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  • n7uwx
    I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet. I don t know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an
    Message 1 of 19 , Oct 30, 2011
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      I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet.
      I don't know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an old DOS program that was designed primarily for shelter management. I have discovered that it could be used for race management too.
      Our local club helps out with a 100 mile Ultra race and need to track runners...
      Anyway, since it runs under dos, is there a newer version of BPQ that will run under windows and still attache to the program running under DOS?

      Thanx,
      Tyler N7UWX
    • John Wiseman
      Tyler, I haven t tried ARESDATA, but bpq32 can run most DOS programs written to use DOS BPQCODE. See
      Message 2 of 19 , Oct 30, 2011
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        Tyler,
         
        I haven't tried ARESDATA, but bpq32 can run most DOS programs written to use DOS BPQCODE. See http://www.cantab.net/users/john.wiseman/Documents/BPQ1632.htm for details.
         
        73,
        John
         


        From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of n7uwx
        Sent: 30 October 2011 16:40
        To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [BPQ32] BPQ and ARESDATA I haven 

         

        I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet.
        I don't know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an old DOS program that was designed primarily for shelter management. I have discovered that it could be used for race management too.
        Our local club helps out with a 100 mile Ultra race and need to track runners...
        Anyway, since it runs under dos, is there a newer version of BPQ that will run under windows and still attache to the program running under DOS?

        Thanx,
        Tyler N7UWX

      • Ken Jacobs
        Hi Tyler, WOW...that s diggin up a dinosaur....LOL. I played around quite a bit with AresData waaayyyy back in the day and it had lots of potential for its
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          Hi Tyler,

          WOW...that's diggin' up a dinosaur....LOL. I played around quite a bit with AresData waaayyyy back in the day and it had lots of potential for its intended use. We have left the DOS era here quite a while ago, but I have also wanted to see a Windows modern equivalent to AresData written for the same use. It was a very handy program for shelter management, etc.....just as you mentioned.

          I am not sure about interfacing the Windows BPQ with DOS AresData...that is a good question for John or someone who has played with that end.

          Ken KD6PGI
          Hood River County ARES


          On 11-10-30 09:39 AM, n7uwx wrote:
           

          I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet.
          I don't know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an old DOS program that was designed primarily for shelter management. I have discovered that it could be used for race management too.
          Our local club helps out with a 100 mile Ultra race and need to track runners...
          Anyway, since it runs under dos, is there a newer version of BPQ that will run under windows and still attache to the program running under DOS?

          Thanx,
          Tyler N7UWX

        • KG5KS - Kenny Thompson
          Be nice to see it used again.  Be great to see it updated too..  Where can the last version be downloaded at anyway ? Thank you 73 Kenny ARS KG5KS   ...
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            Be nice to see it used again.  Be great to see it updated too..  Where can the last version be downloaded at anyway ?
             
            Thank you
            73
            Kenny
            ARS KG5KS
             
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            From: n7uwx <n7uwx@...>
            To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 11:39 AM
            Subject: [BPQ32] BPQ and ARESDATA

             
            I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet.
            I don't know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an old DOS program that was designed primarily for shelter management. I have discovered that it could be used for race management too.
            Our local club helps out with a 100 mile Ultra race and need to track runners...
            Anyway, since it runs under dos, is there a newer version of BPQ that will run under windows and still attache to the program running under DOS?

            Thanx,
            Tyler N7UWX



          • Bill Vodall
            ... The Minnesota folks had a great presentation at the 2008 DCC. One note I took from that was their use of an ARESDATA replacement program called Trivnet.
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              > I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA

              The Minnesota folks had a great presentation at the 2008 DCC. One
              note I took from that was their use of an ARESDATA replacement
              program called Trivnet. One of these days I'm going to get a few
              nanoseconds to check it out.

              Emergency Minnesota Amateur Radio Disastar Data Network - http://www.14567.org/

              Trivnet - a packet database - http://www.kb8zqz.org/trivnetdb/


              73
              Bill - WA7NWP
            • D R Mynatt
              *Nix-based. Bummer.... Dave KA0SWT ... From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bill Vodall Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011
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                *Nix-based. Bummer....

                Dave
                KA0SWT




                -----Original Message-----
                From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bill
                Vodall
                Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 11:29 AM
                To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [BPQ32] BPQ and ARESDATA

                > I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA

                The Minnesota folks had a great presentation at the 2008 DCC. One note I
                took from that was their use of an ARESDATA replacement
                program called Trivnet. One of these days I'm going to get a few
                nanoseconds to check it out.

                Emergency Minnesota Amateur Radio Disastar Data Network -
                http://www.14567.org/

                Trivnet - a packet database - http://www.kb8zqz.org/trivnetdb/


                73
                Bill - WA7NWP


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              • John Wiseman
                I ve just sucessfully run ARESDATA with BPQ32 and BPQ1632. but there are a couple of quirks that I need to look into. I ll post the details when I ve sorted
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                  I've just sucessfully run ARESDATA with BPQ32 and BPQ1632. but there are a couple of quirks that I need to look into. I'll post the details when I've sorted them out.
                   
                  73,
                  John
                   


                  From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of n7uwx
                  Sent: 30 October 2011 16:40
                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: [BPQ32] BPQ and ARESDATA

                   

                  I am attempting to reserect an old program called ARESDATA that used BPQ as the link to packet.
                  I don't know if anyone has herd of it or used it but it is an old DOS program that was designed primarily for shelter management. I have discovered that it could be used for race management too.
                  Our local club helps out with a 100 mile Ultra race and need to track runners...
                  Anyway, since it runs under dos, is there a newer version of BPQ that will run under windows and still attache to the program running under DOS?

                  Thanx,
                  Tyler N7UWX

                • John Wiseman
                  Hi. I ve made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to use with ARESDATA. Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group. Copy
                  Message 8 of 19 , Oct 31, 2011
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                    Hi.
                     
                    I've made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to use with ARESDATA.
                     
                    Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group.
                     
                    Copy bpq1632.dll to your Windows\system32 folder.
                     
                    Copy bpq1632.exe and dedhost.com to your ARESDATA folder.
                     
                    Edit ARESDATA.CFG to use BPQ (uncomment the relevant attach line).
                     
                    I edited the AREASDATA.BAT  to contain:
                     
                    rem ARESDATA.BAT.
                    rem This loads the BPQ32 Interface
                    BPQ1632
                    rem This loads the terminate and stay resident program that makes the
                    rem BPQ switch speak DED host mode, using software interrupt hex FE (254)
                    rem with 9 connects available, start with stream 1, use application 3
                    rem    (ARES/Data), and 40 K available for buffering DED packets.
                    DEDHOST 9 1 4 40 254 N
                    aresda16
                     
                    This is set to use BPQ APPL 3 - change the 3rd Param of DEDHOST to suit.
                     
                    It is best to create a shortcut to AREASDATA.BAT, and set "Run In Separate Memory space" in the advanced properties. Then the bpq interface will be unloaded when the program exits.
                     
                    It works as far as I can see, though I don't know what the program is supposed to do, so I can't be sure!
                     
                     
                    73,
                    John
                     
                     

                     
                  • Tyler Griffiths
                    So you run BPQ32 in windows first then ARESDATA. Is this correct? Tyler N7UWX ... -- Tyler Griffiths N7UWX See where I am: http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
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                      So you run BPQ32 in windows first then ARESDATA. Is this correct?

                      Tyler N7UWX

                      On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:31 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                       

                      Hi.
                       
                      I've made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to use with ARESDATA.
                       
                      Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group.
                       
                      Copy bpq1632.dll to your Windows\system32 folder.
                       
                      Copy bpq1632.exe and dedhost.com to your ARESDATA folder.
                       
                      Edit ARESDATA.CFG to use BPQ (uncomment the relevant attach line).
                       
                      I edited the AREASDATA.BAT  to contain:
                       
                      rem ARESDATA.BAT.
                      rem This loads the BPQ32 Interface
                      BPQ1632
                      rem This loads the terminate and stay resident program that makes the
                      rem BPQ switch speak DED host mode, using software interrupt hex FE (254)
                      rem with 9 connects available, start with stream 1, use application 3
                      rem    (ARES/Data), and 40 K available for buffering DED packets.
                      DEDHOST 9 1 4 40 254 N
                      aresda16
                       
                      This is set to use BPQ APPL 3 - change the 3rd Param of DEDHOST to suit.
                       
