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1 Airmail - Not Just Winlink Anymore Scott Honaker, N7SS

2 Scott N7SS 2 Airmail and Winlink 2000 Designed for boaters and RVers Designed for boaters and RVers Familiar mail interface Familiar mail interface Connect anytime, anywhere Connect anytime, anywhere HF – SCS PACTOR TNCHF – SCS PACTOR TNC VHF/UHF – 1200/9600 baud TelpacVHF/UHF – 1200/9600 baud Telpac Internet – ISP Telnet connectionInternet – ISP Telnet connection

3 Scott N7SS 3 Winlink 2000 System Redundant Central Message Servers Redundant Central Message Servers Dozens of Participating Mail Boxes worldwide available via: Dozens of Participating Mail Boxes worldwide available via: Internet TelnetInternet Telnet HF PactorHF Pactor VHF/UHF packet through TelPac nodeVHF/UHF packet through TelPac node Hundreds of users and thousands of messages every day Hundreds of users and thousands of messages every day

4 Scott N7SS 4 Winlink 2000 System The Internet PMBO 1 PMBO 3 PMBO 2 CMBO MainCMBO Backup TelPac Node HF VHF/UHF

5 Scott N7SS 5 Client Connection to Winlink HF PMBO HF PMBO Pactor 1, Pactor 2 and Pactor 3Pactor 1, Pactor 2 and Pactor 3 VHF/UHF TelPac Node VHF/UHF TelPac Node 1200/9600 baud AX.25 packet1200/9600 baud AX.25 packet Internet Telnet Internet Telnet Any Internet connection will workAny Internet connection will work

6 Scott N7SS 6 Airmail User Interface

7 Scott N7SS 7 Airmail Modules

8 Scott N7SS 8 Cool Airmail Tip #1 You can use Winlink without a radio You can use Winlink without a radio Winlink lessons generally focus on setting up a packet system and getting connectedWinlink lessons generally focus on setting up a packet system and getting connected This adds unnecessary complexityThis adds unnecessary complexity Try Winlink via Telnet with any Internet connectionTry Winlink via Telnet with any Internet connection

9 Scott N7SS 9 Dowload/Install Airmail Download from Download from Install Airmail and answer questions Install Airmail and answer questions CallsignCallsign Lat/Lon locationLat/Lon location Pick any TNC/Radio connectionPick any TNC/Radio connection

10 Scott N7SS 10 Configure Airmail without Radio Tools-Options-Modules Tools-Options-Modules Make sure Internet Access is checkedMake sure Internet Access is checked

11 Scott N7SS 11 Configure Airmail continued Modules - Internet Access – Settings Modules - Internet Access – Settings Note: Most any PMBO callsign can be substituted for W7IJ used here

12 Scott N7SS 12 Check/Send Mail Compose a new message Compose a new message Modules – Internet Access Modules – Internet Access Click green button or Check All to send/receiveClick green button or Check All to send/receive Auto check can be used to get mail automaticallyAuto check can be used to get mail automatically

13 Scott N7SS 13 Welcome to Winlink.Org The first connection to a PMBO creates a Winlink.org account The first connection to a PMBO creates a Winlink.org account Any message sent via Telnet will be from your Any message sent via Telnet will be from your Now you can work on your RF packet solution with a working system Now you can work on your RF packet solution with a working system We wont cover packet info here We wont cover packet info here No more excuses to use Winlink! No more excuses to use Winlink!

14 Scott N7SS 14 Cool Airmail Tip #2 Read POP/SMTP mail with Airmail Read POP/SMTP mail with Airmail The basic rule of emergency communications is You do what you practice The basic rule of emergency communications is You do what you practice Use Airmail to read everyday ! Use Airmail to read everyday !

15 Scott N7SS 15 Configure Airmail POP/SMTP Tools-Options-Modules Tools-Options-Modules Make sure Mail (pop/smtp) Client is checkedMake sure Mail (pop/smtp) Client is checked

16 Scott N7SS 16 Configure POP/SMTP cont. Modules – Mail Client - Settings Modules – Mail Client - Settings Make sure both Check All boxes are checked These settings should be available in your existing mail client

17 Scott N7SS 17 Check/Send Mail Compose a new message Compose a new message Modules – Mail Client Modules – Mail Client Click Check All to send/receiveClick Check All to send/receive Auto check can be used to get mail automaticallyAuto check can be used to get mail automatically Status window can be used for troubleshooting problemsStatus window can be used for troubleshooting problems

