16. Vigilant Guard/ Ohio Military Reserve

Last week I mentioned that Vigilant Guard 2019 would take place between Monday and Thursday of this week.  This multi-state cybersecurity exercise involves hundreds of Adjutant General and Emergency Management staff in Ohio alone.

Did you notice anything unusual on any ham bands this week?  Ohio Military Reserve personnel were active on HF, VHF and UHF frequencies, as well as several rarely used MARCS radio talk groups.  I didn’t get much chance to listen in, as I was part of the exercise, but I know that 146.55 MHz FM simplex was used, with a 440 MHz FM simplex frequency as backup.

Most folks know little about the Ohio Military Reserve ( www.ohmr.ohio.gov ).  It’s an actual component of the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, along with the smaller, more obscure Ohio Naval Militia                ( www.navalmilitia.ohio.gov ).  Both are all volunteer units that can be activated at the Governor’s request, and both seek to recruit adults below retirement age.

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV.