HF Interoperability Assessment Held During PACIFIC ENDEAVOR
Monday, January 25, 2016 | Comments

More than 300 military and civilian communications specialists from 21 Indo-Asia-Pacific nations came together for the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) program known as PACIFIC ENDEAVOR from 31 August to 11 September, 2015. The annual humanitarian and disaster relief event is the culmination of 12 months of planning workshops and is designed to strengthen relationships with allies and partners by testing the communications response to a natural disaster.

The 2015 event was based around the crisis response to a fictitious 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines capital of Manila. The goal of this year’s interoperability assessment event included radio testing focusing on HF automatic link establishment (ALE) and RF over IP. Sixteen nations volunteered to bring equipment and participate in the assessments. Barrett Communications equipment was brought by four of the nations that participated.

Initially interoperability assessment was stalled because of interoperability issues with HF data. With each of the participating nations supplying their own equipment, multiple data waveforms were unable to interoperate.

John Rosica, president of NVIS Communications, the Barrett system integrator for the U.S. market, attended the event as a U.S. Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) member and was called on to assist the interoperability assessments to overcome the HF data issues. By selecting a single data environment, multiple data waveforms could operate over HF. The modem and email and data system installed in the Barrett equipment was used as the common environment to transmit and receive the emails to create a LAN without connection to the Internet.

“The other participating nations were not familiar with the Barrett 2020 email and data system but found it easy to operate as they were connected to it via their own familiar mail client software such as MS Outlook or Lotus Notes,” said Rosica. “This benefits the operator as there is not a new emergency system to use when the Internet connection is no longer available, due to natural disaster or another event. From their perspective it is their everyday system just routed via HF rather than an Ethernet connection.”

Maj. Mohammad Anisur Rahman of the Bangladesh Army attended PACIFIC ENDEAVOR and operated his recently procured Barrett base station as part of the event. “The ability to transfer email over HF with the Barrett 2020 is such an enormous and useful option of the radio,” he said. “It was a great experience of mine to exchange emails from a radio station which is not connected to the Internet.”

A new pre-event has been scheduled for the beginning of 2016 where attending nations and vendors will come to a planning session in advance to increase knowledge and architecture methods of interoperability prior to PACIFIC ENDEAVOR 2016. This would be similar to other training exercises that friendly nations’ militaries conduct to facilitate full interoperability.

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On 2/2/16, Anthony Jones said:
A quarter of the participants used a certain product. What about the rest and who came out tops?
How about releasing a report on the outcome? There are many good products out there besides the one that is being advertised by the author.

On 1/27/16, Gene Johnson said:
Gee, do you think that the author works for Barrett? Sounds like an ad for their company. We too operate ALE. I'd like to read an objective article about ALE issues — not a "look how great we are" promo piece.

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