Jackson County - ARES®
Sound card Emergency Communication
There are many Digital (sound card) modes now available and many provide the capability to transmit a fair amount of data during an emergency. Details and download of one such program FLDIGI may be found at http://w1hkj.com/ Please also download and install the following programs, FLMSG, FLWRAP at the minimum so as to send receive messages making direct use of ARRL or ICS forms.
There are presently two weekly training opportunities in the KC metro. First is Sunday evenings @ 8:00 pm local, using PSK-31, on simplex 2m FM 145.750 from the Northland ARES. Second is Wed evenings @ 8:30 pm on the 147.970- repeater (no tone) using MT63-1000 (1500 hz audio) linked to Blue Springs repeater 444.950 (tone 107.2).
Information about Missouri ARES may be found at the web site http://www.ares-mo.org/ The Missouri Traffic Net meets daily at 5:45 PM local on 3.963 (LSB voice) for the purpose of handling traffic in/out of the state. The Missouri Emergency Services Net meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM local also on 3.963 (LSB voice) with alternate 7.263 if propagation warrants.For HF use -
Be sure to set your sound card output and the rig drive level (Mic gain for some) for no more than 30 watts. The 'duty cycle' of many digital modes is high and the PA in the rig heats up fast. Excessive drive also distorts the PSK signal making it difficult or impossible to RX and takes a lot more bandwidth. Just 20 watts of power should provide an excellent signal throughout our coverage area.
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Last Update Feb. 17,2012