- GPar Update
If you know of any resources that you would like to see included on the site please let us know via InfoQuest.
- GPar Update
Decided to use Weaver II theme, talk about flexibility it is definitely available. It will be easier to include updates and “alerts” on a per page basis. Now to get people in each of the states served by GPar to send some information so we can do some more page building. If you know of any special events, RF Gateways, training opportunities, a new resource. Please let us know via InfoQuest.
Trying out some new themes on the site. Currently trying one called “iFeature,” like to get it to the point that it will expand completely out to the full-width of the browser. Just need to dig into the code a bit more to see what needs to be done yet. 201205151905Z
- GPar Update
Hello Everyone, started working on a updating the GPar – Great Plains ALERTradio website. Overall it should be easier to navigate with any browser on just about any device. Some of the States in the Great Plains region still lack information on operational resources so those that live in a particular state or know of a resource that should be included, please let us know.
Like to get a directory for emergency numbers (e.g. State Highway Patrol Dispatch Center, State Emergency Managemet, State EOC, etc.) so we can have those numbers ready when relays need to take place.
We are still needing financial support to keep the network operations going. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
- Thank You
Thank You to all those that are serving,
have served and plan to serve.
May The Eagles Always Watch Over You.
Always Ready To Defend.
- GPar – Great Plains ALERTradio
Welcome to GPar – Great Plains ALERTradio a part of ALERTradio ERC.
- RF Gateway Reflectors
EchoLink Reflectors: NEBRASKA, TACOMA operational. Asterisk RF Gateway: Derby, Hastings operational. Asterisk PBX: Derby, Hastings operational In regards to EchoLink Reflectors; KANSAS, WYOMING and ALERTERC arrangements are being made to find a new host (as EchoLink requires a separate public … Continue reading
- Southwest Operations Area
The Southwest Operations Area includes; Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. See OPS – Southwest and ALERTradio SOUTHWEST for details. … Continue reading
- Northwest Operations
The Northwest Operations Area includes; Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Utah. See OPS – Northwest and ALERTradio Northwest for details. … Continue reading
- DARN SIMPLE Telecom
We all need a simple way to communicate in this modern age of technology, yet be able to connect from nearly anywhere. DARN SIMPLE Telecom provides the way to discover and implement the communications means that best fit your situational … Continue reading
Several of the web sites have some major changes to them. Please be sure to check ALERTradio ERC’s main site directory for a list of sites. … Continue reading
- Rocky Mountain Area
The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC) Incident Information: http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/links/fire_info/index.html Geographic Area Coordination Coordination Centers: http://gacc.nifc.gov/ … Continue reading
- Status ICT
Thank You for all the Technology Resource Operators that were ready to assist over the weekend. Some valuable lessons once again have taken place. One particular lesson deals with the importance of having a self-contained power system SePS (a battery … Continue reading
- Reflectors Online
The following Reflectors are operational: *ALERTERC* *KANSAS* *NEBRASKA* *TACOMA* *WYOMING* contact ALERTradio ERC via InfoQuest … Continue reading
- Training Resources
Some additional training resources have been added to the ALERTradio ERC | Training web site ISC page … Continue reading
- RF Gateway – Derby
The Derby RF Gateway is getting close to being back on the air. Should be fully operational within the coming week. The will also be two new PBX servers coming online shortly. Will have some added features available through the … Continue reading
Asterisk Radio Networks, yes we are still here.
- Dynamic Paths
Just like other living things there are good and bad times for dynamic paths that are taken.
One can opt to be static yet knowing dynamic paths will move you.
What does this mean to those that work in the area of emergency response?
Be flexible with the methods that are used, yet maintain the basic standards that allow a incident operation to be conducted safely. Standards which remain static can be used as a basis for operation integrity and also represent a road map to a successful mission.
Standard Operation Procedures provide the static portion for operational planning yet they should also be dynamic so that when new methods are presented they can be placed into the Standard Operation Procedures as soon as possible.
Every situation, every incident is different, thus the need for being dynamic in operational style. At times incidents will take place that are not amongst the normal operational situations. This indeed is one of the times that we need to be dynamic in readiness and response.
Flexibility is a key ingredient to readiness and the all hazard approach to emergency response and planning.