                      It is best to create a shortcut to AREASDATA.BAT, and set "Run In Separate Memory space" in the advanced properties. Then the bpq interface will be unloaded when the program exits.
                       
                      It works as far as I can see, though I don't know what the program is supposed to do, so I can't be sure!
                       
                       
                      73,
                      John
                       
                       

                       




                      --
                      Tyler Griffiths
                      N7UWX

                      See where I am:
                      http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
                    • WS7I
                      Maybe this would help. From my working files this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it. But we don t use it around here any
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                        Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.
                         
                         
                         
                        Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                        Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                        authors.


                                                         ARES/Data:
                                    A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                     W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                      1003 Belder Drive
                                                 San Jose, California  95120
                                                        WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                      David Palmer, N6KL
                                                       248 Omira Drive
                                                 San Jose, California  95123
                                                N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                         INTRODUCTION

                        ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                        store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                        emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                        Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                        and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                        Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                        Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                        Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                        can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                        actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                        program is started.

                        ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                        widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                        program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                        both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                        or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                        be used are:

                         -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                         -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                         -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                         -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                         -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                        With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                        Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                        critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                  ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                        There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                         -  ARES/Data software and database
                         -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                         -  Voice operators

                        The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                        ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                        current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                        of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                        floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                        the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                        records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                        summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                        IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                        although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                        performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                        Corporation.]

                        If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                        and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                        radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                        simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                        radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                        database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                        simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                        Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                        input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                        Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                        voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                        packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                        The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                        those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                        amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                        'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                        Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                        status requests.

                        Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                        and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                        participating amateur radio operator.


                                   DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                    The ARES/Data Program

                        The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                        N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                        and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                        control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                        support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                        WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                        WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                        the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                        CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                        link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                        4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                        structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                        Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                        specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                        handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                        The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                        of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                        four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                        section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                        All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                        any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                        at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                        that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                        and disk report files.


                                            Syntax for Current Information Input:

                        To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                        any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                        separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                        ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                        particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                        will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                            field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                            (<cr> means carriage return)

                        Fields 1 through 4

                        The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                        imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                        event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                        type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                        command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                        operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                        Message

                        MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                        length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                        information deemed useful for the incident.

                        Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                            85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                         response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                            Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                         response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                        All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                        status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                        time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                        the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                        information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                        person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                        and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                  Syntax for Search Requests

                        The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                        value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                            /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                            /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                            /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                            /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                        (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                        of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                        listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                        the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                        field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                        selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                        for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                            ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                        is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                        hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                        Examples of Search Requests:

                            /1,5553195<cr>
                            /2,w1aw<cr>
                            /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                            /4,85563<cr>

                        Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                            Search for value "85563" in Field4
                             Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                             29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                             59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                            ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                 Syntax for Summary Requests

                        A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                        like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                        being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                        "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                        shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                        the database at each shelter would be printed.

                             $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                             $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                             $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                             $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                        Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                             Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                OAK GROVE            3
                                PIONEERHS            20
                                EASTVIEW             66
                                SHLTR5               37
                             ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                      Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                        Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                        purposes.

                             l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                    Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                        This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                        connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                        during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                        function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                        list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                             d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                        This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                        stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                        system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                        through the central database station.

                        Users Command

                        The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                        callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                        of the form:

                             At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                        Tell Command

                        The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                        conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                             tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                        For example:

                             tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                        The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                        station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                        the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                        sees:

                             1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                        The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                        stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                        ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                        just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                        sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                        feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                        stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                        of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                        broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                        disrupting the other group.  For example:

                             tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                        This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                               EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                        -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                        health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                        fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                             Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                        -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                        tracked:

                             Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                        -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                             Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                        -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                        needed:

                             Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                        There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                        definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                        situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                        might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                        more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                        number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                      HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                        The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                        the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                        this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                        for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                        formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                        postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                        other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                        included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                        to your specific system.


                                                      FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                        The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                        and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                        being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                        frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                        to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                        and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                  

                      • D R Mynatt
                        Great stuff for sure. If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right? Dave KA0SWT _____ From:
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                          Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?
                           
                          Dave
                          KA0SWT


                          From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                          Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                          To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                          Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.
                           
                           
                           
                          Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                          Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                          authors.


                                                           ARES/Data:
                                      A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                       W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                        1003 Belder Drive
                                                   San Jose, California  95120
                                                          WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                        David Palmer, N6KL
                                                         248 Omira Drive
                                                   San Jose, California  95123
                                                  N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                           INTRODUCTION

                          ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                          store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                          emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                          Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                          and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                          Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                          Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                          Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                          can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                          actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                          program is started.

                          ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                          widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                          program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                          both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                          or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                          be used are:

                           -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                           -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                           -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                           -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                           -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                          With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                          Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                          critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                    ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                          There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                           -  ARES/Data software and database
                           -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                           -  Voice operators

                          The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                          ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                          current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                          of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                          floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                          the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                          records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                          summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                          IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                          although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                          performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                          Corporation.]

                          If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                          and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                          radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                          simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                          radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                          database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                          simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                          Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                          input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                          Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                          voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                          packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                          The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                          those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                          amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                          'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                          Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                          status requests.

                          Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                          and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                          participating amateur radio operator.


                                     DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                      The ARES/Data Program

                          The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                          N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                          and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                          control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                          support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                          WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                          WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                          the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                          CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                          link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                          4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                          structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                          Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                          specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                          handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                          The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                          of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                          four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                          section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                  General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                          All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                          any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                          at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                          that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                          and disk report files.


                                              Syntax for Current Information Input:

                          To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                          any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                          separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                          ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                          particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                          will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                              field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                              (<cr> means carriage return)

                          Fields 1 through 4

                          The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                          imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                          event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                          type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                          command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                          operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                          Message

                          MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                          length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                          information deemed useful for the incident.

                          Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                              85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                           response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                              Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                           response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                          All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                          status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                          time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                          the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                          information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                          person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                          and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                    Syntax for Search Requests

                          The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                          value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                              /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                              /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                              /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                              /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                          (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                          of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                          listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                          the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                          field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                          selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                          for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                              ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                          is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                          hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                          Examples of Search Requests:

                              /1,5553195<cr>
                              /2,w1aw<cr>
                              /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                              /4,85563<cr>

                          Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                              Search for value "85563" in Field4
                               Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                               29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                               59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                              ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                   Syntax for Summary Requests

                          A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                          like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                          being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                          "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                          shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                          the database at each shelter would be printed.

                               $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                               $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                               $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                               $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                          Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                               Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                  OAK GROVE            3
                                  PIONEERHS            20
                                  EASTVIEW             66
                                  SHLTR5               37
                               ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                        Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                          Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                          purposes.

                               l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                      Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                          This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                          connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                          during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                          function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                          list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                               d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                  Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                          This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                          stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                          system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                          through the central database station.

                          Users Command

                          The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                          callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                          of the form:

                               At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                          Tell Command

                          The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                          conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                               tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                          For example:

                               tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                          The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                          station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                          the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                          sees:

                               1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                          The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                          stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                          ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                          just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                          sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                          feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                          stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                          of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                          broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                          disrupting the other group.  For example:

                               tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                          This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                 EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                          -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                          health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                          fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                               Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                          -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                          tracked:

                               Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                          -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                               Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                          -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                          needed:

                               Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                          There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                          definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                          situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                          might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                          more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                          number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                        HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                          The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                          the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                          this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                          for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                          formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                          postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                          other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                          included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                          to your specific system.


                                                        FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                          The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                          and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                          being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                          frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                          to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                          and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                    

                        • John Wiseman
                          If you are already using BPQ32 for anything else, load those programs first, then start ARESDATA in a dos box/cmd window. I d recommend running BPQTerminal as
                          Message 12 of 19 , Nov 1, 2011
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                            If you are already using BPQ32 for anything else, load those programs first, then start ARESDATA in a dos box/cmd window. I'd recommend running BPQTerminal as a minimum, so you can connect to ARESDATA to test.
                             
