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Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #76 Position Request: Status Reports » 5/18/2022 6:37 am

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GM, Operators.

Welcome to Week #76.
 
This week we’re going to check on our operators in the field “passively”. This may be an option to communicate basic or general information that is not time sensitive. In other words, it’s something else to toss in your bag of Winlink tricks and tools.
 
This is a two-part exercise.

First, post your own position (Settings/GPS/Position Report). Use a GPS or type in your coordinates manually. In the Comment Field, put your station’s status. (Active; Standing By; In need of…, etc). Please put DRILL DRILL DRILL at the end.
Post the report to your Outbox, open a Winlink Session and send it.
 
For the second part, you are going to “check on your team”. Use the list below. Choose the six operators that are above your callsign on the list.
 
Open a Winlink Message and address it to QTH. In the subject line put: POSITION REQUEST (not report).
In the message body type in their callsigns, one per line.
For example:
NJ2N
W2TET
KD2JYF
 
Send your message; wait a few minutes and open another session. You should receive an email with your operator’s coordinates and their current status. These status reports could be updated as needed and checked at regular intervals or when time permits. This report will not generate a map.

It might be best to wait until Thursday or Friday (or later) to post your Position Request. That way other operators will have more time to update their Comment Field.
 
Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJWW
 
The List:
NJ2N
 
N4DPH
 
N3FLL
 
W0HU
 
AE5ME
 
AI3KS
 
KD2DVW
 
N8VAR
 
KC3SDA
 
KC5VKG
 
KD2FFR
 
WJ3P
 
KD2SPJ
 
AI0IA
 
KC3QLX
 
NY3J
 
NC9W
 
N2MHO
 
KD2LBV
 
KC3QFB
 
NC1A
 
N2PEZ
 
K5ANP
 
KB5ILY
  
DC7RF
 
KG7WFQ
 
WX2NJ
 
WB2ALJ
 
KD2NEC
 
 
 

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #75 Winlink Check-in with Net Suggestions » 5/11/2022 5:22 am

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Welcome to Week #75.
 
We’re going to keep things simple this time out. Please send a Winlink Check-in Form to: SNJWW.
Put any ideas or suggestions you have for future nets in the comment field. Or if there are any previous topics that you’d like to revisit, put them in too.
Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJWW
 
PS: Everyone did great with last week’s image attachment. Well done!

PPS: It was suggested a while back that we get some ARRL Radiograms recorded for copy practice. I haven't forgotten and hope to have some soon.

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #74 Image Attachment » 5/04/2022 5:45 am

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Welcome to Week #74.
 
It’s been quite a while since we’ve done any images.
We’ll be sending an JPEG attached to a Winlink Check-in Form.

 For an image: If at all possible, go out in the field and snap a picture of a local bridge or dam.  This can add another layer of realism to the exercise. If you can’t get out to take your own picture, you can use one off the internet.
Fill out the Winlink Check-in form as you normally would. Then… 

To attach your picture to the Winlink Check-in form…
1) Click on the Attach button.  

2) Click on “Add” and find the JPEG file of your bridge or dam. The Size Field will probably be RED because this file is too big. Winlink messages must be less than 120KB. Click the “Edit/resize – image” button. You may Crop the image before resizing, but Cropping is not necessary to reduce the size of image file. Select (highlight) the JPEG file, click on the “Resize” button and enter in the “Desired size” field 25 (KB). Click “Change size”. Click “Save”. Click “Save changes” You are back to the Attach window, click “Finished” and you are back to the Message window.

 3) Please send to SNJOEM and Cc: yourself at a non-Winlink email address. (to see what the finished product looks like) 


Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJOEM
 

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #73 Narrative SITREP: Individual Station Status » 4/27/2022 6:33 am

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GM, Operators.
 
Welcome to Week #73.
 
We’ll be working with the Narrative Situation Report this week. (Select Template/Standard Template/General Forms)
 
We did this exercise for Week #34. We’ve added quite a few operators since then, so it warrants a revisit. We’re not going to use the form exactly as intended. Instead, we’ll be gathering information on your station’s emergency power capabilities.
 
