WINLINK

MERT has been instructing members on using Winlink during events. The Winlink repeaters and frequencies are listed on the NETS tab. Any further information may be obtained from MERT, but there is very little published on the local websites on the on how it is to be used during events.

You should load Winlink express on your computer(s) as it is the quickest and most reliable way to contact the EOC during emergencies. If you have a radio and TNC to use via 2 meter or HF, no problem. As long as your internet connection is working, you can connect with Winlink Express. Just enter KG4NXO in the e-mail box.

But, consider this… MERT does not have an NCO for Winlink, it’s not set up that way. Here are the simplex frequencies used for VHF Winlink in the county:

WINLINK  
    
KG4NXO-10OCALA/MERTDowntown145.03
    
K4LSB-10Silver SpringsSE145.63
    
KI4UYM-10Silver SpringsSE145.63
    
KS4EOC-10Sumter CoSW145.01
    
K4PWE-10AlachuaN145.03
    
WM3B-10LevyW145.03
    
W2SRP-10DunnellonW145.03
    
W3HII-10WiersdaleSE145.63

During an emergency, if several operators are trying to send Winlink e-mail to the EOC(or anywhere else) with a VHF radio at the same time, can you say collision? It could get “ugly”. MERT has put a lot of faith into using Winlink and have it work smoothly. D-Star and D-Rats are still available, but operators can not send D-Rats messages directly into the MERT computer system unless they have the password.

Here is a PDF document that is available on the www.k4gso.com website with some further explanation from MERT: