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Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
 

Thanks John, the link you provided works FB.

Thanks again,

Ken, N2VIP

On Dec 11, 2019, at 16:12, John L Cheek Jr via Groups.Io <kc5sdy@...> wrote:

How the link was made is rather odd. I pulled it apart. This is where it should be going, I believe.


Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

 

Do you don’t have Facebook or want to use it 

No problem 

Simply go to http://ARRLNTX.org
On the left side of that page
Click on Newsletters 

Please let me know if that does not work

You can also sign up for news from your Section Manager and Division Director news to come right to your email address 

By doing so on the ARRL home page
Click on edit your profile 
Then edit email subscription 
After your logged into ARRL.org

73
Steve
KG5VK 

On Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 4:12 PM John L Cheek Jr via Groups.Io <kc5sdy=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
How the link was made is rather odd. I pulled it apart. This is where it should be going, I believe.





On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 4:08:56 PM CST, william geer via Groups.Io <wgeer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:


I don’t have a Facebook account, does that mean I can not get the newsletter?  There is nothing to open. When I clink the “December 2019 Newsletter link it goes to a log into your Facebook account to share screen.  There is no newsletter.
 
Billy  KA5OZC
 
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:52 AM
Subject: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX December Newsletter
 

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Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
ARRL NTX Section Manager 
Please note: My Out Going Email address is LottsPhoto@...
KG5VK@... is forwarded to my Gmail address


December 2019 NTX Ares Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Greetings everyone.
This notice is to advise you that there will NOT be a NTX ARES Information Net this month. The next net will be on Wednesday, January 8th at 2030Hrs on 3860.

I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and and will join us on our nets next year.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

John L Cheek Jr
 

How the link was made is rather odd. I pulled it apart. This is where it should be going, I believe.





On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 4:08:56 PM CST, william geer via Groups.Io <wgeer@...> wrote:


I don’t have a Facebook account, does that mean I can not get the newsletter?  There is nothing to open. When I clink the “December 2019 Newsletter link it goes to a log into your Facebook account to share screen.  There is no newsletter.
 
Billy  KA5OZC
 
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:52 AM
Subject: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX December Newsletter
 


Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

william geer
 

I don’t have a Facebook account, does that mean I can not get the newsletter?  There is nothing to open. When I clink the “December 2019 Newsletter link it goes to a log into your Facebook account to share screen.  There is no newsletter.
 
Billy  KA5OZC
 

Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:52 AM
Subject: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX December Newsletter
 


Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
 

The link opens up Facebook, and asks me to share the link.

Odd.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP

On Dec 11, 2019, at 11:52, Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:


Re: ARRL NTX December Newsletter

Owen Anderson
 

Can not open message

Owen Anderson
KE5HRI


On Dec 11, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:


ARRL NTX December Newsletter

 
Edited


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 


For the comments, let me know if you got any snow or wintery mix on Tuesday.

Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


December 2019 NTX Ares Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Greetings everyone.
This notice is to advise you that there will NOT be a NTX ARES Information Net this month. The next net will be on Wednesday, January 8th at 2030Hrs on 3860.

I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and and will join us on our nets next year.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


Your support of Winlink and Traffic Handling Digital Modes Needed

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

5 December 2019

 

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

New York University Petition for FCC Declaratory Ruling

 

 

As many of you know, New York University has, for some time now, attempted to shut down the Winlink system, largely through the instrumentation of its "NYU Wireless" advocacy organization, which normally represents large commercial telecommunications common carriers. In their attempts to eliminate Winlink, NYU has submitted a Petition for Declaratory Ruling to the FCC, which places numerous digital modes and networks at risk..  

 

·  Modes affected include, but are not necessarily limited to; PACTOR, WINMOR, VARA, NBEMS...and others.

·  Activities affected include public service/emergency communications, traffic handling, and experimentation.

·  Organizations affected include RRI (Digital Traffic Network), NTS, ARES, RACES, AUXCOMM, etc.

 

This is where you come in!  