As a organization which path are you opting for: static or dynamic flexibility?
- ResourceOne Technology Center
Communications, Computers, Emergency Response, Networks and Wireless
- ARN CommonsA Place to find scripts for Asterisk PBX and RF GatewaysStudy Guides for Radio Licensure and Certification
- Digital Frontiers
In the 1800s there was the frontier of West. Today we have digital frontiers to explore. The digital frontiers may not always be digital voice or data that appears within this new frontier.
Some may remember the days of 1200 baud packet that was quite popular in the 1990s. This technology is now present in APRS, with even a hint of low-speed data showing up within the VHF and UHF bands via D-STAR enabled radios as well as telemetry.
For those that have radios such as the Icom ID-1 it is possible to have 100kbps data from the Internet available in your vehicle. In order to do this a base station with a ID-1 or a D-STAR 1.2GHz data repeater is required.
Most of us have some form of a wireless network in our home or business that operates via the 802.11 standards. Did you know that this same equipment can be used in Amateur Radio with higher RF power and higher gain antennas? Within Amateur Radio this technology is known as High Speed Multi Media or HSMM. The primary bands for HSMM are 2400, 3300 and 5800 MHz. The 902 MHz band can also be used for high speed data. One of the key advantages to HSMM is in its nature of being able to take a off-the-shelf wireless network adapter and access point add a higher gain antenna to them, and for longer range RF amplifiers can be added under FCC Part 97 rules.
Imagine having access to high speed video, IP-phone and Data Connectivity in your vehicle,or during special events and emergency incidents being able to provide data, video and voice to the agencies served. As well as providing last mile coverage into a disaster area.
Did we mention telephone service? With the development of Internet telephone services as well as telephone servers such as Asterisk which provide flexible interoperability between PSTN, Internet Phone and Radio dial tone can be presented along with the last mile capabilities of High Speed Multi Media create a resource that can be highly beneficial to the community and the nation.
What is next in the Digital Frontiers? As it was in the 1800s with the migration West the same is occurring with the digital migration. With networks such as Asterisk the migration is made easier as analog and digital technology is made one. On the Internet you can find more information about Asterisk and HSMM at http://www.asteriskradio.net and http://www.hsmm.info
- The Challenge
The Challenge that is on everyone’s mind tends to end up dealing with financial requirements to maintain focus on the ideas and goals that a group and individual needs to accomplish. We are in that same situation as well, we need to have financial support in order to maintain the web site as well as necessary broadband connectivity.
Through the years there have been many that have asked how to hook up Asterisk PBX and RF Gateway servers and then tie these resources in with DARPA and DSTAR along with other technology resources. We are happy that we are able to assist in getting resources online and operational. Yet the cost to do the research and provide fixed infrastructure has a price tag to it that a single individual or just a couple of people shouldn’t have to cover the cost for everyone else. Yes, funds are indeed tight and they may end up being tighter from the way things are going in the “halls of leadership.”
When many come together and share the cost the overall burden is lighten, as it has been proven in the past when many work together for a common good (via cooperative efforts) the cost do indeed go down for everyone. And quality of service can improve to the point that technology development and training can progress too.
Mars – N0PCO
In development news we picked up five more nodes for connectivity to the Allstar Link Network. These five nodes will be used in the Communications Transportable Systems (CoTS). Also they are beneficial in understanding the proper procedures for setting up multiple node servers both for the Asterisk Radio Network – ARN and Asterisk Amateur Radio Network – AARN.
Already have CoTS-1 configured and interfaced into the PBX, still need to configure up some HSMM wireless links that can be used for point-to-point and point-to-multiple point applications.
- Gumstix Computer-On-Module
Check out the Overo Fire, it has Bluetooth and 802.11(g) on-board, a perfect solution for Asterisk HSMM package. Did someone mention a video phone? How about a mobile rig with Bluetooth access and hands-free connectivity. Good job Gumstix …
- Remote Base
What is the function?
What will it be used for?
How will it connect to other stations?
What is the function:
A Remote Base provides a method in which locations outside the normal range of a Base Station or Repeater can be accessed. Thus providing additional communications coverage area.
What will it be used for:
Provide additional communications coverage area; also can be used to augment communications resources in emergency situations and special events.
