MS DIGITAL ARES TEAM
2017 SET OPERATIONS PlAN

Rez Johnson, K1REZ
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator


Digital Net Operations during the 2017 SET

I. DIGITAL NETS AVAILABLE FOR USAGE DURING THE 2017 SET:

During the 2017 SET the Mississippi Digital ARES Team will be running the following digital nets from 9am to 9pm:

HF Digital Nets:

1. MS Winlink Net: Net Manager: Rez Johnson, K1REZ: K1REZ@arrl.net

2. MS Digital ARES Net: Net Manager: Mark Williams, W5DIX: angryconservative@gmail.com

3. MS Digital SKYWARN Net: Net Manager: Mark Williams, W5DIX: angryconservative@gmail.com

4. MS BPQ BBS Network: Net Manager: James McCarty, AG5CL: wingrider86@yahoo.com (AG5CL is attempting to get this on the air in time.)

VHS Digital Net:

1. Central Mississippi Digital ARES Net: Net Manager: Jody Phillips, KC5IIW: kc5iiw@gmail.com

2. MS Packet Network: Net Manager: Tom Kelly, AB6Z: tkelly49@yahoo.com

Other Digital Modes Suggested:


1. APRS: ARES, RACES, and SKYWARN teams with APRS capabilities are encouraged to use APRS for position reporting and for sending tactical messages during the SET.

2. Broadband Hamnet: ARES, RACES, and SKYWARN teams with Broadband Hamnet capabilities are encouraged to use Broadband Hamnet for establishing live video feeds, VOIP telephone service, local area computer networking, file transfer, and traffic handling during the SET.

II. SET DIGITAL NETS DETAILS

1. MS WINLINK NET:

NET MANAGER: Rez Johnson, K1REZ: k1rez@arrl.net

TIME: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

FREQUENCY: Dial Frequency: 3594.400 USB, Center Frequency: 3595.900 USB

MODES: Winmor Winlink mode and/or Winmor P2P mode

SOFTWARE REQUIRED: Winlink Express: http://www.winlink.org/

HOW TO CHECK INTO THE MS WINLINK NET:

Check in anytime (and preferably multiple times throughout the day) by sending an email to K1REZ and/or KD5NDU, using one (or both) of the following Winlink Express modes:

1. WINMOR WINLINK MODE: Use any Winlink Gateway Station on 80, 40, or 20 meters

2. WINMOR P2P MODE: Connect to K1REZ and/or KD5NDU digital stations directly via 3594.4 USB Dial Frequency (3595.900 USB Center Frequency)

Place “2017 SET CHECK-IN” or “2017 SET TRAFFIC” (if sending traffic) in the subject bank of your email.

ABOUT USING TELNET OR REGULAR EMAIL: The scenario, which the state ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Robert Hayes, KC5IMN has planned for this year’s SET, will be testing our response to a “total outage.” In this scenario, all commercial power and all regular communications, including landline phones, cellular phones, and internet connections have been disrupted. Therefore, this year, you may NOT use regular email (or Winlink in telnet mode) to check into this net or send traffic, UNLESS one of the following applies:

A. Your team has access to a backup powered (generator, battery, solar panel) satellite internet dish and service, such as “HughesNet”, “WildBlue”, etc.

or

B. Your team has access to a backup powered (generator, battery, solar panel) satellite phone which is tethered to a backup powered computer and having satellite internet/email service, such as “Iridium”, “XGate”, etc.
Note: When using a non Winlink email program to send emails to a Winlink email address, you must place “//WL2K” in front of your subject in the subject blank of your email. Example: //WL2K : 2017 SET CHECK-IN

HOW TO SEND TRAFFIC ON THIS NET:

Simulated SET Traffic may be passed at any time on this net to any Mississippi served agency (MEMA, Red Cross, NWS, etc.) and to any Mississippi ARES, RACES or SKYWARN official.

To be accepted as traffic on this net you must type “2017 SET TRAFFIC” in the subject of the Winlink email, followed by your own message subject heading.

Examples:

2017 SET TRAFFIC: Storm Spotter Report
2017 SET TRAFFIC: Scott General Hospital Patient List
2017 SET TRAFFIC: Shelter Supplies Needed
2017 SET TRAFFIC: Hinds EOC Situation Report
2017 SET TRAFFIC: Health and Welfare Message
etc…

MESSAGE FORMATS ACCEPTED:

On the Winlink net, SET traffic needs to be sent in one of the following official formats: Radiogram, ICS-213, or Storm Spotter Report. These forms may be sent as attachments to a Winlink email, or typed as plain text inside a Winlink email, or using one of the nicely web-formatted Global Templates included inside Winlink Express’ Template Manager.

