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
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@...