                            You can just start ARESDATA in a dos box. BPQ32 will be loaded as ARESDATA initialises.
                             
                            I should have made clear before that this all applies to Windows 2000 and later.
                             
                            73,
                            John
                             


                            From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tyler Griffiths
                            Sent: 31 October 2011 23:40
                            To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                            Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                             

                            So you run BPQ32 in windows first then ARESDATA. Is this correct?


                            Tyler N7UWX

                            On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:31 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                             

                            Hi.
                             
                            I've made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to use with ARESDATA.
                             
                            Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group.
                             
                            Copy bpq1632.dll to your Windows\system32 folder.
                             
                            Copy bpq1632.exe and dedhost.com to your ARESDATA folder.
                             
                            Edit ARESDATA.CFG to use BPQ (uncomment the relevant attach line).
                             
                            I edited the AREASDATA.BAT  to contain:
                             
                            rem ARESDATA.BAT.
                            rem This loads the BPQ32 Interface
                            BPQ1632
                            rem This loads the terminate and stay resident program that makes the
                            rem BPQ switch speak DED host mode, using software interrupt hex FE (254)
                            rem with 9 connects available, start with stream 1, use application 3
                            rem    (ARES/Data), and 40 K available for buffering DED packets.
                            DEDHOST 9 1 4 40 254 N
                            aresda16
                             
                            This is set to use BPQ APPL 3 - change the 3rd Param of DEDHOST to suit.
                             
                            It is best to create a shortcut to AREASDATA.BAT, and set "Run In Separate Memory space" in the advanced properties. Then the bpq interface will be unloaded when the program exits.
                             
                            It works as far as I can see, though I don't know what the program is supposed to do, so I can't be sure!
                             
                             
                            73,
                            John
                             
                             

                             




                            --
                            Tyler Griffiths
                            N7UWX

                            See where I am:
                            http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12

                          • John Wiseman
                            I intalled ARESDATA into it s own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You d need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit. John _____ From:
                            Message 13 of 19 , Nov 1, 2011
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                              I intalled ARESDATA into it's own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You'd need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit.
                               
                               
                              John


                              From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of D R Mynatt
                              Sent: 01 November 2011 01:09
                              To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                              Subject: RE: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                               

                              Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?
                               
                              Dave
                              KA0SWT


                              From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                              Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                              To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                              Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                              Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.
                               
                               
                               
                              Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                              Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                              authors.


                                                               ARES/Data:
                                          A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                           W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                            1003 Belder Drive
                                                       San Jose, California  95120
                                                              WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                            David Palmer, N6KL
                                                             248 Omira Drive
                                                       San Jose, California  95123
                                                      N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                               INTRODUCTION

                              ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                              store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                              emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                              Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                              and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                              Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                              Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                              Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                              can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                              actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                              program is started.

                              ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                              widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                              program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                              both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                              or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                              be used are:

                               -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                               -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                               -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                               -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                               -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                              With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                              Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                              critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                        ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                              There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                               -  ARES/Data software and database
                               -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                               -  Voice operators

                              The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                              ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                              current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                              of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                              floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                              the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                              records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                              summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                              IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                              although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                              performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                              Corporation.]

                              If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                              and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                              radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                              simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                              radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                              database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                              simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                              Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                              input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                              Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                              voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                              packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                              The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                              those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                              amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                              'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                              Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                              status requests.

                              Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                              and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                              participating amateur radio operator.


                                         DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                          The ARES/Data Program

                              The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                              N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                              and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                              control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                              support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                              WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                              WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                              the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                              CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                              link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                              4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                              structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                              Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                              specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                              handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                              The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                              of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                              four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                              section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                      General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                              All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                              any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                              at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                              that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                              and disk report files.


                                                  Syntax for Current Information Input:

                              To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                              any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                              separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                              ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                              particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                              will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                                  field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                                  (<cr> means carriage return)

                              Fields 1 through 4

                              The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                              imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                              event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                              type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                              command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                              operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                              Message

                              MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                              length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                              information deemed useful for the incident.

                              Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                                  85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                               response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                                  Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                               response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                              All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                              status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                              time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                              the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                              information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                              person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                              and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                        Syntax for Search Requests

                              The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                              value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                                  /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                                  /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                                  /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                                  /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                              (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                              of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                              listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                              the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                              field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                              selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                              for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                                  ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                              is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                              hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                              Examples of Search Requests:

                                  /1,5553195<cr>
                                  /2,w1aw<cr>
                                  /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                                  /4,85563<cr>

                              Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                                  Search for value "85563" in Field4
                                   Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                                   29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                                   59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                                  ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                       Syntax for Summary Requests

                              A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                              like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                              being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                              "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                              shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                              the database at each shelter would be printed.

                                   $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                                   $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                                   $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                                   $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                              Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                                   Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                      OAK GROVE            3
                                      PIONEERHS            20
                                      EASTVIEW             66
                                      SHLTR5               37
                                   ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                            Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                              Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                              purposes.

                                   l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                          Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                              This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                              connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                              during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                              function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                              list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                                   d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                      Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                              This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                              stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                              system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                              through the central database station.

                              Users Command

                              The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                              callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                              of the form:

                                   At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                              Tell Command

                              The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                              conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                                   tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                              For example:

                                   tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                              The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                              station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                              the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                              sees:

                                   1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                              The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                              stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                              ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                              just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                              sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                              feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                              stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                              of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                              broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                              disrupting the other group.  For example:

                                   tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                              This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                     EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                              -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                              health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                              fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                                   Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                              -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                              tracked:

                                   Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                              -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                                   Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                              -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                              needed:

                                   Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                              There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                              definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                              situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                              might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                              more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                              number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                            HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                              The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                              the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                              this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                              for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                              formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                              postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                              other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                              included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                              to your specific system.


                                                            FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                              The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                              and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                              being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                              frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                              to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                              and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                        

                            • Tyler Griffiths
                              John, Could you possibly send along your .cfg files for both ARESDATA and BPQ32? Is there a cfg. file for BPQ1632? I m struggling. Thanx, Tyler N7WX ... --
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                                John,
                                Could you possibly send along your .cfg files for both ARESDATA and BPQ32?
                                Is there a cfg. file for BPQ1632? I'm struggling.

                                Thanx,
                                Tyler N7WX

                                On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:17 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                                 

                                I intalled ARESDATA into it's own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You'd need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit.
                                 
                                 
                                John


                                From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of D R Mynatt
                                Sent: 01 November 2011 01:09
                                To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                Subject: RE: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                 

                                Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?
                                 
                                Dave
                                KA0SWT


                                From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                                Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                                To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                                Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                                authors.


                                                                 ARES/Data:
                                            A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                             W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                              1003 Belder Drive
                                                         San Jose, California  95120
                                                                WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                              David Palmer, N6KL
                                                               248 Omira Drive
                                                         San Jose, California  95123
                                                        N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                                 INTRODUCTION

                                ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                                store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                                emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                                Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                                and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                                Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                                Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                                Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                                can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                                actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                                program is started.

                                ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                                widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                                program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                                both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                                or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                                be used are:

                                 -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                                 -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                                 -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                                 -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                                 -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                                With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                                Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                                critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                          ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                                There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                                 -  ARES/Data software and database
                                 -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                                 -  Voice operators

                                The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                                ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                                current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                                of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                                floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                                the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                                records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                                summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                                IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                                although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                                performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                                Corporation.]

                                If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                                and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                                radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                                simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                                radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                                database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                                simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                                Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                                input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                                Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                                voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                                packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                                The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                                those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                                amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                                'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                                Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                                status requests.

                                Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                                and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                                participating amateur radio operator.


                                           DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                            The ARES/Data Program

                                The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                                N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                                and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                                control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                                support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                                WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                                WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                                the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                                CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                                link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                                4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                                structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                                Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                                specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                                handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                                The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                                of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                                four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                                section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                        General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                                All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                                any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                                at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                                that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                                and disk report files.


                                                    Syntax for Current Information Input:

                                To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                                any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                                separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                                ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                                particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                                will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                                    field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                                    (<cr> means carriage return)

                                Fields 1 through 4

                                The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                                imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                                event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                                type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                                command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                                operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                                Message

                                MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                                length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                                information deemed useful for the incident.

