Winlink Info

News from K5DDT :

Some of you may not understand the following message. Not to worry. This is from Fred Gray, WB5BNV in Meridian to me. He is posting notice of a schedule when his station will be monitoring the Ardop PtP Mode for transmitting and receiving messages over Winlink. As stated in the message below, he will forward your message to someone else if you let it be known that is your desire. Having said that, the person you want it delivered too will have to log into Fred’s  Station P2P to retrieve any messages waiting for them. This is great practice and I would encourage everyone to get familiar with this method of passing traffic in case of a severe interruption of communication services.

Why? Emergency traffic is one of the primary reasons many people get into Ham Radio. In a severe emergency the airwaves could be so busy on single sideband that you could not make contact with hardly anyone due to pileups. These digital methods are designed to operate in poor band and noisy band conditions. 

Thanks to everyone for your time and hopefully you will learn and use this capability with your equipment and never have to use it for a real emergency situation.

************ Message ID: DJAXTNGOGECX
Date: 2021/02/06 23:32
From: WB5BNV
To: K5DDT
Source: WB5BNV
Downloaded-from: Peer-to-peer:WB5BNV
P2P: True
Subject: P2P BBS

I WILL BE THE MANUAL P2P BBS UNTIL LARRY GETS TO FEELING BETTER
ANY MESSAGE FOR ANOTHER STATION, SEND TO ME WITH A NOTE
TO READDRESS IT AND I WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.
MY HOURS WILL BE 7AM TO 7PM.

Pro’s

ARDOP P2P is user friendly.
It has good message accounting which is necessary for emergency communications.
Using the RMS Log you can sort messages sent and received during
an event.
You can print any message.
You can send and receive messages “unattended”
Confidentiality is achieved for messages with sensitive content.(Good for Hospital use)

Con’s

ARDOP P2P will not automatically forward a message.
The work around is to manually forward
messages received at your station which are destined for another
station. This will be satisfactory if you have a good conscientious
DBBS operator.
A reasonably fast computer with plenty of RAM is desired
(but may not be absolutely necessary).
ARDOP Will not download to a MAC or Linux computer.(QUESTION MARK)
P2P is strictly Point to Point. It is not suitable for net operation.

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