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.

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.

Thanks,
Winlink Development Team

A1VRF-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
AE6EQ-7 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
AGA4CC RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
AJ4GR-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.2
DA5UDI RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
DB0LJ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
EI3RCW-10 RMS Gateway 2.1.0.0
EI7IG-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
I0OJJ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
I4VAM-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
IQ3VQ-15 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
IW2OHX-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
IW8PGT-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
IZ1XBB RMS Trimode 1.2.4.0
K4SRC-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
K5KRK-10 RMS Packet 2.1.18.0
K5YX-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
K7CVO-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
K7LL-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
K9QV-10 BPQ32 6.0.5.4
KA9LCF-10 BPQ32 6.0.5.1
KB3KOW-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
KB9UNX-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
KC0YEJ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KC7SOY-10 RMS Packet 2.1.18.0
KC9S-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
KC9SPX-10 BPQ32 6.0.3.1
KD4QIT-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KD5MKV-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KE5ISM-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KE6RHV-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KF4ATP-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KF7FIT-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KF9NU-10 BPQ32 6.0.3.1
KG6HSQ-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
KG6HSQ-13 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
KI4HDU-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KJ4RUS-10 RMS Relay 3.0.18.0
KJ6QIN-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
KL7EDK-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
LZ3CB RMS Trimode 1.2.2.0
N0QBJ RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N1OBU-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N1URO-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N3KNT-11 RMS Packet 2.1.18.0
N4ATA-10 BPQ32 6.0.5.1
N4GD-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N4GMT-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
N4PLZ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N7JN-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N7NIX-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
N8GFO-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
NNG9PL RMS Packet 2.1.13.0
NS7C-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
OK2KOJ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
ON0BT-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
PA1TGI-10 RMS Packet 2.1.14.0
PD0HRY RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
PI8HGL-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
PJ2A RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
PY2ZEN-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
S56IPS RMS Trimode 1.2.4.0
VA3BAL-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE2PKT-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE3HSV-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE3LNZ-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE3MCH-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE3MUS-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE3PKG RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE6GPS-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE6HM-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE7DID RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
VE7GAU-10 RMS Relay 3.0.18.2
VE7GN BPQ32 6.0.7.1
VE7TEL-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
W3CB-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
W4BGH-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
W4BOT-10 RMS Packet 2.1.18.0
W4JML-10 BPQ32 6.0.5.15
W5KAV BPQ32 6.0.6.1
W5KAV-10 BPQ32 6.0.6.1
W5SEG BPQ32 6.0.7.1
W5SEG-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
W6GSW-10 BPQ32 6.0.7.1
W7BO-10 RMS Packet 2.1.16.0
W7JSC-10 RMS Packet 2.1.10.0
W7PLK-10 RMS Packet 2.1.18.0
W9HDG-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
WA7V-10 RMS Gateway 2.2.0.0
WE4NC-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0
WF7W RMS Relay 3.0.17.0
WF7W-10 RMS Packet 2.1.19.0
YN1BBS-10 RMS Gateway 2.3.0.0

All Gateway Sysops: Attention!

Soon (in a week, two at most) CMS support for gateway programs using UDP or TCP access to winlink.org 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.

Lee K0QED
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), http://www.fmre.org.mx. 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

International Health Service Needs You!

IHS dugout transports half a team up the Kruta River in Honduras.
Daily clinic work by IHS.

You Are Needed! IHS needs Hams for their upcoming February clinical/surgery mission to help the poor of Honduras. John Kirckof, KB0UUP, IHS Communications Director, writes that medical and dental professionals have committed to go so at least 11-12 multi-talented teams will deploy across Honduras February 13-27, 2015. They are still short of non-medical team members, interpreters, ham radio operators, and general helpers. Winlink radio email, HF and VHF phone have been used for mission communications since the early 2000's. Most returning hams describe the IHS experience as the real deal: For the radio experience, you'll never find a disaster drill or exercise to equal the large-scale deployment like an IHS mission. But there is so much more; Lives are saved and good work done every trip.

When: Applications for the February mission are due mid-September! But they need help, so lateness is not a real problem.

What International Health Services Does: The organization has been doing medical clinics and surgical work in Honduras for over 32 years. So, they know where to go, who to go to and what supplies to send to make a big difference in the Honduras people’s lives. Many IHS veterans go year after year so new volunteers work along side many experienced people.

Go to the IHS web site at http://www.IHSMN.org. Call John Kirckof, at 320-634-4386 for details, photos, etc.
**They say the hardest part of going is deciding to fill out the application**

PI8HLM in the DARES Network

Stan, PA4S, offers this video about the DARES (Dutch Amateur Radio Emergency Service) gateway station PI8HLM. Nice installation, guys!

--The Winlink Team

Introducing the Winlink Hybrid Network

Hybrid

With the release of RMS Relay version 3.0.0.0 on November 4, 2013, the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation introduced the Winlink Hybrid Radio Email Network. This new network design marks a major milestone in Winlink's evolution with higher reliability, performance and utility for emergency communications. The new generation Winlink system now conforms to US Department of Defense Instruction (DODI 4650.02) for radio-only message transfer without the use of the internet.

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