Winlink Presentation Feb 23, 2023

At our monthly meeting on Feb 23 we revisited Winlink. Jeff, KC9UNZ lead the presentation with help from Tom, W9TDP sending winlink messages from Florida. Please see below for a recording of the presentation, and link to the slide deck and a note about the winlink error we ran into.

From time to time when starting an RF session on winlink, if you get the computer port incorrect (in the case of tonight’s presentation it was a packet Winlink session) the program will hang if it is the incorrect port. Sometimes the session will time out and let you go back to settings and correct your port, but, sometimes it just freezes forever and makes you look stupid during a presentation! I am including a link to a post that shows you how to clear the lock and try again (this time with a different port).

Winlink Presentation Slide Deck

Video of Winlink Presentation

Fixing the Port Freeze

Here is where you can find information about fixing the frozen port:

2023 Monthly Meeting Schedule

We have a tentative schedule of monthly meeting subjects for 2023. Thanks so much for the ideas that came out of the January meeting. For some we have presenters and others we are looking for expertise to either lead the presentation or add expertise. Let us know at if you have some expertise to contribute or ideas for the open evenings. Our meetings usually start at 7:00 PM at Space Place, 2300 Park Street, Madison and we usually offer a hybrid option for unable to come. The Zoom connection information in unique for each meeting and will be emailed to Dane/Iowa county ARES/RACES members about a week before the meeting. If you need the zoom information and do not receive the email please send a request with your Call Sign to

  • Feb 23: Winlink – Jeff
  • Mar 30: Understanding Weather Radar and how it’s used in Skywarn – Chad
  • Apr 27: J-pole Show and tell and Build project
  • May 25: Tabletop Exercise
  • Jun 29: Cross-Banding how and why – Luke
  • Jul 27: Dane County EOC Visit (if it is ready)
  • Aug 31: Station setup for public service and emergency (outside show and tell)
  • Sep 28: Visit a Hospital (the new UW Radio room should be ready?)
  • Oct 26: TBD
  • Nov 30: TBD
  • Dec 28: TBD

Save the Date: SIMCOM 2023

SIMCOM 2023 – May 3-5

The SIMCOM Planning team is working on SIMCOM 2023 activities. Please plan on joining us for a 2 days of field training, in the Wisconsin Emergency Management East Central and West Central regions (exact locations TBD), focusing on communications. Watch for signup in early March 2023.

55th Annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security, February 27 – March 1, at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

The future will bring new challenges to everyone who serves their community. In 2023, the Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to evolve by providing multiple tracks to explore how different aspects of our field intersect. Coming together at the 2023 Conference is only the beginning of putting us on track for the future together.

Find additional information on the conference website and watch for registration to open soon.

Whether you serve through communications, health, the private sector, emergency response or homeland security, the 2023 WEM Conference is set to inspire and motivate you as we all head towards the future. We look forward to seeing you in February!

NOAA Weather Reports over email (WinLink)

I discovered recently that there is a set of commands that you can place in email to request a weather forecast for your area. It is a set of FTP instructions that the NOAA server will interpret from your email text and then send you the requested file which in this case would be a weather forecast.

In the TO field enter:

The subject is not important and you can enter anything

For the Body of the email you enter a series of commands. For Dane County Weather this will get the Dane County forecast by return email. Remove everything else from the body. Don’t enter the lines

cd data
cd forecasts
cd zone
cd wi
get wiz063.txt

Hit send and in a few moments you will receive the forecast.

There are forecasts from all over the country. To see values for your area (see the “063” above) go to and scroll to your state. You will find numeric values for each county.

To get the full file name that would go after the “get” Command go here:
Then click on forecasts, click on zone, click on your state, and scroll down until you find the file name with your County Number. In our case we are looking for 063 and scrolling toward the bottom you will find the file named wiz063.txt. That is what goes after the “get” command.

Have fun. This little trick could be useful while using WinLink.