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WINLINK Practice Net
WINLINK is a worldwide radio messaging system that mixes
internet technology and
appropriate amateur radio frequency (RF) technologies. The
system provides radio
interconnection services including: email with attachments,
position reporting, graphic and text weather bulletins,
emergency/disaster relief communications, and message relay.
A few months ago when a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was
conducted, one element of that training event was to send and
receive WINLINK Peer to Peer messages among three members of the
local Ellis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES); Tom
Pegues (AD5DJ), Joe Frizzell (W5JLF) and John Denson (AI6A).
Although the required WINLINK messages were eventually exchanged
successfully, it took a while and important lessons were learned
along the way.
Because WINLINK has the potential for passing text messages
among local, national and international ARES stations during an
emergency, it was felt that monthly WINLINK practice sessions
would be helpful to develop and maintain those skills.
To bring this about implementation of a monthly WINLINK Practice
Net is planned. Starting on Thursday, February 5, 2015 the net
will be held immediately following the monthly ARES Training Net
which is conducted the first Thursday of each month except
December starting at 7:00 PM CST. It is planned to use the Ellis
County Amateur Radio Club (ECARC) repeater (145.410 MHz,
negative offset, 110.9 Hz PL tone yhe Midlothian repeater)) for
check in and voice communication and 146.55 MHz simplex for
sending and receiving practice WINLINK messages among
participants. Net control duties will be assigned on a rotating
All licensed hams are invited to participate in this WINLINK
Practice Net. More information about WINLINK can be found at
www.winlink.org and at the March ECARC club meeting. If you
already have an operational two meter transceiver and PC all
that you need additionally to implement WINLINK at your site are
RMS Express software (free at www.winlink.org) and a Terminal
Node Controller that supports the KISS functionality such as the
TNC-X (approximately $100 in kit form), or software emulating a
TNC. The TNC-X TNC is felt to be the preferred solution.
For more information contact Tom Pegues at 972-775-3295, Joe
Frezzell at 972-723-2316 or John Denson at 972-923-1297.
License Training Class Videos
The Video License Series is the
work of John Denson, AI6A, a member of ECARC. John
prepared the curriculum for the Technician and General classes
that he teaches and now that same material is available for
review at any time. Links to these videos, hosted on
YouTube are can be found here.
Additional information about obtaining your license including
links to online practice tests can be found here.
ARES and SKYWARN
The Ellis County Amateur Radio
Club is pleased to announce that we have a new affiliation with
ARES and SKYWARN as well as a new Emergency Coordinator for
Ellis County. To learn
more visit our
ECARC is pleased to announce
that we are currently testing an EchoLink node on our repeaters.
The node is listed in EchoLink as KF5AGM-L. For more
information, please see our
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Monthly Club Meetings: Held the
third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. The meetings are
held at the
Ellis County Sheriff's
Office Training Center(County Farm)
2272 FM 878, Waxahachie
The meetings include a business session as well as presentations
and discussion of Amateur Radio topics. Visitors are welcome.
Meets the second
Saturday of the month at 8:00 am. The location will be sent
out via email to all members. Talk-in
will be on 145.410. For more information
please contact the Planning Chairmen, Justin Lentiz
or Tommy Jackson
N5MGM. Come out and visit with us and our
families. Everyone is welcome.
Monthly Planning Meeting: Held the second week of the
month on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The location will be emailed to all club members at least two
weeks in advance. Talk-in will be on 145.410. For more
information please contact the Planning Chairmen, Justin
KF5IVJ or Tommy Jackson
N5MGM. All club members are welcome and
encouraged to attend.
Monthly Club Information Net:
The monthly club net is held on the second Thursday of every
month at 7:30pm. The net is an opportunity for everyone to
check-in and touch base with each other as well as find out what
is coming up in the way of club activities. The net is
held on the 145.410 repeaters and ALL radio amateurs are welcome
The ARES training nets are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. All ARES members are
invited as well as any radio amateur interested in participating
in ARES activities. The nets
all meet on 145.410 repeaters.
New To Ham Radio
Check out our
getting started page for some basic information about
becoming a Ham as well as resources for getting ready for your
ECARC VE Team:
ECARC VE Team conducts monthly testing sessions on the
4th Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in testing
to obtain a license, or to upgrade your license, please
contact a member of the VE Team at least a week in advance
of the testing session.
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