DMR Nets

The Greene County DMR net meets every Tuesday at 8:30 pm local time on :

444.8750(+), Color Code 13 N8NQH East repeater.                                                         
444.4375(+), Color Code 11 N8NQH West repeater.

Talk Group 310557 Timeslot 2                                                                         

For more information see http://tim-yvonne.com/ham/dmr.                

This net is for the discussion of DMR in general and training in DMR net operation. This net is open to all amateurs. You do not need to be a member of any local or national organization or live in Greene County to participate.

There is a general Ohio DMR net on Monday’s at 8:30PM on Talkgroup 3139.

There is also a list of DMR nets statewide on the Ohio ARES site (several are ARES nets)  and a map of Ohio DMR repeaters.

Winlink Nets

Winlink is a digital mode used primarily as a store and forward messaging system. A station connects via RF to a VHF or HF node known as a Radio Message Server (RMS) Gateway. The RMS gateway forwards that message to one of two redundant Common Message Servers (CMS) via internet. When a receiving station connects to the system, the CMS sends the message to the RMS that the receiving station is logged in to. There are also Hybrid gateways that will relay messages when the internet is down.

This gives a valuable capability when internet is down in a local area, allowing stations to connect to HF gateways outside of the impacted area.

Winlink operates much as an E-mail program and has many standardized forms such as used by the Red Cross and Incident Command System (ICS) forms used by FEMA and local EMAs.

In addition to VHF and HF connections, there is a Telnet option that connects using the internet, providing an opportunity to learn the program prior to integrating it with your radio.

The Red Cross has incorporated Winlink into national exercises such as the one held on 8 May 2021.  See the ARC-EmComm Training group for details on upcoming drills and their Winlink Thursdays training program.

Two local Winlink nets are:

Greene County ARES Winlink net:

  • Send a Winlink message to W8LRJ via w8lrj@winlink.org either using the Winlink gateway at 445.01 MHz simplex, HF or via Winlink Telnet any time on Tuesday between 6 am and 9 pm. All messages will be acknowledged.
  • Net, please use the following format: Callsign, Name, City, County, ARES District, State, and How Connected (Frequency and Callsign of Winlink Gateway or Telnet). As an example, that would be W8LRJ, John Westerkamp, Beavercreek, Greene, D3, OH (via 445.01 W8GCA-10 Gateway)”
  • Please feel free to check-in using one of the Winlink Form Templates, e.g., the Winlink Check-In form under General or the ICS 213 form under ICS Forms.
  • Remember that a Winlink Net is NOT like a conventional net where all participants meet simultaneously. All messages will be acknowledged on Wednesday.

Ohio Winlink Net:

  • Send a Winlink message to K8EAF any time on Wednesday.
  • Just a one line with callsign, first name, city, county, state and via what mode (VHF, UHF, HF or Telnet. Because we want operators to get started using Winlink, the Telnet check-ins are excepted.
  • Enter K8EAF in the “To” field. Subject field “OH Winlink Net Check-in”. In the body field enter callsign, first name, city, county, state and via what mode.
  • Example: K8EAF, Ed, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH (VHF)
  • All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete roster will be sent later in the week.
  • NOTE: They will accept the ICS213 forms and the new Winlink Check-in form found in the General Forms folder. Test drive the forms!

Additional Nets:

Great Lakes Area Winlink Net: Wednesdays, send a message to KB8RCR with the subject of “GLAWN Date of Check-in” (example: GLAWN 3/10/2021), with your information in the body (FIRST NAME, CALLSIGN, CITY, COUNTY, STATE, COUNTRY).  You can also use any of the standard Winlink forms or templates.

In addition, there is the Original Winlink Wednesday Net with net controls in Virginia.  Check out their website and read the All About Winlink Wednesday document (.pdf file) for more details.  In addition to checking in via VHF/UHF and HF RMS nodes (no TELNET please), they also hold HF Peer to Peer (P2P) sessions.

Going a bit further out of the region there is a North Texas Winlink Net

On Thursdays, our neighbors have their own nets:

Kentucky Winlink Net focusing on P2P connections.  See details here.

 West Virginia Winlink Net, using standard RMS messages and P2P connections.

