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I found a couple of wiring details online and tested the cable.
All the wiring diagrams I have see match, and I printed one off
which I will have with me. I found the cable tested properly and
no cross or shorts across elements. I also verified repeatedly
that the cables were connected all the way in with each of the
female connections. I plan to be at the meeting Tuesday (and join)
and I will bring along my Laptop, TNC3, and Icom 51A. As with the
cable inserted where it is supposed to, on the Icom, the 2 pin
connector only goes in only one way as the 2 pins are of different
A gut feeling is that I am missing one key point in the setup
preventing it from working. I don't know if it is in the software,
TNC3 setup, or in the radio. Looking at several websites and
videos on YouTube doesn't give me any additional information that
I already have seen.
Thanks for the assistance.
73s, Bob, N6VZO
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 part.
Are you planing on attending the CMRA meeting next
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
Thanks for your assistance.
On 12/9/21 7:32 AM, Ralph Howard
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 high.
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
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 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 - 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
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
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
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@...