Hillsborough County ARES
Hillsborough County ARES

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Learn about Session 2, NBEMS and setting up Fldigi!!


This month’s meeting will be Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm on Zoom and will be the second of a four part series on getting started and on NBEMS and using Fldigi.  Fldigi is the "go to" way to pass messages in ARES.  The message can be printed out or forwarded, in tact, with no errors.  If you belong to ARES, you should learn how to use Fldigi.


The agenda for the next four monthly meetings will be as follows:  (note that we will be recording them and making them available in the event you miss one session).


NBEMS Training Plan

  • Session 1- January 12  Link  https://youtu.be/uiAfZiWLZH4
    • Download and configure FLdigi, FLmsg and FLamp on the computer
    • Download and configure Virtual Audio Cable
    • Discuss sound cards for interfacing computer and radio (needed for Session 4)
    • Homework - Open FLdigi and explore its features, click on macros, review Configuration menu features and Op Mode menu features
  • Session 2 – February 9
    • Communicate with FLdigi over the Zoom connection using the computer keyboard and simple macros
    • Download Hillsborough County ARES macros from Digital tab on k1hil.org
    • Homework - Practice using macros. Click on them to see what they do. Right click on them to see how they are structured.
  • Session 3 – March 9
    • Prepare an ICS-213 using FLmsg
    • Conduct a regular digital net over Zoom
    • Homework - Practice writing ICS-213 messages and "transmit" them through FLdigi
  • Session 4 – April 13
    • Transition what is learned during Zoom training to 2m FM
    • Connect and configure sound card
    • Conduct a digital net on CH51

Before the meeting on January 12th, please download the latest software files for your computer from this web page




Also download Virtual Audio Cable driver from this web page





If you are new to this group or don’t have the Zoom information, please contact Jack, NF1L at nf1l@arrl.net for the link.



Fletcher Seagroves


EC Hillsborough County ARES



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