NF4RC

Radio station of the North  Florida Amateur Radio Club 

Page updated: Nov 18 2017

Archival
Information
NF4RC License
Founding Constitution of the Club

CURRENT Constitution of the Club

Minutes / Important Documents of the Club

TECHNICIAN COURSE
CourseFlyerInfo

Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule

VideoList
BaofengHints
TechQuestionPool


BITX40 DOCUMENTS

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)

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

TECH CLASS
NOV 4th 5th Weekend
Have interested  people call 352 331 6639 or email ggibby@anest.ufl.edu


LONG RANGE tentative meeting plans

BY THE NUMBERS
"A dose of reality
often helps!"


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

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


2017 Full Scale Hurricane Exercise 

AFTER ACTION REPORT (download for free)
(includes updates)

Full Scale Exercise Developtment: 2017 Hurricane Test Development

2017HurricaneTest:  Participant Workbook 


2016 Accomplishments

2017
Accomplish
ments

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




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

RSGB youth video

Cronkite emcomm video

Fox News Report

NEWS & EVENTS

BALUNS --- Part One

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


Steinhatchee AAR

Alachua ARES' 3rd After Action Report published, available on Amazon.   (local copies available at cost, $2.50)  


EMP-hardened SB-102 Project Moves Forward

OldBeltsNew Belts

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.


Technician Student Antennas

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!!



Textbook On Our Steinhatchee Exercise



Draft North Florida Hospital Proposal

They got it and they thought it was less expensive than expected....


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).  

Aduino

Local ARES members training on WINLINK for possible Puerto Rico Humanitarian Service

ShannonCindyTraining

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

#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.   



Tower location
Table 1
Table 2






Building Waterproof Shelter Go-Box VHF Radios

How-To & News Article about Alachua GOBOX Construction

(Three go-boxes put together RAPIDLY by ARES Volunteers)  


SHANDS HOSPITAL DIGITAL STATION PLANNING

Scott 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.  

Shands VHF amageur antennas

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!!) 

Shands Radio Access

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)

Vacuum Tube Transceiver

Heathkit HP-23 Power Supply Manual
Heathkit SB-102 Manual



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.

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.....

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.

$7 POE Injector (you actually get TWO)

SWR meter & POE injector


SWR reflected percent power graph

portable power supply











(Revised, improved)
EASYTERM TUTORIAL

Windom SWR

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 THEM

HOW-TO document for making baluns


Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to


GAINESVILLE STATIONS HAVE NOW MOVED TO  145.070



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
ggibby@anest.ufl.edu

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!)

Circuit Board Interface

Alachua County Optimistic Coverage

Optimistic Alachua County ARES Digital Coverage (to 20' high antenna)


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

Alachua County InterClub Facebook

Alachua County InterClub Web

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
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
RaspberryDeliverySheet (pdf)
EasyTerm Tutorial
SSTV Applications
Power over Ethernet in the Field
Changes to reduce Raspberry server WRITES
ConfiguringHFForwardingRMSGateway


LINKS TO DIGITAL RESOURCES

Sarasota Emergency Radio Club
WINLINK
Terrestrial Packet Radio Network
TAPR (Tucson)
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

BLANK RADIOGRAM

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)