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XE2BNC, first gateway for Email and MPS in Mexico, xe2/n6kzb

Victor Pinilla, XE1VP, President of Mexico's FMRE, (ARRL), visited the Baja radio club in late 2010 to see a demonstration of a Winlink portable HF station.

The simple act of sending email to his smart phone via HF and to Mexico City, was enough to get his attention. Subsequent discussions and meetings led to a desire to provide a WinLink gateway with Mexico pride of ownership. XE1VP is also a professor and head of the University of Mexico Technology Department.

Mexico's Gateways, a 3 year program, xe2/n6kzb

Having been involved with WinLink since the days of PMBO's and the improvement from Pactor 2 to 3, I have always believed and supported the concept of HF email for emergencies.

Having one of the first agency provided early NEXUS gateways with a packet input, helped me to gain the experience needed. This system was at a training facility on batteries and had a "high speed" 9600 baud telephone modem for internet. Funding came from the county RACES program at a cost then of $3000.00.


I'm located in Greene County, VA in Ruckersville. That's about 15 miles north of Charlottesville. System is running on a dinosaur Dell Inspiron 820US laptop with an equally old GE MVS NPH20 VHF radio and a TNC-X. Antenna is a homemade J-pole up 30', soon to go up some more. Backup power by large UPS and also generator provides 24/7 operations. I'm currently running RMS Packet with RMS Relay for hold-and-forward when internet is down. I eventually plan on adding a WinMor HF system, but that's awaiting time to get it all together and tested.


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