Winlink p2p 80m NVIS
Today club members Tom EI5IEB and Frank EI8HIB concocted a successful test of being able to send and receive email over HF.
80m was chosen as it lends itself to NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) communication. The club noticed that every Sunday at 1200 local time the IRTS news is broadcast on 3.650Mhz from locations around the country. Call in's afterwards are received from both fixed and portable station country wide. From one of the club's primary portable setup locations the stations calling in are generally heard quite clearly, typically 47 to 59+. On some occasions QRM and QSB can be a factor impacting readability of the signal. If voice traffic on 80m can be sent and received there should be no reason that data could not do the same.
The next stages in testing will be to engage with more AREN members to further test capabilities between more stations, both in the field and from fixed locations. Members of AREN are already working on building a standalone Winlnk mail server for testing.
Copy of messaged received from Dave.