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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, 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

Prince George's Maryland ARES/RACES Wants WL2K Volunteers

CTV's Byron Scott reports on Jim Montgomery and his wife Wanda, who are HAM radio operators from Prince George's County, Maryland. They are looking for volunteers to join the Prince George's County ARES/RACES. If you live nearby, would like to contribute and have Winlink operating experience, contact Jim or Wanda at KA3AHI at aol dott com.

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 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 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]

Updated Video Tutorial from K4REF

Early last year Rick Frost, K4REF, contributed an excellent video series for new Winlink users. Today, we present his updated productions for 2014. This is worth your time, and is of a quality in content and presentation far above most of what you'll find if you search the web. Thanks, Rick!

You can watch the videos right from our knowledge bank, here.

Non-conforming Gateways

The following gateway stations are running out-of-date software as of Monday, October 6. Soon we will discontinue server support for the old methods of station reporting that these stations use. As a consequence, they will appear to 'disappear' from the system as reported by the maps and lists on this web site, by third-party reporting tools and web sites, and within client software channel lists. This list is a snapshot. A current list is available at this link.

We are attempting to contact the sysops of these stations. Most are running third-party gateway software. If you know the sysops of these stations, please inform them of their non-conforming status. All they need to do to continue to operate normally is to update to the latest version of their software.

Winlink Development Team

A1VRF-10 RMS Gateway
AE6EQ-7 RMS Packet
AGA4CC RMS Gateway
AJ4GR-10 BPQ32
DA5UDI RMS Gateway
DB0LJ-10 RMS Gateway
EI3RCW-10 RMS Gateway
EI7IG-10 RMS Gateway
I0OJJ-10 RMS Gateway
I4VAM-10 RMS Gateway
IQ3VQ-15 RMS Gateway
IW2OHX-10 RMS Gateway
IW8PGT-10 RMS Gateway
IZ1XBB RMS Trimode
K4SRC-10 BPQ32
K5KRK-10 RMS Packet
K5YX-10 RMS Gateway
K7CVO-10 RMS Packet
K7LL-10 RMS Gateway
K9QV-10 BPQ32
KB9UNX-10 RMS Packet
KC0YEJ-10 RMS Gateway
KC7SOY-10 RMS Packet
KC9S-10 BPQ32
KD4QIT-10 RMS Gateway
KD5MKV-10 RMS Gateway
KE5ISM-10 RMS Gateway
KE6RHV-10 RMS Gateway
KF4ATP-10 RMS Gateway
KF7FIT-10 RMS Gateway
KF9NU-10 BPQ32
KI4HDU-10 RMS Gateway
KJ4RUS-10 RMS Relay
KJ6QIN-10 RMS Gateway
KL7EDK-10 RMS Packet
LZ3CB RMS Trimode
N0QBJ RMS Gateway
N1OBU-10 RMS Gateway
N1URO-10 RMS Gateway
N3KNT-11 RMS Packet
N4ATA-10 BPQ32
N4GD-10 RMS Gateway
N4GMT-10 RMS Packet
N4PLZ-10 RMS Gateway
N7JN-10 RMS Gateway
N7NIX-10 RMS Gateway
N8GFO-10 RMS Gateway
NS7C-10 RMS Gateway
OK2KOJ-10 RMS Gateway
ON0BT-10 RMS Packet
PA1TGI-10 RMS Packet
PD0HRY RMS Gateway
PI8HGL-10 RMS Gateway
PJ2A RMS Gateway
PY2ZEN-10 RMS Gateway
S56IPS RMS Trimode
VA3BAL-10 RMS Gateway
VE2PKT-10 RMS Gateway
VE3HSV-10 RMS Gateway
VE3LNZ-10 RMS Gateway
VE3MCH-10 RMS Gateway
VE3MUS-10 RMS Gateway
VE3PKG RMS Gateway
VE6GPS-10 RMS Gateway
VE6HM-10 RMS Gateway
VE7DID RMS Gateway
VE7GAU-10 RMS Relay
VE7TEL-10 RMS Gateway
W3CB-10 RMS Gateway
W4BGH-10 RMS Gateway
W4BOT-10 RMS Packet
W4JML-10 BPQ32
W5KAV-10 BPQ32
W5SEG-10 BPQ32
W6GSW-10 BPQ32
W7BO-10 RMS Packet
W7JSC-10 RMS Packet
W7PLK-10 RMS Packet
W9HDG-10 RMS Gateway
WA7V-10 RMS Gateway
WE4NC-10 RMS Gateway
WF7W RMS Relay
WF7W-10 RMS Packet
YN1BBS-10 RMS Gateway

