Radio station of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club
Page updated: Nov 18 2017
Founding Constitution of the Club
CURRENT Constitution of the Club
Minutes / Important Documents of the Club
Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule
Construction / Software
HURRICANE IRMA DOCUMENTS--
published on Amazon
Book on HowTo Exercise/AAR
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
NOV 4th 5th Weekend
Have interested people call 352 331 6639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BY THE NUMBERS
"A dose of reality
August 2017 -- Packet "net" practice -- 7/27 Success = 26% -- growing!
July 2017 Training Competency Exercise: 6/26 Success = 23%
June 2017 Traffic Totals
ARES Thur Net: 9
KX4Z (WINLINK) est. 250
BLANK ICS FORMS
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
2017 Full Scale Hurricane Exercise
AFTER ACTION REPORT (download for free)
Full Scale Exercise Developtment: 2017 Hurricane Test Development
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
An explanation of how antennas become unbalanced and cause us problems.
Christmas Party being planned for December 16th 5PM - 9 PM at the Gibby's; bring finger food, warm jacket
Possible Symposium on Emergency Communications in the North Florida Area....being planned for Feb. 24 2018
Alachua ARES' 3rd After Action Report published, available on Amazon. (local copies available at cost, $2.50)
EMP-hardened SB-102 Project Moves Forward
New O-ring belts on driver stage; OLD CRACKED belts
The old belts are probably 2 or 3 decades old. Recently determined correct size for inexpensive automotive replacement belts & installed on the radio which is in refurbishment to be donated to the EOC effort after their antennas work.
EOC ANTENNA PROJECT
Antenna meeting went well and now Moorhouse is wanting DEADLINES for antenna project goals.....good sign.
Five student-built antennas with Cindy & Art teaching soldering techniques --- best Technician Course I think we've ever run. Santa Fe College fantastic room with antenna in trees behind building... we filled their heads with RADIO KNOWLEDGE!!
BITx40 SUCCESS!!Just keep rolling on!!! Now have the little transceiver prelim. working on 80 Meters as well as 40! Upper & Lower Sideband, voice, digital (CW easy).
Local ARES members training on WINLINK for possible Puerto Rico Humanitarian Service
Red Cross plans to send "health and welfare" spreadsheet lines from hundreds of thousands of families (according to reports) via WINLINK to be auto-uploaded into their web-accessible Safe & Well Database. Anxious relatives will be able to find their loved ones and their situation in the largest amateur radio data transfer ever contemplated. Organized by ARRL / WINLINK / Red Cross
UNRESOLVED ISSUES IDENTIFIED IN MAY 2017 HURRICANE FULL SCALE EXERCISE
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.
Building Waterproof Shelter Go-Box VHF Radios
(Three go-boxes put together RAPIDLY by ARES Volunteers)
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.
PRE HURRICANE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY!
First "LabNLunch"Refurbish a complete EMP-Proof SSB/DIGITAL STATION (Destined for the EOC whenever they get working HF antennas)
AR 20meter End fed antenna -- now manufactured & sold by LNRPresicion.
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.....
inexpensively from a commerciallly available product -- cut off their connector and you find a RED (+) and BLACK(-) wire -- Put 20-24 vdc on these wires and the big black female connector has POE! Allows you to build a Microwave Go-Box that can run from 12V (battery or vehicle) and still power NanoStation or Bullet.
This is the SWR plot (measured every MHz or so) from an actual Windom (86feet/44feet) fed with 450 ohm window line to a 4:1 balun. A single wire antenna, designed to work over the entire 3-30 MHz range. This is one of the possibilities recommended to the EOC for Ham / SHARES high frequency antenna. This antenna includes a 10 MHz trap in the 86 foot end. Typical auto-tuners can tolerate up to SWR 10:1, and this antenna was able to be used on all ham bands with an auto tuner.
Permission received to use the Jonesboro Lookout Tower for the October S.E.T. Hurrah!
SEVEN HOURS of HF Training accomplished at EOC on Saturday 6/10/2017.....FOUR ad-hoc emergency antennas put up. Multiband performance with auto-tuners. TWO stations in operation, an ICOM-728 with auto-frequency control, and the EOC Yaesu.Figured out a key power output problem with EOC Yaesu System 600 --- got output power higher. Contacted multiple WINLINK servers, also make PSK contacts. One 20 meter WINLINK connection using the EOC vertical. Lots and lots of hard, sweaty work by committed volunteers --- and we got to meet some nice Sheriff's Deputies, to boot!
Brief Presentation to Boy Scouts group. Strong work by several fishing-line hurlers!!! You know who you are!!
BALUNS & HOW TO MAKE THEMHOW-TO document for making baluns
GAINESVILLE STATIONS HAVE NOW MOVED TO 145.070
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!)
Optimistic Alachua County ARES Digital Coverage (to 20' high antenna)
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
Alachua County InterClub Facebook
Alachua County InterClub Web
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
Katrina: Communications Failures
Useful Emergency Equipment
How to Use WINLINK without WINDOWS at ALL
Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to
Baluns & RFI-Ham Educational Treatise
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
LINKS TO DIGITAL RESOURCESSarasota Emergency Radio Club
Terrestrial Packet Radio Network
SATERN digital net primer
youtube: checking into DAREN
HF BEACON FREQUENCIES
Eglin AFB ionosonde
Texas Army Mars HF Ionosphere Data
Map of BEST FREQUENCIES RIGHT NOW
Ports Blocked by COX CABLE
HSEEP Exercise Creation Manual
State of Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
50W HF MOSFET amp
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"