Amateur Radio Fills the Gap

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Today the American Geophysical Union (AGU) published an article in Eos by USGS and ARES LAX Northeast on how amateur radio operators can help fill the information donut hole by providing DYFI reports via Winlink.

The full article is available here:

Eos is the science news magazine published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for a broad audience that includes the worldwide scientific community and the science-engaged public. 

ARES LAX would like to thank the USGS for this fruitful collaboration!

We would also like to thank the Winlink Development Team, especially Greg KG6SJT and Mike N6KZB, for their enthusiastic support and technical skills, which made this project possible.

Moreover, we would like to thank the many ARES LAX radio operators who spent countless hours testing and suggesting improvements the form and are now using DYFI via Winlink as part of the standard operating procedures.

And we would like to thank our partner ARES and emcomm groups throughout the United States who supported and encouraged the DYFI-via-Winlink project from the beginning, including

Auburn Area Emergency Communications Team (AAECT)
Hawaii ARES
MIRO (Mercer Island Radio Operators)
NBAT (North Bend Amateur Radio Emergency Services, North Bend, WA )
PSEARES (Puget Sound Energy Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Bellevue, WA)
San Diego Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SDG ARES)
San Joaquin Valley ARES
Sacramento Valley ARES
Ventura County CA ACS-ARES
Western Kern County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WKCARES)
Yavapai County ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Yavapai County, Arizona)


The Winlink DYFI project is living proof that amateur radio can have a positive impact on our world. The deep collaboration among our groups and organizations made this project possible. We thank all of you!
We would like to encourage all groups in earthquake prone areas to make DYFI via Winlink part of their standard operating procedures. Any circuit that supports moving DYFI messages out of an affected area reliably is capable of moving other emergency traffic out the area as well.

Thank you and 73 de Oliver K6OLI
District Emergency Coordinator
ARES LAX, Northeast District

Author: KB2RN