                                Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                                    85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                                 response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                                    Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                                 response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                                All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                                status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                                time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                                the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                                information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                                person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                                and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                          Syntax for Search Requests

                                The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                                value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                                    /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                                    /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                                    /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                                    /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                                (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                                of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                                listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                                the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                                field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                                selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                                for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                                    ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                                is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                                hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                                Examples of Search Requests:

                                    /1,5553195<cr>
                                    /2,w1aw<cr>
                                    /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                                    /4,85563<cr>

                                Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                                    Search for value "85563" in Field4
                                     Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                                     29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                                     59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                                    ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                         Syntax for Summary Requests

                                A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                                like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                                being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                                "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                                shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                                the database at each shelter would be printed.

                                     $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                                     $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                                     $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                                     $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                                Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                                     Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                        OAK GROVE            3
                                        PIONEERHS            20
                                        EASTVIEW             66
                                        SHLTR5               37
                                     ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                              Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                                Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                                purposes.

                                     l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                            Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                                This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                                connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                                during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                                function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                                list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                                     d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                        Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                                This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                                stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                                system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                                through the central database station.

                                Users Command

                                The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                                callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                                of the form:

                                     At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                                Tell Command

                                The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                                conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                                     tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                                For example:

                                     tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                                The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                                station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                                the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                                sees:

                                     1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                                The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                                stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                                ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                                just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                                sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                                feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                                stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                                of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                                broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                                disrupting the other group.  For example:

                                     tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                                This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                       EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                                -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                                health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                                fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                                     Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                                -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                                tracked:

                                     Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                                -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                                     Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                                -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                                needed:

                                     Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                                There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                                definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                                situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                                might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                                more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                                number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                              HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                                The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                                the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                                this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                                for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                                formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                                postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                                other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                                included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                                to your specific system.


                                                              FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                                The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                                and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                                being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                                frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                                to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                                and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                          




                                --
                                Tyler Griffiths
                                N7UWX

                                See where I am:
                                http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
                              • John Wiseman
                                Tyler, I’ve uploaded a zipped copy of my ARESDATA installation to “ARES Configured for BPQ32.zip” in the files section this group.. I had it installed in
                                Message 15 of 19 , Nov 12, 2011
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                                  Tyler,

                                   

                                  I’ve uploaded a zipped copy of my ARESDATA installation to “ARES Configured for BPQ32.zip” in the files section this group.. I had it installed in the root of the C: drive, but it is configured with relative paths, so you should be able to unzip it anywhere. Just make sure you preserve the directory structure.

                                   

                                  There isn’t any configuration for bpq1632 – just make sure you copy the bpq1632.dll from the bpq1632.zip in the files section of this group to your SYSTEM32 folder. The version in the current release is out of date.

                                   

                                  Start ARESDATA using the “Start ARESDATA” shortcut.

                                   

                                  There is no special configuration needed for bpq32 – just add an APPLICATION line for ARES to your bpq32.cfg. Something like:

                                   

                                  APPLICATION 1,ARES,,MYCALL-1,ARES,0

                                   

                                  73,

                                  John

                                   

                                   


                                  From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Tyler Griffiths
                                  Sent: 12 November 2011 20:01
                                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                  Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                   

                                   

                                  John,

                                  Could you possibly send along your .cfg files for both ARESDATA and BPQ32?

                                  Is there a cfg. file for BPQ1632? I'm struggling.

                                   

                                  Thanx,

                                  Tyler N7WX

                                  On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:17 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:

                                   

                                  I intalled ARESDATA into it's own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You'd need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit.

                                   

                                   

                                  John

                                   


                                  From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of D R Mynatt
                                  Sent: 01 November 2011 01:09
                                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                  Subject: RE: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                   

                                  Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?

                                   

                                  Dave

                                  KA0SWT

                                   


                                  From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                                  Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                                  To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                  Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                  Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                                  Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                                  authors.


                                                                   ARES/Data:
                                              A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                               W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                                1003 Belder Drive
                                                           San Jose , California   95120
                                                                  WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                                David Palmer, N6KL
                                                                 248 Omira Drive
                                                           San Jose , California   95123
                                                          N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                                   INTRODUCTION

                                  ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                                  store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                                  emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                                  Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                                  and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                                  Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                                  Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                                  Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                                  can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                                  actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                                  program is started.

                                  ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                                  widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                                  program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                                  both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                                  or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                                  be used are:

                                   -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                                   -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                                   -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                                   -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                                   -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                                  With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                                  Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                                  critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                            ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                                  There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                                   -  ARES/Data software and database
                                   -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                                   -  Voice operators

                                  The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                                  ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                                  current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                                  of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                                  floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                                  the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                                  records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                                  summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                                  IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                                  although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                                  performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                                  Corporation.]

                                  If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                                  and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                                  radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                                  simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                                  radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                                  database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                                  simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                                  Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                                  input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                                  Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                                  voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                                  packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                                  The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                                  those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                                  amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                                  'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                                  Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                                  status requests.

                                  Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                                  and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                                  participating amateur radio operator.


                                             DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                              The ARES/Data Program

                                  The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                                  N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                                  and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                                  control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                                  support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                                  WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                                  WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                                  the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                                  CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                                  link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                                  4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                                  structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                                  Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                                  specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                                  handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                                  The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                                  of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                                  four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                                  section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                          General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                                  All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                                  any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                                  at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                                  that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                                  and disk report files.


                                                      Syntax for Current Information Input:

                                  To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                                  any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                                  separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                                  ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                                  particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                                  will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                                      field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                                      (<cr> means carriage return)

                                  Fields 1 through 4

                                  The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                                  imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                                  event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                                  type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                                  command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                                  operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                                  Message

                                  MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                                  length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                                  information deemed useful for the incident.

                                  Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                                      85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                                   response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                                      Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                                   response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                                  All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                                  status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                                  time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                                  the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                                  information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                                  person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                                  and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                            Syntax for Search Requests

                                  The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                                  value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                                      /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                                      /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                                      /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                                      /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                                  (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                                  of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                                  listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                                  the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                                  field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                                  selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                                  for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                                      ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                                  is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                                  hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                                  Examples of Search Requests:

                                      /1,5553195<cr>
                                      /2,w1aw<cr>
                                      /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                                      /4,85563<cr>

                                  Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                                      Search for value "85563" in Field4
                                       Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                                       29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                                       59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                                      ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                           Syntax for Summary Requests

                                  A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                                  like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                                  being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                                  "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                                  shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                                  the database at each shelter would be printed.

                                       $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                                       $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                                       $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                                       $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                                  Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                                       Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                          OAK GROVE            3
                                          PIONEERHS            20
                                          EASTVIEW             66
                                          SHLTR5               37
                                       ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                                Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                                  Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                                  purposes.

                                       l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                              Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                                  This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                                  connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                                  during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                                  function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                                  list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                                       d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                          Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                                  This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                                  stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                                  system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                                  through the central database station.

                                  Users Command

                                  The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                                  callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                                  of the form:

                                       At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                                  Tell Command

                                  The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                                  conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                                       tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                                  For example:

                                       tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                                  The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                                  station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                                  the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                                  sees:

                                       1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                                  The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                                  stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                                  ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                                  just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                                  sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                                  feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                                  stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                                  of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                                  broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                                  disrupting the other group.  For example:

                                       tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                                  This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                         EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                                  -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                                  health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                                  fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                                       Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                                  -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                                  tracked:

                                       Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                                  -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                                       Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                                  -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                                  needed:

                                       Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                                  There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                                  definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                                  situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                                  might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                                  more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                                  number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                                HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                                  The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                                  the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                                  this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                                  for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                                  formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                                  postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                                  other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                                  included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                                  to your specific system.


                                                                FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                                  The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                                  and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                                  being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                                  frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                                  to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                                  and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                            



                                   

                                  --
                                  Tyler Griffiths
                                  N7UWX

                                  See where I am:
                                  http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12

                                • Tyler Griffiths
                                  Works great except it is not connecting to the TNC. TNC is a KPC-3 running on comm 2. Thanx! Tyler ... -- Tyler Griffiths N7UWX See where I am:
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                                    Works great except it is not connecting to the TNC. TNC is a KPC-3 running on comm 2.

