FW: WinLink Thursday #6 - ARC-213 Revisi


Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Please find the information below about the WinLink Thurdsay Practice.

 

From: WinLink Technical Team <WinlinkTech@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 8:00 PM
Subject: Fw: WinLink Thursday #6 - ARC-213 Revisi

 

 

 

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From: WinLink Technical Team <WinlinkTech@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 6:58 PM
Subject: WinLink Thursday #6 - ARC-213 Revisi

 

Last week over 280 of you submitted WinLink Check-In forms to Divisional Clearinghouses. It's great to see so many operators taking part in these practice sessions.  It affords an opportunity to test our equipment and sharpen our skills. In addition to those sending messages, our Divisional Clearinghouses are also learning how to receive and process the volume of messages that might be received in a real-world scenario. 

 

Each of the check-in forms provided us with important data, in this case, we were looking for GPS coordinates. Had this been a major hurricane, for example, we could use those coordinates to identify shelters or other locations of concern. We were able to extract the GPS coordinates and create a map showing us where each of those messages originated. You can view the map here. You can see at-a-glance where resources are concentrated or what areas might need additional support. In this exercise, it shows us where radio operators are. It is easy to change the parameters and map other locations like shelters, warehouses, kitchens, EOCs, or any other facility you desire. 

 

Of course, we all know that good information is the key to providing effective and efficient assistance. It is extremely important to ensure that the information we pass is accurate.  Getting the message out quickly is important but is imperative that the information be correct and complete. In the last couple of sessions, we have noticed some common mistakes in the forms we have received and that is expected anytime we learn a new skill. It is okay to make mistakes in practice. We want everyone to become comfortable using Winlink and being able to practice passing traffic is the best way to become more proficient. 

 

This week, we are going to review sending an ARC-213 and would like to remind everyone to be sure you read and follow the directions carefully.  Download and open the instructions attached to this message. Review your 213 before you send it and be sure that you have provided the information that was requested in the format requested. This is extremely important as the receiving station is expecting certain data in specific locations.  By using templates and placing information correctly, it enables the receiving station to accept and process your message with minimal manual intervention. As always, if you have questions, you can contact winlinktech@... and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. 

 

Because the Fall exercise is on Saturday, November 14th, there will not be a WinLink Thursday on the preceding Thursday, November 12th to allow our Divisional Clearinghouses and Tech Team volunteers time to prepare for the Fall drill.

 

Have fun this week and we'll see you Thursday! 

 

 

 

 WinLink Technical Team - winlinktech@...

 

             Jointly Supported by Amateur Radio Operators 

             affiliated with ARES® and American Red Cross 

 

  

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