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Bob Heil of the Ham Nation video podcast talks with Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, CEO of the American Radio Relay League about the rapid deployment of hams to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria recovery operations. Winlink is there.

Attention Winlink Express Users

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you're using the latest version of Winlink Express (formerly RMS Express). Much time and effort has gone into enhancing the client program features as well as fixing bugs that hamper operation. Those with really older versions can experience problems as newer version move forward.

For those who want the most recent beta, please go into Winlink Express SETUP, and insure that this option is checked. Using a beta version assists the developers greatly to provide additional user-friendly features. For those who are not interested in the latest beta, be sure to uncheck this option in Winlink Express setup.

If you have update issues, you can uninstall, and re-install the latest Winlink Express production version.

Thanks much,

Steve Waterman, K4CJX, NCS396
Winlink Network Administrator
Winlink Development Team

Communications at Sea

General overview article on communications that work for blue water cruisers. By Winlink users Birgit Hackl and Christian Feldbauer, OE6CHF, cruising on S/V Pitufa. Courtesy of the publisher of All At Sea Caribbean Magazine. Republished with permission.

ARDOP News

Here is a short status report on the development of ARDOP, a new, flexible protocol for messaging.

Read about ARDOP (Amateur Radio Digital Open Protocol).
The Yahoo ARDOP forum site (which has beta downloads and documentation) is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ardop_users/info
The ARDOP Developers forum (installs, docs and sources) is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ardop_development

At the end of 2016, we are near the end of beta testing for the ARDOP_Win TNC (protocol optimization). John Wiseman has also written a version of ARDOP that works with BPQ32 (Server or Client) and can connect to the Winlink system. We are working on integration into Winlink Express and RMS Trimode which will provide client and portals into the Winlink system. Eventually, ARDOP is planned to replace WINMOR (more robust, more bandwidth options, faster) but that won't happen until we have really wrung out the above implementations and optimized the protocol. The conversion from WINMOR will be a simple software change and resetting the setup parameters.

Also, a future (now in testing) hardware implementation (in C operating under Linux on a Teensie quad core processor) will be announced next year. It will permit seamless (no additional sound card or external hardware) and easy integration with other protocols like Pactor and Packet.

Watch this space for more news. 2017 will be the year Winlink moves to ARDOP.

Rick KN6KB
Winlink Development Team

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