                                    Thanx!
                                    Tyler

                                    On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                                     

                                    Tyler,

                                     

                                    I’ve uploaded a zipped copy of my ARESDATA installation to “ARES Configured for BPQ32.zip” in the files section this group.. I had it installed in the root of the C: drive, but it is configured with relative paths, so you should be able to unzip it anywhere. Just make sure you preserve the directory structure.

                                     

                                    There isn’t any configuration for bpq1632 – just make sure you copy the bpq1632.dll from the bpq1632.zip in the files section of this group to your SYSTEM32 folder. The version in the current release is out of date.

                                     

                                    Start ARESDATA using the “Start ARESDATA” shortcut.

                                     

                                    There is no special configuration needed for bpq32 – just add an APPLICATION line for ARES to your bpq32.cfg. Something like:

                                     

                                    APPLICATION 1,ARES,,MYCALL-1,ARES,0

                                     

                                    73,

                                    John

                                     

                                     


                                    From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tyler Griffiths
                                    Sent: 12 November 2011 20:01


                                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                    Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                     

                                     

                                    John,

                                    Could you possibly send along your .cfg files for both ARESDATA and BPQ32?

                                    Is there a cfg. file for BPQ1632? I'm struggling.

                                     

                                    Thanx,

                                    Tyler N7WX

                                    On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:17 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:

                                     

                                    I intalled ARESDATA into it's own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You'd need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit.

                                     

                                     

                                    John

                                     


                                    From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of D R Mynatt
                                    Sent: 01 November 2011 01:09
                                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                    Subject: RE: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                     

                                    Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?

                                     

                                    Dave

                                    KA0SWT

                                     


                                    From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                                    Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                                    To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                    Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                    Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                                    Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                                    authors.


                                                                     ARES/Data:
                                                A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                                 W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                                  1003 Belder Drive
                                                             San Jose, California  95120
                                                                    WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                                  David Palmer, N6KL
                                                                   248 Omira Drive
                                                             San Jose, California  95123
                                                            N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                                     INTRODUCTION

                                    ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                                    store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                                    emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                                    Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                                    and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                                    Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                                    Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                                    Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                                    can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                                    actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                                    program is started.

                                    ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                                    widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                                    program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                                    both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                                    or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                                    be used are:

                                     -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                                     -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                                     -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                                     -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                                     -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                                    With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                                    Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                                    critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                              ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                                    There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                                     -  ARES/Data software and database
                                     -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                                     -  Voice operators

                                    The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                                    ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                                    current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                                    of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                                    floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                                    the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                                    records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                                    summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                                    IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                                    although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                                    performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                                    Corporation.]

                                    If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                                    and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                                    radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                                    simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                                    radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                                    database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                                    simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                                    Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                                    input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                                    Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                                    voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                                    packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                                    The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                                    those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                                    amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                                    'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                                    Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                                    status requests.

                                    Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                                    and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                                    participating amateur radio operator.


                                               DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                                The ARES/Data Program

                                    The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                                    N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                                    and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                                    control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                                    support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                                    WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                                    WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                                    the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                                    CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                                    link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                                    4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                                    structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                                    Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                                    specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                                    handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                                    The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                                    of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                                    four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                                    section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                            General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                                    All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                                    any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                                    at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                                    that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                                    and disk report files.


                                                        Syntax for Current Information Input:

                                    To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                                    any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                                    separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                                    ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                                    particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                                    will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                                        field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                                        (<cr> means carriage return)

                                    Fields 1 through 4

                                    The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                                    imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                                    event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                                    type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                                    command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                                    operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                                    Message

                                    MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                                    length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                                    information deemed useful for the incident.

                                    Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                                        85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                                     response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                                        Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                                     response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                                    All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                                    status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                                    time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                                    the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                                    information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                                    person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                                    and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                              Syntax for Search Requests

                                    The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                                    value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                                        /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                                        /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                                        /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                                        /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                                    (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                                    of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                                    listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                                    the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                                    field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                                    selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                                    for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                                        ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                                    is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                                    hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                                    Examples of Search Requests:

                                        /1,5553195<cr>
                                        /2,w1aw<cr>
                                        /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                                        /4,85563<cr>

                                    Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                                        Search for value "85563" in Field4
                                         Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                                         29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                                         59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                                        ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                             Syntax for Summary Requests

                                    A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                                    like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                                    being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                                    "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                                    shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                                    the database at each shelter would be printed.

                                         $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                                         $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                                         $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                                         $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                                    Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                                         Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                            OAK GROVE            3
                                            PIONEERHS            20
                                            EASTVIEW             66
                                            SHLTR5               37
                                         ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                                  Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                                    Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                                    purposes.

                                         l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                                Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                                    This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                                    connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                                    during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                                    function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                                    list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                                         d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                            Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                                    This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                                    stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                                    system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                                    through the central database station.

                                    Users Command

                                    The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                                    callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                                    of the form:

                                         At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                                    Tell Command

                                    The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                                    conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                                         tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                                    For example:

                                         tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                                    The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                                    station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                                    the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                                    sees:

                                         1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                                    The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                                    stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                                    ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                                    just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                                    sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                                    feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                                    stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                                    of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                                    broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                                    disrupting the other group.  For example:

                                         tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                                    This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                           EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                                    -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                                    health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                                    fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                                         Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                                    -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                                    tracked:

                                         Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                                    -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                                         Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                                    -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                                    needed:

                                         Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                                    There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                                    definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                                    situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                                    might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                                    more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                                    number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                                  HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                                    The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                                    the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                                    this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                                    for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                                    formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                                    postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                                    other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                                    included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                                    to your specific system.


                                                                  FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                                    The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                                    and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                                    being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                                    frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                                    to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                                    and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                              



                                     

                                    --

                                    Tyler Griffiths
                                    N7UWX

                                    See where I am:
                                    http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12




                                    --
                                    Tyler Griffiths
                                    N7UWX

                                    See where I am:
                                    http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
                                  • John Wiseman
                                    Tyler, The TNC must be placed into KISS mode before starting bpq32. If that isn’t the problem, send me your bpq32.cfg off list and I’ll check it. 73, John
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                                      Tyler,

                                       

                                      The TNC must be placed into KISS mode before starting bpq32. If that isn’t the problem, send me your bpq32.cfg off list and I’ll check it.

                                       

                                      73,

                                      John

                                       

                                       


                                      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Tyler Griffiths
                                      Sent: 13 November 2011 02:30
                                      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                      Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                       

                                       

                                      Works great except it is not connecting to the TNC. TNC is a KPC-3 running on comm 2.

                                       

                                      Thanx!

                                      Tyler

                                      On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:

                                       

                                      Tyler,

                                       

                                      I’ve uploaded a zipped copy of my ARESDATA installation to “ARES Configured for BPQ32.zip” in the files section this group.. I had it installed in the root of the C: drive, but it is configured with relative paths, so you should be able to unzip it anywhere. Just make sure you preserve the directory structure.

                                       

                                      There isn’t any configuration for bpq1632 – just make sure you copy the bpq1632.dll from the bpq1632.zip in the files section of this group to your SYSTEM32 folder. The version in the current release is out of date.

                                       

                                      Start ARESDATA using the “Start ARESDATA” shortcut.

                                       

                                      There is no special configuration needed for bpq32 – just add an APPLICATION line for ARES to your bpq32.cfg. Something like:

                                       

                                      APPLICATION 1,ARES,,MYCALL-1,ARES,0

                                       

                                      73,

                                      John

                                       

                                       


                                      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tyler Griffiths
                                      Sent: 12 November 2011 20:01


                                      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                      Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                       

                                       

                                      John,

                                      Could you possibly send along your .cfg files for both ARESDATA and BPQ32?

                                      Is there a cfg. file for BPQ1632? I'm struggling.

                                       

                                      Thanx,

                                      Tyler N7WX

                                      On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:17 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...> wrote:

                                       

                                      I intalled ARESDATA into it's own folder, but you could install into your BPQ32 folder. You'd need to edit ARESDATA.CFG to suit.

