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Introduction to NBEMS

Integrating NBEMS with Broadband Hamnet

Introduction to NBEMS Integrating NBEMS with Broadband Hamnet ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

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Why Digital EmComm?

Think back to your last public service event, drill, or deployment.

You probably passed a lot of traffic best suited for voice communications but What if you had been asked to pass Roster of evacuees

but What if you had been asked to pass Roster of evacuees Required prescription medications Directions
but What if you had been asked to pass Roster of evacuees Required prescription medications Directions
but What if you had been asked to pass Roster of evacuees Required prescription medications Directions
but What if you had been asked to pass Roster of evacuees Required prescription medications Directions
Required prescription medications Directions to a disaster scene
Required prescription medications Directions to a disaster scene

Required prescription medications Directions to a disaster scene

Required prescription medications Directions to a disaster scene

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Why Digital EmComm?

The needs of our Served Agencies have changed.Why Digital EmComm? They still need voice communications but There's an increasing need for data communications.

They still need voice communications butEmComm? The needs of our Served Agencies have changed. There's an increasing need for data communications.

There's an increasing need for data communications.have changed. They still need voice communications but We need to be able to provide more

We need to be able to provide more than just voice communications from a ham with an HT.but There's an increasing need for data communications. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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What is NBEMS?

Narrow Band Emergency Messaging SystemWhat is NBEMS? Consists of several programs: Fldigi – Fast Light Digital modem application Flmsg –

Consists of several programs:What is NBEMS? Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System Fldigi – Fast Light Digital modem application Flmsg

Fldigi – Fast Light Digital modem applicationEmergency Messaging System Consists of several programs: Flmsg – ICS forms, Radiogram, text, CSV Flamp –

Flmsg – ICS forms, Radiogram, text, CSVprograms: Fldigi – Fast Light Digital modem application Flamp – Amateur Multicast Protocol Can download from

Flamp – Amateur Multicast Protocolmodem application Flmsg – ICS forms, Radiogram, text, CSV Can download from http://www.w1hkj.com/ Runs on Windows,

Can download from http://www.w1hkj.com/Radiogram, text, CSV Flamp – Amateur Multicast Protocol Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Released under

Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac.Multicast Protocol Can download from http://www.w1hkj.com/ Released under GNU Public License, so is completely FREE.

Released under GNU Public License, so is completely FREE.from http://www.w1hkj.com/ Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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NBEMS philosophy

Keep it cheap.NBEMS philosophy Keep it simple. Use Open Source software. Don't depend upon infrastructure. Make it fun

Keep it simple.NBEMS philosophy Keep it cheap. Use Open Source software. Don't depend upon infrastructure. Make it fun

Use Open Source software.NBEMS philosophy Keep it cheap. Keep it simple. Don't depend upon infrastructure. Make it fun to

Don't depend upon infrastructure.Keep it cheap. Keep it simple. Use Open Source software. Make it fun to use between

Make it fun to use between drills and disasters.Open Source software. Don't depend upon infrastructure. Any computer, any radio. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16

Any computer, any radio.Make it fun to use between drills and disasters. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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Fldigi

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How it works

Fldigi uses your computer's sound card to generate and decode digital signals.How it works Flmsg talks to Fldigi to send and receive messages. All work is done

Flmsg talks to Fldigi to send and receive messages.sound card to generate and decode digital signals. All work is done by your computer, don't

All work is done by your computer, don't need an external Terminal Node Controller (TNC).signals. Flmsg talks to Fldigi to send and receive messages. Audio from your computer speakers go

Audio from your computer speakers go into your radio's mike input for transmission.don't need an external Terminal Node Controller (TNC). Audio from your radio goes into your computer's

Audio from your radio goes into your computer's mike or line-in for decoding.go into your radio's mike input for transmission. Don't need an extremely powerful new computer, older

Don't need an extremely powerful new computer, older machines work just fine.goes into your computer's mike or line-in for decoding. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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Interfacing with computer

Many ways to interface with computer.Interfacing with computer Rigblaster SignaLink USB for newer HF radios. But, if necessary, hold radio mike

Rigblasterwith computer Many ways to interface with computer. SignaLink USB for newer HF radios. But, if

SignaLinkcomputer Many ways to interface with computer. Rigblaster USB for newer HF radios. But, if necessary,

USB for newer HF radios.Many ways to interface with computer. Rigblaster SignaLink But, if necessary, hold radio mike up to

But, if necessary, hold radio mike up to computer speaker andwith computer. Rigblaster SignaLink USB for newer HF radios. Hold radio speaker up to computer mike!

