Who uses ALE (the mode)?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK5JY, Apr 10, 2018.

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  1. W0CD

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    I'm currently serving in the U.S. Army as a Brigade S6. In civilian terms, I am the individual responsible for all the communication requirements and planning for a military unit consisting of roughly 2,000 Soldiers. From my experience and accounts, the unit I'm a part of utilizes ALE HF almost 100% of the time while conducting training operations. Not surprisingly HF is at the bottom of the PACE plan (P: Primary, A: Alternate, C: Contingency, E: Emergency). It falls below Upper-TI (internet), FM, TACSAT (tactical satellite), and JCR (Joint Capabilities Release). From my observations, the current military radio operators have little knowledge of how it works or how HF is impacted by frequency, solar activity, antenna design, etc. Nevertheless, ALE is the de fecto method within the army to conduct HF operations.
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  2. KB1TTN

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    We all use the proper ATU antennas such as the Micom WIMA, Stealth Telcom or the Micom ATU with a whip. It's big league dollars to play mobile hf that truly works. Some also use the SG230 with it's mating antenna. All are made for professional mobile HF and ALE. Check out my QRZ page there is a picture of my mobile with a 12' NVIS whip on the WIMA ATU. When I do use it for amature use many can not belive it's a mobile when I talk with them. It's all in the antenna system and proper installation.
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  3. K4KWH

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    That is the key; cost. A lot of people don't have the $$, nor the inclination, to put that much into it. That includes *some* agencies who use HF extensively. They, too, have budget constraints, and it relegates them to kind of a Chevy-rather-than-a-Cadillac existence. Thus, most so-called "tuners" don't work all that well, particularly on mobile. Given the physical constraints, the electrical ones, too, a mobile usually has trouble competing with the big base stations. If yours works well, congratulations!;)
  4. KD4MOJ

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    Interesting... regarding the IC-F8100

    Why is that?

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  5. N2NH

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    I'm still waiting for installment 2 of her 80/160 meter loop antenna. It looks like a great project but I haven't seen anything new on this in awhile.
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  6. WL7CG

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    Ditto: It looks like a great project, but only one installment has been posted.
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  7. K8PG

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    Keweenaw ALE that's what I WORK ..... BLACK WIDOW TYPE
  8. KQ6XA

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    The FCC approved version of Icom HF Land Mobile radio, with built-in ALE and Selcall, is model Icom IC-F8101.
    A lot of hams and MARS ops are using it for ALE.

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