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Winlink to Play Role in 'Cascadia Rising' Exercise

Cascadia Rising Logo

"Cascadia Rising," the largest FEMA exercise of 2016, will get under way on June 7, and Oregon and Washington ARES/RACES organizations both will be heavily involved, with a significant investment in HF activity planned. The scenario will be an earthquake and tsunami disaster involving the entire Pacific Northwest, and the exercise will start with a blackout of all normal, regular communication systems. Amateur Radio will provide emergency/disaster alternate communication systems, and participants will include Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters. The plan calls for W1AW to be active and monitoring, and possibly passing traffic, if necessary, W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said. ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said Cascadia Rising will also involve the Emergency Response Team at ARRL Headquarters.

"Along with participation via Winlink and HF voice, we will use it as an opportunity to exercise the ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team," Corey said. "This team is called up to support the ARRL Field Organization during a major disaster, when support cannot be provided during normal business hours. The last activation of the team was during hurricane Irene in 2011."

According to FEMA, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), and the resulting tsunami would present the most complex disaster scenario that emergency managers and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face; Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster. The exercise will conclude on June 10.

According to FEMA, emergency operations centers (EOCs) and emergency coordination centers (ECCs) at all levels of government and in the private sector will activate to conduct simulated field response operations within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state EOCs, FEMA, and major military commands. The military departments in Washington and Oregon will activate.

"Conducting successful life-saving and life-sustaining response operations in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone disaster will hinge on the effective coordination and integration of governments at all levels -- cities, counties, state agencies, federal officials, the military, tribal nations -- as well as non-government organizations and the private sector," FEMA said. "One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test this whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team."

Thanks to John Core, KX7YT, Oregon ARES District 1 Emergency Coordinator for some information. Republished with permission by the ARRL.
For more information see the FEMA web site https://www.fema.gov/cascadia-rising-2016
Participating SHARES, Amateur and MARS Winlink operators may want to download, install, and practice the Washington State HTML forms package.

RMS Express Becomes "Winlink Express"

Registration Keys to be Applied to Winlink Express
Registration Key Price Reduction

20 May, 2016--Important announcement about several planned changes in the Winlink system:

  1. In an upcoming release, RMS Express will be renamed Winlink Express to better reflect its function. To prevent disruption with current installations, the default installation folder will continue to be C:\RMS Express\, and the parameters file will continue to be called RMS Express.ini. No changes will be required by existing users. Simply update your software next week
  2. Unregistered Winlink Express users will be asked to purchase a Winlink Express registration key for each callsign. If you use the same callsign on multiple installations of Winlink Express, you can enter the same registration key on each instance. You pay only once for each callsign.
  3. If you've already paid for a WINMOR TNC registration key, your WINMOR registration key will work with Winlink Express. Purchasing another key is NOT needed.
  4. Registration is NOT required: You can always use Winlink Express with full functionality without purchasing a key. However, if you don't enter a registration key, Winlink Express will display a popup reminder screen asking you to please register. Although not technically a donation, the purchase of a registration key supports the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation and the Winlink system. You should consult with your tax advisor whether the purchase is tax-deductible for you.
  5. On release of Winlink Express, the price for both WINMOR TNC or Winlink Express registration keys will be reduced. The new price will be $24.00 per callsign. If organizations want to register more than 17 callsigns, special pricing applies. Contact the system administrator for help with group registrations.

Secure Login is Now a Requirement

15 April 2016--Today is the deadline for users who have not enabled Secure Login in their accounts, and use passwords in connections to RMS and CMS systems. Today, the CMS detects if a connecting user has a password and also does not have secure login enabled. If so, secure login is enabled and a message is posted to the user with details of that action.

Also, since secure login is not an option and is set automatically, it has been removed from user's account settings.

The CMS also will detect if a connecting user has not set a password. If so, it creates a random password for the account, enables secure login, and posts a message to the user with details of that action.

In both cases, the CMS will continue to allow insecure access until the notification message that was sent has been retrieved from the user's radio mail account. After which, the secure login setting is enforced.

If you find yourself unable to connect, please contact the system manager, Steve Waterman, K4CJX, for instructions if you have difficulty with instructions already published. For your reference, a previous message is reprinted below.

--The Winlink Development Team

18 Dec 2015--Last October we announced system-wide changes to enhance privacy and anti-piracy for the Winlink community. Today, we are announcing a deadline date on which the use of account passwords and secure login will become required and not optional: April 15th, 2016

If you’ve already set a password, turned on secure login in your account, and entered the password in your client software, you don’t have to make any other changes. The transition taking place on April 15, 2016 won’t change your operation. If you haven’t set a password for your account and enabled secure login, we recommend you do it now so you won’t be surprised on April 15, 2016. Here's how:

If you use RMS Express:

  1. Connect your computer to the Internet.
  2. Run RMS Express.
  3. Click “Files” then “RMS Express Setup”
  4. Double check that you have the latest version. Check the box in the lower right, "Automatically install field-test (beta) versions..." and allow the program to update and restart. Go back to "RMS Express Setup" as above if you updated the program.
  5. Enter your password in the field next to your callsign, and check the “Require password on connections (Enable Secure Login)” checkbox (it may already be checked by default).
  6. Enter a password recovery e-mail in the appropriate field. This must be a non-Winlink address.
  7. Click "Update".
  8. RMS Express will set your password on the Winlink system and enable the secure login option.

If you’re using a different Winlink e-mail client program, you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.winlink.org, and select the My Account tab.
  2. If you haven’t previously selected a password, select one now. Otherwise log in.
  3. Navigate to the screen that lists your account information, and click “Edit”.
  4. Scroll down and enter your password-recovery e-mail.
  5. Check the box to enable Secure Login.
  6. Click “Save” at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Last, find the place in your client program where you can enter your password, and set it.

Note: there may be Winlink client programs that cannot use passwords and secure login. If your client is one of them, contact the author and urge them to update their program!

--The Winlink Development Team

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