-- During a Emcomm event, what is a
Command" station? What does it do?
The Digital Command (DC) station
assists WL2K and peer-to-peer stations which are operating during the
or Training Event. This is done in close partnership with the
Voice Command station (NCS). The DC is there to help, not hinder
operation. It is recommended that the person assuming DC
responsibilities NOT be the same person as the Voice Command Station
Control; too much for one person to handle. See a
paper on Digital
Messaging Strategy (http://www.felge.us/digitalstrategy.html)
how it relates to the DCS.
DCS is there to increase the production rate of the Digital Stations,
unloading the use of voice channels. The need for a Digital
station increases with a larger number of digital Field Digital
Messaging Stations. Tasks might include:
to these items should be
sent to Digital Command ASAP.
3. If possible, the email address of Digital
Command should use the
directly accessable via internet, . This would enable all
messages received and sent by Digital Command to be easily retained as
a record. These messages would also be easily available
another person if/when
Digital command duties are transfered. Due to a high volume of
mssasges going In and Out of the DCS email accout it be best if access
to that account be done via ommercial internet, if possible.
good email address for the DCS would be something "non-personal" to the
Digital Command person; appropriate to the organization sponsoring the
event, or relating to the name of the event. The "shelf life" of
the address should expore several days or weeks after the
event. An email account with gmail would something to
consider for the DCS account.
4. Field Stations often do not know the CORRECT
WL2K address of other Field Stations in the event. Digital
should send updated lists to each Field Station, containing the correct
address of all other Field Stations.
5. All messages received by DC will be checked
for "errors", particularly those related to spelling errors of
Addresses in the message. Feedback concerning the possible
should be sent back to the Sending station and the message Forwarded to
6. DC should query each Field Station concerning
which RMS Stations (and frequencies) they are primarily using.
Command would then suggest the possible use of alternate RMS Stations,
would unload the use of "overloaded" RMS Stations.
7. Digital Command should be very familiar with
the use of WL2K software and systems. Monitoring of the Winlink
"status pages" may give useful information for Field Stations.
8. Digital Field Stations may ask Digital
Command to assist with solving "path problems" to desired email
addresses. Field Stations may ask DC to educate "outside"
stations needing to send messages to Field Stations regarding the need
small message size, etc. DC is a mentor for the Field
9. If Peer-to-Peer operation is being used, DC
should suggest to Voice Command frequencies which should work between
10. DC and Voice Command should periodically get
a "Mission Assessment"
from each Field Station. What is not working well? Do
need more/different personnel or equipment? What procedures
be changed, added, or stopped?