NEMCo will be conducting an on-air Winlink exercise starting Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1200 until Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 1200. A number of Winlink stations will be on Frequency 145.050 MHz.
The goal is to give people plenty of opportunities to make as many connections as possible. The week-long duration gives operators a chance to use Winlink on their own schedule - make connections, make mistakes, request assistance and try again.
Multiple stations will be up and running for contacts. NEMCo members and the public are encouraged to participate. You can practice any form of Winlink communication: Packet P2P, using an RMS Gateway, Telnet Winlink, and possibly using a digipeater. We encourage all to participate.
If you would like to volunteer to have your station up 24/7 in a Packet P2P session for the duration of the event, please contact us.
This is a great opportunity to get used to using Winlink. Start out by downloading Winlink Express from Winlink.org. The donation is optional.
Once you have it installed, try creating a “Winlink Message.” After posting the message to the out box, send via “Telnet Winlink” to one of the stations on the map to practice the flow of sending a message.
After that, work on connecting your radio to your computer.
Next, see if there is a participating “Packet P2P” (peer to peer) station nearby and try to send a message to them. When creating the message, be sure to Send as a “Peer-to-Peer Message” and not a “Winlink Message.” Contact as many stations as possible. Re-connect with the Packet P2P station(s) the next day as they may have a message waiting for you to pick up.
Also, try sending a Packet P2P message via a Digipeater to make connections with other users who are farther away. Also try sending Winlink forms.
Keep your station up and running 24/7, as much as possible in Packet P2P mode. Respond to any messages by leaving something in your outbox for pick up later by or try to send a P2P message if you think their station is still up and running. Be sure to post the message as a “Peer-to-Peer Message” if it came to you via P2P.
Check your “Telnet Winlink” once per day and respond to those messages. When switching back to Packet P2P from Telnet Winlink, send a message to a nearby station to make sure everything is working.
When responding, you may be as brief as “Hi, thanks for contacting me” or as verbose as you like. If someone asks a question, try to answer it or forward it on to someone else who may be able to help. Mainly, have some fun with this!
Instructions and map in PDF version.
Other resources can be found on our Winlink page.