There were a good number of us using Winlink for the
SET, but things keep changing and we need to practice to
keep our radios doing the right thing as we can forget
over time of non-use.
So I am asking for those who would like to do a Winlink
exercise once a week to respond to this email. I will take
a week to collect your red hot responses and then make a
group of Winlink practitioners to which all subsequent
emails will be sent.
What would you be getting into?
Each week I will send you some instructions via your
regular internet email describing what you should try in a
Winlink session. You will have a few days to do the
homework and send your Winlink message. You can use any
mode and any RMS node in general with some exceptions. We
will experiment with forms, and pictures and some
Peer-to-Peer opportunities, and some Tactical call signs
with all that. We will specify some non-local RMS nodes to
see how well we can get out of the county (HF) should we
need that in some emergency response. (but we don't want
to swamp any node with all our messages :)
So I would send out a play on Sunday night and you
would have until Thursday 11:59 PM to send your Winlink
message to me. That will give me Friday and Saturday to
see how we are doing and what comes next (or REPEAT).
The developers of Winlink are continually improving the
system so we need to open Winlink Express and take the
updates that pop up regularly. For instance the Check--in
form has just gotten a significant change. You will need
to know your GPS coordinates and now they have added What
3 Words (W3W). If you don't know what that is, your first
assignment is to find out what your W3W are.
It will be fun and educational all at once. If you have
never used Winlink before but are willing to try sending
email by radio, join us and ask questions and get help
setting things up. At the beginning if you don't have a
radio connected to your computer, you can use the Telnet
session which only requires you to have internet to play.
Please send your requests to join, or questions before
you commit to me off-list (billmcfarland10@...