Digital Operations Using the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software (NBEMS)
We are in the process of getting interested members set up for NBEMS. This suite of programs (FLDIGI, FLWRAP, FLMSG) is free and makes sending digital messages in various formats very easy. You can get more information and download the programs at http://www.w1hkj.com/
Instructions for installing FLDIGI for NBEMS in Windows can be found here. These do not include setting up the program to communicate with a sound card interface or rig because there are just too many combinations of equipment possible to cover even a few. One of the first steps, though, is to figure out which COM port your interface or rig CAT is hooked to, and be sure the rig and COM port are set on the same baud rate. The best bet is to carefully read and follow the setup instructions that (hopefully) came with your interface. If you get really stumped, contact the EC for help or get on the digital or voice net and ask for help. Good luck, and we hope to see you on the air soon!
We are now holding a digital net on the first Tuesday of each month on the 147.180 (+) repeater. This net is coordinated by voice, with messages sent digitally. We will start out using MT63-2000, long interleave, but may explore other modes. Please join in if you have the equipment, or listen in if you don't. You are welcome to ask questions, too - part of the purpose of the net is to test equipment and help troubleshoot when problems arise.