Military experts say radio amateurs "highly knowledgeable asset in HF communication"

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  1. W0PV

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  2. AG5CK

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    Do they still train with flintlock rifles? :)
     
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  3. NX6ED

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    My response to the militaries minds realizing that they are in a world of hurt if their satcom goes away: DUH!
     
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  4. KG7RXU

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    Hi guys,
    I believe the article’s reference to software, drivers, and firmware has to do with requirements for MARS members to maintain and utilize certain digital programs.
    73!
     
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  5. KI5HNX

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    I read that the Morse Code training was moved to Goodfellow in Texas when Ft. Huachuca stopped training around 2015 or so. Supposedly around 10 are trained per year. I would assume there are contingency plans to quickly scale that number upwards if necessary.
     
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  6. WA6VVC

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    Why can't we just work with the science of radio, tune and expand the art form, develop new technologies and have fun... maybe make a buck at it if marketable?
    Seems like to much emphasis of hooking up with multi letter agencies to save the world with a ham radio. Real or Hollywood? Is there anybody out there??
     
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  7. K3IK

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    after the big EMP! How many hams have radios that will still work?
    How about we go back to semaphore and smoke signals. Tarzan did just fine with an empty log and a couple of sticks. Or was it Bomba?
    Still remember learning my Morse code using my Boy Scout neckerchief, long before I ever heard of ham radio. On a clear day with a set of binoculars and a hankie, can send a couple of miles ,at a reasonable rate, if needed, for emergency com. Now that is a true low tech resource. Just have to learn the code.
    BTW, how many know that Johnny Cash was a CW op during his military service.
     
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  8. W5CJA

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    HF is a fleeting fad for the military. It pops up every few years when a guy, like me, makes a presentation to a Colonel or two about HF effectiveness as part of a robust PACE plan. A push is made for more training but is usually forgotten or not included in next year's training plans. SATCOM and LOS comms are the primary focus for military communications. That's all well and good until you actually fight a peer level adversary that's capable of neutralizing SATCOM, GPS, etc. Depsite most units having HF equipment, most don't know how to put up a fan dipole or what to do if they are correctly installed.
     
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  9. W4LLZ

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    Why would the military even bother with Morse Code - sending 30 wpm, when other digital modes can send 30 words per second? Yes, I do CW and other digital modes - I learned it as a personal accomplishment but I would never use it for tactical and strategic communication - not to say you can't, but its not as efficient as other options.
     
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  10. W4LLZ

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    Military experts say radio amateurs "highly knowledgeable asset in HF communication"

    Really? Gosh, wow. I didn't know that...as if we need the military to tell us what we already know...no thanks...they'd be the first ones to show up and shut down my station in time of war, or cease our firearms, and enforce marshal law.
     
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