WinLink Wednesday provides a regular opportunity to test our hardware and software configurations, and to practice our skills in using the WinLink radio email system (https://www.winlink.org/). Announcements and reminders go out to past participants via WinLink and via the TCARES website (https://tcares.org/). Also visit https://winlinkwednesday.com/ for updates and more training information.
Any TCARES licensed amateur capable of sending and receiving WinLink radio email via VHF or HF is welcome to participate.
WinLink training topics will be included in the acknowledgements that are sent. These will include important features and characteristics of the WinLink system (scripts, P2P, creating templates, message precedence, white lists, compressing files). Also included will be tips, shortcuts, definitions, links to other system and training information, etc.
The preferred method is to use any VHF or HF RMS gateway to send your check-in through your radio. Initially, if your setup is not capable of digital transmission, you may use Telnet. But within a few weeks you will be expected to transmit through a Gateway as this is the real value of WinLink.
W3MRC-10 on 145.730 MHz is a public RMS Gateway available 24/7/365 for legitimate amateur radio use. Coverage is quite good around Travis County. You can use the W3MRC-10 gateway, another VHF or UHF gateway, or an HF gateway to participate in WinLink Wednesdays. The WinLink Web site, https://www.winlink.org/RMSChannels , has maps and lists of all the gateways available for use. Also check the Texas RMS Packet Station Uptimes, http://n5tw.ecpi.com/rmsstatus/, for current status of central Texas gateways, nodes, digipeaters, etc.
All TCARES are encouraged to participate and add WinLink, an important part of our ARES® response capability, to your amateur radio toolkit. It’s easy to do, and if you are already set up for digital modes you have all the hardware you need. If not, find a buddy to help you set up your system.
To join this activity, follow the check-in procedure below.
Check-in anytime between Sunday 2359 and Wednesday 2359. W5RZG will send a reply containing a training message by 2359 Thursday. Check for incoming messages from me anytime after that. All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete list of check-ins will be sent via WinLink to all participants. The check-in count will also be announced on the TCARES Sunday Net. Try to read the training message before the next check-in.
Please remember to use the correct format for check-in, as shown below (check-in message on a SINGLE LINE:
Subject: //WL2K TCARES WinLink Net Check-In
Message body: call sign, first name, city or town, Gateway used (W3MRC-10, N5TW, etc), Session type (Packet, Pactor, Winmor, etc)
W5RZG, John, Austin, W3MRC-10, Packet