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This video is the After Action Report for ILMI 2017, EMCOMM training with Winlink. The scenario was designed to mimic a terror attack on grid power and communications infrastructure. Hosted by Vapepa in Finland, emergency volunteers and amateur radio operators were deployed in order to pass messages and critical information throughout the disaster zone. Many thanks to all the operators participating, and many thanks for the hands on experience.
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Staying Connected At Sea

Tom and Nancy (KK4HZA) Zydler cruise aboard their Mason 44, Frances B. Tom's article, "Staying Connected at Sea," describes how they use their Pactor modem and HF SSB radio to connect to the internet for email and weather. It's published by Cruising World Magazine, and you can read it online here.

Field Day: Send 11 Winlink Messages for 200 Points

If you want to optimize your Field day score, consider sending 10 messages from your site via RF for 100 points. Then, receive your ARRL Section Manager's Field Day message via email over a Winlink link, for another 100 points. See the Field Day rules for all the info.

To make things easy, Winlink operators have set up a database of Field Day site stations that will exchange messages with you. Check out the Winlink forums in the support area and search for 'Field Day".

UPDATE: Josh, WA7FPV, is managing the list here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=15ZdZMRe6rLoqv_TeOWk88toz1eC2qV_EfYR1_y...

Note: If you are a Google user, you may need to open the above URL in an incognito window. If you are prompted for credentials or you get a message saying you don't have access... use an incognito window. The above URL is a read-only link to the Google sheet that stores all the response data - it does not require any password or special permissions to access.

All about SHARES at HamVention

May 17, 2017 -- SHARES - Interoperable HF Emergency Communications: Friday, 9:15 to 10:15, Room 2.

Ross Merlin, WA2WDT, SHARES Program Manager, will moderate a forum on SHARES (SHAred RESources), a Federal government HF radio program for backup communications and interoperability among Federal agencies and Federally-affiliated entities that have a need to send or receive national security or emergency preparedness communications such as state agencies, county emergency management agencies, and critical infrastructure/key resources providers (telecommunications, energy, healthcare, transportation, etc.). This session will include both an introduction to SHARES for potential users and an open forum for audience members to discuss program issues with the SHARES Program Office staff. Merlin wrote the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG), which is widely used by public safety and emergency communications professionals across the country.

From the ARRL E-Letter, used with permission.

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