WINMOR is Deprecated

10 July 2020 -- The Board of Directors of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation voted in a recent virtual meeting to deprecate the WINMOR HF mode in the Winlink system. The protocol was introduced by its author Rick Muething, KN6KB, at the 2008 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference in Chicago. It was the first popular 'sound card' radio mode to offer an alternative to HF hardware modems for bulk digital transport. Rick moved on by developing the Amateur Radio Digital Open Protocol (ARDOP), which was introduced in 2015 as a replacement to WINMOR with superior speed, robustness, and multiple bandwidth options. Nevertheless, until recently, WINMOR remained popular for learning and experimentation while other more robust and better-performing new modes became the workhorses of Winlink message transport.

The Winlink Team now devotes its resources to other projects and will drop support for WINMOR on the Winlink system. Other modes offer the same advantages with superior performance.

We request all HF RMS gateway sysops still offering WINMOR to remove it in favor of ARDOP, VARA HF and Pactor 3 or 4, where permitted by local rules. In an upcoming release WINMOR will be removed from Winlink Team software, making way for better, speedier, more robust and modern HF digital modes. WINMOR had a good, long and productive run.

--The ARSFI Board of Directors
--The Winlink Development Team

New Winlink Form Submits Earthquake Data Directly to USGS Database

4 July 2020 -- Today, on the one-year anniversary of the M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake in Southern California, Winlink presents "Did You Feel It for Winlink Express". Through cooperative efforts with the United States Geological Survey, Amateur radio operators worldwide can now report the effects of an earthquake at their location directly to the USGS. No infrastructure required.

The Did You Feel It (DYFI) system was developed by the USGS to tap the abundant information available about earthquakes from the people who experience them. By taking advantage of the vast number of Internet users, and Amateur operators with Winlink radio clients, the USGS gets a more complete description of what people experienced, the effects of an earthquake, and the extent of damage. And best of all, with Amateur radio's help they can do so rapidly.

By providing a DYFI report when you can do so safely after an earthquake you contribute to citizen science and further the understanding of earthquakes. You also ensure that your area has been represented in the compilation of the maps of shaking. This is a two-way street: not only will you add valuable information on the extent of ground shaking and damage, but in the process we hope you will learn more about how other communities fared and gain a greater understanding of the effects of earthquakes.

The HTML form is available in the Standard Forms library in the USGS folder. Direct questions about the form and its use to: K6OLI Oliver Dully, [email protected].

More information on the USGS "Did You Feel It" program is at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/ and in the document downloadable using the link below.

--The Winlink Team

V4Chat is Deprecated

June 22, 2020 -- The V4Chat Program has been available for download here for several years. The program was created as a testbed for the experimental V4 protocol/mode and served it's purpose well, but it did gain popularity after the testing program among Ham experimenters as a fun program for on-air chats. Because of the Winlink Team's limited resources, our development and use of improved modes, and the decline in the on-air use of V4, we have decided to deprecate both the program and mode. V4Chat support will no longer be available from the Winlink Team. Users who have registered the program within the last six months are eligible for a refund from ARSFI by simply requesting it by email and including your callsign and full name. Users interested in a similar chat program using a modern protocol should look at VARA Chat, available at https://rosmodem.wordpress.com.

--The Winlink Development Team

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