Hold radio speaker up to computer mike!if necessary, hold radio mike up to computer speaker and In an emergency, don't really need

In an emergency, don't really need hardwired interface.computer speaker and Hold radio speaker up to computer mike! Disable all DSP “enhancement” programs on

Disable all DSP “enhancement” programs on mic.In an emergency, don't really need hardwired interface. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Acoustic Interface

Easiest way to interface radio to computer is toAcoustic Interface Hold radio mike up to computer speakers. Hold radio speaker up to computer mike.

Hold radio mike up to computer speakers.Interface Easiest way to interface radio to computer is to Hold radio speaker up to computer

Hold radio speaker up to computer mike.to computer is to Hold radio mike up to computer speakers. You do PTT manually. Works

You do PTT manually.computer speakers. Hold radio speaker up to computer mike. Works especially well with VHF/UHF FM. Real

Works especially well with VHF/UHF FM.Hold radio speaker up to computer mike. You do PTT manually. Real gamesaver during emergencies. Allows

Real gamesaver during emergencies.You do PTT manually. Works especially well with VHF/UHF FM. Allows you to easily send data

Allows you to easily send data using any radio.well with VHF/UHF FM. Real gamesaver during emergencies. Hams can participate who do not have a

Hams can participate who do not have a soundcard interface.emergencies. Allows you to easily send data using any radio. MT63 is sufficiently robust to deal

MT63 is sufficiently robust to deal with background noise, even in a noisy EOC or field site.Hams can participate who do not have a soundcard interface. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March

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Rigblaster nomic setup

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Rigblaster nomic setup ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Signalink USB

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SignaLink Configuration

SignaLink is very easy to configure.SignaLink Configuration Just connect to computer via USB. Configure Fldigi to use SignaLink USB sound card.

Just connect to computer via USB.SignaLink Configuration SignaLink is very easy to configure. Configure Fldigi to use SignaLink USB sound card.

Configure Fldigi to use SignaLink USB sound card.is very easy to configure. Just connect to computer via USB. Generate just enough audio from

Generate just enough audio from computer to trigger SignaLink vox.via USB. Configure Fldigi to use SignaLink USB sound card. Use volume controls on SignaLink and

Use volume controls on SignaLink and don't touch computer audio settingsjust enough audio from computer to trigger SignaLink vox. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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SignaLink Configuration

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Configuring Fldigi

First time through, wizard is run.Configuring Fldigi Enter your personal info. Also configure soundcard, radio interface, and modems. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg

Enter your personal info.Configuring Fldigi First time through, wizard is run. Also configure soundcard, radio interface, and modems. ©2014

Also configure soundcard, radio interface, and modems.First time through, wizard is run. Enter your personal info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March

info. Also configure soundcard, radio interface, and modems. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Soundcard Calibration

If possible, calibrate your soundcard.Soundcard Calibration Especially necessary for narrowband HF modes. Can use fldigi WWV mode or CheckSR.exe. ©2014

Especially necessary for narrowband HF modes.Soundcard Calibration If possible, calibrate your soundcard. Can use fldigi WWV mode or CheckSR.exe. ©2014 Harry

Can use fldigi WWV mode or CheckSR.exe.your soundcard. Especially necessary for narrowband HF modes. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

narrowband HF modes. Can use fldigi WWV mode or CheckSR.exe. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March

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Modes

Lots of modes, most popular ones areModes MT63 (500, 1000, 2000)‏ Olivia “R” PSK modes Popular PSK31 OK for making non-emcomm contacts,

MT63 (500, 1000, 2000)‏Modes Lots of modes, most popular ones are Olivia “R” PSK modes Popular PSK31 OK for

Oliviaof modes, most popular ones are MT63 (500, 1000, 2000)‏ “R” PSK modes Popular PSK31 OK

“R” PSK modesmost popular ones are MT63 (500, 1000, 2000)‏ Olivia Popular PSK31 OK for making non-emcomm contacts,

Popular PSK31 OK for making non-emcomm contacts, but has no error correction.ones are MT63 (500, 1000, 2000)‏ Olivia “R” PSK modes fast with FEC ©2014 Harry Bloomberg

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MT63 – Most Versatile Mode

MT63-2000L great choice for FM EmComm.