 

We respectfully ask that all traffic handlers and those involved in public service communications file comments in support of the RRI and ARSF filings. This is easily done by following these simple instructions:  

 

·  Go to the FCC Electronic Comment Filing Service at:  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

·  Enter "16-239" ("Amateur Baud Rate")  in the "Proceedings Field."

·  Complete the minimum personal contact information (name, address, email).

·  Enter your comment in support of the Radio Relay International and Amateur Radio Safety Foundation responses to the NYU Petition.

 

A typical comment might be as simple as:

 

"After reviewing the claims contained within the New York University Petition for Declaratory Ruling, it is my opinion that their case lacks merit. I agree with the responses filed by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation and Radio Relay International and therefore recommend that the NYU Petition for Declaratory Ruling be dismissed with prejudice..........."  

 

One should:

 

·  Use his own words. 

·  Remember that comments will not be read by radio amateurs or technical people. 

·  Avoid the use of technical jargon and instead, stress factors such as the importance of these digital modes to public service communications. 

·  Point out the negative impacts of the NYU petition on public service and emergency communications. 

·  Point out the fact that you agree with RRI and ARSF in that dynamic compression is not encryption.

·  Point out the fact that the NYU petition is regressive and unnecessary.

·  State that you have witnessed no national security issues or other significant abuses of these digital modes. 

·  Be logical, concise and unemotional in your comments. 

·  Exercise decorum and courtesy at all times. Remember that your tone will reflect on the Amateur Radio Service and the organizations you support.

 

You will need to act by December 15.

 

Do not let New York University dictate the scope of our privileges and activities within the Amateur Radio Service!  Take the time to file comments.

 

Thank you,

 

Board of Directors,

Radio Relay International

www.radio-relay.org

 

 

P.S. These are links to the documents discussed above:

 

New York University Petition for Declaratory Ruling:  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10242392005642/NYU%20Wireless%20Petition%20for%20Declaratory%20Ruling%20-%2010.24.19.pdf

 

Radio Relay International Response:  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/12032277323891/RRI%20Response%20to%20NYU%20Petition%20for%20Declaratory%20Ruling%20Final-Approved.pdf

 

ARSF Response: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/12023057321359/ARSFIcomments.12.2.19.WT.16-239.pdf

 

Past RRI filing in reference to RM-11831:  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/108162922403928/FOR%20FILING%20RRI%20PUBLISHED%20COMMENTS%20RM-11831%20RRI.pdf

 

Past RRI filing in reference to RM-11708: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1050830052555/FOR%20FILING%20-%20RRI%20Published%20Comments%20FCC%20RM-11708.pdf

 

 

 

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

WINLINK: ARES-NTXSEC

713.410.2376

 


Tower Safety, each of us wether ground crew or Tower climber need to wake up and do our part for Safety

 

We can start by watching this excellent video
on why we need to be safer at what we love
and the right tools and even more so the right attitude.

Click here to watch the Video

Come back here and add your thoughts
If you don't climb do you support those of us that do with a safe attitude?
Or do you laugh because we refrain from climbing a tower that is not worth our life AND yours

Belts are not safe, A climbing Harness is a minimum

This past 12 months we lost Four fellow amateurs to tower climbing accidents that could have been prevented

Ground crews carry the weight of those loses

Education is only one key.

73
Steve
KG5VK


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

This is a two-for message today, so it is a bit long.


I got an e-mail  on my non-Winlink address from a ham that asked why they were not included on the check-in list. I looked through all my messages and could not find his call sign in any of the Winlink mailboxes I have set up. I asked if the message was in his Outbox instead of his Sent Items box. He sent a screen shot along with the Winlink message attached. With that message, there is a Message Id. I went to the Winlink web site and logged into my account. There on the splash page after logging in, there is a menu item on the left called "US Amateur Radio Message View". Going to the Viewer page, I changed the Filter Type drop-down box to "Message Id" and pasted the vale into the "Search for:" window. No results came back, which meant that message did not go through the Winlink mail servers. I then changed the Filter Type to "Gateway" and put the call sign of the RMS Gateway Node that was in the attached message. The most recent message that was sent from that gateway node was about a month and a half old. So, went to QRZ.com and put in the call sign of the gateway and got the e-mail address of the ham whose call sign belongs to the gateway. One quick e-mail to that gateway operator, with screen shots of the errors, and the gateway owner was able to determine the issue with his gateway. He fixed it, and I got quite a few Winlink messages from that gateway.

