Socom seeks system to control AM, FM transmissions in emergency…(Get Your Hams Ready!!)
By Howard Altman
August 20, 2013
In future natural disasters or battlefield operations, U.S. Special Operations Command would like to be able to take over local AM and FM radio transmissions to broadcast its own message.
To do that, the MacDill Air Force Base headquartered command “is seeking sources to provide a radio broadcast system capable of searching for and acquiring every AM and FM radio station in a specific area and then broadcasting a message(s) in the target area on all acquired AM and FM radio station frequencies,” according a solicitation posted Monday on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The solicitation doesn’t offer any cost estimates or timetables, nor does it include any specifics on how or when the system would be used.
But Socom spokesman Ken McGraw offered a few examples of how the system could work, both at home and abroad.
Special Operations Forces “loudspeaker teams” were used in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and they were used in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, said McGraw, “to assist in notifying civilians in hurricane relief operations. You can look at this as one or two or three steps up from a loudspeaker team, to assist in notifying civilians in hurricane relief operations, flooding or any kind of natural disaster.”
The radio broadcast system would allow those caught in disasters to know where to get medical care, water and food, McGraw said.