Denver ARES Digital Strategy

The Denver ARES community relies on digital communications so we can better serve our partner agencies, including the American Red Cross, the Denver Office of Emergency Management, and Denver Water. A protocol that is common to some Colorado ARES groups, is Winlink Express, in various modes. We have an online training program for getting more of our members proficient with Winlink Express.

Get started here:

  • Winlink getting started: get set up
  • Winlink Hardware Setup – connecting via gateway (VHF/UHF)
  • Winlink Peer to Peer operations – no internet required
  • Winlink HF Operations – going global

Winlink Express has pre-made ICS 213 and 309 forms, as well as ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) forms to make message construction much easier and more efficient.

Several members have been successful setting up our stations for  Winlink/Winmor. Ben, K0YDS, explains his process on this page for the SignaLink USB and a couple of other pages for the TNC-X and Outpost Packet Message Manager. We will eventually become more acquainted with FLDIGI, which also has pre-made ICS and NTS form templates.