Radio station of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club
Page updated: Jan 19 2018
Founding Constitution of the Club
CURRENT Constitution of the Club
Minutes / Important Documents of the Club
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
2017 FEB EMERGENCY SYMPOSIUMICS201 for Symposium
Tech Course Video Demo Time Schedule
BITX40/ uBitX DOCUMENTS
ICS 205 RADIO COMM
(The ICS-205A was sent out by email.)
2017 Alachua County Simulated Emergency Test
EXERCISE PLAN (read this first)
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
GARC Feb24th Class (signup required)
BLANK ICS FORMS
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
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)
Full Scale Exercise Developtment: 2017 Hurricane Test Development
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
New printed circuit board effort to create ARES project for Arduino-based SWR meter & antenna analyzer
Based on some qst and other articles that showed just how easy this is with the new Si5351 chip that can make ANY frequency up to 160 MHz -- feed into swr bridge & measure antenna SWR at any desired frequency
WILDFIRE FULL SCALE EXERCISE PLANNING GROWS
Vann Chesney & John Truope met with Mike Sherrill of Forestry and gained new grasp of ways to improve their Exercise. Generated a written synopsis! Related: Jeff Capehart is working to fold in the MARC group into our Feb 24th Symposium Mini Full Scale Exercise. THANKS GUYS!!!!
Georgia ARES training was excellently done! > 200 participants in Forsyth, GA -- including Rosemary and Gordon!
EMERGENCY SYMPOSIUM GOES PAST 30 PARTICIPANTS FROM TWO STATES
FEB 24 2018
CHIEFLAND REPEATER IS NOW READY FOR INSTALLATION
(After solving power supply difficulties)
Prototype EMP Raduino Protection Circuit Constructed for EOC Vacuum Tube Rig
TESTED -- Good VFO Signal!
Shands repeater is ready for installation.
Since the photo: top screwed down, handles added, dielectric grease on important connections. Installation expected mid January.
BALUNS --- Part One
Practical How-To Baluns
TWO REPEATERS NEARING COMPLETION
Gene Culbreath, Vann Chesney and Rosemary worked tirelessly on Wednesday -- and we have two digital repeaters nearing completion. Rosemary soldered power harnesses, Gene helped everyone and also prepped harnesses; Vann worked steadfastly at soldering together another $25TNC; I built another micro SD chip. Main holdup was I couldn't find any 8-pin mic connectors to build the final audio connectors. Using a Baofeng, however, we tested NF4RC-9 --- WORKS!!!!! That will go to SHANDS & hopefully with a MICROWAVE link attached. GREAT WORK, GANG!!!!
TUESDAY ENORMOUS PROGRESS
1. Rosemary and I built FOUR wood go-box shells.
2. Rosemary, I and Vann sawed, cut / cracked and separated TWELVE small mic preamp boards/receiver turnoffs, from larger circuit boards (my own design) for others to use.
3. We put 4 Raspberries together (in the plastic case with heatsinks):
4. And TESTED four rigs, finding two good ones
5. And then MOUNTED all that stuff so far:
6. Then we CALIBRATED Two Raduinos
7. Then we PROVED that a Raduino can fully Drive an EMP Proof SB-100 Heahtkit 100-watt HF rig -- giving it full digital frequency accuracy -- and we measured several cyrstal frequencies of the EOC Heathkit.
And then we quit for the day!!! Start up again tomorrow at 9 AM.
Rows and rows of push-pull output, multi-band bitx-type SSB transceivers moving into calibration and testing in India. Size of the main board if 6" x 5.5". There is a digital Raduino which produces most of the VFO and other required frequencies. Appears to run on at least 4 bands, likely with double the power of existing bitx40's. Intermediate frequency is in the 40 MHz range --- so far easier image rejection. With controllable BFO (Raduino-developed) much easier to switch upper/lower sideband. All those crystals you see --- are the IF filter. Price is not yet determined and not yet available but this could be a GREAT starter rig for hams or EMCOMM.
EOC EMP-IMPERVIOUS RADIO
POWER CABLE & MIC FINISHED
SB-100 now has power supply & cable finished, mic connector changed to standard CB 4-pin; works with standard powered CB mic. A working rig ready for DIGITAL! and like a try at using a Digital DDS Raduino VFO.
Alachua County volunteers score well in 2nd week of Ray Cook's Florida WINLINK net....
An explanation of how antennas become unbalanced and cause us problems.
Alachua ARES' 3rd After Action Report published, available on Amazon. (local copies available at cost, $2.50)
EOC ANTENNA PROJECT
Antenna meeting went well and now Moorhouse is wanting DEADLINES for antenna project goals.....good sign.
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!!
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).
Local ARES members training on WINLINK for possible Puerto Rico Humanitarian Service
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
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.
Building Waterproof Shelter Go-Box VHF Radios
(Three go-boxes put together RAPIDLY by ARES Volunteers)
SHANDS HOSPITAL DIGITAL STATION PLANNINGScott 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.
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!!)
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!
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.
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.....
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.
BALUNS & HOW TO MAKE THEMHOW-TO document for making baluns
GAINESVILLE STATIONS HAVE NOW MOVED TO 145.070
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
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!)
Optimistic Alachua County ARES Digital Coverage (to 20' high antenna)
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
Alachua County InterClub Facebook
Alachua County InterClub Web
GARC Online Calendar
Educational ArticlesHow to wire your station for digital
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
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
Power over Ethernet in the Field
Changes to reduce Raspberry server WRITES
Primer on WINLINK "connect"scripts
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
Emergency Comms Resources
FREQUENCY INTERCONNECTIONSNote: bpq nodes "learn" from "node broadcasts" and can intelligently route!
mnemonics to help the port numbers make sense
|Rosemary||Jim||Art & Cindy||Gordon||Forest|
|145.030 (Port 6)|
"6 is twice 3"
|145.070 (Port 7)|
"7 = .070"
|145.770 (Port 8) |
".770 is almost .8"