NF4RC -- (callsign of) An ARRL Affiliated Club 

Supporting Emergency Communications


North Florida Amateur Radio Club

Radio station of the North  Florida Amateur Radio Club 

Page updated: May 13, 2021                                                                                                                                                      

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

ARES Member Levels


Link to Temporary FBDR Ham Vol. Resources


Message Pickup Station (MPS) Choices

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




2019 ALACHUA COUNTY ICS-205

ARES CONNECT -- First time users sign up here:
NORTHERN FLORIDA ARES CONNECT

Report Hours and Register for Upcoming Events
ARRL Volunteer Hub (find events)




LunchNLab Documents
(have been moved to far right column, below)



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





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

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

AntennaTuner Suggestion

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

BEATY TOWER DOCUMENTS

Equipment Diagram



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



Link To Register To Operate 2021 ARES(R) Field Day NF4AC

Excellent May Meeting
THANKS to Brett for his talk on how our planning fits into what the FEMA folks are trying to encourage at every level...

TO CONTRIBUTE TO TRINITY
Get your donation to Susan Halbert within the next week....

ARES(R)/NFARC meeting ZOOM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89530741792




Alachua County Shelter Radio Systems Testing Has Begun:  https://qsl.net/nf4rc/2021/MassCareShelterAntennaTesting.pdf
Hooray for Col. Huckstep!!
Strong-backed Volunteers Requested.....
CONTACT COL DAVID HUCKSTEP TO VOLUNTEER

Upcoming Shelter Tests:
  • May 12: Archer Elementary, then Chiles Elementary (Radio only at Archer)
  • May 19: Meadowbrook Elementary, then Talbot Elementary
  • May 26: Alachua Elementary, then High Springs Community School (No radios at either school)
  • June 2: Shell Elementary
Contact Col. David Huckstep W4JIR to volunteer -- you can borrow my Cosco upright/horizontal dolly if you would like.  

Shelters on their list that are NOT part of the antenna-installation program: (Hooray Col. Huckstep for spotting this issue!!)
CHILES
ALACHUA ELEMENTARY
HIGH SPRINGS COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Apparently these new shelters were envisioned due to extra space requirements caused by COVID-19.   We have our work cut out for us at those locations -- no pass thrus! -- We may be back to the "taking up the threshhold" plan.....  More investigation of the possibilities is ongoing....

DO THE BEST You CAN!!  We will come up with something.  That's what we all do!  



Hooray for Local participants who successfully filed requeste dforms for the May 8 American Red Cross ham radio drill -- over 600 participants nationally, at least 4 from Alachua County!
 instructions:
http://arc-emcomm-training.org/May2021Drill/ARC-Nationwide-CommEx-08May2021c.pdf

Live Map Saturday of Results


Florida SEC's Meeting Open to All
 -- May 22 Saturday 11 AM Zoom --
preregistration required

SignUp Link For May 22 SEC Meeting



Backup Communications Planning for the Five Most Important Threats & Hazards
"Integrated Preparedness Plan"
Being Constructed by Alachua County ARES(R)/NFARC
Volunteer Contributors Contact Jeff Capehart To Work On Sections
DRAFT VERSION IPP
Draft Emegency Operations Plan (Volunteer Communications)


EOC FIELD DAY FORMALLY APPROVED BY ASO / EM


NFARC Draft ICS Planning
ANY CLUB can take any or all of this ICS-based planning
and is encouraged to edit/use it to their advantage!

If it helps your club, that's fantastic!  

Contact Gordon Gibby to Volunteer for Positions
Need:  Event/Incident Commander, Finance/Accounting, Logistics, Operations, Liaison Officer

Already volunteered:  Safety Officer, Satellite Chief
Much Much Easier Than Last Year!!

Team Builds 15 Polarity Protectors for EOC GO-BOXES & Station


Team builds protectors

These enchancement-mode MOSFET  circuits act like "super diodes" that have virtually no voltage loss but won't let the wrong polarity connection damage an expensive radio.  

15 Polarity Protectors

The volunteers, many of whom had never soldered anything before, got a lot of practice and education just identifying the parts and assembling and soldering all the units.


Practice Soldering!

At some point in the future, this will be a LabNLunch project.









CALENDAR

DATEITEM
Every MondayFlorida Winlink CheckIn Net - Free training!
Every WednesdayParticipate in EOC net check-ins -- contact Leland or Gordon, arrive approx 10:30 or 12:30 .  Free training!
Alternate Friday Evenings3970 kHz NVIS Net  (LSB) -- see Reid Tillery

Tech ClassHooray Class Is Finished!!
Antenna optional Exercise Saturday EOC 9 AM May 8 -- Make 2m/70cm Antennas and learn how to measure SWR!
Wed May 12SCHOOL SHELTER TESTING
Wed May 12May ARES(R)/NFARC meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89530741792

Field Day Planning -- see
FieldDayICS
Integrated Preparedness Plan - EOC see Draft IPP
see Draft Emergency Operations Plan
Tue May\
18
May GARS mtg (zoom)
Their link is:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/964853731
Wed May 19SCHOOL SHELTER TESTING
Wed May 26SCHOOL SHELTER TESTING
Wed Jun 2SCHOOL SHELTER TESTING
UPCOMINGLabNLunch to build
POLARITY PROTECTOR  kits to keep your precious radio from going up in smoke!!
June 26/27EOC FIELD DAY -- 2nd Year
NF4AC   EOC Call Sign
Expecting 2+ Stations
Permission Recieived!  And This Year  ASO will crank the Generator!