Fast – less than 2 min to send 2kb text file.Most Versatile Mode MT63-2000L great choice for FM EmComm. Data redundancy in time and in frequency.

Data redundancy in time and in frequency.FM EmComm. Fast – less than 2 min to send 2kb text file. Very resistant to

Very resistant to noise – can lose up to 25% of signal and still copy.2kb text file. Data redundancy in time and in frequency. Be sure to use L version

Be sure to use L versionto noise – can lose up to 25% of signal and still copy. Long interleave provides

Long interleave provides better error correctionup to 25% of signal and still copy. Be sure to use L version Works well

Works well with holding mike up to speaker.L version Long interleave provides better error correction Used in WPA ARES SET and Red Cross

Used in WPA ARES SET and Red Cross drills.error correction Works well with holding mike up to speaker. long interleave ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

long

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MT63-2000L Waterfall

MT63-2000L Waterfall 64 tones sent at same time. Signal width is 2000 Hz. Offset frequency is

64 tones sent at same time.MT63-2000L Waterfall Signal width is 2000 Hz. Offset frequency is always fixed at 1500 Hz. Fixed

Signal width is 2000 Hz.MT63-2000L Waterfall 64 tones sent at same time. Offset frequency is always fixed at 1500 Hz.

Offset frequency is always fixed at 1500 Hz.64 tones sent at same time. Signal width is 2000 Hz. Fixed low frequency eliminates tuning

Fixed low frequency eliminates tuning errors.is 2000 Hz. Offset frequency is always fixed at 1500 Hz. Sounds like a giant buzzsaw.

Sounds like a giant buzzsaw.at 1500 Hz. Fixed low frequency eliminates tuning errors. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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Important MT63 configuration

Important MT63 configuration Check use of 8-bit extended characters Uncheck manual tuning for VHF/UHF. Check manual

Check use of 8-bit extended charactersImportant MT63 configuration Uncheck manual tuning for VHF/UHF. Check manual tuning for HF important! ©2014 Harry

Uncheck manual tuning for VHF/UHF.MT63 configuration Check use of 8-bit extended characters Check manual tuning for HF important! ©2014 Harry

Check manual tuning for HF8-bit extended characters Uncheck manual tuning for VHF/UHF. important! ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

important!

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HF modes

Preferred HF mode is Olivia.HF modes Olivia is great for poor HF conditions. Will get through when no other mode

Olivia is great for poor HF conditions.HF modes Preferred HF mode is Olivia. Will get through when no other mode will. Can

Will get through when no other mode will.HF mode is Olivia. Olivia is great for poor HF conditions. Can make contacts below noise

Can make contacts below noise floor!HF conditions. Will get through when no other mode will. Does not require precise tuning. We

Does not require precise tuning.no other mode will. Can make contacts below noise floor! We use 8/500 when possible –

We use 8/500 when possible – 8 tones in a 500 Hz bandwidth.contacts below noise floor! Does not require precise tuning. When conditions are poor, we go to

When conditions are poor, we go to 16/500 – 16 tones in a 500 Hz bandwidth.use 8/500 when possible – 8 tones in a 500 Hz bandwidth. 16/500 is slower, but

16/500 is slower, but will get through.poor, we go to 16/500 – 16 tones in a 500 Hz bandwidth. Fine article in

Fine article in Dec 2008 QST by WB8ROL.a 500 Hz bandwidth. 16/500 is slower, but will get through. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16

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Olivia waterfall

Olivia waterfall Screenshot of Olivia 16/500 signal in waterfall Unmistakable sound like ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

Screenshot of Olivia 16/500 signal in waterfall

waterfall Screenshot of Olivia 16/500 signal in waterfall Unmistakable sound like ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ a

Unmistakable sound

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HF Tips

A few things to remember for HF operation.HF Tips Always use upper sideband (USB), even on 40M and 80M. Don't overdrive your audio.

