Winlink is a messaging system that uses amateur radio to communicate using email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay. In addition, these messages can be sent or received using common Internet protocols. This system can be used to send and receive data from areas that do not have commercial data systems. For example, this system moved a great number of messages to and from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc. uses their volunteers to design, build, and operate this system.
The WinLink website provides most of the information you need to get started. You can also download the WinLink Express software that you need to send and receive messages.
SCARS Winlink Presentation
Bob Roberts WA5EEZ and Jim James KG5BIM gave a great presentation on the Winlink system to the SCARS club on October 13th, 2018. Many thanks to them, and here’s a copy of that PowerPoint presentation.