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If any of you know or can find out the freqs to be used in the national guard Y2K tests, it would make some INTERESTING scanning or monitoring ! If you come across any info, please post it here.
-- Reed Moore (email@example.com), January 20, 1999
But the May mobilization exercise will be done without use of radio, according to what I read. That would include military frequencies, not just AM/FM.
-- No Spam Please (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 20, 1999.
nice thought Reed, but there's this thing called encryption, and this other thing called frequency agile transmission - between the two of them they make it rather difficult to do what you suggest. Take the second one first: Frequency agile radios split up any transmission over a whole series of different frequencies shifting between each one in hundredths of a second...unless you have a frequency agile radio *that is programmed to exactly the same agility sequence*, all you'll hear will be background static - you wont even be able to tell when they're transmitting. Also, even underfunded NG units will be using minimum amounts of automated encryption - even with those radios that aren't frequency agile - which means that, at most, all you'll hear will be someone establishing communications, followed by the words "going green", and then a bunch of noise.
ah the wonders of modern automation...which of course leads one to ask just how much of said equipment which is to be used in the NG COMEX/MOBEX may not be y2k compliant?
-- Arlin H. Adams (email@example.com), January 20, 1999.
Just because they have decided to use HF frequencies in their own dedicated network doesn't mean that they will exclusively use voice, regardless of the transmission mode.
If you've ever heard ham radio packet transmissions, you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. You would have to have the right equipment to receive any non-voice transmissions, ever if they are made in the clear. In the case ham packet radio, you need a TNC or equivalent, a computer with appropriate software, and someone that knows how to use it. And there are many modes of transmission available to hams.
I would be surprised if the FCC would restrict the NG as hams are wrt transmission modes, encryption, and so on.
Unless they are privy to the information, it will be a fox hunt for non-NG monitors.
-- Casual Observer (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 21, 1999.
Check out Monitoring Times and Popular Communications magazines. Both have sections devoted to military monitoring and have lists of new frequencies in each issue.
-- Wildweasel (email@example.com), January 23, 1999.