- This is not a Linux suite, but is totally compatible with the fldigi /
flarq / fl_logbook suite that is available for both Linux and PuppyOS.
If you would like to assist in beta testing an W98 / W2K / XP / VISTA
ham radio suite please read on.
The NBEMS development team is pleased to announce the availability of a
Windows NBEMS software suite for beta testing.
The NarrowBand Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) for Windows is a suite
of software programs designed for point-to-point, fast, error-free,
emergency messaging up to or over 100 miles distant, and takes up a very
minimum of space on the ham bands, leaving more space for all other ham
The system is designed primarily for use on the two-meter band, or on HF
with NVIS antennas, where there is a minimum of fading (QSB) to slow
down message transfers. Two meters has the advantage that distances long
enough to span disaster areas of up to 100 miles can be dependably
covered with small, portable antennas. In hilly regions, if two meters
is not workable over the distances required, NVIS antennas on HF can be
employed instead, but are not nearly as portable.
The system uses the computer soundcard as the modem and, other than a
simple interface connection between the computer and transceiver, no
additional hardware is needed.
Composing and sending emergency messages on NBEMS utilizes the same
Outlook Express, Outlook, or Windows Mail, email program used for
Internet email, and is no more difficult than sending an email over the
Internet. Messages just go over the radio instead, when the Internet,
phone service, or repeater system is not locally reachable in an emergency.
PSK63, PSK125, or PSK250 is used to modulate either two-meter SSB, or HF
SSB transmitters, using horizontally polarized antennas for greatest
range. Two meters is unique in that the propagation is more constant
than on the lower bands from 6 meters on down, range is greater, and
absorption less, than on the lowest UHF band, 70 cm, so much wider
modes, that handle QSB by continuing to work far below the noise level,
are not needed.
This point-to-point system does not utilize repeaters, or email robots,
for message forwarding. All forwarding is always done by stations manned
by live operators on both ends, who can comfirm that a frequency is
clear locally, negotiate a QSY if necessary to avoid causing
interference, and confirm delivery of a message by the intended
recipient. The system depends upon a multitude of radio amateurs
providing the traditional public service function, similar to the way
they always have, and gives more hams a chance to help out with
emergency communications without requiring a large hardware investment.
The software can also be used for daily casual communications on PSK31,
PSK63, RTTY, or MFSK16 and is capable of sending flawless, high
resolution, passport photo-sized color images, in less than 10 minutes
over any path that can sustain PSK250 without excessive repeats.
All the members on this digitalradio reflector are invited to
participate in the beta test of the NBEMS. The NBEMS suite can be
downloaded for beta testing from: http://w1hkj.com/NBEMS/ .
Please give the system a try and send comments and bug reports to
Happy New Year to you all!
The NBEMS Development Team