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Re: US Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team

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  • wftroskey
    Tim; Thanks for posting those - very interesting fleet of vehicles, & a respectable assortment of antennas/comm gear. There s a CST based at Fort Custer ARNG
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 24, 2013
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      Tim;

      Thanks for posting those - very interesting fleet of vehicles, & a respectable assortment of antennas/comm gear.

      There's a CST based at Fort Custer ARNG base not far from me. I'll have an opportunity to be on base for a weekend next month; hopefully those guys will be around. They had an open house when they stood the team up a few years back, but I wasn't able to attend because of work.


      Bill



      --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, Tim <polohat@...> wrote:
      >
      > One evening this past Spring, I happened to be in the right place at the
      > right time & noticed the New Mexico WMD - CST's vehicles parked in
      > their hotel's parking lot as I walked to my car which I fortuitously parked
      > at the back of a restaurant.
      >
      > I took photos then with my iPhone, returned the next day with my
      > better camera, and over the next couple days I tracked down the
      > area hotels that the other two CSTs (Utah, & Nevada) were staying at
      > & photographed their vehicles, even though they were for the
      > most part identical to the other team's. The three CSTs were in town
      > for a couple days in order to do some HAZMAT training with local
      > FDs.
      >
      > I was lucky to get a very nice briefing/show & tell of one of the
      > 'Unified Command System' mobile communications center
      > vehicles by that team's comm specialist, though I couldn't
      > take photos of the comm suite interior due to crypto items.
      >
      > The comm suite I got inside had a nice assortment of
      > Harris Falcon-series military HF/VHF/UHF multi-band, multi-mode
      > radios capable of clear/secure voice & data (HF & UHF SATCOM only
      > available when the vehicle was stationary & the B&W HF fan
      > dipole or Dorne & Margolin UHF SATCOM yagi was set up --
      > neither are used much by the CSTs these days), and numerous
      > special modes/waveforms like HAVE QUICK & SINCGARS. A TVRO dish for
      > watching CNN, Fox News, Weather Channel, etc. A mobile satellite
      > service radome for telephone, push to talk & data SATCOM on the move, a
      > Ku-band
      > VSAT for stationary use (their main high-bandwidth, IP-based long-haul
      > & short-haul comm system), and various VHF/UHF land mobile radio
      > type directional & whip antennas for voice & data. Of course
      > they are able to cross-patch comm systems together, and
      > most team members had VHF Motorola XTS-5000s. Since
      > these CSTs are Army National Guard/Air National Guard units
      > normally controlled by their state's governor, the Utah
      > mobile command center also had a couple 700/800MHz
      > Motorolas programmed with the Utah Consolidated [public safety]
      > Agency Network ("UCAN") 800MHz trunked system that is
      > still being integrated across the state. The mobile comm center
      > also had STU-III & STE capabilities.
      >
      > For my fellow SIGINT geeks, your best chance of hearing these guys is
      > when deployed for a training exercise or real-world event, on their
      > VHF/UHF land mobile radio intra-team channels (which should be but
      > are not always secure), and the federal/national interoperability channels
      > for inter-team comms.
      >
      > I just finished getting all my photos uploads and added some basic
      > captions
      > onto my Flickr site:
      >
      > http://www.flickr.com/photos/coldwararchaeology/sets/72157635183728044/
      >
      >
      > Tim
      >
    • Bob Brown - WØNQX
      Hi guys I snapped some fotos of a similar vehicle that was on static display at the Warrenburg Hamfest in 2008. I had some good interior fotos but the OP,
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 24, 2013
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        Hi guys

        I snapped some fotos of a similar vehicle that was on static display
        at the Warrenburg Hamfest in 2008.

        I had some good interior fotos but the OP, after the fact said that I
        had to delete them when he realized I had the crypto gear up close and
        personal.
        He only allowed outside fotos.

        I found one that had slipped thru the deletion process, so I have
        altered it a bit to keep the sshhhh factor.

        https://picasaweb.google.com/114167352822624270058/August252008MissouriSVersionOfTheUnifiedCommandSystem?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLiZtZOA8cLWiAE&feat=directlink

        I am sure they have updated this vehicle by now with more modern up to
        date gear but the interior foto shows how crammed they are even in
        2008.

        --
        Enjoy!

        Bob Brown, WØNQX

        Kansas City Metro Area

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        On Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM, wftroskey <wftroskey@...> wrote:
        > Tim;
        >
        > Thanks for posting those - very interesting fleet of vehicles, & a respectable assortment of antennas/comm gear.
        >
        > There's a CST based at Fort Custer ARNG base not far from me. I'll have an opportunity to be on base for a weekend next month; hopefully those guys will be around. They had an open house when they stood the team up a few years back, but I wasn't able to attend because of work.
        >
        >
        > Bill
        >
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