Always use upper sideband (USB), even on 40M and 80M.HF Tips A few things to remember for HF operation. Don't overdrive your audio. Disable speech

Don't overdrive your audio.Always use upper sideband (USB), even on 40M and 80M. Disable speech compressor, noise blanker, and

Disable speech compressor, noise blanker, and all other audio processing.(USB), even on 40M and 80M. Don't overdrive your audio. Adjust mike gain so that ALC

Adjust mike gain so that ALC just moves a little.compressor, noise blanker, and all other audio processing. Digital modes are 100% duty cycle so 50

Digital modes are 100% duty cycle soAdjust mike gain so that ALC just moves a little. 50 watts is plenty! RF kills

50 watts is plenty!just moves a little. Digital modes are 100% duty cycle so RF kills touchpads Don't need

RF kills touchpadsDigital modes are 100% duty cycle so 50 watts is plenty! Don't need high power for

Don't need high power for digital modes anyway.100% duty cycle so 50 watts is plenty! RF kills touchpads an external mouse! use ©2014

an external mouse!

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Data Verification with Checksums

Checksums allow you to be 100% sure your message was received accurately.

Checksum is inserted into a file by Flmsg. Receiving station computes the checksum on the incoming file and If the two checksums are identical, the file was received without error. Allows multiple stations to receive and confirm data 100%. Great for bulletins like situation updates, weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info.

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weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
weather reports, road closures, lists of contact info. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Example

This is an example of a file with a checksum:

[WRAP:beg][WRAP:crlf][WRAP:fn example.txt]This is an example of a wrapped file. Here's what happens when we wrap something.[WRAP:chksum B71E][WRAP:end]

Note the WRAP beg and end delimiters.happens when we wrap something.[WRAP:chksum B71E][WRAP:end] Also note the checksum, it's B71E. Flmsg automatically

Also note the checksum, it's B71E.B71E][WRAP:end] Note the WRAP beg and end delimiters. Flmsg automatically generate checksums. Flmsg also computes

Flmsg automatically generate checksums.and end delimiters. Also note the checksum, it's B71E. Flmsg also computes checksums on incoming messages.

Flmsg also computes checksums on incoming messages.it's B71E. Flmsg automatically generate checksums. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Flmsg – send/receive messages

Flmsg used to send formatted messages:Flmsg – send/receive messages ICS forms like ICS-213 ARRL Radiograms Blank text Easy workflow for CSV

ICS forms like ICS-213

ICS forms like ICS-213

ARRL Radiograms

ARRL Radiograms

Blank text

Blank text

Easy workflow for CSV spreadsheets.ICS forms like ICS-213 ARRL Radiograms Blank text No need for use of text editor like

No need for use of text editor like Notepad.Blank text Easy workflow for CSV spreadsheets. Starts transmission automatically. Eases importing and

Starts transmission automatically.spreadsheets. No need for use of text editor like Notepad. Eases importing and checksum verification of

Eases importing and checksum verification of incoming message.text editor like Notepad. Starts transmission automatically. Can have incoming messages automatically opened! ©2014

Can have incoming messages automatically opened!importing and checksum verification of incoming message. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Flmsg screenshot

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Flmsg - configuration

Flmsg - configuration Click on Config menu. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

Click on Config menu.

Flmsg - configuration Click on Config menu. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
Flmsg - configuration Click on Config menu. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
Flmsg - configuration Click on Config menu. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org
Flmsg - configuration Click on Config menu. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Flmsg – Autosend workflow

One click sending!Flmsg – Autosend workflow Enter text directly into large empty box. Can also drag-and-drop text file

Enter text directly into large empty box.Flmsg – Autosend workflow One click sending! Can also drag-and-drop text file into box. Push the

Can also drag-and-drop text file into box.One click sending! Enter text directly into large empty box. Push the AutoSend menu at top.

