[AMRadio] AM in Iraq?

Glenn Zemanek zemanek at att.net
Sun Oct 7 19:57:40 EDT 2007

The first time I was in Afghanistan before Iraq kicked off I brought a Ten
Tec Jupiter with me.  It was 100 watts and had more power than the HF radio
at the time we were using. I had some connectors and cables put together and
used the Ten Tec on SSB with the encryption module going into the mike
jack.The ten Tec was Mars capable and I was able to get into the military
freqs.  Worked great wish I took pictures for ten tec. I brought an SGC 2020
with me the second time in AF and used the 2 letter call before my call sign
with a small ladder line dipole and tuner and hooked up to a military
battery a BB5590 for the 12V. Reached some Europe and Norway and Belorusse
and a couple of other countries.  I tried to make it back to the US had guys
listening but no luck. The last couple of times in Iraq I did not have a
radio with me. The Iraq govt there shut down Ham Radio.  The bad guys use
cellphones and internet not HF.  I did not try on AM.  The HF radio we use
is automatic link --a handshake between trans and receiver--not used much
works good low power. I knew some guys did a 6000mile test shot on less than
a watt.   Everything is FM and Sat Com.

I do have an official call sign given to me by the Kyrgyzstan Radio Ministry
and in the process of putting a shack together there for use when I visit. I
will try an AM shot from there when I get there.  Chris w2JBL formerly KD2XA
is the AMer that has helped me a lot

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of EdwMullin at aol.com
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2007 6:02 PM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM in Iraq?

When I was there, (04-05) I was able to get a local call (YI9HYS) and  
operate using a kenwood TS-520 that I bought off line and had shipped  over.
No AM 
operations that I noticed, other than Shortwave  broadcasting.  Though I 
mostly stuck to 20 meters SSB/CW.  
Besides broadcasting I never ran into an AM ops.  Though if it was an  old 
buzzard in another language, I wouldn't have been able to tell the
I THINK the tactical coms are all FM now. 

In a message dated  10/7/2007 3:59:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jcandela at prodigy.net  writes:
----- Original Message ----
From: Glenn Zemanek  <zemanek at att.net>

>Glenn kc2fzv --on my way to the sandbox  again.  Sorry to continue this
>thread as it probably is against list  regs but I just had to comment 


I was wondering  if you could describe to the group how AM might take part
military  communications in Iraq. 

Also, is there any Ham Radio operating being  allowed?

Jim Candela

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