NF4RC -- An ARRL Affiliated Club 

Supporting Emergency Communications


North Florida Amateur Radio Club

Radio station of the North  Florida Amateur Radio Club 

Page updated: July 19  2019 

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

Alachua County TASKBOOK

Informal Exercises Results!

Message Pickup Station (MPS) Choices

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

Assets&SkillsForm

Assets&SkillsRegistered

HaitiTechnicianCourse Schedule



2018 ALACHUA COUNTY ICS-205

2018 S.E.T.
ICS-201



Signing up for the first time on ARRL Connect:
Corrected SignUp Page Link


Finding Events/Etc.
ARRL Volunteer Hub (find events)



TECH COURSE
@ EOC
HamStudy Tech2018
ARRLDownloadablePP
ARRL TechHelp
TechPDF&Graphics



FIELD DAY DOCUMEN-
TATION

2019 PlanningSection Report

Signup Sheet Operators

Bonus Point Planning

TRAVEL TRAILER MANUAL

10KW Gen. Notes (upgrades)

10KW Gen. Factory Manual

Photo of FEMORS Power Adapter

FEMORS AC Wiring

Field Layout Map

GARS Tower Transport Manual


N3FJP Contest Logging System
11-min How-To Video

Typ Travel Trailer Manual

Solar Power Manual










WILDFIRE EXERCISE

ICS 201 Briefing
ICS208 - SAFETY
ICS206 - MEDICAL

LunchNLab Documents
Lightning/EMP Arrester
OCF Dipole Balun



EMERG.COMM TASK SOLUTIONS
Standing Up Comm. Net
EOCBroadcast Over NWS

Reaching State EOC via Ham
Emergency AM Broadcast



2018 FEB EMERGENCY SYMPOSIUM

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
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





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.)  




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








COMM PLANS

Alachua Cty PassThrus

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 Yaesu System 600 primer & Winlink


Simplex Repeater Manual

Kenwood TS 430 HF Transceiver User Manual

Heathkit SB-102 Manual

Heathkit HP-23 Power Supply Manual




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NEWS & EVENTS 
(slowly get deleted from the bottom up)

We proved WINLINK can be spied upon -- it is NOT encrypted in any fashion, no matter what some expert may claim.

Free download for non-commercial usage:
BOOK DOCUMENTING HOW TO SPY ON WINLINK

Spying Cover V2

Amazon Web Site - Paperback




CW on a regular Transceiver

JULY 10 Wed NFARC / ARES Meeting
Tentative July Agenda
History of ARES Task Books
Transistor BIASING
AREDN Familiarization



Guess What Antenna?
Hear more about this at the meeting.....

Last Month......
Tentative June Agenda
Transistor Amplifer Part 2.0
Cherokee Cty GA NetPractice
Dimensions 4.5 Time Service Download (for FT8, JS8Call)





EC-001 Class #2 -- probably the largest # of VHF/HF ham transmitters ever assembled in that Conference Room!!!


Mike Ridlon, Jeff Capehart & Susan fixed go-boxes & cleaned up the joint!


The LightBulb Dummy Load allowed zillions of WINLINK HF contacts

group



Voice Radiograms -- 3-frequency VHF net x 2 -- more tasks than you could shake a stick at -- FT8 & JS8Call -- a great ham radio day!



Huge improvements to state amateur backup planning by the three SEC's of Florida -- details next meeting


Proposed S.. Baptist Disaster Relief Training Manual

Winlink "Slo-Motion" Training Topic 1

Emergency Traffic Net Control Practice Handout


HUGE Progress on EOC HF ANTENNA 
Measurements explain why we have so much noise.
Contractor raising antenna.  
Local Ham Huckstep has put up TWO of these antennas, very successfully.
For more information see multiple detailed reports here:
EOC Ham Club Alachua County Web Page


AGENDA FOR MAY MEETING WED MAY 8
Great meeting where we practice radiograms and are getting pretty good at it!

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Training & Ham Training wel Very Well -- 13 Amateurs present -- Multiple demo WINLINK messages sent -- Draft TRAINING MANUAL for S. Baptist ham volunteers created.
Draft Training Manual FLBaptDR

EC001 -- 1st Saturday a Big Success -- traffic net control practice was a huge hit and people caught on quickly -- moved a bunch of traffic, took a ton of checkins in 15 minutes usually.  
Next Meeting;  Sat June 1 -- bring go boxes armed for bear!   We'll be doing radiograms every way possible!

