A Thank-you Note from Mid-Pacific

Thank-you graphic

Message ID: 1883_KD7JST
Date: 2014/07/11 23:43
From: KD7JST
To: VE7AXY; K7DAV; VE6GPS; KL7EDK; KB6YNO; KA7HRC; N7YRT; W7BO; K6IXA; KE7XO; W6IM; K4XV
Source: KD7JST
Subject: Thank You!

I wanted to drop each of you a sincere note of thanks and gratitude for volunteering the use of your amateur radio equipment on the Winlink system.

Join the Gateway Sysop Team (Sysop Guidelines)

Running a Radio Mail Server (RMS) gateway station is rewarding. Actually saving a life or a boat in distress, helping medical missions in far off jungles, and participating on local public service and emergency communications teams are some of the ways sysops use their radio assets for the public good. Almost weekly one of the Winlink sysops will receive direct, heartfelt thanks from an incident victim or their loved ones. Sysops often assist with the evacuation of a sick yachtsman for emergency treatment, locate an overdue yacht for a worried family, or help arrange medical supplies for a remote medical clinic. Many sysops support their communities as part of a local emergency network. EmComm organizations train and drill member sysops and radio email operators for emergency field deployments. Off the amateur bands, Winlink is a mainstay in MARS, SHARES, and is a last-resort communication tool for national, regional and local governments, NGOs and agencies. Our sysops often remark that their work with WL2K is the most deeply rewarding thing they do in amateur radio.

We invite you to set up an RMS gateway station and join us.

SYSOP GUIDELINES and RMS Station Authorization

Before you inquire to run an RMS gateway station, we prefer you first be an active user of radio email. All gateway software requires a WL2K password. To get one you must maintain an active account. In addition, you must also request authorization for your station to connect with the network as explained below under 'Authorizations'.

The strength, reliability and reputation of the network is based upon the quality of service provided by knowledgeable and attentive volunteers. We maintain a high standard in order to provide good user experiences. Within the bounds of local licensing regulations, we authorize RMS gateways to sysops who agree to the following guidelines:

  • to maintain their stations both online and on-the-air 24x7x365,
  • to provide dedicated gateway equipment, preferably with emergency power,
  • to keep their gateway software current,
  • to report sysop, station, service code, software version and frequency information to WL2K servers through proper configuration of gateway software and local network routers, and
  • TO SUBSCRIBE TO AND STAY CURRENT WITH THE WL2K E-MAIL REFLECTORS FOR SYSOPS.

Sysops are always responsible for the lawful operation of their stations. RMS gateways that remain off-line or do not report to WL2K Servers for extended periods, or fail to operate with current software are automatically removed from the network first, then issues are worked out. Portable or temporary stations should be tested on a regular basis to maintain their readiness. If they do not, they are also automatically purged.

For network-wide alert messages and support, all sysops should join the "Winlink_Programs_Group" at yahoogroups.com, and they must monitor their Winlink e-mail daily.

Your operation of an RMS Gateway station constitutes your implied agreement to these guidelines as published here. Network administrators may refuse network connections from stations that do not observe these guidelines.

Authorization requests

Since January 25, 2013, all sysops must obtain an authorization for gateway connections to the network. If you previously operated a gateway and your station has been online less than 24/7/365 at any time in the past, you need to ask for an authorization. To request one, contact by email Steve Waterman, K4CJX. Provide in your request:

  1. Your name and call sign.
  2. The base call sign of the gateway station. This callsign must be under your direct control as licensee or trustee.
  3. Your agreement to operate within these guidelines.
  4. A reference to confirm your affiliation with an EmComm organization, if you intend to operate the station as a temporary or portable asset.

If your request is for a club station or a call that you do not control, have the trustee or the legal licensee make the request. As is only proper, we issue station authorizations to the person who is legally licensed. Only they may provide operational rights to other individuals. For any other special or temporary use outside normal 24/7 operations, whether individual or by a recognized emergency communications organization, please contact Steve Waterman, K4CJX, the Winlink 2000 administrator.

73,
The Winlink Development Team

HMS Bounty's Captain Sends Winlink Message -- Saves 14 Crew

HMS Bounty sinks.

Read the complete ARRL story.

On Monday morning, October 29, the tall ship HMS Bounty was in the embrace of Hurricane Sandy 90 miles off Hatteras, NC and taking on water. Doug Faunt, N6TQS, survivor and ship's electrician, told the ARRL that the Bounty crew tried various methods to call for help, including a satellite phone, “... we got nothing when tried calling out on HF. We tried calling the Maritime Mobile Net, but nothing was out there. We had Winlink on the ship that we used for e-mail and accessing the Internet to post to blogs and to Facebook, and we finally found an e-mail address for the Coast Guard. As a last-ditch effort, we used Winlink to e-mail the Coast Guard for help. Within an hour, we heard a C-130 plane, and later, a helicopter overhead.” According to Faunt, it was Captain Robin Walbridge, KD4OHZ, as master of the ship, who sent out the distress messages.

The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for Robin Walbridge, 63, the missing captain of the replica tall ship.

The messages have been removed from the Winlink system and turned over to US Coast Guard authorities for their investigation.

The dramatic Coast Guard rescue of 14 crew from liferafts can be seen in the video below.

Pages

Subscribe to Winlink Global Radio Email RSS
Winlink Linkomatic