Managing Winlink via APRS

Amateur radio operators can use the APRSlink gateway to manage their Winlink accounts using an APRS equipped radio.

The APRSlink gateway allows APRS users to:

  • Read short email messages sent to their account
  • Send short email messages to any valid email address or Winlink 2000 user
  • Perform email related maintenance
  • Be notified of pending Winlink email via APRS message
  • Query APRSLink for information of the closest Winlink RMS packet station

Complete gateway documentation, including a command reference, is available on the APRSlink page.

This collection of videos demonstrates some APRSlink features using a Yeasu FTM-400DR transceiver.

Winlink, also known as the Winlink 2000 Network, is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay. The system is built and administered by volunteers and administered by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation Inc., an American charitable entity and 501c(3) non-profit organization. [ 1 ]

Winlink website:

About APRS

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data. [ 2 ]

APRS website:


[ 1 ] “Winlink”, Wikipedia, retrieved July 18 2017,

[ 2 ] “Automatic Packet Reporting System”, Wikipedia, retrieved July 18 2017,