                                       

                                       

                                      John

                                       


                                      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of D R Mynatt
                                      Sent: 01 November 2011 01:09
                                      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                      Subject: RE: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                       

                                      Great stuff for sure.  If I understand correctly, we should just copy the exe into the BPQ subdir and execute. Right?

                                       

                                      Dave

                                      KA0SWT

                                       


                                      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of WS7I
                                      Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 7:02 PM
                                      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                      Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32

                                      Maybe this would help.  From my working files  this stuff runs fine on old bpq under Win98 which is where I had/have it.  But we don't use it around here any longer.  Ran a lot of users up to 10 plus under DRSI and BPQ.

                                       

                                       

                                       

                                      Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Seventh ARRL Computer Networking
                                      Conference (ARRL, Newington, CT, 1988), pp. 141-144, by permission of the
                                      authors.


                                                                       ARES/Data:
                                                  A PACKET RADIO DATABASE FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

                                                                   W. E. Moerner, WN6I
                                                                    1003 Belder Drive
                                                               San Jose , California   95120
                                                                      WN6I @ KB6OWT

                                                                    David Palmer, N6KL
                                                                     248 Omira Drive
                                                               San Jose , California   95123
                                                              N6KL @ KB6OWT, CIS: 73357,3157


                                                                       INTRODUCTION

                                      ARES/Data is a multiple connect, specialized bulletin board system tailored to
                                      store and retrieve basic information about people, places, or things during an
                                      emergency.  The program is a generalized form of the FINDER program (Family
                                      Information Database for Emergency Responders), written by David Palmer, N6KL
                                      and W.  E.  Moerner, WN6I [See FINDER:  The Family Information Database for
                                      Emergency Responders, Proceedings of the Sixth ARRL Computer Networking
                                      Conference, 1987, by W.  E.  Moerner, Sharon Moerner, and David Palmer].
                                      Although ARES/Data allows access to the database via packet radio, the program
                                      can also operate stand-alone without the need for packet radio hardware.  The
                                      actual operating mode is chosen by the system operator when the ARES/Data
                                      program is started.

                                      ARES/Data is a system designed for management of information during a
                                      widespread emergency that overloads normal communications channels.  The
                                      program is designed to be flexible, so that it can be used without change for
                                      both small and large disasters to organize information about victims, evacuees,
                                      or even ham radio operators.  Examples of situations in which ARES/Data could
                                      be used are:

                                       -  registration of individuals at Red Cross shelters
                                       -  patient/victim tracking in a multiple casualty incident
                                       -  maintaining staffing information about hams assigned to an emergency
                                       -  listings of road closures or damage reports
                                       -  logging reports from SKYWARN observers during periods of severe weather

                                      With alternate power sources and their own frequencies, Amateur Radio Emergency
                                      Service (ARES) operators can provide the ARES/Data service without tying up
                                      critical communications channels or relying on commercial power.


                                                                ARES/Data SYSTEM OVERVIEW

                                      There are three major elements to the ARES/Data system:

                                       -  ARES/Data software and database
                                       -  Data Concentrators (remotely connected packet operators)
                                       -  Voice operators

                                      The central element of the ARES/Data system is the computer on which the
                                      ARES/Data program is running.  The ARES/Data program collects and collates
                                      current information about people or items in the system, according to the needs
                                      of the incident.  The program establishes and maintains the actual database on
                                      floppy disk or hard disk at this central computer.  In general, the operator at
                                      the computer keyboard can add new records to the database, delete incorrect
                                      records, perform searches for specific information, and generate database
                                      summaries.  The ARES/Data program will run on any IBM Personal Computer or
                                      IBM-compatible system running IBM DOS or MS/DOS with at least one floppy disk,
                                      although a hard disk increases the allowable size of the database and improves
                                      performance.  [IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
                                      Corporation.]

                                      If remote access to the database is desired, addition of a serial port, TNC,
                                      and radio allows the central database computer to become the hub of a packet
                                      radio network in which up to eight remotely connected stations can
                                      simultaneously access the information in the ARES/Data database.  These packet
                                      radio stations, called "Data Concentrators," can update or query the shared
                                      database.  This data access occurs by exchanging updates or queries in a
                                      simple, precise, and well-defined format.

                                      Data Concentrators extend the coverage of the ARES/Data system.  They are the
                                      input/output ports of the ARES/Data database when remote access is needed.  The
                                      Data Concentrators can also act as local net controls for any participating
                                      voice operators within their range.  If voice operators are not needed, the
                                      packet operators interact with the public and/or disaster officials directly.

                                      The Voice Operators enter the ARES/Data system when the points of contact with
                                      those needing information are numerous and/or spread over a wide area.  These
                                      amateurs are also the public face of the ARES/Data system.  They can be the
                                      'reporters' live at the scene, sending status updates and requests to the Data
                                      Concentrators.  They also ensure delivery of responses to the persons making
                                      status requests.

                                      Emergency responders, their families, evacuees located at a particular shelter,
                                      and responsible agency officials access the ARES/Data system by contacting a
                                      participating amateur radio operator.


                                                 DESCRIPTION and OPERATION of the ARES/Data SYSTEM V. 0.1

                                                                  The ARES/Data Program

                                      The ARES/Data software was written by W. E. Moerner, WN6I, and David Palmer,
                                      N6KL.  It may be run in either of two modes:  stand-alone with no TNC support
                                      and no remote access, or by changing the configuration file, the program will
                                      control a TNC that allows multiple (simultaneous) remote connections.  If TNC
                                      support is chosen, the program requires a TNC with WA8DED firmware, because
                                      WA8DED host mode is used for communication between the computer and the TNC.
                                      WA8DED firmware is currently available for the TAPR TNC-1 and TNC-2 as well as
                                      the AEA PK-87.  We emphasize that NO REQUIREMENT IS PLACED ON THE OTHER TNC'S
                                      CONNECTED TO THE ARES/Data DATABASE MACHINE, except that they use AX.25
                                      link-layer protocol.  The ARES/Data program is written in Turbo Pascal Version
                                      4, and uses Turbo Database Toolbox for management and indexing of its B-plus
                                      structured tree.  [Turbo Pascal and Turbo Database Toolbox are trademarks of
                                      Borland International, Inc.] Briefly, ARES/Data may be regarded as a
                                      specialized multiple connect BBS with a specific command set tailored to the
                                      handling of STATUS INPUT information and SEARCH REQUESTS.

                                      The ARES/Data database is simply a collection of records.  Each record consists
                                      of four main items or "fields" plus a message item.  The information in the
                                      four main fields can be sorted or searched as required.  The rest of this
                                      section provides examples and a condensed user manual for the ARES/Data system.


                                              General Rules for Current Information Input / Search Requests

                                      All basic commands can be entered either at the main ARES/Data keyboard or at
                                      any one of the remotely connected packet stations.  In addition, the operator
                                      at the main ARES/Data keyboard (the "sysop") has an additional set of commands
                                      that allow direct communication with the TNC, the printing of a log, backups,
                                      and disk report files.


                                                          Syntax for Current Information Input:

                                      To add a record to the database, the operator simply enters the four fields and
                                      any message, in order, with separators between the fields.  The only valid
                                      separator is the comma.  Within a field, leading and trailing blanks are
                                      ignored, but imbedded blanks ARE significant.  If no value is desired for a
                                      particular field, just skip the field by adding an extra comma.  The database
                                      will fill that field with ten blank characters.  For example,

                                          field1,field2,field3,field4,message<cr>

                                          (<cr> means carriage return)

                                      Fields 1 through 4

                                      The four fields are very general.  Each can have up to 20 characters, with
                                      imbedded blanks.  The meaning of each field is defined at the beginning of the
                                      event by the ARES officials, depending upon the nature of the event and what
                                      type of information needs to be tracked.  The sysop can issue a "labels"
                                      command that will give specific names to each of the four fields to help the
                                      operators remember the purpose of each field for a particular event.

                                      Message

                                      MESSAGE is an optional, free-form field that can be up to 80 characters in
                                      length.  It could contain a message, a phone number, an address, or other
                                      information deemed useful for the incident.