18 Scott N7SS 18 Use Airmail Everyday Airmail can replace your existing mail client Airmail can replace your existing mail client Use it for a couple weeks Use it for a couple weeks It is NOT Just like Outlook It is NOT Just like Outlook Become familiar with the layout and basic operation Become familiar with the layout and basic operation When you need to use it, you wont fumble through it When you need to use it, you wont fumble through it

19 Scott N7SS 19 Cool Airmail Tip #3 Have a portable client! Have a portable client! Airmail and mailbox fit on a thumb drive Airmail and mailbox fit on a thumb drive Take your with you anywhere Take your with you anywhere Plug into any USB port Plug into any USB port Leave no footprint on host computer Leave no footprint on host computer Transfer mail to normal client at home Transfer mail to normal client at home

20 Scott N7SS 20 Portable Airmail Installation Install Airmail normally to folder on thumb drive Install Airmail normally to folder on thumb drive Copy VCL50.BPL from \Windows\System32 to thumb drive Copy VCL50.BPL from \Windows\System32 to thumb drive Enable Mail Client AND Mail Server Enable Mail Client AND Mail Server Configure POP/SMTP mail client as shown previously Configure POP/SMTP mail client as shown previously Configure POP/SMTP server Configure POP/SMTP server

21 Scott N7SS 21 Configure Airmail POP/SMTP Tools-Options-Modules Tools-Options-Modules Make sure Mail (pop/smtp) Client and Mail (pop/smtp) Server are checkedMake sure Mail (pop/smtp) Client and Mail (pop/smtp) Server are checked

22 Scott N7SS 22 POP/SMTP Mail Server Click Mail (pop/smtp) Server settings Click Mail (pop/smtp) Server settings Create user account and password Check Copy all INCOMING to local POP users Enable POP3 (port 110) and SMTP (port 25) connections

23 Scott N7SS 23 Flash Drive is Ready for Action Flash drive is now ready to install in any Internet connected machine and send/receive Flash drive is now ready to install in any Internet connected machine and send/receive All will be stored on the drive All will be stored on the drive When you return, you can configure your mail client to download messages from the flash drive When you return, you can configure your mail client to download messages from the flash drive Lets look at Outlook Express Lets look at Outlook Express

24 Scott N7SS 24 Configuring Outlook Express Go to Tools – Accounts… Go to Tools – Accounts… Click Add – Mail… Click Add – Mail… Enter a display nameEnter a display name Enter an address (doesnt matter)Enter an address (doesnt matter) type – POP3 type – POP3 Incoming mail server – Incoming mail server – Outgoing mail server – Outgoing mail server – Enter username and password from Airmail POP/SMTP server settingsEnter username and password from Airmail POP/SMTP server settings

25 Scott N7SS 25 Configuring Outlook Express

26 Scott N7SS 26 Pull into Outlook Express Open Airmail and Outlook Express Open Airmail and Outlook Express In Airmail: Modules – Mail Server In Airmail: Modules – Mail Server Leave Airmail open Leave Airmail open Press Send/Recv in Outlook Express Press Send/Recv in Outlook Express will begin to arrive will begin to arrive Messages can be seen in Airmail Mail Server windowMessages can be seen in Airmail Mail Server window

27 Scott N7SS 27 You Have Mail! Airmail will now be in Outlook Express (or other mail client) Airmail will now be in Outlook Express (or other mail client) Its also possible to send mail via Airmail to Winlink with this same mechanism Its also possible to send mail via Airmail to Winlink with this same mechanism

28 Scott N7SS 28 Youre ready for your next trip Keep your mail with you at all times Keep your mail with you at all times Cant get an Internet connection – use any machine to retrieve mail Cant get an Internet connection – use any machine to retrieve mail Use any machine to read mail Use any machine to read mail No more waiting for lousy web mail interfaces No more waiting for lousy web mail interfaces Get all your mail back into your home client Get all your mail back into your home client

29 Scott N7SS 29 Get Plugged In You can become a Winlink user without the pain of packet radio You can become a Winlink user without the pain of packet radio Airmail is the Swiss army knife of clients Airmail is the Swiss army knife of clients Use it regularly and become familiar with it Use it regularly and become familiar with it

30 Scott N7SS 30 Resources Airmail info and download Airmail info and download PMBOs and other info PMBOs and other info This presentation (click Education) This presentation (click Education) Yahoo user groups Yahoo user groups


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