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT SIGNUP FORM




PROCEDURAL WORDS OF INTEREST
Handling Back and Forth:
• “Over” A reply is expected, “go ahead.” 
• “Out” No reply is expected. Do not respond (like “hanging up” the phone).
 • “Roger” Received and Understood (NOT “Yes”) 
• “Affirmative” Yes 
• “Negative” No 
• “Clear” Same as “Out.” No reply is expected.
 • “Say Again” Repeat 

Getting A Message Across
I SPELL
INITIAL  (or INITIALS, as the case may be)
FIGURES  (zip codes,  telephone numbers, zip codes, or combinations of numbers )
MIXED GROUP   (figures and letters)
BREAK  (what you say between sections; except Shannon has concluded we should use PAUSE on local vhf repeaters)
AMATEUR CALL SIGN

March For Babies - Assignments
March For Babies -- Road Map
MarchForBabiesICS-205
MarchForBabiesICS-201

RM-11831 -- to invalidate PACTOR & 221(c) stations

RM-11831 GLG Comments

FCC Site For Entering Comments (enter RM-11831)

VIEWER TO READ ALL WINLINK MESSAGES

Winlink Organization Explanatory Document



EOC HF TRANSCEIVER / WINLINK MANUAL


APRIL MEETING DOCUMENTS:  (more documents in the Agenda document)
Tentative Agenda April 2019 Meeting
Individual Background Check / Training Status
PROPOSED local Alahua County ARES Strategic Plan
PROPOSED Alachua County Individual Taskbook (training record)
TransistorAmplifier1.0
MARC Unit Training
Exercise HOTWASH
EXERCISE AAR/Improvement Plan



(COMPLETED) MARCH EXERCISE DOCUMENTS (3/28 updates)
ICS-201
ICS-205
ICS-205 (aviation)
ICS-206 (Medical)



Table of Reports (draft) for GARS Field Day Preparation:

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

APR 21

MAY GARS

MTG

MAY 21

JUNE GARS MTG

June 17

PIO

oTake ARRL PIO training




oPress releases and publicity start

PLANNING

CHIEF

oLocate trailers & alt pwr eqp

oReport, 10 min

oFinal rpt published

oReport, 10 min.








OPER. CHIEF


oRecruit 20 opertors

oFull radio training sessions held


oAll forms completed for points

oReport, 10 min.








LOGIST.

CHIEF



oCarry out all tests listed below, owritten report available

oPresent report, 10 min


Example ICS Documents For Field Day


SPEAKERS' BUREAU FOR HAM RADIO CLUBS:

Google Page to Enter Your Availability As Ham Radio Speaker

This was an idea that I had, and Scott Roberts KK4ECR is bringing it to life!   If you're willing to be a speaker for other clubs -- put your information in on this page.

Upcoming  ActivityDATE
Santa Fe ExerciseMarch 30 8:30 Senior Ctr
March for Babies
Public Service
April 13
GARS HamfestApril 20
Baptist Training ApopkaMay 4
GARS Field DayJune 22
EXTRA CLASS TrainingAugust 17


EOC Interference Update Feb 22 2019

Reflection 4.0


MARCH EXERCISE ICS201

MARCH EXERCISE 205

MARCH EXERCISE 205A


 Gordon & Leland got together & built 2 Baluns -- 

Col. Huckstep & Jeff working on background checks -- helpful information from Ben Henley & Karl Martin much appreciated.

Volunteer Requirements from State

Updated Hurricane Michael Improveent Plan

Updated 2019 Emergency Conf. Improvement Plan


After Action Report / Improvement Plan for Conference Exercise



REFLECTIONS 
The Science of What Happens On Coax!
Reflections 1.0 - how reflections work
Reflection 2.0 -- Betweeen the 1/4 wave points
Reflections 3.0 -- adding things in series and parallel
Reflections 3.0 will be at the meeting! -- How to add impedances and admittances EASY on the Chart.

Emergency Conference Logo

59 Participated!

Photos & Conference Directory

The 2019 (Florida) Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference was a huge success -- scores 4.6/5.0    The Exercise was a smash hit with the participants.   29 Talks / Sessions given -- so many thanks to the speakers!    Everyone learned a ton!   We attempted to build in better ICS procedures for situational awareness (the Activity Report and updates to documents) -- with slight success.  
From duplexers to WINLINK -- we covered as much as we possiibly could about Emergency Communications!

The Exercise After Action Report/Improvement Plan is >60 pages, being reviewed now and will be released soon.   It is in HSEEP Format, exactly the format used by city, county, state and federal exercise planners.  You can use it to show your officials the caliber of training being accomplished today in Amateur Radio.

It will be a text on Amazon, just like most of our documents, and also available free here.  

STRIKE TEAM ONE: (Pole Barn west of town)
Emergency Viral Communications

STRIKE TEAM TWO (Northside Park east of town)
Team2

FARPOC Group at Santa Fe
FARPOCgroup1

2019 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference





International Telecommunications Union Creating Central American WINLINK Stations For Emergency Communications
Honduras and Dominican Republic now operative.





Solution finally found for reliable two-node relaying, e.g., all the way from Trenton into GNVWLK:

Two-Node Relay Packet Settings

Big CONGRATS to all the successfull Alachua County Hams who made it into the WINLINK Check-In net this week:   AC4QS, AA3YB, KG4VWI, KM4DLF, KM4JTE,KX4Z -- great job!!

Being well-rounded, capable of all kinds of modes, bands, techniques -- a strong asset for anyone in emegency communications!



