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This video is the After Action Report for ILMI 2017, EMCOMM training with Winlink. The scenario was designed to mimic a terror attack on grid power and communications infrastructure. Hosted by Vapepa in Finland, emergency volunteers and amateur radio operators were deployed in order to pass messages and critical information throughout the disaster zone. Many thanks to all the operators participating, and many thanks for the hands on experience.
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At HamVention: Mesh Presence

May 17, 2017 -- If you're going to HamVention this weekend, enmesh yourself in the Mesh Networks presence - on-the-air, forum, booth, and mini-classes. This technology takes advantage of the amateur microwave bands and the bandwidth that goes with them, for ultra high speed data and applications. Hams are now building radio-based high speed digital mesh networks low cost commercial hardware adapted for Amateur Radio use.

Microsoft Issues Security Patch for XP

May 16, 2017 -- It hasn't been prudent to use Microsoft Windows XP since support for patches ended on April 8, 2014. Software from the WDT is not supported when run on XP, even though most of it will run (some with problems). The impact of this week's ransomware virus has compelled Microsoft to release a security patch for this obsolete operating system. According to Bob, N6TV, "In light of all the damage caused by the WannaCry ransomware, including many out-of-service Windows XP systems that many of us may still use on at least once computer, Microsoft has issued Security Patch KB4012598. You can go to the Microsoft web site (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us) and enter "KB4012598" in the Search box at the top to find it, or you can use this direct link to the software catalog page. The patch is a simple program (.exe file) that you download, run once, and then reboot. To verify installation after reboot: Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs. Check the *Show updates* box at the top, wait a bit, then scroll down to *Windows XP - Software Updates* at the bottom. You should see Security Update for Windows XP (KB4012598) at the bottom of the list."

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San Diego CMS, Web, Maintenance and Upgrades

Thanks to Scott Miller and Tom Lafleur for the new hardware and infrastructure upgrades to the San Diego Server farm. Most disruptions to web, webmail, and web services should be over with. Thanks all for your patience.

--The Winlink Development Team

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