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My laptop is paired with BLuetooth to the Mobilinkd TNC, and
shows Connected when Winlink is on. I can see the lights on the
TNC blinking as if it is attempting to transmit. I pulled out a
multi meter and mapped the cable connections from the TNC to the
radio. Now, when I get a little time, I will research what the
connections should be and see if my cable is wired properly. Also,
looking for a ferrite to put on the cable. I'll bring my laptop,
radio and TNC on Tuesday.
73s Bob, N6VZO
On 12/9/21 8:14 AM, Ralph Howard wrote:
Let me be the first to offer a BIG WELCOME!
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 various
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 night.
On 12/9/21 7:53 AM, Ralph Howard
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 part.
Are you planing on attending the CMRA meeting
I just read the the tnc doesn't do winlink
with the Baofeng. I will try my Kenwood instead.
I also attend the Wed Lunch Bunch at High Vee.
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
Couple dumb questions.
When you try and connect, does the radio
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 connect with.
I have to set the volume on my HT quite
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 with Winlink.
It does work OK with APRSDROID. I
rubber band the TNC to a Boefeng, and run Droid on
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 - N0AXZ wrote:
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@...