Largest Volunteer Communications Exercise In Florida
Whirlwind Boom 2021 huge success thanks to 85+ participants, >>400 messages transferred.
After Action Report/Improvement Plan is Published
(And an error corrected on page 11 & Republished)
FREE WhirlwindBoom AAR/IP Here
AMAZON PAPERBACK / Kindle Version

Amazon Front Cover

GREAT WORK EVERYONE!!   Many new connections were made and much training accompllished.


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New Zoom Link
I had to get a zoom link to keep Santa Fe CC happy and teach the Tech Class...and it will avoid any hard feelings among our friends -- so here is the trial new "zoom link" information:

Gordon Gibby is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Radio Training Meetings
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89530741792

Meeting ID: 895 3074 1792
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,89530741792# US (New York)
+13017158592,,89530741792# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 895 3074 1792
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdxi4hkpCh
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Proposed EOC Comms Levels Tasks


AX.25  Digipeaters/Connections HOW-TO Written by Susan Halbert KG4VWI:
Using UF Packet Station



If YOU need help with an antenna problem (other than towers....) give us a call!





Van Chesney's suggested APRS software:
APRS software

PowerSwitch/SmartCharger





Florida ARES(R) TASKBOOK

Suggested Free Software Downloads:
Software Downloads



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


Draft HamWatch Information

NF4RC

Contact Information
Trustee
Gordon Gibby MD  [email protected]
More information on qrzcq.com
 

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 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





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

Alachua County Packet Node/Gateways

Marion County VHF Packet
 
BPQ Packet Node Map


Marion County ARES

BREVARD COUNTY ARES


GARC Online Calendar

(Relatively PERMANENT Information)*

After Action Reports of NFARC
2020 Field Day AAR/IP

2020Conference-Hot&ColdExerciseAARIP

2019 PowerOut! Exercise

(Created/Led by Susan Halbert KG4VWI & Leland Gallup AA3YB)

After Action Report / Improvement Plan for 2019  Conference Exercise
Updated Improvement Plan (2019 Conference)

2018 Hurricane Michael AAR/IP

Updated Hurricane Michael Improvement Plan

2018 Wacassasa Wildfire Exercise

(Created/Led by John Troupe)

2017 Hurricane Exercise (May 2017)

2017 Steinhatchee Storm (60 mi deployment)



ARES(R)  / RACES   Info / Signup
BADGING Information
UpdatedARESAlachuaCtyBadging
RACES Application
BackgroundCheck Authorization


ALACHUA COUNTY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

ALACHUA COUNTY BAOFENG CHIRP FREQUENCIES

ALACHUA COUNTY ICS-205

How To Use UF Packet Station


Educational Articles

State Shelter Volunteer Legal Requirements

JS8FT8Talk
Setting Up VHS RMS
How to wire your station for digital
2020 Digital101 (Hardware)
Solution For Two-Node Packet WINLINK Traversal
Primer on FLDIGI  
Homebrew 2 meter SLIMJIM Antenna Construction
Raspberry Pi Packet Server
Current Alachua County linbpq
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
Using Headphones With Baofeng UV-5R
Making Baofeng UV-5R Data Cable
HIPAA: Protected Health Information (PHI)

RouterMeshSatellite Slide Presentation

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

Materials for Exercise Creators
SampleKDPExerciseAARIP.doc format
SampleKDPExerciseAARIP odt format


WINLINK & PACKET EDUCATIONAL
How to wire your station for digital
Signalink Commervially Made Cable Guide
Soundmodem/audio configuration how-to
Comprehensive Older Packet Instruction
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
SettingUpTheIcom7300
Creating MESH Winlink Gateway via KISS


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
FEMA on ICS & NGO's
IS-300: Planned Events & ICS
EMA ARRL - ICS / Planned Events
ICS for organizations
FEMA: ICS positions
ICS Positons
Wikipedia: ICS

NFL Section Training Materials
Davis-NCS Toolkit

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

Shelter WIFI Servicer
Shelter WIFI Service - Introduction
Significantly improved technical document: (Feb 25 2021)
Rasp3BPlusOrRasp4TechnicalServerDocument


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
Ohio Traffic Net Example (Matthew Curtin)
Kate Hutton videos (sniff, sniff)
TFC School #1
TFC School #2
TFC School #3


Emergency Power Solutions
Inverter Generator Filter

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

PowerSwitch/SmartCharger

ZippedSoftwareSource
BaseBillOfMaterials
ConstructionOperationManual
ZippedGerbersForPCBFabrication

Polarity Protector
Introduction: Polarity Protector Part One
Polarity Protector Construction Manual


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
Free LT-SPICE


PROPAGATION
Critical Frequency
D-Layer Absorption
World Map of Critical Frequencies
HF BEACON FREQUENCIES
Texas Army Mars IONOSONDE info
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
Improved Balun (Guanella) for OCF Dipole
uBitx information & purchase
12V Power Dist Project
EndFed 49:1 Balun
AC Line Common Mode Choke

Antennas
BeginnersCorner-Antennas
Florida 20 Foot Flag Pole Law
Summary of Federal/FCC law on ordinances
SWRvsReturnLoss



VHF PACKET 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>
Vann Chesney is providing an APRS Gateway on 146.390 -- Thanks!

WINLINK GATEWAYS ARE -10 AND BOLDED.

145.030 (Port 6)


                                                            W4DFU-8
GARC2

KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK


145.070 (Port 7)
"GAINESVILLE"


K4ZSW-7
EARL
K4ZSW-10
EARWL

N5CBP-7
N5CBP-10

KX4Z-7
JNVILL
KX4Z-10
GNVWLK
(NEWB has been removed; land was sold.)W4DAK-7
DARK
145.770 (Port 8)
SEDAN


W4DFU-8
GARC2
K4MVR-7
K4MVR-10
(mike ridlon)




145.670most ocala stations- no node broadcasts