[aprssig] Winlink

James Jolin jjolin at itol.com
Wed Sep 13 18:59:04 CDT 2006

Ray McKnight wrote:
> You don't "dial up" a Telpac node, you connect to it over the air via
> regular old connected mode packet on 1200 baud VHF.  Once connected you
> will be in a simple command-line menu system like the old packet BBS's.
> Those who choose to run Airmail will have simple one-click icon's to
> connect, select various gateway stations, and send/receive e-mail almost
> as easily as using Microsoft Outlook (or whatever program you prefer).
> Those who connect "manually" and use the command line interface will
> have some advanced Winlink functions disabled.  Another reason to use
> Airmail.  But it still gets the job done.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steve Huston" <huston at astro.princeton.edu>
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 14:10
> Subject: [aprssig] Winlink
>> On 09/13/2006 08:54 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>>> I'm talking about the VHF TELPAC nodes that act just like an old
>>> fashioned BBS, yet are linked to the global WinLINK system.  (I
>>> may be using the wrong terms), but the idea is that the TELPAC
>>> nodes are just packet links into the system.
>> On 09/13/2006 04:19 PM, Ray McKnight wrote:
>>> WinLink itself has nothing to do with "only runs under Windows".
>>> If you can use a terminal program and issue command line ASCII commands
>>> you can use Winlink on anything with a serial port, even a CP/M box or
>>> Commodore-64, on both VHF or HF.
>> Thank you Bob and Ray for shedding some light on this.  I stand
>> corrected!  My only problem with the Winlink information I'd read is
>> that I didn't find anything that mentioned this, only "download this
>> Windows executable here" or "Run this Windows program from here".  Now
>> that I know there's more to it than that, I might have to dial up a
>> local Telpac node and see what I can do.
>> -- 
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What freq are you using for winlink?
JJolin Wa9Arb

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