[aprssig] winlink

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Dec 29 16:29:32 CST 2004

To put your local WinLINK station on the local APRS map:

1) Use the alternate "a" symbol with the "W" overlay
this will cause it to show up as a blue ARRL diamond in 
a white/red circle with a big W overlay.  (the recommended
WinLINK symbol).

2) If it is a 5 letter call or less, you can add "link" to it
so that it is obvious when flashed on the mobile screen:
IE, for W3AAC, I used "W3AAClink" for the object

3) In the comment text, be sure to add the FREQ it is on.

4) Beacon this no less than every 10 minutes or so and
only DIRECT to cover only the area of coverage.

This way mobiles or anyone else on APRS that needs
to send and Email or a file can instantly know where it
is, what freq it is on, and what call to connect to.

See mine at:  http://map.findu.com/W3AAClink 

Though the overlay comes through fine, the ARRL icon is not
exactly right on FINDU.  ANd I dont understand why FINDU inserted
the words "objectLocal" into the raw packet..  ALso, FINDU
did not preserve the mixed case of the object name... But it looks
fine on local packet anyway...

de Wb4APR, Bob

>>> bruninga at usna.edu 12/29/04 5:14:37 PM >>>
Re; WinLINK:

Yep, I think so too.  ALready today, I have been monnitoring
the local WINlink channel and have seen another APRS user
use it.  I think it is ideal for the bulk traffic and the ARRL 
seems to endorse it.

Today, I'm going to add a LOCAL object for the local
WinLINK station (on PARS) so that locals can see it on their 
radios.  Note, this is a LOCAL-DIRECT object so it does no
damage beyond the area where it can be used.


>>> aprs at kd4rdb.com 12/29/04 3:40:33 PM >>>
>From what I've read so far about winlink, and the power point show,
looks to
me like winlink is a winner.  I haven't even downloaded the software
yet, but I
see that it allows us to divert email automatically from internet to
radio if
internet fails.  It uses standard email programs like MS outlook and
The end user doesn't need to know anything except the name of the
winlink mail
server to program into his email program (in the case of an EOC lan). 

It seems that winlink has done for HF email what aprs did for packet
made it extremely simple to use.  And the less time we spend
system, the more time we can spend communicating.  wow!

http://www.winlink.org/Presentations/ARES.ppt is a great slide show,
but a
little confusing to me a times... wish I had a narrator!  Some of the
are a tweek "busy"....  Can't wait to find out more!

Looks like we have a hand in glove complimentary system to go right
along with


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