North Florida Amateur Radio Club
Radio station of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club
Page updated: Nov 11 2018
Minutes / Important Documents of the Club
Message Pickup Station (MPS) Choices
Multi-Year TRAINING PLAN
(i.e. meeting calendar)
CORE CAPABILITIES selected by Alachua ARES for 2018 Training
2018 ALACHUA COUNTY ICS-205Program In ICS201 Format
Signing up for the first time on ARRL Connect:
ARRL Volunteer Hub (find events)
FIELD DAY DOCUMEN-
FIELD DAY SCHEDULE
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
ARRL 2018 FD Rules
ICS 201 Briefing
ICS208 - SAFETY
ICS206 - MEDICAL
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
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
Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule
BITX40/ uBitX DOCUMENTS
ICS 205 RADIO COMM
(The ICS-205A was sent out by email.)
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
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
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
2019 Ham Radio Emergency Communications Conference
(Preliminary Information -- but will be continually updated)
Jeff Capehart is working on a real registration page
Already created as an "Event" within ARES CONNECT.
SAT/SUN FEB 2/3 2019
Meeting Wednesday Nov 14thPrimary Items ---
7 PM Red Cross
1. Sign up for RACES / background checks
2. Review/ Amend proposed After Action Report / Improvement Plan
3. Live Demonstration of ALE ( automatic link establishment ) -- and up and coming technology widely used by the military for communications
Susan, Leland and Shannon Head Out to Panama City
Pickup Trucks Crammed with Radios, Gear, Food
5 AM Meetup to Drive West
FULL SCALE EXERCISE POSTPONED
Solution finally found for reliable two-node relaying, e.g., all the way from Trenton into GNVWLK:
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!
ALACHUA COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
13 Volunteers joined up at the GARS Meeting
Tuesday Evening Sept 18.
2018 SET Documentation
October 13th Exercise (S.E.T.)
Raspberry Pi svxlink repeater controller now lives! Able to operate without monitor or keybord.
For after you've built it -- a way to knock the harmonics down even farther:
(freebie: includes the polarity protection circuitry and a voltage regulator as well)
EOC ANTENNA INSTALLATION HAS STARTED!!
And....it was suspended....due to thunderstorms and apparent recognition that needed to study the wind load of the plans. Lets hope it starts up again!
DTN Installation Files/Instructions
Arduino IDE Introduction
Beginning to learn how to connect to the DTN for manual network Traffic
Alachua County School Shelter PassThru Locations
Important Facts Page One
Important Facts Page Two
Important Facts Page 3
Signing Up On the ARRL Connect
FINDING EVENTS to sign up for:
What We Covered @ July Meeting
SCHOOL COAX PASSTHROUGHS
Dual sets (2 coax lines) were built for FOUR SCHOOLS. Meeting with Tom Cowart net week... Progress!!
School PassThrough Installation Instructions
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 idea for a "Neighborhood Ham Watch" for emergency communications:
Initial Response in Steephchase Farms was VERY POSITIVE -- Thanks to Nancy Gibby KM4YGI for volunteering!
Application to become an ARRL-Affiliated Club has now been files. There's a series of steps it goes through now...
Waccasassa Wildfire AAR/IP is PUBLISHED ON AMAZON
John Troup's FIRST BOOK!!
HOORAY-- we finished the Spring WILDFIRE Exercise
New Trenton VHF Packet Repeater Coverage W4DAK-7
Blue area past the green coverage of NF4C-7 (NEWB) is NEW westward coverage for our training/emergency network.
Required a line completely OVER an Oak Tree to get an adequate signal to create this coverage. I'm guessing that is our 22nd antenna since we started putting up antennas.....
NEW SOUNDCARD INTERFACE BOARD SUCCESS
FAR FAR CHEAPER THAN PREVIOUS VERSION BOARDS
FITS INTO ROSEMARYs TWININGS TEA TINS
Built In GroundPlane
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!
BLOWOUT ANTENNA CONSTRUCTION LUNCH N LAB
10 HOMEBREWS OF A $240 MULTIBAND ANTENNA BALUN CONSTRUCTED
Now published and on Amazon -- our copies coming in the mail....already interest from the Alaska S.E.C. and from Missouri E.C.
FIRST EOC CALL SIGN OBTAINED!!!
SOFTWARE TO DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO MAY 9th MEETING:
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!
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
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?
Starting to keep track of our skills & assets
Presentations from Huge March Meeting
Wildfire Exercise (See Below)
Shelter Information System
2018 Symposium Newletter Article
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.
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.
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 Phone 352 331 6639
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
Important Facts #1
Important Facts #2
Important Facts #3
Important Facts #4
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
After Action Reports of NFARC
Educational ArticlesHow 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
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
WINLINK & PACKET EDUCATIONAL
How to wire your station for digital
Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to
VHF WINLINK Primer
Primer on WINLINK "connect"scripts
Power over Ethernet in the Field
Changes to reduce Raspberry server WRITES
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
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
svxlink configuration manual
HowTo - Additional Info on ICS-CTRL 1X Controller
DTN Software/Instation Instructions
ARRL Traffic Manual
RRI Traffic Training Manual
RRI DTN (Digital Traffic Net) White Paper
RRI Registration Form
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 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 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
Loading/Using the IDE
Initial NFARC ubix construction
Emergency Comms Resources
Shelter Reference Book (of forms etc)
School PassThrough Installation
OCF Dipole Balun Construction
uBitx information & purchase
Florida 20 Foot Flag Pole Law
FREQUENCY INTERCONNECTIONSNote: bpq nodes "learn" from "node broadcasts" and can intelligently route!
mnemonics to help the port numbers make sense
|145.030 (Port 6)|
"6 is twice 3"
|145.070 (Port 7)|
"7 = .070"
|145.770 (Port 8) |
".770 is almost .8"