Push the AutoSend menu at top.large empty box. Can also drag-and-drop text file into box. Will be prompted to save file

Will be prompted to save file with automatically assigned unique filename.text file into box. Push the AutoSend menu at top. Flmsg will cause Fldigi to automatically

Flmsg will cause Fldigi to automatically send message.to save file with automatically assigned unique filename. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Flmsg – Autosend Blank Text

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Flmsg Auto Display of Messages

Incoming messages can be automatically opened in Flmsg.Flmsg Auto Display of Messages Can also auto open messages in browsers. Can walk away and

Can also auto open messages in browsers.Incoming messages can be automatically opened in Flmsg. Can walk away and come back to see

Can walk away and come back to see messages displayed.opened in Flmsg. Can also auto open messages in browsers. Display in browser great for EOC

Display in browser great for EOC or Served Agency facility.Can walk away and come back to see messages displayed. In Flmsg, Config->Misc, hit NBEMS tab.

In Flmsg, Config->Misc, hit NBEMS tab.Display in browser great for EOC or Served Agency facility. Check appropriate boxes. Must check box

Check appropriate boxes.Agency facility. In Flmsg, Config->Misc, hit NBEMS tab. Must check box for Enable NBEMS data interface.

Must check box for Enable NBEMS data interface.Config->Misc, hit NBEMS tab. Check appropriate boxes. Important: must enter complete path to flmsg.exe. ©2014

Important: must enter complete path to flmsg.exe.boxes. Must check box for Enable NBEMS data interface. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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Configure Fldigi for Incoming Data

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CSV Files for Spreadsheets

Flmsg simplifies sending and receiving Comma Separated Value (CSV) spreadsheetsCSV Files for Spreadsheets To Send: Form->CSV menu Drag-and-drop CSV file into the large text box.

To Send:

Form->CSV menu Drag-and-drop CSV file into the large text box.receiving Comma Separated Value (CSV) spreadsheets To Send: Push Auto Send. To Receive: Incoming CSV file

Push Auto Send.menu Drag-and-drop CSV file into the large text box. To Receive: Incoming CSV file will auto

To Receive:

Incoming CSV file will auto open in Flmsg.file into the large text box. Push Auto Send. To Receive: Push Export CSV button. Save

Push Export CSV button.Send. To Receive: Incoming CSV file will auto open in Flmsg. Save to Desktop or USB

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Drag-and-Drop to Import CSV File

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Extract Incoming CSV File

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NBEMS Data Guidelines

We send only text files, no binary files.NBEMS Data Guidelines We do not send Word Documents, save as text. Excel spreadsheets must be

We do not send Word Documents, save as text.Data Guidelines We send only text files, no binary files. Excel spreadsheets must be exported as

Excel spreadsheets must be exported as CSV.binary files. We do not send Word Documents, save as text. We do not send images.

We do not send images.save as text. Excel spreadsheets must be exported as CSV. Limit file size to 3KB to

Limit file size to 3KB to avoid repeater timeouts.spreadsheets must be exported as CSV. We do not send images. CRITICAL: Meet with Served Agency

CRITICAL: Meet with Served Agency beforehand to set expectations.images. Limit file size to 3KB to avoid repeater timeouts. Encourage Served Agency to give us

Encourage Served Agency to give us data electronically.Meet with Served Agency beforehand to set expectations. Remember, we have limited bandwidth. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg

Remember, we have limited bandwidth.Encourage Served Agency to give us data electronically. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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The Need for Speed

NBEMS is a great suite for sending data butThe Need for Speed It is slow 3 min to send a modest 3000 byte file

It is slowNeed for Speed NBEMS is a great suite for sending data but 3 min to send

3 min to send a modest 3000 byte fileSpeed NBEMS is a great suite for sending data but It is slow Can send only

Can send only textdata but It is slow 3 min to send a modest 3000 byte file Even low

Even low res photos are impractical to send3 min to send a modest 3000 byte file Can send only text Forget about sending

Forget about sending videosend only text Even low res photos are impractical to send Would like to send rich

Would like to send rich multimedia dataphotos are impractical to send Forget about sending video Live streaming video Large spreadsheets and documents

Live streaming videoabout sending video Would like to send rich multimedia data Large spreadsheets and documents MT63-2000L is

Large spreadsheets and documentsWould like to send rich multimedia data Live streaming video MT63-2000L is only 1 kb per

MT63-2000L

is only 1 kb per sec

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The Solution: Broadband Hamnet

One solution is Broadband Hamnet (BBHN)The Solution: Broadband Hamnet Was known as High Speed Multimedia (HSMM) Take an inexpensive off-the-shelf wi-fi

