Re: Saturday Nov 14th Drill

Fred Curtis, KI6GRO


Your information is incorrect.

The only thing that will be down during the drill is the website, not the Winlink system.  This was confirmed by
  1. The Winlink website home page.
  2. Mike Burton, XE2/N6KZB, Winlink development team.
Emails will be unaffected and you can send them anytime in the designated time zone window.

There is redundancy in the system with 2 CMS's and one back-up CMS which happens to be here in San Diego.

Fred Curtis

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, 01:13:53 PM PST, Bruce <wa6dnt@...> wrote:

Hi Bob
You have known that I am active on Winlink - so of course I will be participating in the drill.

I just sent a email to you - that the winlink system will be down for maintenance on 11-14 - for 12 hours - starting at 1200 PST!
For the National Red Cross drill -Traffic MUST be passed before 1200 PST Saturday! 
WHY is there not REDUNDANCY built into the system!? The CMS could go down during a disaster and there is NO backup??  We do not need single point failures to take down the entire winlink network!

I just wish we could of had our own local drill in addition, to learn to pass other forms like the 6409 and the shelter report form, and also to practice P2P and sending VARA thru the Palomar repeater. PLEASE we NEED this training!

On 11/12/2020 9:45 AM, Bob Birch wrote:

So far below are the members I received notification that they plan to participate in the drill this Saturday.


Chris Steinhart

Fred Curtis

Jeff Mikoleit

Steve Kurtzman

Joe Seraki


Attached you will find the instructions about the drill and how to complete the ARC-213 form. I know Fred KI6GRO sent these before, wanted to make sure everyone had a copy.


For the details about the team in the body of the message below is information you can include.


Team Name

Red Cross DST So. Cal Region


Number of Participants



Number of operators Winlink Capable (I don’t know how many are in Org, Riverside, or SB)



Remember you only need to send 1 ARC-213 to ARCPACIFIC between the hours of 6am to 6pm.

(NOTE: the winlink system will be down for maintenance for 12 hours on 11-14 starting at 1200 PST!!!)



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