Sysops

Attention Gateway Sysops!

There are an ever increasing number of Winlink gateways using outdated software. Being a minor version or two out of date would rarely be an issue, but some gateways are several important version releases behind. See the Tools|Gateway Version tab on the Winlink web site or directly at: https://cms.winlink.org:444/SysopVersions.aspx for a look at which stations are behind with updates.

It is critical that gateway sysops maintain use of current versions of gateway software to remain compatible with changes with core Winlink services and more importantly, to provide the best possible experience to users. See https://www.winlink.org/content/join_gateway_sysop_team_sysop_guidelines for specific gateway sysop guidelines.

Almost a year ago we made several major changes to the Winlink CMS infrastructure. All (known) software authors were notified months in advance of this change. Today, there are still a few that haven't updated software to use the current Winlink system. At some point, support for the way the older system operated will be removed and programs that haven't been updated will either fail to function or function with reduced capabilities. If your gateway software falls into this category please contact the author to let them know.

73, Lee K0QED
Winlink Development Team

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

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