Radio station of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club
Page updated: Apr 23 2018
Minutes / Important Documents of the Club
Multi-Year TRAINING PLAN
(i.e. meeting calendar)
CORE CAPABILITIES selected by Alachua ARES for 2018 Training
WILDFIRE EXERCISEProgram In ICS201 Format
ICS 201 Briefing
ICS208 - SAFETY
ICS206 - MEDICAL
2018 FEB EMERGENCY SYMPOSIUM
EMERGENCY COMMS TRAINING
Get Your FEMA Student ID
FEMA Online Courses
RRI Traffic Manual (local)
RRI Traffic Manual (RRI)
ARRL OnLine Courses
My EmComm Book
Katrina Comm-Specific Failures
2018 FEB EMERGENCY SYMPOSIUM
Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule
BITX40/ uBitX DOCUMENTS
ICS 205 RADIO COMM
(The ICS-205A was sent out by email.)
2017 Alachua County Simulated Emergency Test
EXERCISE PLAN (read this first)
0900 ICS201 BRIEFING
0900 ICS201 Situation
0900 ICS201 Sketches
0900 ICS202 OBJECTIVES
0900 ICS203 ORGANIZATION
0900 ICS204 ASSIGNMENT
0900 ICS205 RADIO FREQ
0900 ICS205A RADIO COMM
0900 ICS206 MEDICAL
1030 ICS201 BRIEFING
1030 ICS201 Situation
1030 ICS201 Sketches
1200 Demob Plan
1200 ICS221 CheckOut
1200 ICS212 VEH INSP
COMM UN 4 GEAR
BLANK ICS FORMS
Word & PDF format
ics202 incident objectives
ics203 incident organization
ics 204 assignment
ics 205 radio comms
ics 205A RadioAssignments
ics 206 medical
ics208 safety plan
ics 211 checkin
ics 212 vehicle inspection
Ics 214 activity log
ics 221 demob checkoff
prepared for a meeting July 11th with Jim Moorhouse of Alachua Sheriff's Office
CascadiaRising2016 After Action Report
EMP Defenses USA
Digital Versus Voice
EOC HF-Antenna Performance
EOC HF Antena Rec.
EOC VHF Antenna Performance
EOC VHF Antenna Rec.
HF & VHF Fact Sheet
HF Comparison: EOC vs Private
WINLINK Digital Gateways
EVALUATING NEW POSSIBLE TRAINING / SERVICE LOCATIONSElevator Talk: WhoWeAre
Site Evaluation Form
2017 AfterAction Hurricane Test Report
Project Tracker -- Current Activities/Status
DRAFT Alachua County ARES Communications Plan (updated 4/17/2017)
Marion County ARES Comm Plan
(note important freqs & phone #'s beginning page 11)
Brevard County Emergency Comm Plan
South Brevard Comm Plan
Timeline (slow to load)
Yaesu System 600 Manual
EOC System 600 HF WINLINK Primer
Simplex Repeater Manual
Kenwood TS 430 HF Transceiver User Manual
Building a "marketing" package to find new sites & agencies.
NEWS & EVENTS
SOFTWARE TO DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO MAY 9th MEETING:
GREAT TABLETOP DRILL!!! John & Van held their first drill and everyone learned a BUNCH:
I (Gordon) was sick as a dog, but everyone LEARNED all kinds of things....how to lengthen transmission line, get on HF, adjust sound levels... propagation....big learning time!! John had huge RFI problems...still working on it....
The MARC trailer may possibly join our June 9th Exercise --- we just keep attracting more groups because we do EXERCISES!
ASSETS & SKILLS Form --
91 pages but very well written and includes an Improvement Plan that has several items that make a lot of sense!
Ian, KD8CEC, just keeps on coming out with astonishing new software for the uBitx -- 4,000+ short-kits ordered already and Ian is one of several designing new software for the HF low power rig:
Hal, KD5HW, has come up with a fast way to scan handwritten and unusual messages to send for EOC's etc in an emergency:
LAB N LUNCH --- May 5th Building Buckmaster-type multiband center baluns -- $14/$18 voltage/current balun. Notify Gordon by email if you want to participate and which you want to build.
ORDER YOUR BITX transceiver SOON if you want to build it at June or August LunchNLab --- there is a TWO MONTH ORDER BACKLOG.
