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1 Winlink 2000 Airmail January 26, 2009 Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Logistics Prince George’s County, MD Prince George’s County ARES/RACES presents

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3 Agenda Topics What is Airmail Installation and Set up Process Fine Tuning the Configuration File Address Book Composing and Sending an Airmail KaNodes and How They Work Telnet Connection Attached Files The INI File WB3KAS3

4 What is Winlink 2000 Airmail? Winlink 2000 (abbreviated WL2K) is a worldwide network of participating amateur stations bound together through the use of the Internet. By linking with any one of these stations on HF PACTOR or VHF packet you can exchange messages with other hams (who have packet or WL2K addresses), or with anyone with an Internet address. 4WB3KAS

5 What is Winlink 2000 Airmail? Accessing the Winlink 2000 system is typically done using AirMail 3.3, a Windows program written and offered to the ham community without charge by Jim Corenman, KE6RK. Once you link with a WL2K station using AirMail your messages will be automatically downloaded and a list of them displayed similar to Microsoft Outlook or other typical Internet programs. 5WB3KAS

6 Download the File Website is Download Airmail 3.3 Ham Client complete install (ver , around 4.4 MB) and save it in a "downloads" folder.Airmail 3.3 Ham Client complete install Follow the directions on the website for installation 6WB3KAS

7 Web Sites of Interest Airmail 2000: Airmail Reflector: Winlink 2000: Winlink 2000 Reflector: 7WB3KAS

8 Install Process Download the Airmail program from about 4.1 MB.www.airmail2000.com/ham/ You will not need to download any other programs. Make a note of the folder name where you place it. Close all programs. Go to ‘Start’, then ‘Run’. Browse to find your file which is called something like ‘amc32081.exe’. Click on ‘OK’. 8WB3KAS

9 Install Process Then you will see similar to this (if you are on XP)….click on ‘Run’. 9WB3KAS

10 Install Process Then this page……………………………click ‘Setup’. 10WB3KAS

11 Install Process Then this page……………………………click ‘Next’. 11WB3KAS

12 Install Process Do not change the folder……………………click ‘Next’. 12WB3KAS

13 Install Process Install complete. Now to the Setup page 13WB3KAS

14 Setup Process Enter your radio callsign 14WB3KAS

15 Setup Process Enter QTH Coordinates (can be done later) 15WB3KAS

16 Easy Way to Get Coordinates “Converting Addresses to/from Latitude/Longitude in One Step” Returns lat/lon from six conversion engines WB3KAS16

17 Example WB3KAS17

18 Example WB3KAS18

19 Setup Process Select the VHF modem, com port, Baud rate 19WB3KAS

20 Setup Process Select “No” for remote control 20WB3KAS

21 Setup Process Finished setup process 21WB3KAS

22 The Fine Tuning Process Should be viewing the “In-box” 22WB3KAS

23 The Fine Tuning Process Select “Options” from “Tools” 23WB3KAS

24 The Fine Tuning Process Select “VHF Packet Client “Setup” under “Modules” 24WB3KAS

25 The Fine Tuning Process The right side are your default Packet Settings Check the left side with what you entered earlier. 25WB3KAS

26 The Fine Tuning Process Go back and select “Connection” Options Check Modem Type, Comm Port and Baud Rate Select “FSK” and “None” for “Radio Connection” 26WB3KAS

27 Address Book Click on the “book” icon 27WB3KAS

28 Address Book Looks like any other address book 28WB3KAS

29 Address Book To add a new entry select “New” 29WB3KAS

30 Address Book...and just fill in the blanks 30WB3KAS

31 Address Book...and just fill in the blanks 31WB3KAS

32 Compose an Select the “blank page” 32WB3KAS

33 Compose an The Address book pops up for you to make a selection... Select a recipient or recipients and press “OK” 33WB3KAS

34 Compose an When finished composing the , you must put in the mail box for “delivery.” 34WB3KAS

35 Compose an When you click on the “Mail Box”, Airmail sends you to the “Outbox” Notice the “Mailbox” Icon in front of 35WB3KAS

36 Making an RMS Connection From “Modules” select “Packet Client” 36WB3KAS

37 Making an RMS Connection You might get the following screen 37WB3KAS

38 Making an RMS Connection You might get the following screen 38WB3KAS

39 Making an RMS Connection You might get the following screen This is Not Good! 39WB3KAS

40 Things to Look For Most likely it’s the comm port and/baud rate – 9600 from TNC to computer – 1200 from TNC to radio... That’s the Law!!! Other suspects – Bad cable or cable connector – Audio tones not set to FSK – For KPC3+, select KAM+ WB3KAS40

