NF4RC


Radio station of the North  Florida Amateur Radio Club 

Page updated: MAY 21 2018 

Archival
Information
LatestLicense NF4RC
NF4RC License
Founding Constitution of the Club
CURRENT Constitution of the Club
Minutes / Important Documents of the Club

Multi-Year TRAINING PLAN
(i.e. meeting calendar)

CORE CAPABILITIES selected by Alachua ARES for 2018 Training

Assets&SkillsForm


Program In ICS201 Format
Secret Exercise



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
PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
Program In ICS201 Format
Symposium ICS205

TECHNICIAN COURSE
Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule
VideoList
BaofengHints
TechQuestionPool

BITX40/ uBitX DOCUMENTS

Construction / Software
40 - 100 W Amplifiers
TransistorProtection


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)

ICS211CHECKIN
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


LONG RANGE tentative meeting plans

2018 Core Capabilities



BLANK ICS FORMS

Word Format:
Word & PDF format


PDF FORMAT:
ics201 brieffing
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
ics215 operationalplanning
ics 221 demob checkoff



FACTSHEETS
prepared for a meeting July 11th with Jim Moorhouse of Alachua Sheriff's Office

Overview / Table of Contents

ARES Stns/Coverage

Antenna Efficiency

CascadiaRising2016 After Action Report

EMP-Congressional Report

EMP Defenses USA

CyberWarfare

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

HF Propagation

DHS SHARES

WINLINK INTRO

WINLINK Digital Gateways




EVALUATING NEW POSSIBLE TRAINING / SERVICE LOCATIONS
Elevator Talk: WhoWeAre

Site Evaluation Form

2017 AfterAction Hurricane Test Report

Project Tracker -- Current Activities/Status



COMM PLANS

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


 


2016 Accomplishments

2017
Accomplish
ments

2018 Accomplishments

Timeline (slow to load)





EQUIPMENT MANUALS

Yaesu System 600 Manual

EOC System 600 HF WINLINK Primer


Simplex Repeater Manual

Kenwood TS 430 HF Transceiver User Manual

Heathkit SB-102 Manual

Heathkit HP-23 Power Supply Manual




Building a "marketing" package to find new sites & agencies.

RSGB youth video

Cronkite emcomm video

Fox News Report

NEWS & EVENTS


Updated Forms for WILDFIRE Exercise
Updated ICS-205
Updated ICS-201

Waccasassa Forestry Center

5353 NE 39th Avenue
Saturday June 9th     0900  AM   On 39th Avenue.   East of the Airport.  1.9 miles  East of Waldo Road facility is on the south side of the road.  
Across from Lamplighter Mobile Home Park.

If you want to get trained on the tower system,  meet at 0800 on Friday June 8th.  
Bring hats, sunscreen, water!!

NEED MORE PORTABLE HF RIGS FOR THE EXERCISE -- AND SOME ANTENNAS TOO!

  


ExtremeWeatherHandoutForOurArea

Scale Drawing of HF antenna


Detailed Documentation Consensus Design for EOC HF Antenna





NEW SOUNDCARD INTERFACE BOARD SUCCESS
FAR FAR CHEAPER THAN PREVIOUS VERSION BOARDS

Version2.1 Built soundcardinterface


FITS INTO ROSEMARYs TWININGS TEA TINS

Inside Tea Tin


Built In GroundPlane

SoundcardInterface V2.0

The two sections of the board have (isolated)  DIFFERENT grounds --- the transformers & relay keep them isolated.   The stuff in the yellow boundary has RADIO ground; the remainder of the circuit has COMPUTER USB GROUND.


WONDERFUL  ARES Meeting Last Wednesday --- worked through Five different training segments, meeting was just shy of 2 hours and spilled out into the parking lot people were having so much fun.   MANY new people --- THANKS for joining --- you are VERY welcome join in on anything we do, whether you feel  trained or not!  Ham radio is FUN and EXCITING and sometimes CHALLENGING!