Text formatted forms will be provided at the end of this email, which you can cut and paste into Winlink emails.

2. MS DIGITAL ARES NET and MS DIGITAL SKYWARN NET:

These two nets will be running simultaneously on the same frequency, using the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS), which runs on the fldigi, flmsg, flwrap software suite.

NET MANAGER: Mark Williams, W5DIX: angryconservative@gmail.com

TIME: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

FREQUENCY: 3594.4 USB

CENTER: 1000hz on the Waterfall

MODE: Olivia 8/500

SOFTWARE REQUIRED: Free: Fldigi, Flwrap, Flmsg https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

HOW TO CHECK INTO THE MS DIGITAL ARES NET: Check in anytime (and preferably multiple times throughout the day) by sending the following text in all caps: "MS ARES CHECK-IN: YOUR CALL-SIGN, YOUR COUNTY"

Example: MS ARES CHECK-IN, AD5O, RANKIN

HOW TO CHECK INTO THE MS DIGITAL SKYWARN NET: Check in anytime (and preferably multiple times throughout the day) by sending the following text in all caps: "MS SKYWARN CHECK-IN: YOUR CALL-SIGN, YOUR COUNTY"

Example: MS SKYWARN CHECK-IN, W5XX, WARREN

HOW TO SEND TRAFFIC ON THIS NET: Simulated SET Traffic may be passed at any time on this net to any Mississippi served agency (MEMA, Red Cross, NWS, etc) and to any Mississippi ARES, RACES or SKYWARN official. Net Control stations will be using NBEMS data file interface settings to automatically open in a browser and in an flmsg window every flmsg file sent on the frequency. That way, even if they have to step away from the radio, they will still receive all traffic. For this reason, you do NOT need to get Net Control's attention before sending traffic. Just make sure no one else is transmitting before you begin sending your flmsg.

ACCEPTABLE TRAFFIC: To be accepted traffic must be sent using a completely filled out FLMSG Radiogram or a completely filled out FLMSG Storm Report. Since this is a simulated emergency test, and your messages will be fictitious, make sure you choose one of the TEST precedents in the precedence drop down menu (TEST ROUTINE, TEST WELFARE, TEST PRIORITY, TEST EMERGENCY) in all radiograms, so that no one thinks the messages are real. In Storm Reports make sure you place "TEST ONLY: DO NOT SEND TO NWS" in the PHONE blank space.

3. MS BPQ BBS NETWORK:

AG5CL is attempting to get this on the air in time for the SET. Once we know for sure that it will be available we will send you details on how to use it.

NET MANAGER: James McCarty, AG5CL: wingrider86@yahoo.com

VHS Digital Nets:

4. CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI DIGITAL ARES NET:

NET MANAGER: Jody Phillips. KC5IIW, kc5iiw@gmail.com

TIME: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

FREQUENCY: Pelahatchie Repeater: 145.390 77 hz tone

CENTER: 1500hz on the Waterfall

MODE: MT63-2000L (MT63-2KL)

SOFTWARE REQUIRED: Free: Fldigi, Flwrap, Flmsg https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/

HOW TO CHECK INTO THE CENTRAL MS DIGITAL ARES NET: Check in anytime (and preferably multiple times throughout the day) by sending the following text in all caps: "SET CHECK-IN: YOUR CALL-SIGN, YOUR COUNTY"

Example: SET CHECK-IN, AD5O, RANKIN

HOW TO SEND TRAFFIC ON THIS NET: Simulated SET Traffic may be passed at any time on this net to any Mississippi served agency (MEMA, Red Cross, NWS, etc) and to any Mississippi ARES, RACES or SKYWARN official. Net Control stations will be using NBEMS data file interface settings to automatically open in a browser and in an flmsg window every flmsg file sent on the frequency. That way, even if they have to step away from the radio, they will still receive all traffic. For this reason, you do NOT need to get Net Control's attention before sending traffic. Just make sure no one else is transmitting before you begin sending your flmsg.

ACCEPTABLE TRAFFIC: To be accepted traffic must be sent using a completely filled out FLMSG Radiogram or a completely filled out FLMSG Storm Report. Since this is a simulated emergency test, and your messages will be fictitious, make sure you choose one of the TEST precedents in the precedence drop down menu (TEST ROUTINE, TEST WELFARE, TEST PRIORITY, TEST EMERGENCY) in all radiograms, so that no one thinks the messages are real. In Storm Reports make sure you place "TEST ONLY: DO NOT SEND TO NWS" in the PHONE blank space.

5. MS PACKET NETWORK:

NET MANAGER: Tom Kelly, AB6Z: tkelly49@yahoo.com

TIME: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

FREQUENCY: 145.010

SOFTWARE REQUIRED: Outpost: http://www.outpostpm.org/index.php

HOW TO CHECK INTO THE MS PACKET NETWORK: Check in anytime (and preferably multiple times throughout the day) by sending a packet message to K1REZ and/or KD5NDU via packet station you can connect to.

