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///// UPDATED 04 NOVEMBER 2019 /////

  • Sections 2 and 3 updated
  • Exercise Objectives added
  • Downloadable PDF updated to reflect changes


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th (4th Quarter 2019 Exercise)

Quarterly Communications SETs (Simulated Emergency Tests) help AmRRON radio operators practice with skills, software programs, and procedures, preparing them for more complex training and real-world radio operations.

Get the website URL contained in the November 5th AIB, and on Saturday, get the ‘secret exercise code’ from the Situation Report. Then, fill out a super short survey online!

Who: AmRRON and all other orgs and radio operators wishing to participate

What: Quarterly Training Exercise (4 hours): Delivery of a single message, network wide

When: November 9th, 1800 – 2200 Zulu Time

Scope: Nationwide, beginning on HF using digital modes, and then filtering down to local VHF/CH3.


Objective: This is a one way traffic test. In this quarterly exercise, a single SITREP (Situation Report) will be generated at ‘AmRRON National’, and sent across the network to Net Control Stations (NCSs), nationwide. The NCSs will then disseminate the report across their regional network in each region on 40m using digital modes.

Local VHF/CH3 nets will then disseminate the report to the local radio operators. Then, all participants fill out a short online survey to verify receipt of the SITREP.


How to participate:

  1. Get the AIB (AmRRON Intelligence Brief) issued on Tuesday, November 5th.
    That AIB will contain a ‘Q4 Survey’ URL (website address). You’ll need that on Saturday!
    If you’re not around during the day, the AIB will be available from AmRRON operators on the air
    throughout the subsequent days and evenings. If you still have trouble locating it, it will be
    distributed during that week’s scheduled training nets.
  2. Tune in to the weekly rolling nets the week of the 6th and 7th of November.  The Q4 Exercise schedule will be disseminated on the digital nets in plain text and via a .k2s
  3. On Saturday, follow the Q4 Training net schedule (Valid only November 9th).
  4. One hour net on 40m.  NCSs in each region will start a net, establish an Assistant NCS (ANCS), and then send the SITREP on 40m.  The ANCS should send the file back to NCS to help those stations receive the message who may not have a good path directly to the NCS.
    1. The SITREP will be transmitted in plain text using the fldigi mode, MFSK-32, and then transmitted again, using FLAMP in the mode MFSK-32, as a compressed .k2s
    2. After NCS is finished sending the traffic, he/she will take check ins, so be prepared to check in using your call sign and your state.
    3. In the SITREP that you receive from Net Control, look for the ‘Q4 Code’.
  5. Go to the website URL that you received from the November 5th AIB, and fill out the short survey. That is where you will enter the Q4 Code that you found in the Saturday SITREP.
  6. A drawing will be held on Monday and the winner will receive a small prize as a way of saying
    “Congratulations” and “thank you!” for training.
  7. Local VHF and CH3 operators, this is especially important for you! You don’t have to have a ham license to download and use the ham radio software for decoding digital mode ham radio traffic.

You will need one of the following:

1. Shortwave Radio receiver with SSB (Single Sideband) and audio patch cable to your computer.

2. Or, a SDR (Software Defined Radio) receiver

3. Or, someone within range of your VHF/CH3 radio who has the ability to receive and decode traffic being sent over the HF airwaves.

To learn more, go to and type ‘Digital’ and ‘FLMSG’ in the search box.

There, you’ll find several articles with links, diagrams, and videos to help get you on your way.


Final tips:

If you don’t get the survey URL from the AIB, we will provide a hyperlink in the Q4 Posting that Saturday.

If you don’t have digital transmit capabilities you can still send it via voice to your local VHF/CH3 nets.

If you cannot intercept/receive HF traffic, then you’ve identified a weakness in your communications plan.

That is a hurdle for you to overcome.

Leave no patriot behind. If you’re behind, catch up!


OBJECTIVES of the Q4 2019 SET:

The Goal of the AmRRON Q4 Drill is to originate a piece of digital traffic, in this case an AmRRON SitRep, passed from AmRRON National leadership to regional backbone stations.  Following the Regional Rolling Net principles, the Backbone Stations will transmit the SitRep starting in the Eastern Region and disseminate the message to all tiers of operators throughout the country.


    1. Assess the ability of AmRRON National leadership to disseminate a SitRep to established Backbone Stations throughout the country.
    2. Assess the ability of AmRRON Regional Net Control Stations to coordinate the transmission of digital traffic originating in the Eastern Region to each of the other Regions  utilizing Fldigi, Flamp, and Flmsg.
    3. Assess the ability of AmRRON operators to seek out and relay the original traffic transmitted during Regional Nets to local operators via HF, VHF, UHF, and Channel 3 Project  frequencies.

Q4 Training Exercise Downloadable PDF