Category Archives: ECOMM

AUXCOM Certificate

The certificates for the AUXCOM class at the end of September were mailed out to the students this week.

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A Surprise From the ARRL

A large envelope from the ARRL arrived this weekend.  It look suspiciously like the kind they send out awards for states or sections in various contests, but I didn’t recall submitting a log recently.  I was pleasantly surprised to find … Continue reading

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Auspicious Day for AUXCOM Completion

I attended a two day, 20 hour, AUXCOM training class this weekend.  It was sponsored by RIEMA (Thanks Gil Woodside and Tom Guthlein), and taught by two subject matter experts (Thanks Jim Millsap and Hank Koebler).  We had 23 students … Continue reading

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A Documentation Solution for Shelter Radios?

One of the hats I wear as a volunteer is supporting RI’s Red Cross communication (part of what ARC calls “DST” or Disaster Services Technology).  During a particularly bad winter storm, one of our shelter comms operators contacted me at the … Continue reading

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Digital Go Box

I attended a American Red Cross Regional Disaster Institute two weeks ago, and had the pleasure of meeting Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.  Frank’s a busy guy, deeply involved with ARES and the ARC.  His passion is putting together various “Go-Boxes” to … Continue reading

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HSMM-MESH WB4SON-AP1 Ready for Duty

I setup and configured a Linksys WRT54GS v2.0 Router today to run HSMM-Mesh software version 0.4.3.  Unfortunately there are no nodes in my area yet, and only two others registered in RI, but eventually this might become a high speed … Continue reading

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SKYWARN Training

It was a pleasure to attend Rob Macedo’s (KD1CY) Smithfield RI SKYWARN Training Class on July 13.  While scheduled to last 3 hours, it proceeded at a casual pace and was done in about 2.5 hours.  The class covers criteria for … Continue reading

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FEMA IS-802 ESF #2 Communications Completed

This was a VERY easy course, taking about 15 minutes to complete.  I was expecting procedure, but it was really Federal Alphabet Soup describing the responsibilities of all the various government agencies that would be involved in a national emergency … Continue reading

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Successful test of FLDIGI/FLMSG/FLWRAP

Mike Cullen, K1NPT, of NewportReady fame, and I ran a series of experiments over 2 meter simplex for a couple of hours tonight.  We wanted to get our equipment setup to use FLDIGI and various accessory modules (FLMSG, FLWRAP, FLRIG, … Continue reading

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NBEMS – Narrow Band Digital Comm for EMS

I installed the latest version of FLDIGI, FLRIG, FLAMP, and FLWRAP on my Asus Netbook today for use with my IC-9100 on VHF.  I had used FLDIGI about 18 months ago to handle my first digital contacts with the Icom … Continue reading

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