Based on feedback from the recent SET exercise, some of you asked for more practice exercises using the ICS-213 form template in Winlink. We heard you!
Janise, KK4HTA and Dave, KI4PSR are organizing a Winlink ICS-213 forms training exercise.
The exercise will take place on Saturday, November the 18th between 1pm and 3pm (after the next Chew & Chat).
You’ll be able to participate from home or anywhere you can operate Winlink.
The participants will use the ICS-213 form template in Winlink to answer skill-testing questions derived from the WCARES Emergency Ops Plan https://wcares.org/information/emergincy-ops-plan/
All license class can participate and don’t worry about your level of experience with Winlink; try this out and have some fun!
You can use any Winlink mode available to your license class and equipment; You can operate using Telnet over the Internet, Packet on VHF/UHF or Winmor/Pactor over HF. You can find the latest Frequency Band Charts here: http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations
You will need Winlink installed. Please go to the bottom of the announcement for instructions.
Leading up to the exercise on the 18th, there will be three Winlink Workshops available at The Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027, from 9am to 12pm on:
Tuesday, October 31,
Tuesday, November 7 and
Tuesday, November 14.
David, KK4CQD will help with Winlink installation and Janise, KK4HTA will guide you through ICS-213 form template in Winlink.
The room can hold up 18 people and the room is shared with the BitX Workshop.
If you are planning to come, please contact Janise at KK4HTA@arrl.net on which day, and time and make sure to indicate what help you’d like with Winlink. This way we will be sure to be there to help and answer your questions.
This exercise was created to help all of us learn how to use the ICS-213 form template in Winlink and most importantly, have some fun doing it!
If you’ve liked to participate or have questions, contact Janise at KK4HTA@arrl.net.
More information will follow, please look out for future announcement on the Monday Nets, WCARES Newsletter and the WCARES website.
How to Install Winlink Instructions from Phil Sherrod-
- Use this URL to download the installation file for Winlink Express:
- Extract the enclosed file (RMS Express setup.msi) and run it to install
- After Winlink Express is installed, launch the program, and it will
prompt you to create a new Winlink Account — which is free. Enter your
callsign, choose a password for your account, and enter the other
information requested. Enter PUBLIC as the “service code”. Then click the
- Wait 3 minutes for the registration to be processed by the Winlink
system. Then select “Telnet Winlink” in the drop-down list to the right of
“Open Session:”. After that, click on “Open Session:” to open a Telnet
Winlink session. Next, click “Start” to connect to a Winlink CMS server.
If your account has been properly authorized, you will see some lines that
look similar to this:
*** Connecting to a CMS…
*** Connected to Halifax at 2017/10/24 11:32:55
Halifax CMS >
; WL2K DE W4PHS (EM66OA)
*** — End of session at 2017/10/24 11:32:57 —
*** Messages sent: 0. Total bytes sent: 0, Time: 00:01, bytes/minute: 0
*** Messages Received: 0. Total bytes received: 0, Total session time:
00:01, bytes/minute: 0
*** Disconnected at 2017/10/24 11:33:02
- If that works, then send yourself an email from your Internet address
addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org Where ‘callsign’ is your Winlink
registered callsign. You must put //WL2K in front of the subject of the
message. For example:
//WL2K Test message sent to Phil
Then wait a minute, and make another Telnet connection to see if you can
receive the message you sent yourself.