Winlink Express ARDOP E-Mail Over HF



I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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  1. blank bud says:

    I played with ARDOP for a short while a year ago, and did not do much with it.. So I’m not familiar with it.

    I have my 7300 running Winmore Winlink just fine. There was a problem with it early on.

    The RX/TX latency was outta the ball park! Few connects – even fewer complete session.

    Solution: Have MONITOR OFF on the 7300!

    I have no idea why that was a problem with MONITOR ON, and don’t know if it might affect ARDOP.

    If you learn something let me know.

    Meanwhile, I’ll get back in the Winlink game and check ARDOP out when I find some time.


    bud N0IA

    Lakewood, CO

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Bud,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you. I appreciate the input and information. I will hold onto it.

      So far I haven’t had a problem with latency, but I did read thread about it.

      Be safe and best 73!

  2. blank Ken K6KEC says:

    Thanks, Rich – Although I’ve been using ARDOP in WinLink Express for awhile, I learned something new watching your video (Drive Level adjustment within TNC Setup) and really appreciate it. Tweaking the ALC using the TNC Setup within ARDOP settings is certainly easier than bouncing back out to make the adjustment on the radio (mine is an IC-7300). Much appreciated. 73

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Ken,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for the comment here. That’s just what I was thinking and instead of messing up everything for my other digital modes, adjusting the drive level in Winlink worked.

      Thank you so much, be safe and best 73!

  3. blank Preston says:

    Greetings Rich,

    I always make time to view your videos. They are informative and helpful. I decided to give VARA HF a try and now on to Ardop. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    73, Preston – W3PLS

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi Preston,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. I am going to experiment with VARA a little bit more and maybe purchase it just to see how fast it really is.

      Thank you again, be safe and best 73!

  4. blank George says:

    I keep hearing about downloading a Silicon Labs driver for com7 and com8 ports. Is this necessary using ARDOP Winlink?

    • blank K0PIR says:

      Hi George, if you have the ICOM 7610 or the 7300 then yes you will need to download the ICOMUSB driver and install it preferably before you connect a cable to the radio. I’m assuming you have the 7610 and that will give you two virtual serial comports. There’s a video on it here:
      It’s easy to do and works great. Stay safe and best 73!

  5. Is it possible to use this mode keyboard to keyboard? I’m not interested in sending e-mail over HF. What is the throughput speed in terms of words per minute? I used to operate on AMTOR ARQ decades ago. AMTOR died out many years ago. Pactor is an expensive mode with the SCS units and very few people use Pactor. A sound card digital mode that has ARQ and isn’t too slow in data throughput would be great!

    Dave KY0L

  6. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Dave nice to hear from you and great question. It is possible for chat. See this support forum, I have just joined it so I’ll be adding more later. I hope all is well with you and yours, be safe, beat 73!

  7. blank Bill N7RI says:

    Hi Rich. Your recent article on Winlink with the IC7300 was great. The timing was perfect as I have been thinking of adding it to my shack. I set the Winlink with Ardop the same with the same settings I use with HRD. The problem I am having is when I try the test nothing happens with the rig. I even tried sending a test message but whatever channel I tried, even though there was nothing on the waterfall I get a channel busy message. Can you direct me to some resouces to figure this our please?

  8. blank K0PIR says:

    Hi Bill,
    Yes the busy indicator will come on easy when the band is not busy. There is a setting to turn it off and I covered it in the video. I can’t pinpoint it now because I have limited Internet access. #2 in the article.

    If you are not getting PTT with Winlink review the video. There is a place for rig control in the software. It should be similar to DM780.

    Stay safe, best 73 from Fort Pierre Grassland.

  9. blank Thomas Webb says:

    Rich, is it possible to make the ARDOP VNC larger, thus more easily read or is the size fixed?

    Tom, WA9AFM/5

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