Winlink 2000 N4SER-10 Gateway
VHF Gateway 145.050 MHz
VHF Gateway 145.050 MHz
HF Gateway Pactor 1,2.3
14.0987 & 7.1037 Mhz
Pactor 1, 2, 3
Winlink 2000 (www.winlink.org) is a world wide system that connects packet radio to internet e-mail.
The system is comprised of the following parts:
- Client: a packet radio station that sends and receives e-mails using specialized software and a standard amateur radio packet setup.
- Gateway: a specialized packet setup that is connected to the internet. It connects the client to the internet and transfers e-mails to and from the client.
- CMS (common message server): Web servers run by the Winlink administrators that move e-mails between the gateway stations and the internet.
Winlink can operate in a number of modes on HF, VHF and UHF. These include:
- Packet (AX.25 protocol) on UHF and VHF
- Pactor 1, 2, 3 and 4 on HF
- WINMOR: A new digital mode for HF utilizing sound card to radio interface. An inexpensive substitute for Pactor.
- Telnet: Direct access to the Winlink system from a computer attached to the internet.
How to get involved:
In order to participate in Winlink you will need to set up a client station. The easiest, and least expensive is a VHF station utilizing existing hardware.
- VHF radio capable of operation on 145.050 MHz
- A computer running Windows XP or newer. There is a team working on a Linux client but it is recommended to start with a Windows based system.
- A copy of the Winlink client (user) software package installed on the computer.
- A list is available here: www.winlink.org/ClientSoftware
- RMS Express is recommended. it is inclusive, not requiring a separate e-mail client, and is easy to use.
AEA/Timewave: DSP232, PK232, PK88, PK900, PK96
Kantronics: KAM-98, KAM-XL, KAM+, KPC-3, KPC-3+, KPC-9612, KPC-9612+
Kenwwod (buit in TNC): TH-D7/D72, TM-D700, TM-D710, TS-2000
Open Tracker USB
KISS: any TNC that can be placed into KISS mode. This will require some experimentation.
- A TNC
- It is important to have a TNC that is supported by the client software that you intend to use. Each software has its own list.
- TNCs compatable with RMS Expreess are listed in the sidebar.
- Other client software apps have their own list of supported TNCs.
- Soundcard TNCs (SignaLink) are supported using the AGW packet Engine (www.sv2agw.com/ham/agwpe.htm). Set up is beyond the scope of this tutorial. There are many good internet sites that describe using a soundcard TNC.
- Connect the TNC to the radio following the manufacture’s instructions.
- For a Kenwwod TS-2000 be sure to have menu item 55 “ON”
- USB / Serial dongles work very well when your computer does not have a serial port.
A tutorial on e-mailing with RMS Express can be found here