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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.

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

Hybrid Net Autoforwarding Coming to US Sysops

Worldwide, the Hybrid system has had much success, both off and on the ham bands. The only place in the entire world that we had restricted the radio-only process without human intervention was in the United States even though it is legal here via Part 97.221. We restricted radio-only with expectations of there being more digital space in the US than was currently available.

Thank You, Bud Thompson, N0IA

The Winlink Development Team, including the Board members of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, wish to recognize Bud Thompson, N0IA for his many years of continuous outstanding service and dedication to the Winlink system. Bud is both a friend and retiring Winlink Radio Message Server (RMS) operator and instructor, who has faithfully supported the Winlink system since the Mid-80's. Bud is finally hanging up the 24 x 7 operation, and moving from his current location to a “more suitable place to meet our current needs.”

Bud started with ApLink (Amtor/Pactor Link) well before the Windows or “Winlink” system was born. Back then, Bud and several others relayed VHF Packet messages from one local network area to another, thus extending the range of Amateur radio’s data messaging between great distances. Bud was one of the first volunteers to agree to scan several Ham bands to become available as a forwarding station. His previous Los Vegas, NV location was prime for an intermediate step between major metropolitan areas as well as between the US and other countries.

When the Internet became integrated into Winlink (or was it the other way around?), Bud continued his service to both the maritime and emergency communications Amateur communities, linking ham-to-ham and third-party traffic to the Internet, greatly expanding the scope of the Winlink service. In 1997, after Bud retired and moved to Florida, he was instrumental in assisting with the Florida VHF Packet network, into which he rightfully integrated Winlink as well. Bud was a prime station for the Amateur radio Maritime community, and has provided much between families who used his Winlink station to email family and friends, along with supplying critical weather information for the safety and well-being of those on the high seas.

Bud did not stop with just being a radio system operator for the Winlink system. He was instrumental in assisting with many demonstrations, presentations, and installations of those who discovered the benefits of the Winlink system. For example, Bud established a Winlink training Yahoo group, “Loading WL2K Users Programs,’ where he continuously ran a course for familiarization of the various aspects of the Winlink system. He recently turned this over to Bill Kuechler, N9ACQ.

Bud and his wife, Sally, have a FSBO website to sell their Lakeside/Waterfront home in E. Central Florida. He indicates this is "Arguably the best Ham Radio site in E. Central Florida." You can check it out at http://1131abadyct.com . (On the TAB "RADIO TOWER" his antenna farm is described and there is a killer photo of it.)

Thank you Bud Thompson for all you have done to promote and build Winlink over the years.

Most Sincerely,
The Winlink Development Team

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