                                      Examples of Data Input with Sample Responses from ARES/Data

                                          85553195,joe,12,sj34<cr>
                                       response->   1040: data input accepted, #234.

                                          Johnson,Mary,93445,sj13, home 2333 Alsace Ln SJ 617-555-2368<cr>
                                       response->   2134: data input accepted, #114.

                                      All of the input information is stored in the database as a record of the
                                      status and location of a particular person at a particular time and date.  The
                                      time and date are added automatically by ARES/Data.  The number at the end of
                                      the response is the actual "record number" associated with the input
                                      information assigned by ARES/Data.  Further data input packets for the same
                                      person will also be saved in the database under a new record number.  The time
                                      and date identifies which information is most recent.


                                                                Syntax for Search Requests

                                      The search commands instruct the database to look for ALL entries with the same
                                      value for field 1, 2, 3, or 4.  For example:

                                          /1,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 1
                                          /2,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 2
                                          /3,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 3
                                          /4,value<cr>                  Searches for "value" in field 4

                                      (For convenience in typing, the character question mark "?" may be used instead
                                      of the diagonal bar "/"--both are treated identically).  A status report
                                      listing all information for each match in the field specified is sent back to
                                      the requesting packet station.  The first line gives the search value and the
                                      field number.  VALUE must exactly match what was originally typed in for the
                                      selected field, with leading and trailing blanks removed, and without regard
                                      for case.  At the end of the report, the line

                                          ARES/Data Search done at HHMM, nn hits.

                                      is sent, which signifies no more information coming, and that "nn" matches (or
                                      hits) were found in the database at time "HHMM".

                                      Examples of Search Requests:

                                          /1,5553195<cr>
                                          /2,w1aw<cr>
                                          /3,mercyhosp<cr>
                                          /4,85563<cr>

                                      Example Response from ARES/Data for the last case:

                                          Search for value "85563" in Field4
                                           Recno DT/Time: Field1,Field2,Field3,Field4,Msg
                                           29    13/1225: JOHNSON JOE,M35,SHELTER 1,85563, MISSING DOG AND CAT
                                           59    13/1257: DOE JANE,F23,SH05,85563, 2 CHILDREN
                                          ARES/Data search done at 1259, 2 hits.


                                                               Syntax for Summary Requests

                                      A Summary command is provided that prints a breakdown of the number of
                                      like-named items for any particular field.  For example, if ARES/Data were
                                      being used to maintain a list of evacuees, and field 3 was designated for
                                      "shelter location", then the command "$3" would print a list of all distinct
                                      shelter names in use, and adjacent to each, the number of records (people) in
                                      the database at each shelter would be printed.

                                           $1<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 1
                                           $2<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 2
                                           $3<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 3
                                           $4<cr>                       Produces a summary on field 4

                                      Sample Output from a Summary Request:

                                           Database summary for Field3 at 1455 on 23
                                              OAK GROVE            3
                                              PIONEERHS            20
                                              EASTVIEW             66
                                              SHLTR5               37
                                           ARES/Data done at 1456, found 4 distinct values, entire DB has 153 records.


                                                    Listing Specific Entries (Records) in the Database

                                      Each record is automatically assigned a unique record number for identification
                                      purposes.

                                           l nnnnn<cr>                  lists record nnnnn


                                                  Deleting Specific Entries (Records) from the Database

                                      This function is always enabled at the sysop keyboard.  Its use by remotely
                                      connected packet stations is controlled initially by the configuration file
                                      during program startup.  Thereafter, the sysop can disable or enable this
                                      function as necessary.  Be extremely careful in using this command!  Always
                                      list the record first before deleting to be sure you have the right one.

                                           d nnnnn<cr>                  deletes record nnnnn


                                                              Conference Bridge (Roundtable)

                                      This feature allows any connected station to send messages to other connected
                                      stations or to the sysop.  The conference bridge illustrates how the ARES/Data
                                      system operates as a hub-oriented network, with all transactions passing
                                      through the central database station.

                                      Users Command

                                      The users command in the form "users<cr>" or "u<cr>" returns a list of the
                                      callsigns of packet stations currently connected to ARES/Data.  The response is
                                      of the form:

                                           At WN6I-1:  N6KL  W6BB-3  AJ6T

                                      Tell Command

                                      The Tell command allows connected packet stations to use ARES/Data as a
                                      conference bridge, or roundtable.  The general format is:

                                           tell callsign message<cr>      or      t callsign message<cr>

                                      For example:

                                           tell w6bb-3 We have lots of people here at SJ12<cr>

                                      The message "We have lots of people here at SJ12" is sent to the connected
                                      station W6BB-3 prefaced by a time stamp and the call of the station originating
                                      the tell command.  In this case, if the tell command was sent by AJ6T, W6BB-3
                                      sees:

                                           1230  AJ6T> We have lots of people here at SJ12

                                      The special callsign "*" or "all" is used to send a message to all connected
                                      stations.  The special callsign "sysop" sends the message to the sysop at the
                                      ARES/Data database station.  It is not necessary to enter the entire callsign--
                                      just the suffix or some other substring will do.  In this case, the message is
                                      sent to any connected station whose callsign contains this substring.  This
                                      feature can be used to create multiple roundtables.  For example, packet
                                      stations located at, say, hospitals could adopt subªstation identifiers (SSIDs)
                                      of "-1", while those located at shelters could use SSIDs of "-2".  This way,
                                      broadcast messages of interest to either group can be easily sent without
                                      disrupting the other group.  For example:

                                           tell -1  Mercy Hospital has 12 beds available.<cr>

                                      This message would be sent to all stations that were part of the hospital net.


                                             EXAMPLES OF HOW TO USE ARES/Data IN SPECIFIC DISASTER SCENARIOS

                                      -  In an evacuation of residents in a local area, the Red Cross often maintains
                                      health and welfare status information about evacuees.  In this case, the four
                                      fields and the comment field might be defined to be:

                                           Last Name - First Name, Shelter, Number in Family, Last phone, Next of kin

                                      -  In a multiple-casualty event where victim transportation needs to be
                                      tracked:

                                           Name, Sex/Age, Ambulance#, Hospital, Injuries

                                      -  In a ham radio staffing situation:

                                           Call, Name, Location, Shift, phone number for cancellation

                                      -  In a disaster situation where damage assessment and damage reports are
                                      needed:

                                           Coded type of damage, Location, Number of injuries, Callsign, comment

                                      There are many more possibilities, of course.  This is why the exact
                                      definitions of the various fields are not defined in advance.  In any given
                                      situation, more information than will fit into four fields and a comment field
                                      might be needed.  However, on today's 1200 baud packet radio networks, not much
                                      more information per record can be accommodated without restricting the total
                                      number of records that can be handled in a reasonable time.


                                                    HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR COPY OF THE ARES/Data PROGRAM

                                      The ARES/Data program, a relative of and successor to the FINDER program, is in
                                      the public domain.  The current version is 0.1, which operates as described in
                                      this paper.  A copy of the program along with the documentation is available
                                      for non-commercial, non-profit use from WN6I or N6KL by sending a blank,
                                      formatted 5 1/4" (360 kB) or 3 1/2" (720 kB) floppy in a mailer with return
                                      postage stamps.  The cost to you is the cost of the diskette and postage.  No
                                      other compensation can or will be accepted - please do not send money.  We have
                                      included a configuration file facility so that you can tailor many parameters
                                      to your specific system.


                                                                    FUTURE DIRECTIONS

                                      The ARES/Data program is continuously being updated to add additional function
                                      and flexibility.  For example, multiple TNC operation at the main database is
                                      being added to the program to allow more data concentrators on multiple
                                      frequencies.  Database enhancements include substring searches and the ability
                                      to update a specific field for a specific record.  We encourage your comments
                                      and suggestions, and will strive to incorporate them in future releases.


