming and verification complete.



























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