The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society plans to conduct an emergency communications exercise to test WinLink Peer-to-Peer communications on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 1000 until 1200.  This exercise is part of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society’s long-term multi-part educational  program to ensure that radio amateurs in our area have a way to grow and practice the skills that may be used in a variety of emergency communications situations.

This exercise aims to evaluate our ability to pass digital traffic using WinLink Peer-to-Peer
communications through VARA FM.  We will have two control stations operating in Charlotte County. Our West County Control Station will operate WinLink on 144.300 MHz and our East County Control Station will operate WinLink in VARA FM on 144.330 MHz. For this exercise, questions may be directed over the WX4E linked repeater system on 146.745 (-) and 444.975 (+), both with a PL tone of 136.50.  Remember, this is a WinLink Peer-to-Peer contact.

Each participant will have three tasks during this exercise:  (1) Deliver a Field Situation Report to the local control station P2P – Locate the WinLink Template under Standard Templates / General Forms / Field Situation Report.  (2) After delivering your Field Situation Report, the Control Station will prepare an Emergency Bulletin to your WinLink address. They will need time to process your bulletin after receiving your Filed Station Report. Retrieve the current Emergency Bulletin from your local control station P2P.(3) Read and follow the instructions on the Emergency Bulletin.

Upon completion of the task listed above, each participant is free to secure their station.
Licensed Amateur radio operators from Charlotte County and the directly surrounding counties that are not CARS members are encouraged to visit the CARS website at http://carsfl.org for information about how they can help on the day of the event from their own radios.

The information in this press release was provided courtesy of Doug Young KM4LKC of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society.