Please add your EmComm group’s name to the header. (or SNJWW Net if you’re on your own)
This is an EXERCISE. Select UPDATE REPORT from the drop-down menu.
To: SNJOEM
Event Name: Individual Station Status
Event Type: Emergency Power
Box #4: Can your station operate on emergency power?
Box #5: Are you using emergency power to send this message?
Box #6: Approximately how long can your station run on emergency power? (# of hours, days, or weeks)
Box #7: How do you replenish power? (solar, wind, hand crank, hamster wheel, etc…)
 
You are the Authorizing Official. Position: Master of Disaster.
That’s it. Send it in.
 
Have fun!
73
Tim

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #72 Field Situation Report: Map with new Filter Options » 4/19/2022 6:00 pm

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GE, Operators.
 
Welcome to week #72.
 
This week we’ll be using the Field Situation Report again. (Message/Select Template/Standard Templates/General Forms/Field Situation Report)
Add your county’s EOC to the form’s header.
Precedence is ROUTINE. The Task Number is: 04-002. Please send it to the three (3) operators ABOVE your callsign in the list below. CC: it to SNJOEM.
There is NO EMERGENT/LIFE SAFETY NEED.
Fill in your location. Bonus Points for Lat/Long.
Using the last digit of the year you were born, fill in the rest of the form based on whether that number is ODD or EVEN.
 
[img]https://i.imgur.com/aIBzhOH.png
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The POC is Marvin Gardens
 
If your callsign is not on the list below, email me at: SNJWW.
 
Now for this week’s exercise:

Generate an ARCGIS Topo map for the Field Situation Report and display the map. (Message/Generate Maps and CSV files for forms) Everyone should have received 5 or 6 between this week and last week’s net.

In the map’s upper left, click on Select Filters.
For Cellphones Functioning, select NO and set the marker color to YELLOW.
For Commercial Power Functioning, select NO and set the marker color to RED.
Any other options for those two parameters should automatically generate a BLUE marker.

Click SAVE at the bottom to reopen your map with the new filter options displayed. Your map should have all three colored markers displayed somewhere. You may have to zoom out to find distant stations.

Optional:
If you’d like, send a JPEG image of your map to NJ2N at arrl dot net. The image is too big to send via Winlink for most operators.
 
This is another new feature added by the Winlink Team. Prior to this, your only marker option was red. That meant you could only map one parameter at a time. Feel free to mess around with other colors and parameters.

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #71 Field Situation Report » 4/12/2022 6:28 pm

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GE, Operators.
 
Welcome to week #71.
 
We have another new form… sort of. This week we’ll be using the Field Situation Report (Message/Select Template/Standard Templates/General Forms/Field Situation Report)

Add your county’s EOC to the form’s header.
Precedence is ROUTINE. The Task Number is: 04-001. Please send it to the three (3) operators that follow your callsign in the list below. CC: it to SNJOEM.
There is NO EMERGENT/LIFE SAFETY NEED.
Fill in your location. Bonus Points for Lat/Long.

Using the last digit of the year you got your first ham radio license, fill in the rest of the form based on whether that number is ODD or EVEN.
 
 [img]https://i.imgur.com/aIBzhOH.png
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Put DRILL DRILL DRILL in the Additional Comments box.

The POC is Wendall Wilke
 
If your callsign is not on the list below, email me at: SNJWW.

Click on the Info button in the upper right for more information on the form’s acronyms.

Once you receive incoming forms, the Field Situation Report should show up in the Select Form menu in Generate Maps and CSV Files for forms. For extra credit, generate a map for the Internet’s status.
 
Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJOEM/SNJWW
 
PS: When you’re done (and your message is sent), go into the Standard Templates again and try to open a SHARES SPOTREP-2 form.
 
The Callsign List:

N4DPH
 
N3FLL
 
W0HU
 
AE5ME
  
AI3KS
 
KD2DVW
 
N8VAR
 
KC3SDA
 
KC5VKG
 
KD2FFR
 
WJ3P
 
KD2SPJ
 
AI0IA
 
KC3QLX
 
NY3J
 
NC9W
 
N2MHO
 
KD2LBV
 
KC3QFB
 
NC1A
 
N2PEZ
 
K5ANP
 
KB5ILY
  
DC7RF
 
KG7WFQ
 
WX2NJ
 
WB2ALJ
 
KD2NEC
 
 

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #70 Incident Status Report » 4/06/2022 7:57 am

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Supplemental:

GM, Operators.
 
We do a fair amount of typing during our Winlink Wednesday activities. In the privacy of your own shack it may be enough to “hunt and peck” the keyboard or type with your elbows. But will this suffice if you are deployed during an emergency – especially if you have the added pressure of a served agency watching?