All Gateway Sysops: Attention!

Soon (in a week, two at most) CMS support for gateway programs using UDP or TCP access to for Sysop, Version, or Channel information will be discontinued. Security concerns and efficiencies have prompted us to revise the databases and access methods used. Gateway developers have been involved in this transition for several months. All you need to do is insure you are using the current version of the software. You can see the current versions by visiting the winlink web site and selecting the "Tools" menu item - then "Gateway Program Versions". If your gateway is listed in the list at the left you are not using the current version and need to update.

This notice only applies to Winlink gateway programs like RMS Trimode, RMS Packet, RMS Relay, RMS Gateway, etc. It does not apply to user/client programs like Airmail, Paclink or RMS Express (although, you should keep these programs up to date as well). At this time a new version of RMS Gateway hasn't been released, but the author tells me it will be released soon.

Failure to upgrade to the current version of your gateway software will not cause it to stop working. However, it will impact the information you see on the web site and the frequency listings others see in their client programs (Airmail, RMS Express, etc.). And you will be operating counter to your agreement to abide by the system's sysop guidelines.

Thanks for your attention to this important change.

Winlink Development Team

Mexican Amateurs Support Winlink for Emergency Communications

XE2/N6KZB tests XE2BNC Gateway.

A three year program to fund Winlink gateways was completed this week with the installation of XE1CRG.

Mexico is a diverse country where HF communications plays a role in disaster recoveries and during emergencies. While Mexico's infrastructure is complete and modern, there are areas where Internet connectivity does not exists. And so Mexican amateurs who provide support to local Protection Civil offices and other agencies have had a history of using HF voice.

We conducted a demonstration for officials In 2011 of various HF data modes. Mr. Pinilla XE1VP, from the University of Mexico was impressed with the portable Winlink HF station and easy delivery to internet-based email recipients. This started a planning and funding process to install 4 complete Winlink gateways.

To date four systems at a cost of $20,000.00 have been established at reliable sites with local area support.

XE2BNC Tijuana
XE1VP Toluca
XE2EOS Chiapas
XE1CRG Guanajuato

Each system is configured with the Icom 7200 with an SCS Dragon Pactor modem. The sites are secure with local battery back-up. All gateways run Pactor and WINMOR 1600. The sites also have packet radio ports for training and local use.

Since Mexico is allowed auto-forwarding and Pactor 4 operation, all the gateways participate in the Winlink Hybrid Network, offering radio-only message transport in the event of internet failure, and MPS (Message Pickup Station) delivery. One site near the Guatemalan border, XE2EOS, looses internet connectivity from time-to-time but with HF auto-forwarding email continues to reliably flow.

This commitment by Mexico's small amateur community is also supported by F.M.R.E., (Mexico's ARRL), Technical and financial support has come from many local amateurs: XE2SI XE2GF XE1RZ XE2EOS XE1BRX.

Winlink has proven reliable and robust for the remote email and peer messaging needs in Mexico. These systems are open to the worldwide amateur community and are actively exercised by US amateurs and many foreign visiting boaters and voyagers on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The comfort level for officials for emergencies provided by these gateways is a testament to the dedication and hard work of
many, to include the Winlink Development Team.

--Mike Burton, XE2/N6KZB


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