The point here is, if you think there might be issues with messages going out, please reach out to the gateway operator. More than likely, they will want to fix the issue and will be grateful that it was pointed out. This is a big part of the reason we have the Winlink Wednesday net, so that we know systems (ours and the gateways we connect to) are working for when we REALLY need them to be working. If you think I could be of help, I always put my non-Winlink e-mail address in the CC field when sending out Winlink messages.

Also, please do not send screen-shots using your Winlink account. Use regular non-Winlink e-mail to do that.

********************************

For the comments, tell me about your favorite memory of Christmas as a child.

Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

This week's check-in will be a two part. I will send instructions to part two on Friday morning. Those instructions will only go out to those who check-in on Wednesday.

'Tis the season to spend time with friends and family, so the comment will be along those lines. For this week in the comments, tell me (in two or three sentences) about the worst house guest you've ever had.

Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: Winlink Wednesday

 

Thanks Aaron

Yes, BitLy does come in handy at times :)

Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
ARRL NTX Section Manager 
Please note: My Out Going Email address is LottsPhoto@...
KG5VK@... is forwarded to my Gmail address



On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM Aaron Hulett | K8AMH <ahulett@...> wrote:

During last evening’s Denton County ARES net I mentioned Winlink Wednesdays and gave the web page URL over the air, which was lengthy. I’ve shortened it using the Bitly service and you’re all welcome to use this if helpful: http://bit.ly/winlinkwednesday

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

A person posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of John Hill - KF5VO
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:20
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] Winlink Wednesday

 

Thank you all for checking in! And welcome to all the new check-ins for this week.

The question this week was:
What is your favorite dish for Thanksgiving. And, do you have any favorite traditions?

As always, I did enjoy reading the responses. I've very hungry right now.

Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have started a Slack channel for Winlink Wednesday. If you are not familiar with Slack, it is a collaboration tool where you can chat as well as share screens. If you are having issues with Winlink, and for whatever reason you think I could help, then let me know (kf5vo@...) and I can send you a link to the Slack channel. We could do voice chats with screen shares to walk through the process.

Upcoming club presentations:
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
??? - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/

If you would like for me to do a presentation for your club, send me an e-mail at KF5VO@...


Re: Winlink Wednesday

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

During last evening’s Denton County ARES net I mentioned Winlink Wednesdays and gave the web page URL over the air, which was lengthy. I’ve shortened it using the Bitly service and you’re all welcome to use this if helpful: http://bit.ly/winlinkwednesday

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

A person posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of John Hill - KF5VO
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:20
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] Winlink Wednesday

 

Thank you all for checking in! And welcome to all the new check-ins for this week.

The question this week was:
What is your favorite dish for Thanksgiving. And, do you have any favorite traditions?

As always, I did enjoy reading the responses. I've very hungry right now.

Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have started a Slack channel for Winlink Wednesday. If you are not familiar with Slack, it is a collaboration tool where you can chat as well as share screens. If you are having issues with Winlink, and for whatever reason you think I could help, then let me know (kf5vo@...) and I can send you a link to the Slack channel. We could do voice chats with screen shares to walk through the process.

Upcoming club presentations:
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
??? - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/

If you would like for me to do a presentation for your club, send me an e-mail at KF5VO@...


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Thank you all for checking in! And welcome to all the new check-ins for this week.

The question this week was:
What is your favorite dish for Thanksgiving. And, do you have any favorite traditions?

As always, I did enjoy reading the responses. I've very hungry right now.

Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have started a Slack channel for Winlink Wednesday. If you are not familiar with Slack, it is a collaboration tool where you can chat as well as share screens. If you are having issues with Winlink, and for whatever reason you think I could help, then let me know (kf5vo@...) and I can send you a link to the Slack channel. We could do voice chats with screen shares to walk through the process.