Was known as High Speed Multimedia (HSMM)Broadband Hamnet One solution is Broadband Hamnet (BBHN) Take an inexpensive off-the-shelf wi-fi device Install

Take an inexpensive off-the-shelf wi-fi deviceHamnet (BBHN) Was known as High Speed Multimedia (HSMM) Install ham-developed firmware and We can easily

Install ham-developed firmware and(HSMM) Take an inexpensive off-the-shelf wi-fi device We can easily create high-speed networks Networks are

We can easily create high-speed networkswi-fi device Install ham-developed firmware and Networks are self-discovering and self-configuring Hams

Networks are self-discovering and self-configuringfirmware and We can easily create high-speed networks Hams don't need to be IT personnel to

Hams don't need to be IT personnel to create networksnetworks Networks are self-discovering and self-configuring Limitation But, in the clear and with high-gain antennas,

LimitationHams don't need to be IT personnel to create networks But, in the clear and with

But, in the clear and with high-gain antennas,need to be IT personnel to create networks Limitation line of sight range range of miles

line

of sight range

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BBHN Integration with NBEMS

Goal: Send data from an aid station to an NBEMS station for long-haul relayBBHN Integration with NBEMS Set up an anon FTP server and attach to the mesh Use

Set up an anon FTP server and attach to the meshfrom an aid station to an NBEMS station for long-haul relay Use Flmsg to write and

Use Flmsg to write and read formsrelay Set up an anon FTP server and attach to the mesh Will send Flmsg messages

Will send Flmsg messages to our NBEMS station using the mesh and the FTP serverand attach to the mesh Use Flmsg to write and read forms Frees up NBEMS station

Frees up NBEMS station for communication with outside the sceneto our NBEMS station using the mesh and the FTP server Can setup Windows or Linux

Can setup Windows or Linux FTP serverup NBEMS station for communication with outside the scene Good Windows FTP server is FileZilla:

Good Windows FTP server is FileZilla:with outside the scene Can setup Windows or Linux FTP server https://filezilla-project.org/ ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

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Advertising an FTP Service

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FTP to NBEMS Workflow

Entire workflow uses point-and-click, drag-and- drop from end-to-endFTP to NBEMS Workflow For the ham at an aid station Create message with Flmsg Save

For the ham at an aid stationuses point-and-click, drag-and- drop from end-to-end Create message with Flmsg Save file to desktop Open IE

Create message with Flmsgdrag-and- drop from end-to-end For the ham at an aid station Save file to desktop Open

Save file to desktopFor the ham at an aid station Create message with Flmsg Open IE Go to advertised

Open IEaid station Create message with Flmsg Save file to desktop Go to advertised FTP service on

Go to advertised FTP service on meshCreate message with Flmsg Save file to desktop Open IE Click on link In IE, View->

Click on linkfile to desktop Open IE Go to advertised FTP service on mesh In IE, View-> Open

In IE, View-> Open FTP Site in IEOpen IE Go to advertised FTP service on mesh Click on link Drag file from desktop

Drag file from desktop into FTP windowon mesh Click on link In IE, View-> Open FTP Site in IE ©2014 Harry Bloomberg

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FTP to NBEMS Workflow

FTP to NBEMS Workflow ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Drop Flmsg file into FTP window

Drop Flmsg file into FTP window ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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FTP to NBEMS Workflow Cont

To retrieve Flmsg file from FTP server for NBEMS transmissionFTP to NBEMS Workflow Cont Go to advertised FTP server, open FTP window as before Drag

Go to advertised FTP server, open FTP window as beforeretrieve Flmsg file from FTP server for NBEMS transmission Drag file from FTP window onto Desktop

Drag file from FTP window onto DesktopGo to advertised FTP server, open FTP window as before Open Flmsg Drag file into little

Open FlmsgFTP window as before Drag file from FTP window onto Desktop Drag file into little blue

Drag file into little blue circle at top right of Flmsgas before Drag file from FTP window onto Desktop Open Flmsg Save file, hit AutoSend The

Save file, hit AutoSendDrag file into little blue circle at top right of Flmsg The file is on the

The file is on the way!blue circle at top right of Flmsg Save file, hit AutoSend ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16

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Obtain Flmsg file from FTP Server

Obtain Flmsg file from FTP Server ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Drop file into Flmsg

Drop file into Flmsg ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Next steps

Our strength is the ability to turn fun amateur activities into powerful emcomm tools.Next steps So, download NBEMS, and make lots of contacts! If you're ready for your daily

So, download NBEMS, and make lots of contacts!to turn fun amateur activities into powerful emcomm tools. If you're ready for your daily hamming,

If you're ready for your daily hamming, you're more prepared for emergency than you think.emcomm tools. So, download NBEMS, and make lots of contacts! Be active, and on the day

Be active, and on the day you're needed, you'll feel right at home.you're more prepared for emergency than you think. ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Resources

Western PA ARES Website:Resources http://wpaares.org Docs available as well as membership sign up page wpaares-digital Yahoo group for WPA

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Docs available as well as membership sign up page wpaares-digital Yahoo group for WPA hams only NBEMSham Yahoo groupResources Western PA ARES Website: http://wpaares.org ARRL's Public Service Handbook ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16

ARRL's Public Service HandbookYahoo group for WPA hams only NBEMSham Yahoo group ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

only NBEMSham Yahoo group ARRL's Public Service Handbook ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Resources

W1HKJ (author of Fldigi)Resources http://www.w1hkj.com MT63 Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63 Aug 2009 QST June 2010 QST Sept 2012

http://www.w1hkj.com

MT63 Wikipedia pageResources W1HKJ (author of Fldigi) http://www.w1hkj.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63 Aug 2009 QST June 2010 QST Sept

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63

Aug 2009 QSTMT63 Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63 June 2010 QST Sept 2012 QST ARRL NBEMS Page

June 2010 QSTpage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63 Aug 2009 QST Sept 2012 QST ARRL NBEMS Page http://www.arrl.org/nbems

Sept 2012 QSThttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT63 Aug 2009 QST June 2010 QST ARRL NBEMS Page http://www.arrl.org/nbems ©2014 Harry

ARRL NBEMS Page http://www.arrl.org/nbemsAug 2009 QST June 2010 QST Sept 2012 QST ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014

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References

BBHN website http://broadband-hamnet.orgReferences Wireless Networking in the Developing World http://wndw.net Free book! ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March

Wireless Networking in the Developing World http://wndw.net Free book!References BBHN website http://broadband-hamnet.org ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

Networking in the Developing World http://wndw.net Free book! ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March 2014 http://wpaares.org

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Acknowledgments

We'd like to thank the following:

W1HKJ, Dave Freese, lead NBEMS developerAcknowledgments We'd like to thank the following: KH6TY, Howard Teller, NBEMS developer W3HRK (sk), Dr. G.

KH6TY, Howard Teller, NBEMS developerthe following: W1HKJ, Dave Freese, lead NBEMS developer W3HRK (sk), Dr. G. Alec Stewart, University of

W3HRK (sk), Dr. G. Alec Stewart, University of Pittsburghlead NBEMS developer KH6TY, Howard Teller, NBEMS developer NA0B, Juan Manfredi, University of Pittsburgh KB3JXG, James

NA0B, Juan Manfredi, University of PittsburghW3HRK (sk), Dr. G. Alec Stewart, University of Pittsburgh KB3JXG, James Farringer, Superintendent of Police,

KB3JXG, James Farringer, Superintendent of Police, O'Hara Twp, PAof Pittsburgh NA0B, Juan Manfredi, University of Pittsburgh Current and former ARRL Leadership: N3LLR, Bill Edgar,

Current and former ARRL Leadership:

N3LLR, Bill Edgar, Atlantic Division DirectorO'Hara Twp, PA Current and former ARRL Leadership: N3MSE, John Rodgers, Western PA SM AB3ER, Larry

N3MSE, John Rodgers, Western PA SMLeadership: N3LLR, Bill Edgar, Atlantic Division Director AB3ER, Larry Keller, Former Western PA SEC N3SPW, John

AB3ER, Larry Keller, Former Western PA SECDivision Director N3MSE, John Rodgers, Western PA SM N3SPW, John Szwarc, former Western PA SEC ©2014

N3SPW, John Szwarc, former Western PA SECWestern PA SM AB3ER, Larry Keller, Former Western PA SEC ©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ 16 March

©2014 Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

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