Oliver Dully K6OLI: Winlink Basics

BARC Presentation on February 14 6:30pm 2023.

Oliver Dully, K6OLI, serves as District Emergency Coordinator for ARES LAX Northeast, which provides amateur radio communications backup for 911 receiving hospitals in northeastern Los Angeles County. Operators with ARES LAX Northeast use innovative technologies like Winlink with VARA HF, VARA FM, Packet and AREDN mesh, for example, to provide amateur radio solutions for the complex communications demands of medical facilities when commercial options may have been compromised.

He is one of the initiators of the VARA FM Winlink Autobahn connecting Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Oliver has authored several popular Winlink Quick Guides for Packet and VARA FM.

He also coordinates the Winlink Did-you-feel-it (DYFI) project, a Winlink Development Team collaboration with the United States Geological Survey. In his role as Forms Manager for the Winlink Development Team Oliver coordinates the creation and management of Winlink forms.

With his radio friends Oliver enjoys supporting events like races and charity events. Oliver and Tran K6NHI live in Pasadena, CA.


Dully, O. (2019), AREDN Mesh Tunnel via Satellite at Baker 2 Vegas 2018, February 2019 QST, 78-80; copyright ARRL,https://southpasradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/02-2019-QST-Dully-AREDN-Mesh-B2V.pdf

AREDN Mesh Tunnel – W6SPR78 February 2019 www.arrl.org Oliver Dully, K6OLI From March 17 to 19, 2018, Dave Gross, W6JDG; Brian Kanegawa, KM6IGY; Tran Huynh, K6NHI, andsouthpasradio.org

Wald, D. J., V. Quitoriano, and O. Dully (2021), Amateur radio operators help fill earthquake donut holes, Eos, 102,https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EO155013 . Published on 22 February 2021.

Amateur Radio Operators Help Fill Earthquake Donut Holes – EosHam radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when other communication pathways are knocked out of commission.doi.org

Quick Guides

Quick Setup Guide: VARA FM 4.x.x by K6OLI, https://bit.ly/QG-VARA-FM

Quick Setup Guide: VARA FM 4.x.x (2022-November)Quick Setup Guide: VARA FM 4.x.x By Oliver K6OLI Last Update Special thanks go to Scott KI6SC, Martin HB9AUR, Keith KD6PYD, Brian KM6IGY, Jeff W2JCL, Tom KN6BKT, Mike KM6KAQ, Jim KM6TGJ (SK), Ken KI7EIH, Scott NS7C and Denis K0TX for your testing, for your suggestions, insights and encourageme…bit.ly

Quick Setup Guide: UZ7HO Packet Soundmodem by K6OLI, https://bit.ly/K6OLI-Winlink-Packet

Quick Setup Guide: Packet Soundmodem (K6OLI)Quick Setup Guide: Packet Soundmodem (K6OLI) Last Update , Mike KM6KAQ, Scott KI6SC, Brian KM6IGY, Lew AC6LS, Keith KD6PYD, Jim KM6TGJ, Ken KI7EIH, Joe AH0A, Tom N5TW, Mike XE2/N6KZB, Scott NS7C, Roger K6WXD and Denis K0TX for testing, for your suggestions, insights and encouragement….bit.ly

Quick Setup Guide: IC-7100 VARA FM, UZ7HO & VARA HF by K6OLI, https://bit.ly/K6OLI-IC7100

Quick Setup Guide: IC-7100 VARA FM, UZ7HO & VARA HFQuick Setup Guide: IC-7100 VARA FM, UZ7HO & VARA HF By Oliver K6OLI Last update , Jeff W2JCL and Robert WY7AA for testing, for your suggestions, insights and encouragement. Table of Contents Table of Contents 1 VARA FM Winlink Settings 3 VARA FM Modem Setup 4 VARA FM Setup 4 VARA F…bit.ly


Great ShakeOut 2021 – Winlink Did-you-feel-it in Action: https://youtu.be/EYuTQv85rjk  Published on 19 November 2021

VARA FM for Emcomm: https://youtu.be/FAn8eg3Lk3A  Published on 16 July 2021

Winlink for Emcomm 3 – Gateways: https://youtu.be/wJdLLqy88Bw  Published 29 April 2021

Winlink for Emcomm 2 – Peer-to-peer: https://youtu.be/5sy1_tjsq2k Published 30 April 2021

Winlink for Emcomm 1 – Setup and Basic Operation: https://youtu.be/Wd9BU5nznB0  Published 29 April 2021

Winlink Did-you-feel-it Intensity Reporting: https://youtu.be/Ao2WmypzVGg  Published 27 May 2021ShakeOut for Volunteer Radio Groups: https://youtu.be/IlLXriPkn3c  Published October 17 2022

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2 thoughts on “Oliver Dully K6OLI: Winlink Basics

  1. Hey, this looks very interesting if you’ve looked at AREDN and know what a “tunnel” is used for and how the hams in LA and surrounding counties make use of the high ridges and hills that overlook the cities. The clear line of site is exactly what an AREDN setup needs to be very useful and to build a mesh that any ham can link into.

    AREDN is the best comms backup for ARES and for giving emergency coverage for the municipality when their comms fail. AREDN’s only downfall is that it won’t pass through trees so mounting it’s backbones on the hills and ridges with unobstructed views makes SoCal the ideal place for it’s use.

    Orv Beach W6BI, is the leading AREDN expert in SoCal, in attached photo, can be seen working on a backbone atrbtime oneste of his AREDN sites.

    Hope that this little extra info helps stir up interest in your program.

    Thanks for your time, 73 de NG9T Gary Faust

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