Manual for 3rd Party uBitx Software
South Carolina: Example of a statewide ham radio repeater network installed to allow emergency communications
South Carolina Emergency Ham Radio Network
Here's a fun simple portable emergency exercise we can participate in -- set up a portable station Saturday 9/21 and send a cw radiogram at any speed to trained operators waiting to serve you on 80/40/30 meters any time between noon and 3 PM. RSVP that you'll give it a whirl to : [email protected] NOTE: same day as the Hamfest
) but you can just catch the end of it as you have until 3 PM.....so if you're adroit, you can do BOTH:
This is long, and all the government abbreviations make my head spin (!) but I was given permisson to put this up for your reading pleasure. It lead me to an interesting document, the National Emergency Communications Plan:
Ham radio is on page A-16 (p 80). The big emphases in this document include INTEROPERABILITY and EXERCISES. It will next be revised in 2019.
Stands to reason that if the county EM took the time to write up an After Action Report.... emergency minded hams should probably read it, right?
NEW LINKS ADDED -- see left column -- for our Multi-Year Training Plans, and current Core Capabilities goals....check them out! 3 years of tentative meeting highlights & 1 year of LunchNLab plans....
W4DFU 146.91 repeater drawing closer to having ECHOLINK -- problem figured out. Fix upcoming.
What we're working on is classed as Level 2 protection.
Starting to keep track of our skills & assets
Email comments to [email protected] --- this is just a Draft currently!
Presentations from Huge March Meeting
Wildfire Exercise (See Below)
Shelter Information System
2018 Symposium Newletter Article
Read the Alachua County Hurricane Irma After Action Report
Key Points:EOCX-012.1 -- Develop volunteer plan for EOC to include Amateur Radio (Human Resources, 9/1/2018)
SHLT-006.2 -- Recruit additional amateur radio operators to staff more shelters (ACEM / CSS , 6/1/2018)
SHLT-006.3 -- Encourage shelter managers getting license (ACEM / CSS 6/1/2019) -- we could provide classes!!
SHLT-006.5 -- ANTENNA PASSTHRUS (ACEM / ACPS 6/1/2018)
SHLT-007 Shelters were in a situational awareness silo, limiting the information known to the shelter staff and the shelterees -- (ITS ACEM CSS DOH-Alachua -- 6/1/2018) --- We may have a help for that!
SHLT-007.3 -- Increase information shared with amateur radio (ACEM / CSS 6/1/2018) -- We now have a great outlet for increased information!!
Load the document, do a search for "radio" (44 instances) and you'll find a treasure trove of information.
WILDFIRE FULL SCALE EXERCISE PLANNING GROWS
Vann Chesney & John Truope met with Mike Sherrill of Forestry and gained new grasp of ways to improve their Exercise. Generated a written synopsis! Related: Jeff Capehart is working to fold in the MARC group into our Feb 24th Symposium Mini Full Scale Exercise. THANKS GUYS!!!!
CHIEFLAND REPEATER IS NOW READY FOR INSTALLATION
(After solving power supply difficulties)
Prototype EMP Raduino Protection Circuit Constructed for EOC Vacuum Tube Rig
TESTED -- Good VFO Signal!
Shands repeater is ready for installation.
Since the photo: top screwed down, handles added, dielectric grease on important connections. Installation expected mid January.
EOC ANTENNA PROJECT
Antenna meeting went well and now Moorhouse is wanting DEADLINES for antenna project goals.....good sign.
Note that hard work has actually RESOLVED 23 issues!!! The ones in the table above are the identified issues from May 2017 that remain. #11 was documented in July of 2016.
SHANDS HOSPITAL DIGITAL STATION PLANNINGScott Coker, a local ham and part of the ShandsCair flight team, gave me a tour of where we may be able to emplace a digital station to assist Shands in emergency comms.....but let me say that they already have an IMPRESSIVE amount of 800-MHz, etc comms all over the state -- our value-added is modest but longer-range. Our ability to both control & communicate with our systems DIGITALLY (exactly as he does) is key to this endeavor.
One of TWO vhf ham antennas is encircled. They aren't high, but I did successfully connect to Ocala KG4NXO-10 and NEWB with near full scale or better. TOWER WORK is planned -- and I discussed putting in a microwave system for us (of course!!)
An incredible amoutn of digitally controlled repeater systems and 800-MHz etc access systems. The shelf where we can start is encircled --- but a new rack may be next for us.
SATURDAY 8/19: Jay Garlitz, Susan Halbert, Ed Gray and Gordon Gibby met at the Dental Tower and soon Jay has us ON THE ROOF again examining where we can put microwave and vhf antennas to turn W4DFU into a powerhouse Emergency Comms resource for the University & County.
