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Author Topic: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019  (Read 421 times)

Offline Token

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Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« on: March 25, 2019, 1536 UTC »
The HF-GCS (High Frequency Global Communications System) is an integral part of US military readiness.  For those unfamiliar, this is a US Air Force maintained global communications network consisting of multiple transmitters at multiple transmitter sites around the world.  Although the USAF maintains it, all US services, and sometimes NATO forces, can use it.  This is the radio network that transmits Skykings and EAMs, among other traffic.

Among its regular transmissions are test counts and radio tests, typically heard many times per day.  And, while the USAF personnel running the mic can sometimes sound a bit young, March 22, 2019 had some younger than average sounding voices.

I don't know if it was a command open house, or just a take your kids to work day, but two test counts in a row, starting at about 1826 UTC, were kids voices.  Whatever the circumstances it was quite cool, and a reminder that the folks making up the armed forces, all armed forces, are humans, many with children of their own.

This is not the first time kids voices have been heard on HF-GCS, but it is the first time I caught a recording of it.

A video of my recording here, unfortunately I missed the start of each transmission.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPtrbAyPCQQ



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Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 1614 UTC »
Very cool, nice catch!
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Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 1656 UTC »
Token - yesterday 3/22 about 1800z I was doing work but had a radio pegged on 11175khz and copied a very young sounding YL with a typical EAM broadcast - I didn't think much of it at the time but when I read your post it made me think that it probably was a "kid" - I'm 57 so a 25 year old could sound like a kid to me.  Hah!
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Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 2213 UTC »
That was great. I don't know what I would have thought if I had come across that just scanning the bands.
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Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 0045 UTC »
Great catch! Was it "bring your kids to work day"?  :)

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Re: Kids doing test counts on HF-GCS, 22 March, 2019
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2019, 1806 UTC »

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