There is a free and easy way to improve your typing skills. I’ve been using it off and on for the past year. My typing speed and accuracy have improved dramatically. Best of all, I don’t have to look at the keyboard while I’m typing. That alone (even if you’re only typing at 5 words per minute), would make you look more professional.
 
This is the website: Learn Touch Typing Free - TypingClub
When you click Get Started, you can take a Placement Test to gauge where your skills stand now.
Each lesson takes only a minute or two to complete. They are simple and even fun. You work at your own pace and can save your progress (and email address required) I was amazed how quickly I learned where things were without looking, and I was able to retain that information from lesson to lesson.

You don’t need to upgrade at any point.

I can’t say enough good things about this website and its methods. Over the course of a year (fiddling around a half hour or so, a couple days a week), my typing has sped up to a solid 30WPM and is closing in of 40. The best part is that I can now take dictation reasonably well without stopping the speaker constantly. And with a little effort, you can too.
 
In a perfect world, you’ll just let the served agency sit at your keyboard and do their own typing. In the real world, they may not have time or be available. There’s enough pressure during and activation. This is one of the things you can do to prepare in advance. If nothing else, take the placement test and then ask yourself, “If this had been an actual emergency…

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #70 Incident Status Report » 4/06/2022 7:17 am

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GM, Operators.

Welcome to Week #70.
We’ll be working with an Incident Status Report this time out. (Select Template/Standard Templates/General Forms/Incident Status Report)

Please add Pinellas County EOC to the header with the Setup button in the form’s upper left.
Incident Name: Tropical Storm Waldo. This is an Initial Report.
Then fill out the rest of the form (as best you can) based on the following YouTube video:

Pinellas County announced evacuation centers to open - YouTube
 
Put DRILL DRILL DRILL in Box 6. Currently, there are no Casualties or Fatalities.
Please send your form to SNJOEM.

Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJOEM
 
PS: A supplemental post will follow shortly.
 

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #69 Preview Messages Before Downloading » 3/29/2022 6:35 pm

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GE, Operators.
Welcome to Week #69.
 
We’re going to try a different way to download your messages this week. During an emergency, if a lot of traffic is coming in, you might want to save time by prioritizing which messages you download – and when. This could save time and keep the RMS nodes from getting too congested.
 
It’s easy to set up:
Open Winlink Express. Click on Settings in the upper left. Click on Preferences in the drop-down menu. Select the box for Display list of pending incoming messages prior to download. Click on the Update button at the bottom and you’re done.

To try it out, I’d like you to send a Local Weather Report form to the next three operators that follow your callsign on the list below.
After you’ve downloaded your incoming messages, please send a Winlink Check-in Form to SNJWW and let me know how you did and if it might be useful for you. If not, just uncheck the box and click Update again.
This has helped me out several times when WW traffic came in during a local training net. It allowed me to focus on the net's traffic and save the WW traffic for later.

As always…. Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJWW
PS: If your callsign is not listed, email me at: NJ2N at arrl dot net.
 
KD2DVW
 
KD2LBV
 
NC1A
 
N2PEZ
 
N8VAR
 
KC3SDA
 
KC5VKG
 
KD2FFR
 
KD2SPJ
 
AI0IA
 
KC3QLX
 
NY3J
 
NC9W
 
N2MHO
 
K5ANP
 
KB5ILY
 
N4DPH
 
KA2ENE
 
AI3KS
 
DC7RF
 
KG7WFQ
 
WX2NJ
 
N3FLL
 
W0HU
 
WJ3P
 
AE5ME
 
WB2ALJ
 
KD2NEC
 

Winlink Wednesday This Week » Week #68 ICS213 EMCOMM/SERVED AGENCIES » 3/22/2022 6:04 pm

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GE, Operators.
 
Welcome to Week #68.
 
It’s been a while since we’ve circled back to some of the forms that we’ve covered in the past.
This week I’d like you to send an ICS213 to SNJOEM. The Incident Name will be: SNJ Winlink Wednesday Net. The Subject will be: EMCOMM GROUPS/SERVED AGENCIES.
In the message, please list which EMCOMM groups you belong to (if any). Also list which Served Agencies those groups serve.
For example: SKYWARN: National Weather Service
                        ARES: Local County EOC.
                        Etc…
Have fun!
73
Tim
SNJOEM

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