KTVE/KARD - KTVE/KARD has gotten reports that the Department of Defense (DOD) has a scheduled training exercise that will simulate what an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would cause.
They are calling it a "communications interoperability" exercise. It will simulate a "very bad day" scenario impacting the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication for only the trainees.
According to a DOD spokesperson, this training exercise should be considered as somewhat of a fire drill. "When conducting a fire drill, you don't have to actually set the building on fire," says the spokesperson.
It was reported about two days ago on social media platforms that this training was going to cause a mass black out from November 4-6. DOD tells KTVE/KARD that this will not happen and there is nothing to be worried about.
Two women posted a Facebook Live video warning everyone about the EMP drill. You can watch the full video below:
Below is a release that the DOD referred us to on the training exercise:
"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 13,483.5 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."
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