Coffee Cup FREE FTP




BLOWOUT ANTENNA CONSTRUCTION LUNCH N LAB
10 HOMEBREWS OF A $240 MULTIBAND ANTENNA BALUN CONSTRUCTED

First group to finish

2nd balun group


Now published and on Amazon -- our copies coming in the mail....already interest from the Alaska S.E.C. and from  Missouri E.C.

Amazon Shelter Volunteer Forms

New Shelter Amateur Radio Reference Booklet


Off Center Fed Balun Construction (LunchNLab) Manual

FIRST EOC CALL SIGN OBTAINED!!!

Background Information on MARC Units

SOFTWARE TO DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO MAY 9th MEETING:

Coffee Cup FREE FTP

IRFANVIEW Image Management Software


GREAT TABLETOP DRILL!!!   John & Van held their first drill and everyone learned a BUNCH:

Van working radio

Inside

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 -- 

Assets&Skills


ARRL 2017 Hurricane AAR/IP

91 pages but very well written and includes an Improvement Plan that has several items that make a lot of sense!

Very Impressive Santa Clara CA Ham Radio Emergency Comms





Hal, KD5HW, has come up with a fast way to scan handwritten and unusual messages to send for EOC's etc in an emergency:
Fast Way to Scan / WINLINK Emergency Messages


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


Printed Slide Show About the Office of Emergency Communications

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:

National Emergency Communications Plan (2014)

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.  


List of all googled North Florida county After Action Reports / Improvement Plans (by county)

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?



DHS EMP Radio Protection Recommendations-2016



Starting to keep track of our skills & assets

Draft Form to Track Volunteer Capabilities

Presentations from Huge March Meeting

Wildfire Exercise (See Below)
HOA&Apartment Antennas
Shelter Information System
HowHomeWifiMakesPrivateNetwork
2018 Symposium Newletter Article


WILDFIRE EXERCISE

Combined Document: ICS-201 Wildfire

ExerciseMaps&Sketches


Read the Alachua County Hurricane Irma After Action Report

Alachua Co. IRMA After Action

Alachua Co. IRMA After Action

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.



 






Beatty Work Crew Feb 2018





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UNRESOLVED ISSUES IDENTIFIED IN MAY 2017 HURRICANE FULL SCALE EXERCISE

#6 EOC inadequate antennas, both HF and VHF -- and UHF also!!
#7 Simplex repeater needs more sensitive receiver
#9New transceivers for EOC to allow more frequencies to be monitored -- not installed, no extra antennas available
#11No satisfactory HF amateur or SHARES antennas at EOC -- ARES practiced slingshot temporary antennas in trees south of the building as replacement
#12Partial:  unclear if the ARES member has better HF antenna tuning assets/capabilities at this point.
#15Easton Newberry antennas not installed; worse, there is no transmission cable passthrough out of building.   There are no antennas at the Senior Center.  
#26Winlink Peer to Peer Training -- not yet accomplished!

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.   






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.

DentalSouthTowerHF

South tower on Dental roof, HF beam.  Possible site for 24dBi parabolic aiming atTom's Antenna/ St.Francis/ Clay Electric

Spare Brackets South Tower

Spare brackets (on white blocks) could take a metal pole mast & hold parabolic.  

Dental North Tower

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.....

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Three bridging stations now connect our 
145.070 network of stations to other groups:

Frequency Triad

 
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

  • Monthly GARS Meetings: 3rd Tuesday  6:30

NF4RC

Contact Information
Trustee
Gordon Gibby MD
[email protected]

go box

"How-To" on building a Go-Box
(I have plenty of wood forms if you need one already cut and screwed together.)



Forest Grove Station

Forest Grove NF4RC-7 FireTower station


Beatty Tower Dual Frequency Station

Beatty Tower dual-frequency station

Beatty Towers Antennas W4DFU-8

Our two digital antennas at base of Beatty Towers antenna installation.  W4DFU-7/8/9

Art on Beatty Towers

Art on top of Beatty Towers (164' up!)