DTN Installation Files/Instructions

Arduino IDE Introduction
Alachua County School Shelter PassThru Locations



Corrected list of schools (7/12/2018):
1. Rawlings   (on my previous list)   3500 NE 15th Street, a bit SW of the airport
    (done already)  Westwood
2.  Sidney Lanier  (on high ground near the Red Cross)  312 NW 16th Avenue
3.  Williams  (on my previous list)   620 East University, sorta downtown
4.  Chiles   2525 School House Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608 -- west of I-75 and likely impossible to reach from the EOC without repeaters.
5.  Alachua Elementary    13800 Northwest 152nd Place, Alachua, FL 32615  -- in Alachua and likely impossible to reach from the EOC without repeaters
    (done already)  Santa Fe HS
6.   Talbot    5701 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32653   Right near the 146.82 repeater, Devill's Millhopper area -- and likely impossible to reach from the EOC without repeaters.



Draft HamWatch Information





New Trenton VHF Packet Repeater Coverage W4DAK-7

Trenton Coverage

Blue area past the green coverage of NF4C-7 (NEWB) is NEW westward coverage for our training/emergency network.


Version2.1 Built soundcardinterface



Coffee Cup FREE FTP


ASSETS & SKILLS Form -- 

Assets&Skills



DHS EMP Radio Protection Recommendations-2016



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.

 







hree 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  Phone 352 331 6639
 
[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!)






ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTATION OF EXERCISES

2018

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

Important Facts #1
Important Facts #2
Important Facts #3
Important Facts #4


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


GARC Online Calendar

(Relatively PERMANENT Information)*

After Action Reports of NFARC

2017 Hurricane Exercise (May 2017)

2017 Steinhatchee Storm (60 mi deployment)

2018 Wacassasa Wildfire Exercise

2018 Hurricane Michael AAR/IP

Updated Hurricane Michael Improvement Plan

After Action Report / Improvement Plan for 2019  Conference Exercise

Updated Improvement Plan (2019 Conference)


EOC INTERFERENCE & ANTENNA REPORTS

March 23 2019 Comms Test

EOC Interference Study Feb 22 2019

ARES(R)  / RACES   Info / Signup
Basic Information - Alachua County ARES(R) RACES
RACES Application
BackgroundCheck Authorization

Local ARES Levels

Local ARES taskbook

Educational Articles

How to wire your station for digital
Solution For Two-Node Packet WINLINK Traversal
Primer on FLDIGI  
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)
PACTOR educational information
RegulatoryMyths
RFI AMBIENT NOISE PROTOCOL
CW on an ordinary Transceiver

TransistorAmplifiers1.0
Transistor Amplifier 2.0
Transistor Amplifier 3.0 (Biasing)


WINLINK & PACKET EDUCATIONAL
How to wire your station for digital
Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to
EasyTerm Tutorial
VHF WINLINK Primer
Primer on WINLINK "connect"scripts
Creating WINLINK Account By Radio

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
10 KW Generator Information
ICOM CI-V Addresses

Training Manuals / Criteria etc.
(EC-001 Stuff Also)
Proposed Baptist DR Training
WINLINK "Slo-Mo" Training #1
Traffic NCS Practice
Radiogram Practice Document
WINLINK Practice Tasks
ARRL MPG book chapter on NCS
ARRL EC-001 PDF Texts (Dropbox)
ARES TaskBooks


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
DHS EMP Protection Levels


Repeater Construction
svxlink configuration manual
HowTo - Additional Info on ICS-CTRL 1X Controller

TRAFFIC TRAINING
DTN Software/Instation Instructions
ARRL Traffic Manual
RRI Traffic Training Manual
RRI DTN (Digital Traffic Net) White Paper

RRI Registration Form
RRI Facebook
RRI Web
NTS Procedural Words (Wells)
Net Control Practice


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

FILES FOR BUILDERS & HAMS
DipTrace Files For Soundcard Interface PCB
Zip'ed Gerber Files to Send To PCB Makerfor Soundcard Interface
Soundcard V2.2 Construction Manual (June 2019)
Soundcard Isolation building manual (for slightly earlier version)
(change the 47K in the base of the audio input amp to more like 5-10K)

Raduino / SWR Meter DigitalFrequencySynthesis PCB DipTrace


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
Loading/Using the IDE
Initial NFARC ubix construction
OutboardLPFRelayDaughterboard


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

LabNLunch Projects
LightningEMPArrestor
OCF Dipole Balun Construction
uBitx information & purchase
12V Power Dist Project

Antennas
Florida 20 Foot Flag Pole Law

Exercise Documents


March 2019
ICS-201
ICS-205
ICS-205 AVIATION
ICS-206 (Medical)

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 12/2018
mnemonics to help the port numbers make sense
Beatty Twr
CONNECTS
145.030 to
145.770
JimGordon
Forest
Grove
Fire
tower
TRENTON
145.030 (Port 6)
"OCALA"
"6 is twice 3"
Most
Ocala
Stations
W4DFU-8
GARC2
KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK
145.070 (Port 7)
"GAINESVILLE"
"7 = .070"
KI4KEA-7
KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK
NF4RC-7
NEWB
W4DAK-7
DARK
145.770 (Port 8)
SEDAN
".770 is almost .8"
W4DFU-8
GARC2