1983 Brink of the Apocolypse

Able Archer 83 was a ten-day (NATO) communications exercise starting on November 2, 1983, that spanned Western Europe, centered on the Supreme Headquarters Allied Europe Headquarters, Able Archer exercises simulated a period of conflict escalation, culminating in a simulated DEFCON 1 coordinated nuclear attack The exercise also introduced a new, unique format of coded communication, radio silences, and the participation of heads of government.

The realistic nature of the 1983 exercise, coupled with deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some members of the Soviet Politburo and military to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war, obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air units in East Germany and Poland on alert. This is known as the 1983 war scare.

The 1983 war scare is considered by many historians to be the closest the world has come to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. the threat of nuclear war ended with the conclusion of the exercise on November 11.

To recognize the sacrifices of our military, signal corps, and members of the clandestine services during this critical time in the history of the cold war, we will host a special event station. Our special event will consist of operation from a remote wooded area using period style military radios and antennas to make the contacts.

Any questions please contact Walt Skavinsky (KB3SBC) kb3sbc@arrl.net

Able Archer 2019 news

9 Nov 2018 1300 hrs UTC


10 Nov 2018 1500 hrs UTC

Operations will be from the radar control building of a former NIKE missile Site designation W-25 in Davidsonville, MD (AARC will be hosting us)

Operation will be on 29.65 mc FM, 51.00 mc FM, 75 & 40, 20,18,10 meters USB on ONLY COLD WAR military radio equipment