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Old 31-07-2017, 12:04   #1
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Airmail vs RMS Express

I've been trying to get my head further into my SSB system after a couple of years of beings dormant. I've recently reengaged with Airmail and have been successful with getting weather gribs and emails using my radio interfaced with a new PC.
I've also been successful in using the new to me RMS EXPRESS (formerly Winklink??) and have used this for weather gribs and email going through wifi on the PC, not the radio.
Q:Can I / how do I use RMS for non-wifi (ie by using the radio) for what are listed as individual programs: Packet, Pactor and Robust Packet Winlink, or are these redundant to what I'm already getting thru Airmail?
Are Airmail and RMS different, competing programs, or should I be learning how to use both, separately or together?

Appreciate any knowledge or direction, thanks!
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Re: Airmail vs RMS Express

Use Winlink if you do not have a Pactor modem (in this case you use the Winmor softmodem). Use either one if you have a Pactor modem.

Both support weather, link over IP (wifi or cellular), automatic dialing and best frequency selection. They differ a little in the user interface, supported radios and the inclusion of the softmodem in Winlink.
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Re: Airmail vs RMS Express

RMS Express (which used to be called Winlink Express) has one virtue. It supports WINMOR.

If you have a Pactor modem you'll be much happier with Airmail which works with Winlink, Sailmail, CruiseEmail, Shipcom, and others. It also directly supports weatherfax, Navtex, and has built-in support to display GRIBs (RMS Express needs an external display tool).

Both will work with Packet, Pactor, and Robust Packet. Airmail will work with all the shore services on Packet, Pactor, and Robust Packet. RMS Express will work only with Winlink on WINMOR and Pactor.

If you have a Pactor modem Airmail is the best choice for cruisers. If you don't have a Pactor modem, have a ham license and a good external soundcard for WINMOR then use RMS Express.
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