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Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Wed Dec 20 06:57:22 UTC 2006

So explain what isn't "free" about WinLink?
And why is it overhyped?

I think it's about as free as it can get, except maybe

If you consider the cost of a Pactor-3 modem, which isn't

Nearly as expensive as a nice HF rig.  Using Packet, even

Miserly Hams can access Winlink via Telpac using existing

Packet modems and VHF radios.  You do NOT need Pactor-3

To access it, many older packet modems include Pactor-1

Which works fine most times.


I think it isn't hyp'ed enough!

It's a great system.

It serves the Amateur community daily, 24/7,

Not just putting blips on maps for the amusement of

Of Ham's wife wondering where her husband is.


And a Linux flavor is surely welcomed now!

So just what is PSKMail? If it doesn't have the

Infrastructure of WinLink it will never be much use.

I can't download a 411MB file to find out. that's worse

Than buying a Pactor-3 modem!


-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Stephen Brown Jr
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 20:43
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] PSKMail Live CD


This is pretty neat, I didn't even know something like this existed, and
being a linux program makes it all more the better for me! :D 

I'm definitely going to look into this, I would love to see a free
alternative to the overhyped Winlink system. 

Thanks for sharing!


On 12/19/06, Brian B. Riley <brianbr at mac.com> wrote: 

Steve Ford's January 2007 Eclectic Technology profiled a freeware
alternative to the Pactpr based WinLink 2000. Unfortunately for many 
its only available in Linux. Fortunately, for the misfortunate there
is a Live Boot CD available from SM0RWO at


It is a 411 MB download as an ISO file ready to be burned. I have
booted it up on two different Intel based machines here and it runs
very nicely. The disk was hard to get as the first few days after QST
hit homes, the website got hammered pretty hard, It took me 12 hours 
to pull the file!

If you do not have access to broadband or don't want the hassle I
have made it available at Ye Olde Disk Shoppe for the usual fee of
$3.50 ( covering, label, media, copying, mailer, Paypal and postage) 


cheers ... 73 de brian  riley,  n1bq , underhill center, vermont
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