Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club

.....HAPPENINGS Page....

Use this page to see what the club is up to.......just scroll down !!!!



Each month, near the end of the month N1PZB, Gary Webster will be posting the minutes of the previous month's meeting here. Members can click MEETING MINUTES above to review them BEFORE our next meeting's approval vote. ANYTHING can be changed-added-or deleted, and when approved will be posted as FINAL.

2018 FIELD DAY PICS are ...


...and as a bonus the QRP Day at

Round Lake Park from

Sat July 21st

Message from our Secretary...

"Good Morning All,


Here are the new Bylaws as accepted with the acceptance notation added at the end!


Gary – N1PZB"

WEBMASTER NOTE...They are now posted under the

VBARC BY-LAWS TAB and meet the IRS 501 C 3 Standards.


      "KIT NIGHT"  will resume in

the fall...have a nice summer !!!



What is Winlink

• Global email by radio, in concert with the Internet, or entirely by RF

• Not intended to replace other email methods except…

On the high seas

During emergencies

• Packet-based

• Famous for disaster and emergency relief e.g. The Caribbean 2017

• Widely used for EmComm by EOCs, FEMA, Homeland Security, Government Agencies

• Built and maintained entirely by volunteers

• Twenty years old

• Supported by Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc. (ARSFI)

• Radio access to host of services especially weather (Winlink Catalog Requests)

• Location reporting (See

• Free but a donation to ARSFI appropriate, and nice to use Amazon Smile

• Much more at

Why Winlink

• Email when all else fails

• Complete and documented reports not sketchy phone messages

• Send and receive clear and referenceable instructions

• Communicate specific information e.g. medical support, supplies, health and welfare

messages, utility outages

• “If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen”

How to Use Winlink

• VHF / UHF / HF / Telnet all possible

• Choosing a mode

VHF better choice for a local network - shelter HF deployment unrealistic

HF likely to fly over close stations - yet, required for long distance contact

“Ideal” station has both

• For the first message leg or all of them

RF to Radio Message Server (RMS)

Internet from RMS for delivery worldwide

Radio-only relay if Internet is not available

RF Peer to Peer for two-parties

Local Winlink networks by radio e.g. hurricane activation

Use Internet for higher speed while it is available (Telnet)

Digipeaters will expand range

Getting Started and Going

• Download “Winlink Express Install” from

• Set up account with amateur call sign - Must use Winlink Express for this

• A little donation? The right thing to do, and brings a registration key

• Use Telnet to become acquainted with Winlink - no new equipment needed

• Get up to speed

See Rick Frost K4REF series here

Excellent reference material from the Master, Phil Sherrod W4PHS at

• Decide what additional equipment, if any, is needed

Take plenty of time with new hardware decisions to avoid mistakes

Some radios already have built-in sound card or TNC

Handheld w/o external antenna and amplifier may not perform reliably

Re equipment - Important to understand Packets must be clear or will be rejected

• Learn about report forms imbedded in Winlink e.g., ICS Documents (Message, Templates)

• Training by regular practice - “Test messages” with others, Net checkins, Event Support

• Winlink for Go-Kits - County and Personal

• High-tower, hardened RMS(s) essential for EmComm


07 June 2018

Congrats to N1PZB GARY WEBSTER for

being designated  by Section Manager JEFF

BEALS at the Ft Pierce Hamfest as




VBARC Honored at the Stuart Ham Fest on March 17, 2018

Jeff Beals WA4AW, SF Section Manager

presented VBARC with our Anniversay

Certificate of 50 Years of ARRL Affiliated

Club. ..See more photos of the event and

presention in our photos section.

                   NEW ROSTER for 2018... 

    has been added to the MEMBERS ONLY PAGE...BUT you need to log in to  

   access it. An e-mail blast has been sent out to the 2018 members with the  

                                  username and password.