                                                                



                                       

                                      --

                                      Tyler Griffiths
                                      N7UWX

                                      See where I am:
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                                      N7UWX

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                                    • Kirk
                                      Tyler, I m a little late joining this thread but just got caught up this morning. I m in Salt Lake City and have done what you seem to be attempting. In the
                                      Message 18 of 19 , Nov 14, 2011
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                                        Tyler,
                                        I'm a little late joining this thread but just got caught up this morning. I'm in Salt Lake City and have done what you seem to be attempting. In the mid-1990's, in putting together a packet system to track the runners in the Wasatch 100 mile endurance run, I started with ARESDATA and BPQ and we made a workable system. I was able to get the source code for ARESDATA from one of the authors and made significant changes to the DOS version to make it more suitable for tracking runners. The original ARESDATA was written in Borland Turbo Pascal and used a Turbo Pascal add in module for database management.

                                        To condense the story, the system has significantly evolved and we are now running a Windows version of the database program, highly customized for the Wasatch 100 race, written in Delphi 4, using BPQ32 very successfully. The database is in dBase IV format and is accessed using the Borland Database Engine. The last race was September 11-12, 2011 and we tracked around 250 runners through 15 remote checkpoints all using packet radio through BPQ32.

                                        I moved out of my house last year and a lot of stuff didn't make the move with me, but I have found the last version of the DOS software. I've also got the source for all the Windows 32 bit versions, which I'll be happy to share with you.

                                        Kirk Boman, KD0J



                                        --- In BPQ32@yahoogroups.com, "John Wiseman" <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                                        >
                                        > If you are already using BPQ32 for anything else, load those programs first,
                                        > then start ARESDATA in a dos box/cmd window. I'd recommend running
                                        > BPQTerminal as a minimum, so you can connect to ARESDATA to test.
                                        >
                                        > You can just start ARESDATA in a dos box. BPQ32 will be loaded as ARESDATA
                                        > initialises.
                                        >
                                        > I should have made clear before that this all applies to Windows 2000 and
                                        > later.
                                        >
                                        > 73,
                                        > John
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > _____
                                        >
                                        > From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                                        > Tyler Griffiths
                                        > Sent: 31 October 2011 23:40
                                        > To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                        > Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > So you run BPQ32 in windows first then ARESDATA. Is this correct?
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Tyler N7UWX
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:31 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...>
                                        > wrote:
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Hi.
                                        >
                                        > I've made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to
                                        > use with ARESDATA.
                                        >
                                        > Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group.
                                        >
                                        > Copy bpq1632.dll to your Windows\system32 folder.
                                        >
                                        > Copy bpq1632.exe and dedhost.com to your ARESDATA folder.
                                        >
                                        > Edit ARESDATA.CFG to use BPQ (uncomment the relevant attach line).
                                        >
                                        > I edited the AREASDATA.BAT to contain:
                                        >
                                        > rem ARESDATA.BAT.
                                        > rem This loads the BPQ32 Interface
                                        > BPQ1632
                                        > rem This loads the terminate and stay resident program that makes the
                                        > rem BPQ switch speak DED host mode, using software interrupt hex FE (254)
                                        > rem with 9 connects available, start with stream 1, use application 3
                                        > rem (ARES/Data), and 40 K available for buffering DED packets.
                                        > DEDHOST 9 1 4 40 254 N
                                        > aresda16
                                        >
                                        > This is set to use BPQ APPL 3 - change the 3rd Param of DEDHOST to suit.
                                        >
                                        > It is best to create a shortcut to AREASDATA.BAT, and set "Run In Separate
                                        > Memory space" in the advanced properties. Then the bpq interface will be
                                        > unloaded when the program exits.
                                        >
                                        > It works as far as I can see, though I don't know what the program is
                                        > supposed to do, so I can't be sure!
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > 73,
                                        > John
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > --
                                        > Tyler Griffiths
                                        > N7UWX
                                        >
                                        > See where I am:
                                        > http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
                                        >
                                      • Tyler Griffiths
                                        Kirk, I would love to get a copy of your windows version! I do have a copy of ARESDATA 1.6. Looking at your stuff on the Wasatch 100 website was what got me
                                        Message 19 of 19 , Nov 14, 2011
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                                          Kirk,
                                          I would love to get a copy of your windows version! I do have a copy of ARESDATA 1.6.
                                          Looking at your stuff on the Wasatch 100 website was what got me interested in making ARESDATA working for the BEAR 100.
                                           
                                          Thanks,
                                          Tyler

                                          On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Kirk <ksboman@...> wrote:
                                           

                                          Tyler,
                                          I'm a little late joining this thread but just got caught up this morning. I'm in Salt Lake City and have done what you seem to be attempting. In the mid-1990's, in putting together a packet system to track the runners in the Wasatch 100 mile endurance run, I started with ARESDATA and BPQ and we made a workable system. I was able to get the source code for ARESDATA from one of the authors and made significant changes to the DOS version to make it more suitable for tracking runners. The original ARESDATA was written in Borland Turbo Pascal and used a Turbo Pascal add in module for database management.

                                          To condense the story, the system has significantly evolved and we are now running a Windows version of the database program, highly customized for the Wasatch 100 race, written in Delphi 4, using BPQ32 very successfully. The database is in dBase IV format and is accessed using the Borland Database Engine. The last race was September 11-12, 2011 and we tracked around 250 runners through 15 remote checkpoints all using packet radio through BPQ32.

                                          I moved out of my house last year and a lot of stuff didn't make the move with me, but I have found the last version of the DOS software. I've also got the source for all the Windows 32 bit versions, which I'll be happy to share with you.

                                          Kirk Boman, KD0J



                                          --- In BPQ32@yahoogroups.com, "John Wiseman" <john.wiseman@...> wrote:
                                          >
                                          > If you are already using BPQ32 for anything else, load those programs first,
                                          > then start ARESDATA in a dos box/cmd window. I'd recommend running
                                          > BPQTerminal as a minimum, so you can connect to ARESDATA to test.
                                          >
                                          > You can just start ARESDATA in a dos box. BPQ32 will be loaded as ARESDATA
                                          > initialises.
                                          >
                                          > I should have made clear before that this all applies to Windows 2000 and
                                          > later.
                                          >
                                          > 73,
                                          > John
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > _____
                                          >
                                          > From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                                          > Tyler Griffiths
                                          > Sent: 31 October 2011 23:40
                                          > To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
                                          > Subject: Re: [BPQ32] Running ARESDATA with BBPQ32
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > So you run BPQ32 in windows first then ARESDATA. Is this correct?
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > Tyler N7UWX
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:31 AM, John Wiseman <john.wiseman@...>

                                          > wrote:
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > Hi.
                                          >
                                          > I've made a couple of changes to the bpq1632 files to make them easier to
                                          > use with ARESDATA.
                                          >
                                          > Download the bpq1632.zip from this YAHOO group.
                                          >
                                          > Copy bpq1632.dll to your Windows\system32 folder.
                                          >
                                          > Copy bpq1632.exe and dedhost.com to your ARESDATA folder.
                                          >
                                          > Edit ARESDATA.CFG to use BPQ (uncomment the relevant attach line).
                                          >
                                          > I edited the AREASDATA.BAT to contain:
                                          >
                                          > rem ARESDATA.BAT.
                                          > rem This loads the BPQ32 Interface
                                          > BPQ1632
                                          > rem This loads the terminate and stay resident program that makes the
                                          > rem BPQ switch speak DED host mode, using software interrupt hex FE (254)
                                          > rem with 9 connects available, start with stream 1, use application 3
                                          > rem (ARES/Data), and 40 K available for buffering DED packets.
                                          > DEDHOST 9 1 4 40 254 N
                                          > aresda16
                                          >
                                          > This is set to use BPQ APPL 3 - change the 3rd Param of DEDHOST to suit.
                                          >
                                          > It is best to create a shortcut to AREASDATA.BAT, and set "Run In Separate
                                          > Memory space" in the advanced properties. Then the bpq interface will be
                                          > unloaded when the program exits.
                                          >
                                          > It works as far as I can see, though I don't know what the program is
                                          > supposed to do, so I can't be sure!
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > 73,
                                          > John
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > --
                                          > Tyler Griffiths
                                          > N7UWX
                                          >
                                          > See where I am:
                                          > http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
                                          >




                                          --
                                          Tyler Griffiths
                                          N7UWX

                                          See where I am:
                                          http://map.findu.com/n7uwx-12
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