There is a Winlink packet gateway for email in SE Boise at 145.010. The call is KL7BR-10. There is a digi at Gowan Field that may help you connect, WC7ID-3. Both stations are set to ID every 10 minutes.
Attached is a recent guide to the Winlink system and how to use it. For more information, see http://www.winlink.org
Hello, I've downloaded the config PDF. I haven't had a chance to read it thoroughly. I have worked a little bit with WinLink using "budget" TNCs like the TNC-X from Costal ChipWorks. I have used the signalink USB as well. I've used both pieces of hardware for "fun". What is the next level of "dependability"? I assume it is the Kantronics line of packet modems?
I've done most of my learning via YouTube for the other devices. There doesn't seem to be a lot out there on setting up and operating a Kantronics modem. Is it difficult to set up and run? For emcomm is it worth the upgrade to Kantronics?
Sound card modems:
I've used AGW, UZ7HO's SoundModem, and DireWolf with the SignaLink, RigBlaster and the Yaesu SCU-17 USB sound cards. SoundModem is more configurable and DireWolf is easier to set up and use. AGW is dated and the author has not been posting updates regularly. Both SM and DW have advanced DSP and are way better at decoding marginal packets than most of the commonly available hardware AX.25 TNCs.
That being said, for my Winlink gateway I chose a KPC-3 (non-plus) that I picked up on eBay for $60. I had to replace the battery, do a full reset, and check the jumper settings. When I started to use it with my gateway, it just worked after initializing and setting MYCALL to my station callsign. I then made some level adjustments on the internal pot to keep the transmitter's deviation between 3 and 3.5 KHz and that was it.
This was after trying the Tasco modem (built-in) in my Kenwood TH-D710 (system hangs every 24 hours), the TNC-X (lots of retries and long unexplained delays), and DireWolf/SignaLink (Windows updates reset sound card values to defaults & had to fiddle with Sound Control Panel every Patch Tuesday and at other times too).
So, yeah, I'd go for a KPC-3 or KPC-3+ for a dedicated AX.25 Packet Winlink station BUT you can do a lot more modes with a SignaLink and DireWolf/FLDIGI, just don't expect 24x7 operation if you do system updates in the background.
Also, use clamp-on ferrites on all cables at both ends and save a lot of potential headaches.
The Boise Winlink Gateway, KL7BR-10, has moved to 145.010 in order to serve a wider user audience including Twin Falls and Mountain Home. The Gowan digi, WC7ID-3 has moved there also. Tune in with a packet program such as Dire Wolf to see if you can hear activity. KL7BR-7 and WC7ID-3 beacon every 10 minutes. Watch this space for info on other digipeaters to be added soon.
Our club SWIARC did a WinLink presentation last month it went great. We were not able to connect to the Digi-peater though from nampa. Could not hear anything but with the change in frequency I will have to give it a try.