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Superstation RMS N5TW Dedicating Antennas to Hurricane Traffic

Until not needed, I am running with my 20M PACTOR/WINMOR frequency dedicated to one radio (so no waiting) with three 45 foot long boom monobanders phased on a 130 ft tower pointed at Florida instead of the usual dipole. In addition, have another smaller monobander in the stack pointed at the Caribbean for other affected areas.

Tom N5TW

Attention RMS Sysops with SCS Dragon Modems

There has been an ongoing issue with the SCS Dragon modem randomly becoming inoperable until rebooted. This is a repetitive issue, and has finally been identified by SCS.

From SCS:

"SCS has identified the source of the problem. The EEPROM cells that carry the log pointers are worn out after > 1 M write cycles. Depending on the traffic load of the modems, that can happen after several months of service. SCS is currently developing a system logging format that no longer needs these EEPROM pointers.

New firmware version 2.30.19 _beta provides a work around and should be used until we release the official 2.30.xx firmware.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AtLEi-HvlIdLhkt4Mzf3DgW6k-1e

If you don’t need system logging at all, you can switch it off permanently using the command (command mode, cmd: prompt): SYS LOG DISABLED 1 and then save that parameter permanently using the SAP command."

Steve Waterman, K4CJX
Winlink Development Team

Thank You, Bud Thompson, N0IA

The Winlink Development Team, including the Board members of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, wish to recognize Bud Thompson, N0IA for his many years of continuous outstanding service and dedication to the Winlink system. Bud is both a friend and retiring Winlink Radio Message Server (RMS) operator and instructor, who has faithfully supported the Winlink system since the Mid-80's. Bud is finally hanging up the 24 x 7 operation, and moving from his current location to a “more suitable place to meet our current needs.”

Bud started with ApLink (Amtor/Pactor Link) well before the Windows or “Winlink” system was born. Back then, Bud and several others relayed VHF Packet messages from one local network area to another, thus extending the range of Amateur radio’s data messaging between great distances. Bud was one of the first volunteers to agree to scan several Ham bands to become available as a forwarding station. His previous Los Vegas, NV location was prime for an intermediate step between major metropolitan areas as well as between the US and other countries.

When the Internet became integrated into Winlink (or was it the other way around?), Bud continued his service to both the maritime and emergency communications Amateur communities, linking ham-to-ham and third-party traffic to the Internet, greatly expanding the scope of the Winlink service. In 1997, after Bud retired and moved to Florida, he was instrumental in assisting with the Florida VHF Packet network, into which he rightfully integrated Winlink as well. Bud was a prime station for the Amateur radio Maritime community, and has provided much between families who used his Winlink station to email family and friends, along with supplying critical weather information for the safety and well-being of those on the high seas.

Bud did not stop with just being a radio system operator for the Winlink system. He was instrumental in assisting with many demonstrations, presentations, and installations of those who discovered the benefits of the Winlink system. For example, Bud established a Winlink training Yahoo group, “Loading WL2K Users Programs,’ where he continuously ran a course for familiarization of the various aspects of the Winlink system. He recently turned this over to Bill Kuechler, N9ACQ.

Bud and his wife, Sally, have a FSBO website to sell their Lakeside/Waterfront home in E. Central Florida. He indicates this is "Arguably the best Ham Radio site in E. Central Florida." You can check it out at http://1131abadyct.com . (On the TAB "RADIO TOWER" his antenna farm is described and there is a killer photo of it.)

Thank you Bud Thompson for all you have done to promote and build Winlink over the years.

Most Sincerely,
The Winlink Development Team

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