Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

QSL card send by Army MARS station WAR (Europe...

QSL card send by Army MARS station WAR (European Area Gateway, Heidelberg, Germany) for a cross-band radio contact with K4GTM on Armed Forces Day 2010. (Credit: Wikipedia)

In celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day, the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test co-sponsored by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will be conducted on May 12. Typically held on the third Saturday in May, this date was chosen to avoid conflict with the Dayton Hamvention which is scheduled for May 18-20.

This annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications tests over SSB voice and Morse code. These tests give amateur radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.

More information, including station frequencies, can be found on the event announcement.

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