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Sept 2018 Meeting

posted Sep 24, 2018, 7:09 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 7:10 PM ]

We had our meeting on September 24 at the usual time and place.
We discussed the upcoming drill for October 13 at 9:00am and the Emergency Communication Points PDF can be downloaded from the "Forms & Documents"
The Haunted Half Marathon for October 20 was discussed and if you would like to assist please email ec@pctnares.org and I will add you to the sign up.
I would also need volunteers for a small run on October 27 that is not ARES related but is helping Tech.
Anthony discussed getting input into more ideas for ARES meetings and if you would like you can fill out a survey here.
All events will be posted to the Calendar.


All the Best & 73’s

Dale Miller, KC2CBD

Putnam County Emergency Coordinator

Putnam County TN ARES® Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

http://pctnares.org

Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

http://cookevillerepeater.org

ARES E-Letter June 2018

posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:50 AM by Putnam County Ares

The June 2018 ARES E-Letter is out.
You can view it here.

All the Best & 73’s

Dale Miller, KC2CBD

Putnam County Emergency Coordinator

Putnam County TN ARES® Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

http://pctnares.org

Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

http://cookevillerepeater.org

March 2018 Meeting

posted Mar 21, 2018, 1:49 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 9:51 AM ]

The March 2018 meeting is Monday March 26th at 6:00pm.
The topic is going to be Advanced NBEMS.
I hope to see many of you there.

The ARRL ARES E-Letter is out and can be viewed at
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/?issue=2018-03-21


All the Best & 73’s

Dale Miller, KC2CBD
Cookeville, Tennessee
Putnam County TN ARES® Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
Putnam County Emergency Coordinator

November 2017 Meeting

posted Nov 27, 2017, 8:01 PM by Putnam County Ares

Had a nice turn out for our first Annual ARES appreciation dinner.

For those that didn't show we covered renewals of all ARES members.
If you would like to continue ARES membership past December 31, 2017 please fill out a new infopack.
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B04Oxgvbn_fLcDQtSmhoMkg4eHc/view?usp=sharing>

The Emergency Plan for Putnam County TN ARES is finally finished and released.
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/13K-or2c5Tw6fcPMv5VvfUbLaCzye8SSj/view?usp=sharing>
Please read and pay particular attention to Appendix 16.

Thank You to you all for serving in ARES.

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All the Best & 73’s

Dale Miller, KC2CBD

Putnam County Emergency Coordinator

Putnam County TN ARES® Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

http://pctnares.org

Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

http://cookevillerepeater.org

July 2017 Meeting

posted Jul 25, 2017, 7:38 PM by Putnam County Ares

OK we discussed the SET for this year that will be August 1st at 6:30pm in conjunction with the Putnam County Drill.

We also discussed Go Bags/Kits.
Here is a couple downloads for everyone.

personal_go-kit_2011_handout.pdf

personal_go-kit_2011.ppsx


All the Best & 73
Dale Miller, KC2CBD
Cookeville, Tennessee
Putnam County TN ARES
Emergency Coordinator
Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

ARES E-Letter July 2017

posted Jul 19, 2017, 7:54 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 7:54 PM ]

Here is the July ARES E-Letter
Hope to see everyone at the July meeting on July 24th at 6:00pm
The next free amateur radio testing is July 27th at 6:00pm
Both are at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building, 700 County Services Dr.


All the Best & 73
Dale Miller, KC2CBD
Cookeville, Tennessee
Putnam County TN ARES
Emergency Coordinator
Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

Cross-Banding

posted Jun 18, 2017, 1:32 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

TMV7a-xband

When we get a chance to choose a 440 simplex frequency we will include it in our plan.
Thanks to all that came last night.


All the Best & 73
Dale Miller, KC2CBD
Putnam County TN ARES Emergency Coordinator

Work Session April 2017

posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:01 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

OK we discussed Digital Voice Modes at our April Work Session
As was discussed for DMR follow Brandmeister for TS and TG.

The following is what I found that might be useful.

Basics of DMR Programming.pdf
BeginnerProgrammer.pdf
Brandmeister USA Talkgroups_4-17.pdf
DMR-FAQ.pdf
MD-380 FirmwareUpgradingGuidelines rev1.pdf
Programming Guidelines.pdf
Talkgroups BrandMeister.pdf

There are many System Fusion Yahoo Groups but our repeater uses the ysfgateway developed by Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX

All of the software for the digital side of our repeater is here https://github.com/g4klx
The Echolink node is using Openrepeater and if we wanted to we could use this for the analog side, but we are just using it for Echolink.

D-Star Google Search
YSFGateway Google Search
Yaesu System Fusion Google Search

We also discussed Hotspots.
Most commercially available Hotspots can use mmdvmhost for control.
One Hotspot that is being developed for DIY is the mmdvm_hs.
This can be built with a RF7021SE Module and a Blue Pill STM32Duino and here is a DIY Board to put it together

I will add to this list if I find anything else that is helpful.
Of course D-Star and Yaesu System Fusion are pretty easy to find information for.

If you would like to use Experimental Firmware with your MD-380.
Experimental - Travis Goodspeed, KK4VCZ if you want to use your own setup.
Pre-Built Firmware - Easiest route.
Virtualbox Appliance - to create your own. Note VHF doesn't have large enough space for user cps.

I came across this page that has another way to install experimental firmware and explains the features of said firmware.
Modifications for Retevis RT3 / Tytera MD-380 (?)

The new repeater when installed is now going to have XLX reflectors for DMR.
To use them you make a private call to 4001 to 4027 and then to disconnect make a private call to 4000.
Once you connect you use the reflector via TG9.
It will also be connected to Brandmeister as well as DMR+

All the Best & 73
Dale Miller, KC2CBD
Cookeville, Tennessee
Putnam County TN ARES Emergency Coordinator
Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

Mesh Network in Putnam County

posted Mar 17, 2017, 4:07 PM by Putnam County Ares   [ updated May 7, 2017, 12:42 AM ]

For those that want to install a mesh node here in Putnam County, I present to you some information to help.

AREDN - Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

AREDN Mesh Live Map

Airlink - Outdoor Wireless Link Calculator

Broadband-Hamnet or HSMM-MESH - is a useful site for information

The coordinates for the Short Mountain node is 35.86570, -85.97500 and the node is at 117 feet (35.6616 meters)

When we get the 5ghz node up at the CRA repeater tower it will be pointed at Short Mountain with a 120 degree sector antenna, so it should cover quite a bit of Cookeville.
The coordinates are 36.082113, -85.374279 and the plan is to have the node at 200 feet (60.960 meters) but no less than 130 feet (39.624 meters)
In the future we will add nodes to cover more of Putnam County with 5ghz and add 2.4ghz nodes as well.

The more mesh nodes we add in Putnam County the better our coverage and the ability to use it during an emergency when there is no way to get network by usual means.


All the Best & 73

Dale Miller, KC2CBD Putnam County TN ARES - Emergency Coordinator Vice President Cookeville Repeater Association

Santa Net 2016

posted Dec 17, 2016, 4:05 PM by Putnam County Ares

The Cookeville Repeater Association is going to have Santa Net on Saturday, December 24th at 7pm Central Time on the 147.210 repeater that will last as long as we have participation. Get those kids near the radio and let them talk to Santa from his sleigh as he is delivering gifts to all the kids. You might even get to talk to Mrs Claus too.

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