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Website Downtime

We have been working to improve your experience using our site, and the whole Winlink system. Please forgive our recent downtime, but its worth it.

You should notice much better load times of our pages, and in the future we'll have fewer downtime minutes during maintenance work. The reason is that we've moved our DNS and have incorporated 31 data centers worldwide to serve our pages. Now when you access our site, you may notice it comes from a different server--one much closer to you, and one using the latest speedy hardware. We've updated our defenses against ever-present online attacks, so we will have less maintenance to cause the server to be taken offline. Best of all, you will notice less when we take our main servers down, as pages will continue to be served to you from peripheral servers at 31 sites.

Enjoy!

--The Winlink Development Team

Windows 10 On the Raspberry Pi 2

Windows 10 IoT

Microsoft just released Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) at their GitHub site: http://ms-iot.github.io/content/GetStarted.htm
Hams are just now waking up to the possibilities.

You can download the official image of "Windows Embedded IoT" at: http://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembeddedIoT/Downloads/

If you're an Arduino, Galileo, or MinnowBoard fan, you can do the same.

Don't try to run WINMOR on these limited processors, but let us know of your successes on the Winlink email group "Winlink_Programs_Group" at yahoogroups.com!

--The Winlink Development Team

TEMA AuxComm Exercise at End of April

TEMA Logo

A Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) auxcomm exercise slated for the end of this month will involve all of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) States (Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) along with other FEMA Region IV states. [FEMA Region IV serves the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.] Amateur Radio, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) and the federal Shared Resources HF Radio Program (SHARES) are all participating. The exercise will be a follow-up to the Capstone 14 exercise. Winlink training will be a key mission objective.

There are three pathways used for interstate contingency communications under EMAC. [The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is a state-led effort that provides a legal mechanism and framework for sharing resources across state lines during a governor-declared disaster.] The three pathways are LightSquared, a trunked voice/data satellite system; the National Warning System (NAWAS), an automatic telephone call-up system to warn federal, state and local entities of emergency/disaster issues; and Winlink over various pathways all usually operated by either an agency employee who is also a radio amateur, or auxiliary communications radio amateur-volunteer. Participating government agencies at all levels as well as public NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) are encouraged to make use of volunteers.

- Steve Waterman, K4CJX, Winlink 2000 Network Administrator

The 2015 Platinum Club

Platinum bar

We revised our list of loyal volunteer sysops for 2015. Congratulations and recognition is due to the guys who stand above the crowd by operating first-class RMS gateways, and doing it consistently over the years. Their dependable stations form a backbone of reliability unheard of in other circles of amateur radio. They are among the many reasons Winlink is recognized worldwide as a lifeline, and as a reliable means of emergency communications -- when all else fails.

Here they are. Send them a note (click their callsign or address to their callsign@winlink.org) and say thanks for their exceptional contributions.

The 2015 Platinum Club of Sysops
On-air in early 2000, on-air today!

Martin, HB9AK
Grady Williams, K6IXA
Eric Simmons, KB6YNO
California Yacht Club Radio Amateur Group, K6CYC and Eric Oistad, KF6DZT
Jerry Curry, KL7EDK
Joel Michello, KQ4ET
Rudi, OE4XBU
John Burke, W7BO
San Diego Yacht Club Amateur Radio Group, W6IM, and Rod McLennan, W6MWB
Bernie Zindell, WG3G
Earl Leach, WX4J
Neil Hughes, VE1YZ
Hannes Enslin, ZS6JDE

New Video "How-To's"

Rick Frost, K4REF, is churning out the video tutorials. These new items are now available in the Book of Knowledge:

  • Using RMSLinkTest.exe to check connectivity
  • Using the Picture Editor in RMS Express
  • Viewing HF Propagation Forecasts in RMS Express
  • Set the Squelch in WINMOR TNC

Check them out! Go to the Book of Knowledge.

VE3JSJ/HR3 -- PACTOR in the Service of Humanity

VE3JSJ rig for IHS team Tacoa, in Honduras

By Gordon Murray, VE3JSJ

For most of my life, two of my interests have been back-country canoeing and camping, and Amateur Radio. I often combined these two activities, carrying QRP radios on canoe trips. Starting off with the Heathkit HW 8, then the Argonaut 509, followed by the SCG2020, and now the Yaesu FT-817ND (or Elecraft KX3 if weight is not too important). The last three years I have added PACTOR capabiity--without too much weight penalty using a small 8” Win8 Tablet, and an end-fed resonant antenna covering 40m, 20m & 10m. No need for an antenna tuner.

New Web App: Sysop's Message Monitor

A new app for sysops is open on the Winlink web site, www.winlink.org. Once
logged in, look for the Sysop's Message Monitor in your user menu in
the left column. Clicking the link will list all the messages flowing
through your gateway(s), allowing you to read them and review
attachments. Only gateway-authorized sysops may access the app.

This web application replaces the desktop application called Sysop (or RMS) Message
Manager. If it is installed on your computer, you should uninstall it.

Gateway station sysops should regularly monitor the messages their stations
handle because they bear responsibility for transmitting legally permitted
content, according to the local rules governing your radio operations. If
you find your station has sent or received prohibited message content,
follow the suggested actions in the app page.

Thanks for your generous participation and contributions to the system.
Happy New Year!

From the Winlink Development Team

Sysops: RMS Activity Reporter App is Now On the Web

Gateway Sysops will find the program "RMS Activity Reporter" is now available as an app on the web. To use it, log in and navigate to it using the user menu you see in the left column. The current desktop program (version 1.0.3.0) is the last one, is now deprecated, and has been removed from distribution. Our aim is to simplify your lives. Utility programs that require server connections like this might as well be web apps, and we can save you disk space and maintenance headaches by moving them to the web.

--The Winlink Development Team

Linux RMS Gateway Sysops: Release 2.4.0 is Available!

Release 2.4.0 of Linux RMS Gateway software has just been made available for download. Sysops who are running non-conforming gateways (see an earlier post) should update their systems. The software is available on the LinuxRMS group at yahoogroups.com as rmsgw-2.4.0-181.tgz. See the post from author Brian Eckert, W3SG on the LinuxRMS group for more important information.

Thanks, Brian, Hans DL5DI, and Charley, K4GBB, for making this happen!

--The Winlink Development Team

On-Air in 1999, On-Air Today -- The 2014 Platinum Club of Sysops

We are fortunate to have generous gateway station sysops that provide equipment, technical expertise, utility costs, and everything else it takes to keep RMS gateway stations on-air and on-line 24/7/365. All sysops deserve a note of thanks from users who frequent their stations.

There are a few guys who stand above the crowd--a few whose loyalty and generosity are on-going after starting at the beginning. These are sysops who deserve extra-special thanks. They each have been on-air and online as HF gateways since back when we called them PMBOs, at the birth of modern Winlink 2000--in 1999! All are "baked into" the history of Winlink. Today, they are among the most-used and reliable gateway stations (sysops!) in the whole worldwide network.

Thank you, and congratulations to
Grady Williams, K6IXA, Atwater, California
Eric Simmons, KB6YNO, Petaluma, California
Neil Hughes, VE1YZ, Halifax, Nova Scotia
San Diego Yacht Club Amateur Radio Group , W6IM, and Rod McLennan, W6MWB, San Diego, California
John Burke, W7BO, Woodland, Washington
Bernie Zindell, WG3G, Trinidad

All sysops can be reached at their [callsign]@winlink.org.

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