How will it connect to other stations:
Depending on the complexity of the Remote Base (and the amount of funds available) the ideal situation would be to have a combination of RF and Internet backhaul capabilities. If Internet access is available this would be the ideal method for connectivity. Once again if funds are available use of Satellite Internet services would provide some additional remote accessibility.
When using RF backhaul capabilities there are number of methods that can prove to be beneficial. When possible consider VHF Links and for full-duplex A VHF / UHF combination. We cannot forget about the flexibility of HSMM on 2.4, 3.3, 5.8 GHz and even 902 MHz has some promising potential.
Can HF be considered a viable extension of the Remote Base Link? Depends on the mission objective. Looking back to some of the applications in the past couple of years where HF Remote Base Links have been used as a method to receive emergency traffic from distant locations out of normal range of EOC there may be some practical usage for HF.
The way the Amateur Radio licensing is set up it is rather tough to test a station in a non-emergency setting. Especially for those holding a Technician Class license. There are some that have taken the test for the General and Extra class license and passed the test yet don’t have a clue about the technology that they were tested on. It appears that some don’t really care about the technology just the fact that they can now “talk voice on HF.” In some instances voice on HF will not be the best approach for getting the necessary information from those that have it to those that need it.
Okay back to the Remote Base chatter …
So what do we need to create a Remote Base?
What do we need to create a Remote Base:
Determine the type of terrain in which the Remote Base will operate;
is it urban, rural, forested, hilly, mountains, etc.
What resources are available;
- Internet; Dial-up, Broadband, HSMM, Satellite;
- RF Equipment – HF, VHF, UHF, Microwave;
- Power – Grid, Solar, Wind, Battery, Generator
- Antenna Structure – Building, Tower, Mast;
What is the distance that needs to be covered between the Remote Base and Base / Repeater Site:
Will the distance require additional enhancements via extenders, cross-band repeaters, etc:
Once the above information is available we can start working on creating the actual Remote Base
- Dialing 711via PBX
Do you know what 711 TRS is?
711 is the nationwide telephone number for accessing Telephone Relay Service (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.
Making TRS Calls
If you want to call someone using TRS, use your TTY, or dial 711 on your telephone, and you will automatically be connected to a TRS operator. If you’re a TRS user traveling out of state and want to make a call, there is no longer a need to learn the state’s TRS provider’s telephone number. Just dial 711. It’s fast, functional, and free.
The 711 code is not just for use by persons with disabilities. Both voice and TRS users can initiate a call from any telephone, anywhere in the United States, without having to remember and dial a seven or ten-digit access number. For persons who have been using TRS for years, the convenience of dialing three digits is obvious.
711 dialing access does not work for Video Relay Service (VRS) or Internet Protocol (IP) Relay calls, because such calls are initiated through the Internet. Hearing persons initiating a VRS or IP Relay call may do so by calling a provider’s 800 number.
Dialing 711 From A Private Branch Exchange
FCC rules require all telephone companies (including wireline, wireless, and payphone providers) that operate private branch exchanges (PBXs) to implement three-digit 711 dialing for access to TRS. A PBX is a private telephone system within an organization that switches calls between internal users and allows users to share a certain number of external phone lines. PBX operators are required to modify their equipment to enable 711 dialing to ensure that everyone benefits from abbreviated dialing and consumers have easy access to TRS.
Callers from locations served by PBXs may be required to dial 9 or another prefix before entering the 711 code or placing an outside call. The FCC encourages PBX operators to work with telephone companies and TRS providers to facilitate 711 dialing for users.
The FCC recently determined that providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service also must offer 711 abbreviated dialing.
911 and 711
Dialing 911 is the most familiar and effective way Americans have to find help in an emergency. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to provide direct, equal access to their emergency response services for people with disabilities who use TTYs or other devices. Therefore, in the event of an emergency, TTY users should call 911 directly, and not make a TRS call via 711.
Why is 711 TRS important to us?
As a communications resource we need to be ready to handle traffic that may need to be delivered to a person that may have hearing or speech. Via 711 TRS we will be able to deliver messages in a more timely fashion when the situation arises. We also need to let people know that the service exists.
Additional Relay Services
IP Relay – Internet Protocol Relay
VRS -Video Relay Service
- RF Gateway Reflectors