South tower on Dental roof, HF beam. Possible site for 24dBi parabolic aiming atTom's Antenna/ St.Francis/ Clay Electric
Spare brackets (on white blocks) could take a metal pole mast & hold parabolic.
VHF tower at the North end of the Dental building -- possible site for MESH onidirectional antenna to serve the University and beyond.
From the roof, you can easily see direct line of sight to the Seagle Building South Windows.....and I have a colleague who lives on the next to highest floor.....
Three bridging stations now connect our
ALL PORTS WILL USE COMMON SCHEME:
Port 6 - 145.030
Port 7 = 145.070
Port 8= 145.770
UPCOMING MEETINGS REMINDERS
Monthly ARES Meetings: 2nd Wednesday 7 PM
Gordon Gibby MD
Forest Grove NF4RC-7 FireTower station
Beatty Tower dual-frequency station
Our two digital antennas at base of Beatty Towers antenna installation. W4DFU-7/8/9
Art on top of Beatty Towers (164' up!)
ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTATION OF EXERCISES
SECRET EXERCISE DETAILS
Textbook On Our Steinhatchee Exercise
Full Scale Exercise Developtment: 2017 Hurricane Test Development
2017 AfterAction Hurricane Test Repor
2017HurricaneTest: Participant Workbook
Experimental Google Alachua County Map
Green 145.770 (SEDAN)
Marion County Packet Map
BPQ Packet Node Map
BPQ Chat Node Map
HF FORWARDING TEST
CARRIED OUT 4/5
Test Results (PDF)
Marion County ARES
BREVARD COUNTY ARES
2017 EOC Antenna Recommendations
Feb2018 EOC Ant Letter
Alachua County InterClub Facebook
Alachua County InterClub Web
GARC Online Calendar
Educational ArticlesHow to wire your station for digital
Primer on FLDIGI
Homebrew 2 meter SLIMJIM Antenna Construction
Raspberry Pi Packet Server
Example linbpq config file
Raspberry Pi USB Lockup Fix
Creating Private Residential Packet Backbone
QST: EMP Protection
DHS 2016 EMP Protection Recommendations
Katrina: Communications Failures
Useful Emergency Equipment
How to Use WINLINK without WINDOWS at ALL
Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to
Baluns & RFI-Ham Educational Treatise
BALUNS --- Part One
HOW-TO document for making baluns
MESH & other info about BPQ
Advanced BPQ node commands from John Wiseman #1
More Updated Advanced Node commands from John Wiseman #2
Power over Ethernet in the Field
Changes to reduce Raspberry server WRITES
Primer on WINLINK "connect"scripts
EchoLink Over Raspberry PI
ICS Positions / Nomenclature
SB-100 EMP PROOF RIG SPECIFICATION
QST: EMP Protection
Comm Acad (Wash state) Nuclear/EMP Lecture
Harris Cty TX ARES: EMP protection
1987 Telecomm EMP Survivability Assessment (DTIC)
2018 Symposium Task Solutions (Suggestions)
Task 1: Stand up Command Net
Task 3: AM Emergency Broadcasting for EOC
Task 4: Emergency Contact to the State EOC
Task 8: Emergency FM NWS Broadcast for EOC
LINKS TO DIGITAL RESOURCESSarasota Emergency Radio Club
Terrestrial Packet Radio Network
SATERN digital net primer
youtube: checking into DAREN
LINKS TO BUILDING RESOURCES
Kits And Parts Dot Com
QRP Kits -- nice stuff
QRP Guys -- cheapest stuff!
DigiKey -- EVERYTHING parts wise
World Map of Critical Frequencies
HF BEACON FREQUENCIES
Eglin AFB ionosonde
Texas Army Mars HF Ionosphere Data
Map of BEST FREQUENCIES RIGHT NOW
Educational Info on Bands / Available Data
Ports Blocked by COX CABLE
HSEEP Exercise Creation Manual
State of Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
50W HF MOSFET amp
Designing LC low-pass RF filters
Common Me Balun Chokes
WA2EBY Amp Build
Manual for uBitx 3rd party software
Emergency Comms Resources
FREQUENCY INTERCONNECTIONSNote: bpq nodes "learn" from "node broadcasts" and can intelligently route!
mnemonics to help the port numbers make sense
|Rosemary||Jim||Art & Cindy||Gordon||Forest|
|145.030 (Port 6)|
"6 is twice 3"
|145.070 (Port 7)|
"7 = .070"
|145.770 (Port 8) |
".770 is almost .8"