NBEMS is used by different agencies and organizations like ARES, RACES, MARS, FEMA, The Red Cross to handle digital traffic (Ex. Radiograms and ICS forms) over the air.

It's definitely a good skill to have in the case of emergency.

 

Sending such traffic only requires your radio, and a computer with the FLDigi suite installed on it (there are versions for Windows, MacOS and also Linux)

 

  • FLDIGI:  the core program
  • FLMSG:  messaging application that incorporates the Radiogram and other messaging forms.  If we are to pass a Radiogram in digital format, you'd use this.  You can also use it to type the Radiogram or other messages formats up and generate a text or HTML version.
  • FLARQ:  a data transfer program
  • FLWRAP:  allows files to be embedded or 'wrapped' into one transmission and incorporates an embedded checksum for data integrity
  • FLAMP:  transmits one or more files in one or multiple iterations. 

The most important and most used programs are: FLdigi, FLmsg, and FLamp

You can download them from: 

 

 

Also, I would like to share with you the following useful links about NBEMS:

 

 

SATERN Alberta Blog - WPA ARES Section Standards for Digital EmComm 

https://saternalberta.wordpress.com/digital/wpa-ares-section-standards-for-digital-emcomm/

A good article to provide context on how we would use the tools in an EmComm scenario. This is the standard being used by ARES.

 

ARRL Introduction to NBEMS

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/On%20the%20Air/Tutorials/Introduction_to_NBEMS_ARRL.pdf

Another good presentation.  This will talk about VHF/UHF as well as HF modes.

 

Getting Started With FLDIGI Including FLMSG and FLWRAP

https://www.jeffreykopcak.com/2015/04/16/getting-started-with-fldigi-including-flmsg-and-flwrap/

This one is a good how-to.  It is a couple of versions behind, but it is still very relevant.

 

There are also some good YouTube Videos:

 

FLDIGI Tutorial:  https://youtu.be/bN2QPZZzkn4

Watch the video a couple of times and take good notes -- this can get you rolling.

 

Some additional videos:

 

Getting Started with FLDIGI / NBEMS:  https://youtu.be/DNBJnDHCw_M

FLDIGI Set Up & Configuration for New Users:  https://youtu.be/FKZapCXJdAw

FLDIGI UI and Basic Operations:  https://youtu.be/2HM9vk_zuz0

 

 

If you have any questions, or need mentoring for NBEMS, please email me: aly[at]n2sho[dot]com ... I will be more than happy to assist you.