Winlink
via HB9XQ-3* using RPR on HF

Daylight ☀     Center Frequency 10147.500 kHz USB   DIAL 10146.000 kHz USB **
*til the end of 2013 callsign change to HB9AK
**perhaps frequency change as well
as informed by sysop HB9AUR, Martin

What hardware do I need?
The operation can be done with the SCS Tracker only !
Of course PTC-IIIusb and older PTCs that are equipped with a DSP-Modul can do it as well.

Which program can do the Winlink connection by RPR?
In this demonstration RMS Express is shown. It can be downloaded from the Winlink FTP area RMS Express. In the same folder find the ITS HF Propagation Program and install it first. It provides condition forecasts within the station selection area of RMS Express (very smart !)

Do I need a valid Winlink address?
Yes.


See the following example with a Kenwood TS-480, SCS-Tracker & RMS Express

Frequency selection has to be done manually or you may put a memory like in this example. The DIAL frequency is taken from the RMS Express table. USB of course.

Frequency Selection


Open RMS Express and select Robust PR WL2K. Press Open Session followed by Channel Selection and verify conditions forecasted. For Europe HB9XQ-3 is the only station.
If no stations are show press Update Table while connected to the internet and the complete list (incl. PACTOR frequencies) will be updated.

RMS Express


In order to have a positiv initialization you have to make the setup for TNC and Radio. As usual be careful with the Transmit Level. Check that max ALC level is not exceeded.

RMS Express   RMS Express


When setup and channel selection is done press Start on the Robust PR Winlink 2000 Session window. RMS Express will connect Winlink via HB9XQ-3 and look for your emails in the system.
The tracker meanwhile shows in the first place 2 green LEDs indicating the connect status followed by the alternating rhythm of red LEDs RDCD & RPTT marking the exchange of the packets.

Tracker Connect Status
Tracker Transmit Status
Tracker Receive Status
Tracker Connect Status


After successful exchange the program looks like this

RMS Express Session completed


The RPR email exchange works as well as Peer-to-Peer connection. It is then not a kind of chat room but again a possibility to ask for MY emails kept in the OUT BOX of the peer's station.
In that case the emails must have been compiled as PEER-to-PEER mail (see selection in the header of RMS Express ⇒ Message ⇒ New Message window) plus both peers must have the window Robust PR P2P open. Then you may start the peer-to-peer connection any time convenient.

So for once the Tracker is not reduced to work as stand alone position sending device or the KISS slave of an APRS program. It is fun to see the SCS Tracker working like the big PACTOR brothers. By the way: if the conditions are excellent you may see it jumping automatically to R600 speed. This will then turn RDCD and RPTT normally red (R300) LEDs to continue in green color.

Enjoy!