Statement of Purpose: Provide understanding of the AIB as a training tool to provide opportunities for
handling real-world intelligence information for network-wide distribution among AmRRON radio
operators on a scheduled and consistent basis.
1.The AmRRON Intelligence Brief (AIB, or ‘Intel Brief’) is a weekly (every Tuesday) distribution of
real-world intelligence compiled from reports produced by Alerts USA Threat Journal and Forward
Observer National Intelligence Daily Report and/or Forward Observer Early Warning report.
2.The AIB will be initiated by AmRRON National on a weekly basis, as shown in Figure 1, and will
be sent as an FLMSG (.k2s) file. It is intended to be received by any available AmRRON operator. Prior
to, or during the nets following the release of each AIB, it should be relayed to Net Control Stations who
do not have it so they may distribute the AIB to their net.
3.The AIB must be distributed and received over radio or by courier. Digital modes are strongly recommended,
especially those using FEC (Forward Error Correction) modes, such as FLAMP, WINMOR, gARIM, etc.
If using Winlink, the message must be sent and received via radio (No TELNET — this is an honor system).
4.Each weekly AIB will begin as an FLMSG .k2s file and should be between 1.5 and 2k bytes in size.
5.For the ambitious operators, each AIB .k2s file will be ‘hashed’ using a CheckSum program. This hash will also
be sent out by AmRRON National in a .txt file over FLAMP immediately following the FLAMP transmission
of the AmRRON Intel Brief.
(CLICK HERE FOR THE WHITE PAPER POSTING COVERING CHECKSUM HASHING).
This creates a unique file ID (fingerprint) of the file which allows you to authenticate that the file you’ve received
is not corrupted or altered and is precisely the same file that was transmitted from AmRRON National.
Q. How can I get the AmRRON Intel Brief if I’m working at the time National transmits it?
A. There are plenty of retired or self-employed operators who will be on the air to get it. You won’t miss out.
They will be working to get the AIB distributed across the country among themselves so there will be numerous
stations with the AIB to hand off to the NCSs prior to (or during) the next net. Just be sure to tune in to the next nets and get it then.
Q.Wouldn’t it be helpful to us if it were also transmitted in the evening so more of us could get it?
A. Absolutely! Thank you for volunteering. If you’re an AmRRON Corps operator, let’s coordinate on the Z-Net.
Q.When does this start?
A.The first ‘official’ AmRRON Intel Brief is already out there being disseminated across the network. You should
see it on the AmRRON rolling nets on 07 March 2019.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION OF THIS WHITE PAPER HERE
AmRRON Intelligence Brief - White Paper
originally published in March, updated publish date on post to move up page. p-01
If using Winlink, what station call sign can we send a request to to obtain the briefing?
To use Winlink you must know the call sign of the station you are trying to exchange traffic (emails) with. For station operators who work together on the air often, and get to know each other, they will often coordinate between themselves to send traffic back and forth using Winmor, either Peer to Peer or over the Winlink system. This is why Winlink was mentioned. Hope that helps!
What if I do not have my HAM license yet?
Until you become a ham operator, there are still ways you can receive digital transmissions over the airwaves. Also, you don’t need to be licensed to RECEIVE transmissions, only to send.
Here are a few links that will get you off to a great start; It’s easier than you might think:
How to Receive Ham Radio DIGITAL Communications
Digital Communications – A Practical Exercise
So You Want To Practice Decoding Digital Modes?
Basic Digital Communications Setup
Since I am at work during the transmission window, I am going to attempt to capture the broadcast over to a digital recorder and decode it locally on my personal laptop. If successful, would there be any value in archiving these files for later review or training?
Excellent. If you miss it for some reason, you can also get it on the nets. And you may want to consider poking around on the air on the AmRRON digital freqs after you get off work. There is an increasingly persistent presence of operators on the air testing and trading traffic all during the day and most evenings.
Feel free to check the scheduled nets dropdown menu too, as there are regional nets going on several times per week. The most recent AIB’s are bound to be in someone’s station eager to send it along to whoever might be looking for it.
The value in archiving them would be for training purposes in the future. It’s a piece of traffic you could exchange with others for testing and practice. They take up hardly any storage space on your computer and it might be fun to archive just to look back and see how far we’ve (or you’ve) come. -JJS
Also, this EXACTLY the stuff I got into ham radio for. Thank you!
Outstanding! Thanks for being out there. It’s why WE got into it too.
I am president of our local ham radio club and will be very interested in participation in our SC areas and when i travel, Just dont have enough info yet.
I am feeling out of place, I don’t know Ham but I have been involved in CB radio since the Call signs were 3 letters and 4 numbers.I would like to have help getting connected more and active with AmRRON but I have had no luck connecting with Ham Operators in my area, I bought a Texsun 380 and can’t find anyone who can help me program it for the AmRRON channels/ I an jn Brunswick County North Carolina Please have a Ham contact me. I have other CB Operators who are interested in joining but we need to be in the loop.