A list of things you can do to become more proficient with operating Winlink.
- Read the Winlink Book of Knowledge.
- Read the Winlink FAQ’s.
- Watch all the Winlink training videos and/or live workshops you can find.
- Install Winlink on a Windows based computer.
- Set your Winlink password and obtain a winlink.org email address.
- Login to your Winlink webmail account.
- Add external email addresses you want to receive emails from (such as your own for testing) to the “My Whitelist” section of your winlink.org account.
- Send yourself an email from an external email address to your winlink.org email. Use the webmail interface to check.
- Send yourself an email from an external email address to your winlink.org email. Use the Winlink program, telnet session to check.
- Send somebody you know a Winlink message from your Winlink client to a callsign using a telnet session.
- Send an ICS 213 or other form to somebody you know, using their callsign, telnet session.
- Request a weather report for your local area via Winlink catalog request via a telnet session.
- Subscribe to one or more of the Winlink Support Groups and use them for your questions.
- Join a local ham radio club who does exercises.
- Do a P2P telnet session with a buddy (don’t forget to map port 8774 to each computer through each router).
- Setup a Signalink or other quality TNC and connect with a quality mobile radio to an RMS Gateway over 1200 baud VHF.
- Do a P2P session using radios / TNC’s only with a buddy.
- Send a multi-person P2P message via telnet FM packet or Vara FM P2P packet.
- Participate in weekly Winlink exercises such as Winlink Wednesdays and Winlink Thursdays.
- Go mobile with your Winlink station (set up in the field with battery / solar / generator power only).
- Find a high spot in your area and connect to an RMS station well outside your normal range of communications.
- Setup a temporary RMS packet station and use another computer / radio / TNC to test it.
- Transcribe an ICS form from voice (incoming instructions from any band) to a Winlink message and send it.
- Connect a GPS to your computer and report your position.
- Request a GRIB file of the wind conditions in your area and view it on your computer with a GRIB file viewer.
- Convert an Excel spreadsheet of 100 rows, 10 columns of mixed character from Excel to a comma-delimited file send it to a buddy via Winlink packet.
- Convert a 500-word Word document from Word to an RTF file and send it to a buddy via Winlink packet.
- Resize a photo so that it’s 10 Kb or less with dimensions of 640×480 or greater and send it to a buddy via Winlink packet. NOTE: You may need an external program to degrade the quality.
- Compose a Winlink form on one computer. Copy the data file to USB drive. Load that data from the drive into a Winlink form on another computer and send it.
- Train a newbie one-on-one.
- Do a group training course for a group of people.
- Set up VARA FM and connect to a VARA FM RMS Gateway.
- Use VARA FM with a buddy to do a P2P Vara FM session.
- Setup an HF radio Winlink station and use ARDOP to connect to a long-range RMS Gateway.
- Use an HF radio with ARDOP and another buddy to do a long-range P2P session.
- Use an HF radio with VARA to send a message to a buddy via a long-range VARA gateway.
- Use an HF radio with VARA and another buddy to do a long-range P2P session.
- Setup a Winlink Hybrid Mode RMS Gateway.
- Setup an AREDN-based RMS Relay.
- Setup a store and forward post office server.
- Setup a Winlink client on a Linux-based computer or Mac.
- Setup a Winlink gateway on a Linux-based computer or Mac.
Am I missing something on this list or should something be re-ordered? Contact me with any comments!