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What hardware are you using for portable Winlink? What I have
doesn't seem to work at all and I suspect I need to get different
On 12/9/21 9:26 AM, Ryan Raney wrote:
Sign me up Bill! I've got winlink VHF capability
in the mobile now so I'm willing to test sending from various
locations if that helps. I may be able to do HF portable winlink
as well just for fun.
On Thu, Dec 9, 2021, 8:14 AM
Ralph Howard <wd6bgn@...
Let me be the first to offer a BIG
I will bring my kit, and with the guys
perhaps we can get you going.
Can you get your laptop to talk to the TNC?
There is a utility you can download. Then you can set
Then make sure you cable is wired
correctly. Btw buzzing a cable is old tech talk for doing
a resistance check.
I do plan to join the club Tuesday night, so I plan to
be there. I also plan to join BCARES but that has to
wait until April due to other commitments on the same
On 12/9/21 7:53 AM, Ralph Howard wrote:
The no transmit tells me that there is a
problem with the cable. I would suggest to buzz the
cable. Make sure the 1/8" 4 way plug, goes to whereit
is supposed to go. I have got bad cables from them.
I could bring my Baofeng cable and you
could try that. That would at least isolate that
Are you planing on attending the CMRA
meeting next Tuesday?
I just read the the tnc doesn't do
winlink with the Baofeng. I will try my Kenwood
I also attend the Wed Lunch Bunch at
The radio does not transmit, and I checked with
another radio (I have a base, mobile and HT). I
tried the volume at all different levels and set the
squelch to various levels also. I think I might have
a ferrite or two around here but I don't remember
them saying that I needed one. Their data cable is
6" long and if I needed one, I would have suspected
they would have included one. I just checked and
they have one available on their website. I will
look and attach one to the cable and try again.
Thanks for your assistance.
On 12/9/21 7:32 AM, Ralph Howard wrote:
Couple dumb questions.
When you try and connect, does the
Can you transmit the test tones?
Use another radio to listen.
Does it connect? A second radio
helps here. You should heae some handshaking
between your station and who you are trying to
I have to set the volume on my HT
Mine connects, then just stops.
That is because in packet, after the connection
makes, it "shifts gears" to a faster mode. Mine
never makes the shift. Shifting gears is my
term. If you listen on another radio, you can
hear the differance.
Last thing, Mobilkind suggests a
ferrite clamped over the radio data cable. If you
don't have one, I have sone spares.
I had talked to Mobilinkd support multiple
times and they kept say in works with the 51A,
and they sold a cable for it, and they keep
referring me to the manual to insure I set it up
properly. But they finally said, "We don't have
a 51A to test it with." I think I am just
missing one step in the process so I am looking
for hardware recommendations. I have the 51A
(HT, external mic connection) and a 5100A
(mobile, mic RJ45 cable connection) to work
with. My recent interest is from the recent
BCARES exercise and I wanted to be able to be
mobile and operate Winlink. During the exercise
I ended up using my cell phone as a hot spot to
connect via internet.
On 12/9/21 6:51 AM, Ralph Howard wrote:
I have a Mobilinkd TNC. Mine is
an early model. It does not like Winlink. Is
OK for APRS. And for normal packet radio. At
least that is what the manufacture told me.
He said that the newist version should work
It does work OK with APRSDROID.
I rubber band the TNC to a Boefeng, and run
Droid on my phone.
Hope this helps.
I would like to see a meeting or workshop
(Zoom or in person) on setting up Winlink
hardware. The software side I understand. I
have been unsuccessful in getting the radio
transmission side functional. I have Win 10,
Mobilinkd TNC, and an Icom ID-51a.
On 12/8/21 9:43 PM, Bill McFarland -
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