Place “2017 SET PACKET CHECK-IN” or “2017 SET PACKET TRAFFIC” (if sending traffic) in the subject bank of your email.

HOW TO SEND TRAFFIC ON THIS NET:

Simulated SET Traffic may be passed at any time on this net to any Mississippi served agency (MEMA, Red Cross, NWS, etc.) and to any Mississippi ARES, RACES or SKYWARN official.

To be accepted on this net you must type “2017 SET PACKET TRAFFIC” in the subject of the Winlink email, followed by your own message subject heading.

They may be sent via any packet gateway station to K1REZ@winlink.org and/or KD5NDU@winlink.org for forwarding to their end recipient.

MS/LA Packet Network Frequency List

CITY

ST

TYPE

FREQ

CALL

ALIAS

BATON ROUGE 

LA 

RMS GATEWAY 

145.010 

KD5CQB-10 

BTR2 

GULFPORT 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

W5ILR-7 

GPT  

GULFPORT 

MS 

RMS GATEWAY 

145.010 

W5ILR-10 

 

HAMMOND 

LA 

DIGI 

145.010 

WB5NET 

HMU 

HAMMOND 

LA 

NODE 

145.010 

WB5LHS 

HMU1 

HATTIESBURG 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

AB6Z-8 

PTL 

HATTIESBURG 

MS 

RMS GATEWAY 

145.010 

KB5VE-10 

 

LACOMBE 

LA 

NODE 

145.010 

W5SLA 

SIL 

LAKE CHARLES 

LA 

NODE 

145.010 

KI5EE-10 

LCH 

MCHENRY 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

N5UDK-7 

MCH 

MERIDIAN 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

 

 

MILLARD 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

K5PRC-7 

MIL 

NEW ORLEANS 

LA 

RMS GATEWAY 

145.010 

W5MCC-10 

MSYRMS 

NEW ORLEANS 

LA 

RMS GATEWAY 

446.100 

W5MCC-10 

MSYRMS 

NICHOLSON 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

AB6Z-7 

PIC 

OBERLIN 

LA 

GATEWAY 

145.010 

W5ELM-10 

 

POPLARVILLE 

MS 

NODE 

145.010 

K5PRC-7 

MIL 

POPLARVILLE 

MS 

RMS GATEWAY 

145.010 

K5PRC-10 

 

SHERIDAN 

LA 

NODE 

145.010 

WB5HLS 

WASH-1 

 

III. TEXT FORMATTED FORMS TO CUT AND PASTE:

You can cut and paste these text message forms into Winlink emails for sending traffic on the digital nets during the 2017 SET.

1. Text Radiogram Format (cut and paste into Winlink Email):

MESSAGE START
RADIOGRAM
Number:
Precedence: (TEST Routine, TEST Welfare, TEST Priority, TEST Emergency)
Handling Instructions: (HXA…)
Station of Origin:
Check:
Place of Origin:
Filing Date/Time:
TO:
Name:
Callsign (if any):
Position:
Agency (if any)
Delivery (Location, Address, Phone, Email):
------------------------------------
TEST MESSAGE (five words per line):

------------------------------------

From: (Original Sender’s Name, Position, Agency):
Sender’s Return Delivery (Location, Address, Phone, Email):

END OF MESSAGE

2. Text ICS-213 Format (cut and paste into Winlink Email):

MESSAGE START

ICS-213
TRACKING #:
INCIDENT NAME: 2017 SET TEST ONLY:
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
DATE & TIME:
MESSAGE:
APPROVED BY:
POSITION & TITLE:

END OF MESSAGE

3. Text SKYWARN Storm Spotter Report Format (cut and paste into Winlink Email):
MESSAGE BEGIN
STORM SPOTTER REPORT

As of Time:      Date:
Report Status: (First Report or Updated Report)
Reporting Party:
Phone Number:
Email:

EVENT AREA
----------------------------------
State/Region/Province:
County:
City:
Other:
EVENT TYPE
Tornado: YES/NO
Funnel Cloud: YES/NO
Wall Cloud: YES/NO
Hail: YES   Size:
High Wind: YES/NO  Speed:
Flood: YES/NO  Flash Flood: YES/NO
Other:
-----------------------------------
Any Damages? YES/NO
Any Injuries? YES/NO
-----------------------------------
Narrative:

END OF MESSAGE
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Thank you for your service to Mississippi, through Amateur Radio Digital Emergency Communications.

If you can serve as Net Control for an hour shift for any of the above nets. please contact their Net Manager.