There were rumours that Department of Defense planning a communications drill to coincide with ‘Antifa’ demonstrations. Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement: “This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cell phone, satellite, and Internet connectivity.”
English further added: “We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community. 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.”
What’s The Reality Behind It?
Both MARS and English explicitly stated no blackout would occur in relation to the exercise, a quarterly training which began in 2013 and antedated Antifa. So, there is no need to panic, everything is under control.