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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.

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