Re: Narrow Band Emergency Messages

Steve Bellner

Thank you all for your input. I have visited the links and am impressed. I have been contemplating which direction to our local hospital net and these have given me some insight.


Steve, W8TER

On 7/17/2018 11:35 AM, Steve Hansen wrote:

Hi Steve,

I am copying David WE1U who is active in the Hospital Net. He can answer your questions better than I can.

73, Steve KB1TCE

On 07/16/2018 09:51 PM, Steve Bellner wrote:


How often do you hold your hospital nets and when? Do you use D-STAR ? What about other digital radio modes?

We here in the Toledo Ohio area have been holding hospital nets for a couple of years and I am wondering if you might share some of what you do.



Steve, W8TER

On 7/16/2018 10:50 AM, Steve Hansen wrote:

I'm a bit late to this thread but we use NBEMS quite extensively in Maine. In my county all of the town stations, the county EOC and home stations are equipped to use NBEMS. We also have a local packet network and Winlink but for real time comms, especially VHF/UHF, NBEMS is fast and efficient.

We also have a NH/ME hospital net that uses NBEMS for data transmission.

73, Steve KB1TCE

On 07/16/2018 10:44 AM, John Corby wrote:
Thanks for all the responses. It's good to know that folks are actually using NBEMS. I believe that it has a lot of potential that isn't been utilized. Most people probably think of NBEMS in terms of supporting emergency services during major disasters. But, there is another dimension to it in prepping for personal emergencies. I live in a rural area in southern Ontario that experiences frequent power outages. Often, phone (and internet) lines are down too.  After 24 hours, or thereabouts, cell service deteriorates as backup power drops. That leaves residents isolated. NBEMS has the potential to provide independent messaging, or email, capability until services are restored. This is my principal interest in the technology.

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