Re: US Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team
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.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
> 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
> 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
> onto my Flickr site:
- 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
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.
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
Bob Brown, WØNQX
Kansas City Metro Area
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
On Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM, wftroskey <wftroskey@...> wrote:
> 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.