WINLINK CERTIFICATION





ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTATION OF EXERCISES

2018

SECRET EXERCISE DETAILS



2017

Textbook On Our Steinhatchee Exercise

Full Scale Exercise Developtment: 2017 Hurricane Test Development
2017 AfterAction Hurricane Test Repor
2017HurricaneTest:  Participant Workbook


2016



Reference Information

Experimental Google Alachua County Map
Black 145.030
Yellow 145.070
Green 145.770 (SEDAN)

AlachuaCountyNodeMap
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 Articles

How to wire your station for digital
Primer on FLDIGI
WINLINK Primer
Homebrew 2 meter SLIMJIM Antenna Construction
Raspberry Pi Packet Server
Example linbpq config file
Raspberry Pi USB Lockup Fix
$10TNC Introduction
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
BALUNS--Part Two
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
RaspberryDeliverySheet (pdf)

EasyTerm Tutorial
SSTV Applications
Power over Ethernet in the Field
Changes to reduce Raspberry server WRITES
ConfiguringHFForwardingRMSGateway
Primer on WINLINK "connect"scripts
EchoLink Over Raspberry PI
D-Rats Publlished Manual
D-RATS over AX.25 Alachua Ares Handout

ICS Positions / Nomenclature

EMP Resources
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)
Suggested by a state official:
Washington Examiner - EMP
Oct 2017 - Vincent Pry


TRAFFIC TRAINING
ARRL Traffic Manual

RRI Traffic Training Manual

RRI DTN (Digital Traffic Net) White Paper


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 RESOURCES

Sarasota Emergency Radio Club
WINLINK
Terrestrial Packet Radio Network
TAPR (Tucson)
SATERN digital net primer
youtube: checking into DAREN


LINKS TO BUILDING RESOURCES
Kits And Parts Dot Com
QRP Kits -- nice stuff
QRP Labs
QRP Guys -- cheapest stuff!
DigiKey -- EVERYTHING parts wise


PROPAGATION
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

EQUIPMENT DESIGN
50W HF MOSFET amp
Designing LC low-pass RF filters
Common Me Balun Chokes
WA2EBY Amp Build
ALE
Startup Suggestions

Hurricane Shelter---Problems!

BITX Resources
Manual for uBitx 3rd party software

Emergency Comms Resources
Shelter Reference Book (of forms etc)
BLANK RADIOGRAM

LabNLunch Projects
LightningEMPArrestor
OCF Dipole Balun Construction

FREQUENCY INTERCONNECTIONS

Note:   bpq nodes "learn" from "node broadcasts" and can intelligently route!
To see what routes exist to reach a station, using "classic packet" keyboard access, type   N <callsign>
To allow the node to make the co
nnection by itself,   type C <scallsign>

updated 4/4/2017
mnemonics to help the port numbers make sense
MikeBeatty Twr
CONNECTS
145.030 to
145.770
Tom
CONNECTS
145.770 to
145.070
RosemaryJimArt & CindyGordon
Forest
Grove
Fire
tower
145.030 (Port 6)
"OCALA"
"6 is twice 3"
Most
Ocala
Stations
WM3B-7
WLLSTN
W4DFU-8
GARC2
KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK
145.070 (Port 7)
"GAINESVILLE"
"7 = .070"
NK3F-7,
TOMGNV
NK3F-10
TOMWLK
KI4QBZ-7
AMHAM
KI4KEA-7
KM4YGH-7
ARTGNV
KM4YGH-10
ARTWLK
KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK
NF4RC-7
NEWB
145.770 (Port 8)
SEDAN
".770 is almost .8"
W4DFU-8
GARC2
NK3F-7
TOMGNV
NK3F-10
TOMWLK
(deleted)