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Bob Dixon, W8ERD

How to Send E-mail to a Disaster Area via WINLINK There's a common misconception that one has to have complicated equipment, software and skills to leverage the ham radio-developed WINLINK system to reach into disaster areas. In fact, one of the major advantages of the system is that it can easily connect disaster area- located volunteers (who must use radio to make any connection) with anyone else in the state, nation or world. It provides an easy way for "back-home" supporters, family and friends to keep in touch with deployed volunteers. First you have to know the correct email Winlink address of the disaster-located ham: it is simply their callsign (e.g., K4AAA) @winlink.org thus K4AAA@winlink.org Second, because WINLINK was built to handle slow-speed radio connections, receiving a load of spam would be catastrophic for throughput over a slow modem protocol. To avoid this, WINLINK developers put in a "white list" -- a list for each WINLINK email user of who is allowed to send them email. While the WINLINK user can simply add you to their email-okay list, there's an even simpler way for support amateurs to bypass this, which will not be known by spammers -- just put //WL2K at the beginning of your subject line. For example, like this: //WL2K What is your current Status? With those two critical components of the Winlink email message format, anyone with normal email can make needed communications to a deployed volunteer who is participating in the WINLINK system. One caveat: WINLINK can't "force" email onto a volunteer who doesn't have their radio turned on, or isn't connecting into a Winlink server station, so it depends on periodic check-ins by the participant to check for, receive and send email by radio. Approximately 50,000 messages per month are transacted by this system, so it is in regular substantial usage. WINLINK email-users can also add entire domains to their "white list" (e.g., arrl.org, arrl.net, em.myflorida.com and state.fl.us ) -- which might be a useful thing to do for those who are going to be deployed and will be in contact with officials or managers. Click here for additional information: -- -- Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, North Florida Amateur Radio Club
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Bob

Bob Dixon, W8ERD

How to Send E-mail to a Disaster Area via WINLINK There's a common misconception that one has to have complicated equipment, software and skills to leverage the ham radio-developed WINLINK system to reach into disaster areas. In fact, one of the major advantages of the system is that it can easily connect disaster area-located volunteers (who must use radio to make any connection) with anyone else in the state, nation or world. It provides an easy way for "back-home" supporters, family and friends to keep in touch with deployed volunteers. First you have to know the correct email Winlink address of the disaster-located ham: it is simply their callsign (e.g., K4AAA) @winlink.org thus K4AAA@winlink.org Second, because WINLINK was built to handle slow- speed radio connections, receiving a load of spam would be catastrophic for throughput over a slow modem protocol. To avoid this, WINLINK developers put in a "white list" -- a list for each WINLINK email user of who is allowed to send them email. While the WINLINK user can simply add you to their email- okay list, there's an even simpler way for support amateurs to bypass this, which will not be known by spammers -- just put //WL2K at the beginning of your subject line. For example, like this: //WL2K What is your current Status? With those two critical components of the Winlink email message format, anyone with normal email can make needed communications to a deployed volunteer who is participating in the WINLINK system. One caveat: WINLINK can't "force" email onto a volunteer who doesn't have their radio turned on, or isn't connecting into a Winlink server station, so it depends on periodic check-ins by the participant to check for, receive and send email by radio. Approximately 50,000 messages per month are transacted by this system, so it is in regular substantial usage. WINLINK email-users can also add entire domains to their "white list" (e.g., arrl.org, arrl.net, em.myflorida.com and state.fl.us ) -- which might be a useful thing to do for those who are going to be deployed and will be in contact with officials or managers. Click here for additional information: -- -- Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, North Florida Amateur Radio Club