2006. Winlink 2000 (WL2K) Introduction. An Introduction and brief history of the Ham Radio Winlink 2000 system. Presented by Rick Muething, KN6KB Winlink Development Team. 2006 NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE ORLANDO, FLORIDA APRIL 11, 2006. 2006. WL2K….What is it?.
Winlink 2000 (WL2K) Introduction
An Introduction and brief history of the Ham Radio Winlink 2000 system.
Rick Muething, KN6KB
Winlink Development Team
2006 NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE
APRIL 11, 2006
WL2K….What is it?
WL2K is a Volunteer designed, maintained and operated system for the delivery of Radio E-mail and services for a variety of applications:
Mobile user connectivity (Marine, RV, etc)
“On demand” information (Weather, Positions, Status, etc.)
Emergency Communications, “Last Mile” and Long distance.
Mercy Missions (Katrina, Rita, Tsunami, Health missions.)
Health and Welfare traffic (normal E-mail with attachments)
Over 4 million messages delivered via WL2K since 2000!
Late 1980’s:DOS based APLink developed by Vic Poor, W5SMM, used HF Amtor to provided VHF Packet connectivity to marine mobiles.
1995: Renamed “Winlink” (now called “Winlink Classic”) with a small group of Radio stations (MBOs) eventually linked via RF to Internet E-mail (NEXUS).
1999: Testing began on Winlink 2000, an expanded and improved implementation based on a Central Hub (CMBO) and Radio station gateways (PMBOs) linked via Internet.
2006: Continual development from a growing Winlink development Team, now consisting of 8 members, all with specific duties to match their skills.
WL2K Today… by the numbers
WL2K System Overview
CMS San Diego
Redundant Common Message Servers (Share the load but any ONE can run the ENTIRE system)
PMBOs and Radio Message Servers
81 HF, 287 Active VHF/UHF
D-Star data radio
WiFi, Telnet, Web
Existing Ham Radio Networks
~9500 Active WL2K
WL2K Example Users/Applications
Example of a few of the agencies that have
used and acknowledged WL2K for:
Failure of IntelSat 804
Forest Fires, Typhoons
Health Mercy Missions
Lost vessel location (continual)
Winlink 2000 (WL2K) More info and Follow up
System Details and Downloads:
Winlink 2000 web site: www.winlink.org
EmComm WL2K reflector:
On-line course for Using WL2K programs for EmComm:
Published Information about Winlink 2000:
System Questions and Volunteer info: