WinLink 2K

Winlink Global Radio Email...

…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. 

Well, that’s a mouthful. It basically means that you, as a licensed HAM operator, can use the WinLink system to send a message around the world without HF, D-Star, or an internet connection if you have the basic radio equipment. So, if you have an VHF radio with a TNC (or similar equipment) attached to it, you can connect to local HAM operator stations or DIGI repeaters and relay ICS213 information anywhere that has an e-mail connected to the system. That includes the EOC.

There is training information available on the internet and local WinLink practice sessions to help you.

This is from the MERT KG4NXO website:

We have the capability to use WINLINK EXPRESS in the MERT/EOC. New equipment was purchased after the original was destroyed by the lighting hit MERT experienced. It is a high-speed HF Pactor SCS PTC III Modem and we also have an earlier version of Pactor SCS PTCII in the MCC trailer. MERT also has a DIGI repeater on VHF and capabilities to send, receive and also printout ICS forms and many others. If there is a total loss of INTERNET the above has the capabilities to send forms and messages to WINLINK user’s Call Sign addresses. It also has capabilities to send normal individual email addresses. If have the Internet, you still can send forms and messages as described
above via TELNET. TELNET is a SUPERFAST delivery system, unlike normal email.
Winlink Express can be used on VHF using a KPC3+ TNC or using a Sound Card such as a SignaLink and soundcard software available on the Winlink web site.
On HF, Winlink has many ways it can be used also with a SignaLink Sound Card or if you have big bucks a Pactor modem (fast speed). The Winlink Express program is continually updated to improve and keep a variety of ICS, Radiograms, Hospital, and many many more forms.
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