A new conspiracy theory quickly spread across the interwebs claiming that the Army would be conducting a blackout drill sometime this month, in November. The conspiracy theory alleged that the blackout would be of all electronic devices.
The conspiracy theory also added the claim the drill was being conducted to stop the planned protests on November 5th by Antifa groups. Well, maybe not so much truth is contained in that conspiracy theory. I know, this is my shock face.
There is a drill being conducted, but it’s a similar drill that’s been conducting for a few years now. The drill tests preparedness in the wake of an EMP attack (electro-magnetic pulse).
Now, I am no fan of muh militaries, and I know some of my ‘friends’ will accuse me of being a government shill, but spreading fake conspiracy theories does not help when REAL conspiracies are uncovered. By the time you get around to stumbling on a real conspiracy, you already lost credibility spreading fake ones.
From WKRG News 5
No, the Department of Defense is not planning a nationwide blackout of electronic devices in November. It is planning a drill, only a drill.
Several conspiracy theory websites and amateur sleuths have been causing a panic among some this week with claims that the government is planning the blackout to coincide with Antifa “riots.”
…..an announcement by the US Army clearly states that the event is only a drill that will “simulate” a blackout. The announcement reads ” Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.” The post indicates that this is an annual drill, so it’s really not even anything new.
THE US ARMY STATEMENT IN FULL:
Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.
Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Sunday from 0300 to 0315 UTC (Saturday evening).
New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC (Sunday morning). Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.
“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.”