41 Making an RMS Connection You get the following screen 41WB3KAS

42 Making an RMS Connection Need find an RMS Packet station nearest you Source is – It’s a s—l—o—w load! Drag pointer over a green balloon to see call sign Double click on balloon shows freq & baud rate Copy that call sign into the “Connect to:” box 42WB3KAS

43 Making an RMS Connection If you want to use a different RMS Node, 43WB3KAS

44 KaNodes KaNode is a Kantronics term Allows RMS stations using Kantronics TNCs to act as a Winlink digipeater...sorta! Can’t connect direct? Use a KaNode for a hop “Connect to” looks like: – WB3KAS-10 via KH6ILR-10 (can be shortened to) – WB3KAS-10 v KH6ILR-10 (can be shortened to) – WB3KAS-10 KH6ILR-10 WB3KAS44

45 On a Good Day WB3KAS45 KH6ILR-10 WB3KAS-10 W3PGC-10 W3CB-10 W3LRC-10 N3CK-10 K7BC-10 W3AAC-10

46 Event Takes Place WB3KAS46 KH6ILR-10 WB3KAS-10 W3PGC-10 W3CB-10 W3LRC-10 N3CK-10 K7BC-10 W3AAC-10 No Internet Connection Internet Connection

47 Shelter Needs Help WB3KAS47 KH6ILR-10 WB3KAS-10 W3PGC-10 W3CB-10 W3LRC-10 N3CK-10 K7BC-10 W3AAC-10 No Internet Connection Internet Connection SHELTER

48 KaNodes to the Rescue WB3KAS48 KH6ILR-10 A Node, now WB3KAS-10 W3PGC-10 W3CB-10 W3LRC-10 N3CK-10 K7BC-10 W3AAC-10 No Internet Connection Internet Connection SHELTER

49 Telnet Connection Another option for an Internet connection Advantages – Broadband, dial-up, doesn’t matter – No radio or TNC required – Fast upload and download speeds – Good for training Disadvantages – Lose the feel for Packet Client (RF) robustness – Account “clock” not reset 49WB3KAS

50 Telnet Connection From “Modules” select “Internet Access” 50WB3KAS

51 Telnet Connection You should see the following screen, however 51WB3KAS

52 Telnet Connection You need to add the CMS sites This field must be populated with the CMS Sites 52WB3KAS

53 Telnet Connection Select “New” to add CMS Sites To add CMS Sites 53WB3KAS

54 Telnet Connection Connection Properties Remote Call sign Remote HostPortTimeout (sec) Local Call signPasswordProto call WL2KPPerth.winlink.org877230Your call signCMSTelnet (one word) Select B2 WL2KHHalifax.winlink.org877230Your call signCMSTelnet (one word) Select B2 WL2KSSandiego.winlink.org877230Your call signCMSTelnet (one word) Select B2 WL2KWWashington.winlink.org877230Your call signCMSTelnet (one word) Select B2 54WB3KAS

55 Telnet Connection Select Settings and the following will appear 55WB3KAS

56 Telnet Connection Now have a list of CMS Sites to choose from 56WB3KAS

57 Telnet Connection Click on the “green circle” to access Telnet 57WB3KAS

58 Telnet Connection...and the results should look like this 58WB3KAS

59 Attached Files Airmail capability to attach files to an Spread sheet, pictures, text files, *.doc, etc Files sizes limited by receiver settings Great attribute for EmComm considerations – Periodic Shelter reports – Requesting supplies and services – List of names, call signs rotating shifts – Countless uses WB3KAS59

60 Attached Files Setup First, set the size limits WB3KAS60

61 Attached Files Setup WB3KAS61

62 Attached Files First, compose an Airmail per normal Then, WB3KAS62

63 Attached Files Next, select the file of your choice WB3KAS63

64 Attached Files The screen should look like this before sending WB3KAS64

65 Attached Files The screen should look like this before sending WB3KAS65 Very important that you see this

66 Attached File Post it (look for the mail box in front of the in the Out Box Select Modules, then you choice for sending Select your RMS node (if Packet Client) Click the Green button You’re done WB3KAS66

67 The.ini File The.ini file format is a common format for configuration files. The name “.ini file“ stands for "initialization.” There are several in Airmail. For VHF Airmail, only need to be concerned with Airmail.ini Be very careful dealing with the ini files WB3KAS67

68 The Airmail.ini File WB3KAS68

69 The Airmail.ini File WB3KAS69

70 The Airmail.ini File WB3KAS70

71 Summary Lots of stuff covered Lot of attention to details for your benefit Keep messages short as possible Learn more using Telnet; RMS node not tied up Reset your account when using the RF side HF?...another topic for a another day WB3KAS71

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