Packet Cavalry

Introduction
Williamson Country Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WC-ARES) Packet Cavalry are amateur radio operators (“ham”) with 2m packet capability.  These ham radio operators do weekly check-in tests of the Williamson County Radio Mail Server (RMS) Packet stations.  In addition to the Williamson County RMS stations, some packet cavalry members test RMS stations in nearby counties including Burnet, Travis, Bastrop and Hayes.  The Packet Cavalry members report their test activity to W5TA-1@winlink.org, and K5LGV@winlink.org.  The AEC receives a spreadsheet summary report each week, and recognizes the Cavalry participants on the Sunday night WC-ARES net held at 1600 Sunday on 146.64 MHz.

Mission
Check RMS station status
You have no doubt noticed that when you connect with an RMS station, and have no incoming or outgoing E-Mail, there is an FF/FQ sequence and then a disconnect sequence.  You can check that stations are operational, one right after another by connecting and looking for the FF/FQ sequence.

There is an RMS Status page for the STX section on the web at http://n5tw.ecpi.com/rmsstatus/. It shows a list of all the RMS stations that you should find up.  It is driven by periodic internet Winlink status connections.  That does not guarantee that the radio equipment at those stations is functional.

Objective
There are two kinds of RMS check-in E-Mails that are determined by the number of checkin’s a individual does:

  • A single station check-in
  • Multiple station check-in’s

Single station check-in
The Packet Cavalry member that only checks a single station submits an email to Saturday evening or Sunday morning using the following format:

  • A Packet report is sent to W5TA-1@winlink.org, and K5LGV@winlink.org
  • The subject link of the packet report contains the check-in date and hospital location the packet was submitted through. The station you send the E-Mail through must appear in the subject line.
  • The sender is identified by the E-Mail address.
  • Typically the body of the E-Mail is just a signature or some kind of comment like “hope it rains soon”, or even a quotation of wisdom each week.

RMS Express single station check-in report example:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple station check-in
The Packet Cavalry member that check-in’s multiple stations submits an email to Saturday evening or Sunday morning using the following format:

  • A Packet report is sent to W5TA-1@winlink.org, and K5LGV@winlink.org
  • The subject link of the packet report contains the check-in date and the location the packet was submitted through. The station you send the E-Mail through must appear in the subject line.
  • The sender is identified by the E-Mail address.
  • A list of stations checked containing station Call SSID   and any problems encountered
    • disconnected due to timeout
    • no connection
    • could not reach
  • The stations status is reported so that we can make sure all stations are operational

RMS Express multiple station check-in report example:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no requirement as to the degree of participation.  Many people give about one check-in a week, while some are sporadic and hit a week now and then.  A few send a list of 15 to 20 stations most every week, while a couple of participants submit a list of 50 to 100+ check-ins.

Dick W5TA