Winlink is a worldwide radio email service that uses radio pathways where the internet is not present, and is capable of operating completely without the internet–automatically–using smart-network radio relays. Winlink provides its users email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed “Ham” volunteers.
LARC maintains a Winlink Gateway Station in Lubbock Texas that allows Winlink operators around the world to remotely send emails that would be otherwise impossible without local internet.
On occasion we receive emails like the one below, confirming our gateway stations viability and appreciation from Winlink operators.
Just wanted to send along a word of thanks for having a great WinLink station. I’m doing quite a bit of study of different stations around the western and central parts of the country for a project next summer where a team will be operating from a rural location in San Diego county without access to cell service or VHF WinLink stations. Anyway, I’m able to hit your station pretty well from out here near Sacramento. The detail page on QRZ says its an 1132.8 mi / 1823 km hop – pretty good for a guy (me) just operating from a Buddipole in horizontal configuration up about 25 ft or so in my backyard.
73, Ken K6KEC