I have had a number of requests to update the 2004 Digital data addendum to the Statewide Emergency Operations Plan for ARES as it is very outdated. Many new modes and capabilities have been created in the last 15 years. In order to facilitate this process, I put out a request for volunteers from around the Missouri Section to participate on a committee to update the plan.
The following are the guidelines established for the committee to consider as they revise the digital communications plan:
Guidelines for Updating the 2004 Digital Emergency Operations Plan
- Create a toolbox of digital data modes for amateur radio communications.
- No one mode is applicable to the entire state due to propagation & terrain differences.
- Define the recommended digital modes and the standard for using the mode. (i.e. speed, format, frequencies, etc.)
- Use lower cost modes, not everyone can afford a Pactor modem.
- Provide for some modes of communication that doesn’t depend on the internet.
- Include both VHF/UHF (Local) and HF (Long Distance) communications modes.
- Consider the need (ease) for portability/field operations.
- Recommend standard available hardware for digital use.
- Create a final plan document for publishing on the ARES-MO website.
If the ARES general membership has any comments or ideas for the committee to consider, contact one of the members listed in your district via email.
The committee has selected J.D. Simmons, WA0BER as chairman and Bill McFarland, N0AXZ as scribe for the committee.
The Digital Data Communications Committee members are:
Committee Members Email
Jeff Libby, KA0OTL – District A KA0OTL@yahoo.com
Don Vary, KD0HHN – District B firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Wooten, KC0QMU – District C email@example.com
Steve Cave, W4MWX – District C firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Simmons, N0CSA – District D email@example.com
Larry Ford, N0RIC – District E firstname.lastname@example.org
J.D. Simmons, WA0BER – District F email@example.com
Bill McFarland, N0AXZ – District F firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Thayer, KM0S – District F Mike.Thayer.KM0S@gmail.com
Mike Council, WU0G – District H email@example.com
Jeff Young, KB3HF – SEC firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecil Higgins, AC0HA – SM email@example.com
Thanks to these volunteers for serving on this committee.
Jeff Young, KB3HF