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					Winlink 2000 - PacLink
 An introduction to eMail over
         Packet AX.25
    By Scott – KI5DR for the
Williamson County ARES group
        near Austin, TX
         Sept. 9, 2004
How does it all connect?
 PMBO – on the Internet around the Globe (K4CJX)
 Telpac Gateway using Telnet and SCS Modem
 (PACTOR) (N5TW, Georgetown)
 2m VHF AX.25 – KISS mode through 2m rig and
 TNC (KPC3+ or TNC2 clone, KPC9612+)
 Telnet through the Internet (port 12001)
 AGWPE – AGW Packet Engine freeware express
 PacLink AGW Interface Engine (TCP port 8000 to
 PacLink Postoffice – basic SMTP/POP3 eMail server
 Outlook Express either locally or across the LAN
 (Port 25-SMTP and Port 110-POP3)
       What you need
       to get started
VHF radio
Internet Connection
(Not needed but it
will help)
     Computer Setup
Windows 2000          Windows .Net
Service Pack 4 (MS)   Framework
IE 6.0                (Dotnetfx.exe)
Outlook Express 6     MDAC 2.6
                      (mdac_typ.exe) **
Windows Update (!)
 What programs to get
Go to and   You may also need Winzip,
download PacLink AGW        Adobe Acrobat, and antivirus
Go to   software.
and download the AGWPE
packet engine **
First steps - DotNet
When you
download the
file, unzip it to
a location such
as c:\AGWPE
so you can find
it later.
Once you’ve
downloaded it,
Create a
shortcut on
your desktop
for AGW
           Installing AGWPE

                               Double-Click your AGW
                               Packet Engine shortcut.

Click Agree, then you will
see the Radio Port selection
box. Click “New Port”.
This is the
default screen for
adding a new
Select your Com-
Port, then choose
the TNC type in
the drop-down
box. All of the
other commands
should default for
you without
Here, I chose
my KPC-
9612+. All
of the other
TNC Control
are defaulted
for me.
Verify your
Serial port
and baud rate
are correct.
                 Paclink AGW
When you
run the AGW
program, it
will unzip to
a temporary
folder. After
unzipping the
files, simply
The PDF files
have lots of
good info on
installing the
software too.
Click Next, then choose
Everyone, then choose NEXT
Click NEXT, then AGW will
install. When it’s completed, you
can click “CLOSE”.
                         PacLink Post Office Configuration

                                                    Enter your
                                                    callsign, and
                                                    choose a
                                                    password. You
                                                    can also select
                                                    to allow other
                                                    LAN clients
                                                    access to the
                                                    Post Office.
                                                    Click Update

Paclink install places two icons on
your desktop – the AGW and the
Post Office.
Outlook Express is configured for you automatically, just enter your
                    Paclink AGW

Now it’s time for
Paclink AGW.
AGW is the
interface between
the Post Office
and the AGWPE

Choose “File” then “Properties” to begin configuring the AGW.
This is the AGW Properties screen. The only change you should
make is to verify the “PATH” to the AGWPE (remember where you
unzipped the files to?) is correct.
Once the Properties are set, then choose “FILE, “Channels”. This is
the default screen. First, select Telnet (to configure a Telnet path for
When you have an Internet connection, PacLink will use it FIRST to send and receive
email. If the Internet is unavailable, it can use 2m Packet. The Telnet Properties
displayed here is DIRECTLY out of the documentation. Once the entries are made,
Next, I am adding a VHF Packet channel. I named it “N5TW”. The channel priority
simply tells AGW which one to try first. (Telnet was 1, Packet is 5). Enter the Remote
Callsign, and in the AGWPE port, select the Drop-Down box for the AGWPE port we
just configured. I left all other options as default.
Directly under
the Remote
callsign is a
Connect Script
Box. This is
what I used to
connect to
N5TW via a
Now that everything is
configured, it’s time to
test it.
Here, I’m testing the
initial Telnet connection
through my roadrunner
Next, I’m testing my VHF
connection to N5TW. Once you’ve
tested your connections, it’s time to
send your first email.
Your email address will be your Open
Outlook express (enter your
password) and send a test email to
anyone you wish. Once the email
goes out through the Telnet or VHF
packet path, your email will be
registered with Winlink. It may
take a few hours for this process to
complete. Once this is done, try
sending yourself an email to . The
AGW is configured to check for
incoming mail every 60 minutes,
but you can manually initiate a
connection for testing purposes.
Here’s my first successful sending of a
test message. Most of this information
is cryptic, and you won’t need to
know what it means, but you can see
here the line –
This tells the PMBO that I have one
message outgoing. Kinda cool, huh?
The bottom line is, get on the air and
try it out! Having lots of trained
Paclink operators will certainly help
out when the next disaster or
emergency happens.