The Humboldt Winlink Wednesday Net was started to encourage amateur radio operators to become familiar with and expand their skills using Winlink. What is Winlink? From the Winlink website (linked to the right)… Winlink “is a network of amateur radio and authorized government-licensed stations that provides worldwide radio email using radio pathways where the internet is not present.” Participation is accomplished by sending a simple check in message via Winlink to the net control station KN6CEI. Net control will send a weekly reminder on Tuesday along with that weeks assignment and a wrap up message on Thursday with the net results and any other announcements.
Each Wednesday send a check in message in the following format: CALLSIGN, FIRST NAME, CITY, COUNTY, STATE, WINLINK MODE (Vara, Ardop, Pactor, Telnet, etc.).
All participants are highly encouraged to send their message via RF. Telnet (internet connection) should be reserved for beginners or amateurs with Technician licenses that do not have a nearby node within their frequency privileges.
In addition to the weekly check in, stations may be asked to perform additional tasks which is aimed at improving the operators proficiency at using Winlink. The most important thing about this net is to learn and HAVE FUN!!!
Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you on the log!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
With the holiday season approaching I am going to put this net on cruise control until after the new year. What does this mean? It means that this message will serve as your Winlink assignment for this week and all of December. I will not be sending out weekly assignment reminders all December.
Please continue to check in on Wednesdays by using standard check in format or a form of your choice. Use this time to check in new ways (new forms, new bands). It’s your choice!
I will still acknowledge your check in each week by responding directly to you.
Thank you everyone for your participation this past year and I look forward to starting the new year with Winlink! Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.
Here is this weeks exercise:
Practice sending text messages to your own cell phone. If you do not use text messaging, you can send a message to my cell phone using the address in my example your received in this weeks Winlink message. I will reply back to you confirming receipt. The second part of the exercise is talking with you emergency contacts and finding out what cell providers they have and getting the address recorded either in your Winlink contacts or with pen and paper. It is up to you if you want to send messages to them to confirm it works (recommended). Last, for your check in, report back your results.
Using Winlink to send a text message
Carrier Lookup – Find the original carrier of “off brand” provider (straight talk, simply mobile, etc.)
A good youTube tutorial on using the SMS-text message form in Winlink
September 5, 2021
This last weekend, September 5, 2021, members of the Humboldt Amateur Radio Club participated in a Winlink field exercise. Members set up portable stations from Eureka to Trinidad and were given real world tasks to gather data and report that data to net control using Winlink P2P FM. The exercise was successful even though all stations experienced some problems. We were able to work through the problems to complete the task. You can read about it and see pictures of the portable stations in this after action report written by Anthony KG6LHW. If you are interested in participating in the next exercise, let me know during your next check in or you can contact Anthony directly by sending him a Winlink message at KG6LHW.
0700-0900: 3565 kHz Dial Frequency, 3566.5 kHz Center Frequency using VARA HF
0900-1100: 147.540 MHz Simplex using VARA FM
1700-1900: 147.540 MHz Simplex using VARA FM
1900-2100: 3565 kHz Dial Frequency, 3566.5 kHz Center Frequency using VARA HF
Thanks to everyone that checked into the net yesterday and for visiting the new website.
Dennis W6DLW messaged me about a Winlink training he is taking on Zoom with LAX ARES. The classes are every Sunday and go through August 29, 2021. Information and the recordings of the training can be viewed at www.wavetalkers.com. Thank you Dennis for the info!
There are several fires creating problems in northern California and as I write this, Humboldt County’s power is being supplied by a local plant due to lines being shut off from the Monument fire in Trinity County. Be prepared. We don’t know what could happen next.
This weeks check ins in no particular order: