FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (NETCOM) -- From March 30 to April 1, the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command will sponsor an Army-wide, low-power, high-frequency communications exercise/competition -- QRPX 2017. The purpose of this event is to allow personnel to train on basic HF radio procedures and to test their HF radio equipment and antennas during a no-threat, semi-competitive environment. Units and personnel from the U.S. and Canadian Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Military Auxiliary Radio System are invited to train and compete during this event.
In order to be eligible to compete for points, units are limited to 20 watts output power and should use only tactical or field expedient antennas. Units competing for points must submit a station log that lists all radio contacts made during the competition. Units and teams desiring to train during this event -- but don't want to compete for points -- may use output power up to 1,000 watts and may use higher gain and directional antennas.
This training event will be conducted on both single channel and Automatic Link Establishment (ALE). All frequencies will be provided by NETCOM for this exercise. When stations make contact, the required information exchange will be station call signs and the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid zone designator were the station is located. Units competing for points will receive score multipliers for making an ALE contact as well as successfully sending and receiving a tactical chat digital message.
Units interested in participating or competing in this event may register at:
For more information, interested units may contact Paul English at firstname.lastname@example.org