Winlink Express Primer

  • Go to http://winlink.org
  • Click on “My Account” in the left side of the navigation bar
  • Follow the instructions on the left border under “How To Get an Account”
  • The “old” name for Winlink Express is “RMS Express” and you will still see this name in many places until all of the necessary changes have been made.
  • Send a message to K6CCR to let us know that you have created your account!
  • You are never alone with this system.  Help is always near!
  • For VHF Winlink configuration instruction, see this document.
  • For MacOS users, you’ll have to first configure your system to run software designed for Windows before installing Winlink Express. There are two options to consider:
    • SIMPLE/EASY Package – For Telnet Winlink (internet), Telnet Post Office (AREDN mesh network), and Winmor Winlink (radio via USB sound device) capabilities. This is the quickest and easiest to set up. It also uses the least disk space (< 600MB).
      • Benefits: No Microsoft Windows license is needed, runs in your native MacOS environment, easy setup, uses little disk space, and runs most Windows programs.
      • Setup: Follow along with this VIDEO, which details the entire process.
      • Downloads: The “Crossover” app ($40 after 14-day trial) and the RMS Express installation file.
      • For using Winlink over the radio, add a SignaLink USB sound adapter to your setup and refer to the VHF Winlink configuration instruction linked above. This website also contains useful information on working with the SignaLink.
    • ROBUST/ADVANCED Package– For all capabilities listed above, plus Packet Winlink (using radio via external or internal TNC) and all other Winlink session types. This involves adding an entire 2nd operating system to your Mac, so more disk space is used (approx. 5-10GB).
      • Benefits: You’re running a full version of Windows, so all other amateur radio related software designed for windows will work on your Mac (i.e. radio programming software). COM ports also work as they do in Windows, allowing you to connect to external or internal TNCs (i.e. Kenwood TH-D72A, TM-D710GA, serial port TNCs).
      • Decision: You’ll need to decide whether to run Windows with VMWare Fusion ($80) or BootCamp (already built-in to MacOS). Note that VMware fusion allows you to run Windows programs seamlessly inside your existing MacOS environment, where BootCamp sets up Windows as a separate partition. The latter requires a system restart in order to switch between Windows and MacOS.
      • Setup: Follow the guide for VMware Fusion here, or the guide for BootCamp here.  Refer to the Windows section at the top for Winlink Express setup and usage.
      • Downloads: VMware Fusion (if going this route), plus a Microsoft Windows 10 disc image and the RMS Express installation file.