Winlink Training Net

Purpose

The Pinellas ACS Winlink training net will be used to familiarize ARES®/ACS participants with Winlink skills and to practice digital network operations. Each net will be narrowly focused on a small set of Winlink skills and will be designed to require one hour or less to complete. Network activities will include both directed radio nets and unmanaged radio nets. Directed radio nets will have an active net control station and make use of local VHF/UHF repeaters, RMS gateways, digipeaters, and simplex frequencies. Unmanaged nets will not have an active net control station and will have an operating window of one to five days. Unmanaged nets are designed to provide participants with the additional time needed to research, practice, or request assistance before performing the planned network activity.

Implementation

The net control station will send a Winlink bulletin to all registered Pinellas ACS Winlink Training Net participants on the Monday prior to a scheduled Winlink net. The Bulletin will contain the following information.

  • Training Net Objectives
  • Network type, date, time, and duration
  • Description of net activities
  • Location of additional material needed to support the net

The training net will be conducted in accordance with the information provided in the weekly Winlink training bulletin.

Schedule

Winlink Training Nets will take place twice per month. A training net will not take place in the same week that a Winlink Drill, Functional Test, Simulated Emergency Test, or Full-Scale Exercise is scheduled.

Location

As a rule, Winlink users will participate in training nets from their home QTH.

Winlink Training Net Activity


13 October 2021

Net Objectives

The following net objectives are planned for this week’s training net.

  • Create and send a Winlink Express Check-in message and a Winlink Express Check-out message.
  • Create and send an ICS 213 status report.
  • Create and send an ICS 213RR Resource Request message using the data supplied in Winlink bulletin 7.
  • Create an ICS 309, Communication Log, that documents all the Winlink message traffic sent and received by your station during this week’s Winlink Training Net. Send the PDF version of the ICS 309 to net control via standard email (not Winlink email).

Supporting Information

Net participants are requested to review the Weekly Winlink Bulletin prior to the net so that they are familiar with the net’s planned activities.


29 September 2021

Net Objectives

This week we will practice creating and sending the ICS General Message form ICS 213 Reply and ICS 213 RR Resource request messages.

  • Create and send a Winlink Express Check-in message and a Winlink Express Check-out message.
  • Create a reply to an ICS 213 message that properly utilized blocks 9 and 10 of the form.
  • Create an ICS 213RR message using the data supplied by this bulletin. Address the message to Net Control and the Pinellas ACS Admin officer (PACS-ADMIN). Send the message when directed by net control.

Supporting Information

Net participants are requested to review the Weekly Winlink Bulletin prior to the net so that they are familiar with the net’s planned activities.


15 September 2021

Net Objectives

This week we will practice creating and sending the ICS General Message form ICS 213. This form is used to send messages between served agency personnel that require a written record of transmission and therefore cannot be transmitted orally.

  • Create and send two ICS 213 general messages.
  • Create an ICS 213 message using the data supplied in Winlink bulletin 005. Save the message data for later use. Address the message to the NCS and save the message in the Winlink DRAFT folder until you are requested to send.
  • Load the saved ICS 213 message data into a second ICS 213 message. Address the message to PACS Admin Officer and save the message in the Winlink DRAFT folder until you are requested to send.
  • Save a copy of each ICS 213 as a PDF to a folder on the desktop of the Winlink computer. At the conclusion of the net, email the PDF files to the NCS.

Supporting Information

Net participants are requested to review the Weekly Winlink Bulletin prior to the net so that they are familiar with the net’s planned activities.


1 September 2021

Net Objectives

During our last training net on August 18th, we practiced creating and sending the Winlink Express Check-in form. We did not have time to practice the other training objectives planned for the week, so this week we will try again. This week’s net will, to a large extent, duplicate the activities we performed on August 18th.

  • Provide training to the membership on Winlink Express Check in and Check-out Forms.
  • Practice exchanging unformatted digital messages between net participants while operating in a controlled net.
  • Provide training of mixed mode voice and digital network operations.

Supporting Information

Net participants are requested to review the Weekly Winlink Bulletin prior to the net so that they are familiar with the net’s planned activities.


18 August 2021

Net Objectives

  • Provide training to the membership on Winlink Express Check in and Check-out Forms.
  • Practice exchanging unformatted digital messages between net participants while operating in a controlled net.
  • Provide training of mixed mode voice and digital network operations.

Supporting Information


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