Digital Training Nets

Various District 3 counties hold weekly Digital nets. These provide valuable training on using digital modes to pass traffic during an activation. They use sound card digital modes and the free FLDIGI software package.

FLDIGI is used in a keyboard to keyboard mode, either with two stations passing traffic to each other or for net operations with multiple stations. The companion FLMSG software allows use of standardized forms (such as American Red Cross of Incident Command System) to be passed.

Greene County:

  • Greene County ARES holds their digital net following their weekly voice nets on Tuesday evenings. The voice net begins at 21:00L.
  • It is held on the 146.910(-) W8GCA repeater on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday.
  • It is held on the 442.7250(+) W8GCA repeater on the 4th Tuesday.
  • The net uses the MT63 2000 Long (MT63-2KL) digital mode centered on 1500 Hz.

Montgomery County:

  • Montgomery Co. ARES holds their digital net following their weekly voice nets on Tuesday evenings. The voice net begins at 20:00L.
  • The first and third Tuesday of the month is on the 146.640(-) 123.0HZ tone K8MCA Repeater.
  • The second Tuesday of the month is held on the 444.250 (+) 123.0Hz tone K8MCA repeater.
  • (The fourth Tuesday is usually reserved for meetings, but during the COVID19 response a net on 146.640 is being held instead).
  • The net uses the MT63 2000 Long (MT63-2KL) digital mode centered on 1500 Hz.

If any other District 3 counties are holding Digital nets, please pass the information to ka0azs@arrl.net for posting here.

May 2020 Winlink Test Results

From the June 2020 ARES E-Letter, comments of Ohio SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL:

Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator, reported “We did well for the Red Cross exercise on May 30; we had more Winlink activity than expected. So we need to increase the penetration and use of Winlink along with/as a part of the Ohio Digital Emergency Network (OHDEN), which principally supports the Ohio state EOC, and our traffic nets.”

Ron Moorefield, W8ILC SK

Ron was the District 3 DEC for many years

Per the DARA RF Carrier:

March 18, 2020

With all that is going on lately, it is with sadness that I must inform the club that Ron Moorefield, W8ILC, passed away earlier today. Due to the corona virus, the family has postponed the memorial services and will make an announcement later.  Please keep his family in your prayers as we get through this unusual and difficult time.

73 de K8UD
Steve Coy

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New DEC: Don Parker KB8PSL

Don Parker, KB8PSL, OH D3 DEC

As the newly appointed West Central Ohio ARES Emergency Coordinator for District 3, I want to thank Fred Stone for his assistance as I transition into this new position. It goes without saying; Fred’s guidance leading District 3 has benefited the organization moving it forward.

I want to introduce myself and provide some background. Many of you know me as a Dayton SkyWarn Coordinator assisting with the NWS/SkyWarn weather spotter classes, Hamvention Security Chairman, Montgomery County ARES – AEC Logistics/PIO, or Montgomery County EMA EMCOMM team leader/EOC staff.

I have over 40 years experience in Public Safety involved with a variety of emergency incidents, disasters, planning drill exercises, and instructing public safety courses.

Over the past years, I’ve been a first responder to the major emergency incidents in the Miami Valley region. I’ve been to the Xenia tornadoes 1974 and 2000, Miamisburg train phosphorous incident, blizzard of 1978, and many other incidents.

As an EMCOMM member, in 2019, I worked the water emergency, KKK rally, Tornado outbreak, and the mass shooting with the EMCOMM team/EOC staff members at the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

I have years of experience organizing and participating in public service events as a net control operator for area ham clubs and organizations. I’ve been a ham radio operator for 27 years, I enjoy the hobby including being a Volunteer Examiner and experiencing the excitement of students receiving their Technician ham radio license or moving up to the next level.

My years of experience involved in the many aspects of ham radio communications, disasters, planning, and executing drills made my decision to apply for the District Emergency Coordinator.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone and moving ARES into the future. It takes the cooperation of team work to move forward.

Don Parker KB8PSL
District Emergency Coordinator
West Central Ohio District 3 ARES

D3 Net Callsign KD3WCO

Beginning with the 15 January 2020 net, the Net Control Operator for the weekly District 3 ARES net will be using the callsign of KD3WCO (K-District 3 West Central Ohio).