AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR WINLINK USERS::
Important Winlink Software Info: If you’re not currently up-to-date and using the newest RMS Express Message Templates, you’re missing an opportunity to make the most of your operating skills.
Beginning with RMS Express v184.108.40.206, message templates were automatically installed in the Standard Templates Folder. Better yet, beginning with v220.127.116.11, message templates are automatically updated when you accept the system’s start-up message to update. The “old” templates in your Global Templates folder should be deleted and never used again. Get downloads and information at http://winlink.org –
Go to https://gaares.org/documents/RMS-Express-Quick-Guide-21JUL2017-W4DEL.pdf for a quick guide to installing or updating RMS Express along with tips on using message templates.
Reminder # 1: Gwinnette ARES Basic Skills Test
Everyone in ARES® should have taken the Gwinnette ARES Basic Skills Test by now – and most of you have: Thanks! – but just in case, here is the web site for this free service. By the way, this is one of the requirements for the Georgia State ARES badge, too:
Register with my name, call, and firstname.lastname@example.org
All ARES® members should be registered with GHA911.org,
Amateur radio ops who are not members of ARES® or who are inactive members should not register for GHA911 until they join ARES®.
Anyone who fails to register for GHA911 may be assigned to inactive status in ARES®.
We are now looking for charter members to join an ARES® hospital amateur radio operations teams for:
- Richmond – Doctors Hospital
- Richmond – Augusta University Medical Center
If you would like to be included in one of these groups, please send your name to John MacDonald, email@example.com, the DEC for East Central Georgia ARES®.
MAKE NO MISTAKE: We are very glad to have Technician Class amateur radio operators in our ARES® group and we look forward to their participation with us during “incidents” that occur in our ARES® District. Technicians are certainly valuable members of our ARES® team by handling very important local communications on 2 meters and 70 cm (440). That will be an important way that we stay in communications with other agencies in- and outside of Burke County.
General class ops can also communicate on 2 meters and 70 cm, but they also have much needed privileges on two very important ARES® bands: 75 meters and 40 meters. According to the state EMCOMM plan, 75 and 40 meters are the #1 priority for all ARES® operations.
We have a shortage of General and Amateur Extra Class operators in all of our counties. Having a cadre of HF operators is critical to our ARES® group’s response to incidents.
Therefore, I am asking all Technician class operators to begin working, if you’re not already, on getting your general class license. Thank you so much in advance! If you need any help, please let me know.
Reminder #5 – If you do not have a 2 meter / 70 cm (440) transceiver, power supply, antenna, etc., please acquire this equipment as soon as possible
You worked hard to get your amateur radio license.
You paid a test fee to acquire it.
The main reason I can think of for getting a ham radio license is to get a radio and ancillary equipment and to get on the air. Participate in the fun and other activities! If you have never bought at least a 2 meter/440 50 watt mobile radio, it is now time! 🙂 We will really need your participation!
We need for you to participate in our Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, too!
———– Buying a radio, part 1 ———————
I’ve said this before, but it’s definitely worth repeating again:
— a $25 Baofeng or any other kind of handheld, no matter how much it costs, is not appropriate for ARES® or repeater operation
———– Buying a radio, part 2 ———————
— Minimum recommended radio would be an analog 50W mobile radio capable of accessing both the 2 meter and 70 cm bands
———– Buying a radio, part 3 ———————
———– Buying a radio, part 4 ———————
— I just bought one and it is the best new radio since Marconi’s transatlantic radio
————————————- If you buy one of the above transceivers ————————-————–
I have the programming software and programming cables for the above three transceivers.
For all BARC and/or Burke ARES® members, I will program repeaters plus a few other frequencies for you
You’ll need to purchase at least a mobile magnet mount antenna for it and, since most cigarette lighter power sockets only provide 10 amps, you’ll need to wire it straight to your battery. If you want to use it in your house, you’ll need at least a small outside antenna and some kind of 13.8 volt power supply capable of providing at least 12-14 amps depending on which radio you buy or a rechargeable battery and a charging unit.