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Using Winlink to retrieve Spots for S2S


#1

Bottom line up front:
Activators who are out of cell phone range can use a built in function Winlink (saildocs actually) to retrieve an all text version of the sotawatch page. This can come in handy for finding S2S opportunities.

Procedure (I used rms express, but you could generalize to whatever email program you’re using):

  • Open a new email
  • Put “INQUIRY” in the To: field
  • Put “REQUEST” in the Subject: field
  • put “http://sotawatch.org” in the body of the message
  • Post to outbox and transmit
  • Wait about 2 min and hit the CMS again and you’ll have an all text version of the latest spots and alerts from the sotawatch homepage.

You can actually use this function to retrieve any page that is under a certain size limit.


#2

Here’s what it looks like:

----- Message from query-reply@saildocs.com sent 2018/05/20 22:13 -----

Message ID: J59ZPOGKTXWN
Date: 2018/05/20 22:13
From: query-reply@saildocs.com
To: KB9ENS
Source: SMTP
Subject: http://sotawatch.org

URL: http://sotawatch.org
Date: 20 May 2018 22:13:20 -0000

(Converted from HTML)
SOTAwatch2

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Latest Spots >> more spots
Operator: Scott
Summit: Mt Davis, 978m, 10 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Sun 22:07
WA9STI on W3/PT-001
5.348 ssb

(Posted by WA9STI)
Operator: Scott
Summit: Mt Davis, 978m, 10 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Sun 22:06
WA9STI on W3/PT-001
5.348 ssb

(Posted by WA9STI)
Operator: Scott
Summit: Mt Davis, 978m, 10 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Sun 22:06
WA9STI on W3/PT-001
5.348 ssb

(Posted by WA9STI)
Operator: Scott
Summit: Mt Davis, 978m, 10 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Sun 22:06
WA9STI on W3/PT-001
5.348 ssb

(Posted by WA9STI)
Operator: Scott
Summit: Mt Davis, 978m, 10 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Sun 22:06
WA9STI on W3/PT-001
5.348 ssb

(Posted by WA9STI)
Operator: Troy
Summit: Diamond Peak, 744m, 1 point.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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Summit: Kanmuriyama, 1339m, 8 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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JA4RQO/4 on JA/HS-002
7-cw,10-cw

time +/- (Posted by JA4RQO)
Operator: Wolfgang
Summit: Hinteres Sonnwendjoch, 1986m, 8 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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OE/DL4MHA/P on OE/TI-470
14-cw,10-cw,7-cw

time +/-1 h (Posted by DL4MHA)
Operator: Daniel
Summit: Cieslar, 918m, 8 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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7.030-cw,10.119-cw,145-fm

(Posted by OM6AN)
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Summit: Klimczok, 1117m, 8 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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145.550-fm

(Posted by SP9SOL)
Operator: Christian
Summit: Vilan, 2376m, 8 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
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HB9GIN/P on HB/GR-107
145.500-fm

(null) (Posted by HB9GIN )
Operator: Peter
Summit: Steineck, 1418m, 6 points.’, DELAY, 250, CELLPAD, 5, 5, WRAP, TEXTSIZE, 1.5, BORDER, 2);" onmouseout=“nd()”>
Mon 09:00
OE5AUL/P on OE/OO-062
145-fm

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#3

Hey nice! Thanks for the heads up. Just tried it. Wanted to see if I could get the WWFF cluster spots also, but no joy there. Guess they’ve got too much going on on that web page. Also was able to go in via APRS and read the sotawatch page as well - using UIView and sending a message to WLNK-1. Actually, after sending via RMS Express via telnet connection, I got a notification on APRS running UIView that I had an email pending. Pretty slick. Now to try it out via HF Winlink and VHF APRS for the real test before I head out into the boonies… :wink:

Geez, if I could get my work site web page to display, I’d never need to come back into cell svc range and could stay out and about! :wink:

Thanks again for the info…

73, Todd KH2TJ


#4

Hmm… I also just learned that you can use APRS2SOTA to get the last 3 spots directly by sending “/spots” to “SOTA” if you’re a user of that service.