Upcoming club presentations:
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
??? - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/

If you would like for me to do a presentation for your club, send me an e-mail at KF5VO@...


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's your weekly reminder for Winlink Wednesday!

First, I'd like to mention that I've started a Slack channel for Winlink Wednesday. If you're not familiar with Slack, it's a collaboration tool where you can chat as well as share screens. If you're having issues, and for whatever reason you think I could help, then let me know (kf5vo@...) and I can send you a link to the Slack channel. We could do voice chats with screen shares to walk through the process.

In the Comment box of the Winlink Check-in form for this week, let me know:

What is your favorite dish for Thanksgiving. And, do you have any favorite traditions?


Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Welcome to Winlink!

First, I would recommend reading the Winlink Wednesday web page here: https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

The net is a wonderful way to get involved with Winlink because it gives you someone to send e-mails to, and someone to send them back.

If you're reading this message, that means you already have an internet connection, and you already said you're a ham. That's all you need to get involve in the net. The intent is to learn the Winlink software as well as your radio station setup. If your radio station isn't set-up for Winlink, you can still use a Telnet session, which I believe may be what you're referring to about "not necessarily directly through Ham Radio".

For Radio sessions, you don't necessarily need a TNC. You can use a sound card device such as Signalink. Some of the HF radios have a sound card built in. If so, you can use that with a Winmor session. We have quite a few people checking into the net through HF gateways. If there are no VHF gateways near you, then HF would be one of the directions you can go. If there are VHF gateway nodes near you, then you can use a sound card device with VHF/UHF.

Hope to see you check in this coming Wednesday.


~John Hill
KF5VO


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] Winlink Wednesday
From: "Ben Parker via Groups.Io" <bdparker1951@...>
Date: Sat, November 16, 2019 9:12 pm
To: <section@arrlntx.groups.io>

Hey John,

I am the Delta County EC and I have been inactive for a while. I retired for a second time in 2017 and recently was contacted by Steve Davoust to help out in our county with Emergency Communications. There are not many active hams in Delta Co. and I feel that just being ready to help out if there I some real emergency might be enhanced by being able to communicate in more than one mode. Back in the late 1980s I was on Packet radio but sold my TNC. I understand there are more ways to access Winlink and not necessarily directly through Ham Radio. 

I have both VHF/UHF and HF capability so if I were to get involved with Winlink initially I wouldn't necessarily need a TNC (correct me if I am wrong). I don't have a tower but I have a 30' pole I am planning on putting a 2M 11 element beam up for 2M SSB this winter.

To keep from rambling too much, what do I need at this point in time do I need to get involved wit Winlink?

Thanks,
Ben Parker, 
Delta County EC
Cooper, Texas



On Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:03:20 AM CST, John Hill - KF5VO <john@...> wrote:


Thank you all for checking in! And welcome to all the new check-ins for this week.

The question this week was:
Who is the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for your area and how do you contact the EC?

As always, I did enjoy reading the responses. If you are a local EC, please read through the attached spreadsheet at the comments, even from people not in your area. There may be info there that could lead to training sessions.

Next week we'll get to that Thanksgiving trivia, unless someone has a better question for me to ask the group.

Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have no more presentations coming up regarding Winlink and Winlink Wednesday. If you would like for me to do a presentation for your club, send me an e-mail at KF5VO@...


Re: Winlink Wednesday

Kevin Grantham N5KRG
 

Depends on your radio or radios.

Generally speaking, you need to get a sound card connected to the radio to support a software modem in your computer. With a single sound card interface you can choose from packet (generally used for VHF and UHF as it’s not robust enough for HF), Winmor, Ardop or VARA.

How to get the sound card connected?

Some radios have a built-in sound card and a USB connection to your computer. Some have a six-pin mini-DIN connector and you can use any of a wide variety of sound cards and a suitable cable.

Some radios have proprietary connectors - if they are widely used radios there may be cable available, or you can make one.

Worst case is having to interface through the microphone and speaker connections.

So, that’s what you need. A Windows PC, some kind of a sound card, cable, and interface to the radio.

Kevin N5KRG
--
73,

Kevin N5KRG

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