[aprssig] Field Day 2014 NTS style messages via APRS and ALE AMD For Points
wd8arz at ix.netcom.com
Sat Jun 28 02:43:48 CDT 2014
Marcus NX5MK brought to my attention that the ARRL Field Day 2014 NTS
style messages via APRS and ALE AMD is ok by the ARRL.
Please check out his link for the details.
MarsAle Pilot Stations are on the air and available for Field Day
Some Pilot Stations, such as WD8ARZ, may be running Winmor that is
operating linked to MarsAle. The advantage is that WINMOR then can be
used on multiple frequencies as the operation depends on the multiple
frequencies used by MarsAle. The frequency you can connect to with
Winmor on, depends on the scanning frequencies of MarsAle. MarsAle Pilot
Station Frequencies are:
03596.0KHZ USB, 07102.0KHZ USB, 10145.5KHZ USB, 14109.0KHZ USB,
18106.0KHZ USB, 21096.0KHZ USB, 24926.0KHZ USB, and 28146.0KHZ USB
Use an Ale Program to connect to a MarsAle Pilot Station in ALE mode -
while your ALE is scanning the above frequencies (or your choice of
those frequencies), choose the CALL option and put in the call of the
station you wish to connect to. A connection will be established on a
frequency that has the propagation between that station and your
location. Or place your system manually on the frequency you wish to
use, and call the station of interest there.
ALE program can be downloaded from:
'How To' set up help is here:
Traffic can be sent using the MarsAle station. After initial ALE link,
use only the universal short text message for ALE, called an AMD. An AMD
message request to the other operator can optionally ask for other
digital text keyboarding, QSY, or a voice QSO. ALE AMD: is the
"universal" ALE text message system common to all ALE software and
hardware, also known as Orderwire Message, or Automatic Message Display.
MarsAle Pilot Station can send messages / mail using BbsLink or AleStat
interfaced to their MarsAle program. How to send and receive mail is the
same for both systems and is described at: http://hflink.net/bbslink/
Using PC-ALE or MARS-ALE with DBM ARQ
As detailed in the link at: http://hflink.net/bbslink/
Send a multiple line email text message using PCALE or MARS-ALE:
*Link with the HFN Pilot Station, and can verify that the station status
is ready using the STAT command via AMD. Receive the status AMD from the
*Select the PCALE pull down menu Data>DBM MSG.
*A text entry window will appear.
*In the lower box TO: pull down and select the Pilot Station's callsign
you are currently linked with (if it is not already displayed).
*Do not select BRD. Do not select Terminate when done.
*Type the BBSLINK COMMAND and PARAMETER and the SUBJECT LINE in the
first line with all caps.
*The text after the email address becomes the subject line of the email.
*Type your email message body in the next lines after the first line.
*Add 3 lines at the bottom with only END END END, /EX, /EX (this is the
end of the message indicator)
To send a NTS message using PCALE, MARSALE, or Multipsk:
WL2K SP shelter at county.org 4 R NX5MK ARL 3 EM34ST JUN 29 URCALLSIGN BT
ARL FIFTY X BT NX5MK AR
WL2K SP COMCENTER at COUNTY.ORG READY AT SITE
We are set up at the disaster assistance site.
END END END
Note 1. Please limit your DBM email to 2000 characters.
Note 2. Please do not send blank lines in your message.
Send an SMTP message via an internet SMTP server rather than WL2K:
As detailed in the link at: http://hflink.net/bbslink/
SMTP SP USER at DOMAIN.ORG HELLO WE ARE HERE
Here is some information about what the email will look like to the
From: Is the station that initiated the BBSLINK command, converted to
lowercase and with the default domain appended. (typically: winlink.org
To: Is the target address in the BBSLINK command
Subject: is the text in the initial command
Body: The message body is the remaining lines of the DBM message or a
simple line if an AMD message.
Upon successful delivery to the gateway email server, a return AMD is
sent to the initiating user. SMTP will detect success, and three failure
modes. Upon sending an SMTP message you will receive a return AMD with a
success indication or one of the following error messages:
•SMTP host not reachable
• Malformed receiving address
• Malformed sending address
You can test with CALLSIGN-ARRL.ORG - It will trigger the failure.
It assumes your callsign @ the default domain, which is for winlink.org
for valid licensed amateur callsigns.
Send short text messages to a cell phone by ham radio ALE on HF through
an HFN Pilot Station to a USA Cell Mobile Wireless Phone Email
Addresses. Instructions various phone systems are at:
Winmor can also be used for sending traffic on some MarsAle stations
such as the WD8ARZ MarsAle Pilot Station. In order to do so, first make
a connection to this station using ALE mode. Then using your Winmor
program, make a connection and use it as you normally would for checking
your WL2K mail and sending text messages / mail. When you disconnect
from Winmor and Ale, the station will resume scanning and sounding.
WL2K Tri-Mode / WINMOR programs can be downloaded from:
To get a list of current WINMOR active stations, check the listing at:
Choose the WINMOR option above the table. Default list at this time is
in call sign order. For example scroll down to WD8ARZ and you will see:
Posted Callsign Grid Square Center Freq Mode Hours QTH
221516Z WD8ARZ EN61UR 24,927.5KHz WINMOR 1600 00-23 South Bend, IN
Note that the center frequency shown for this station is only showing
one frequency (dial frequency is 24926.0KHZ). BUT because the MarsAle
program is scanning the HfLink Pilot Ale Channels, ALL those ALE
frequencies ARE available for WINMOR connections.
Pass the word around, and please encourage as much participation in
advance so there is learning curve time, and systems can be tested and
Due to the wave after wave of thunderstorms sweeping through my area, my
on the air activity will be chaotic. My Station will be on the air as
much as the lightening activity will allow.... and this 265' long
Carolina Windom antenna doesnt like lightening one bit.
Thanks to all of you, as you all do so much for many more than any of us
will ever know.
73 from Bill - WD8ARZ
South Bend, Indiana
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