||01-06-2010 03:25 PM
Turn your yacht into a mobile Winmor enabled Winlink 2000 gateway to augment world wide HF SSB email coverage.
The Winlink 2000 development team is now looking for dedicated Ham Radio stations with permanent internet access to set up inexpensive additional land HF SSB RMS gateway stations. The goal is to evenly populate the globe for full coverage. This can now be done inexpensively without the need for a Pactor 3 TNC controller, by using free software utilizing the Winmor protocol running at almost Pactor 3 speeds.
So, if your yacht is moored or anchored with permanent internet access as well (or at sea with a commercial satellite uplink), your Ham HF SSB radio could be used by other yachts out at sea to send and receive their emails utilizing Winmor software only. This will greatly enhance the operational accessibility of Winlink 2000 to all yachts. Of course, the existing Pactor 3 RMSís will still be available as well.
See this letter from Steve, K4CJX on the Winlink Development Team:
Call for HF WINMOR RMS stations: Please contact Steve K4CJX directly via
e-mail at k4cjxATcomcast.net. (replace AT with @ of course)
Please include, Name, call, address, Grid Square, telephone number, and
equipment list to be used.
Required are the following:
1. Dedicated operation on dedicated equipment 24 x7 x 365.
2. Adequate resources to run such an operation on the ham bands at a minimum
Of 100 watts without manually tuning the antenna for several frequencies.
3. UPS protected computer (required), and if available, generator power (not
4. Permanent Internet connectivity.
5. External soundcard operation, preferably, the Signalink USB.
What is NOT acceptable is to utilize the internal computer soundcard used by
the Windows operating system. Quote from the WINMOR help file:
"In all cases if you are serious about using WINMOR it is STRONGLY
recommended to use a dedicated high-quality Sound card (not the one
normally assigned to Windows) with a well-isolated interface. If you are
trying to use the main computer's sound card it is essential you disable
Windows sounds and not operate other programs that might try and access the
For more information see, "Soundcard" in the RMS Express (Winmor) Help file.
Finally, the method for acquiring WINMOR HF RMS stations is to evenly
populate the Globe with properly placed Winlink RF nodes in order to provide
an optimal solution for the end-user.
Steve, k4cjx, aaa9ac
Winlink network administrator
Winlink development team