David Freese (W1HKJ) and the other software gurus on the fldigi development team have created a great suite of programs that are a huge help to Emergency Communications. Fldigi, flamp, flmsg, and the programs that go with them are powerful, very reliable and user friendly, and for that we should all be thankful. The fldigi team is also very responsive to any complaints or issues that operators run into, and resolve them quickly.

Recently they released another program with little fan-fare called flnet. This program is designed to help Net Control Operators keep track of check-ins. It is designed to be used with only keystrokes, not the mouse, so is extremely fast for entering data. It can be used as a stand-alone program, although it does interface with fldigi as well. I spent a little time this afternoon testing it and found it to be quite user friendly and easy to use.

I made a database of all ARES members to test it, and it worked very well. This program should be a great asset to Net Control Operators. You can get more information about it on the Internet at http://www.w1hkj.com/ or https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/. Read the “help” .pdf files to get a feel for how to use it – it’s not hard at all.