Utility Planet is the official blog for the column of the same name in The Spectrum Monitor. It replaces Utility World in the discontinued Monitoring Times magazine. Utilities are all VLF/LF/MF/HF (and sometimes low-band VHF) radio communications except broadcasting, CB, and non-emergency amateur. If you understood the last sentence, you know enough to read this blog.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Exercise NOBLE SKYWAVE 2015 in progress
This is an exercise done yearly by Canadian Forces, CFARS, and other organizations as a test of HF interoperability. It's run kind of like a contest, and it brings out a lot of military stations using special call signs.
While the announced dates are October 22-23, many stations were sounding in ALE and working each other in voice from the morning of October 21 (U.S. time) on.
Here are the first few paragraphs of the official announcement made last August:
NOBLE SKYWAVE 2015
1.SITUATION. The Communications and
Electronics (C&E) Branch is holding its annual Professional Development
week at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment (21 EW
Regt) on behalf of the C&E Branch will use this opportunity in order to
conduct Ex NOBLE SKYWAVE (Ex NS). The exercise will see voice and data links
between domestic and international teams via High Frequency (HF) sky-wave
propagation. Invited to participate are all Regular, Reserve, or Auxiliary Force
units with HF radio communications from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United
States of America, Australia, and New Zealand. Members of the Canadian Forces
Affiliate Radio System (CFARS) and the US Military Auxiliary Radio System
(MARS) are also invited to participate.
2.MISSION. 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment will
organize and facilitate Ex NOBLE SKYWAVE 21-22 October 2015 in order to provide
a venue to confirm HF interoperability amongst the international community.
(1)Intent. Building on the success of
previous iterations of Ex NS and the US led QPNX, I intend to leverage the
training opportunity provided by C&E week to conduct a Radio Frequency (RF)
training exercise that emphasizes HF sky-wave propagation to domestic and
Within a competition construct, participating teams will earn points for
successful contacts with other participants. Teams are responsible for their
own respective broadcast detachments, stations, sites, and personnel. The
Officer in Charge (OIC) will retain responsibility for the overall coordination
and conduct of the competition. Throughout the entire exercise, individual
units are responsible for the setup, tear-down, and manning of their