Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur band frequencies to provide interconnection services that include email with attachments, emergency and relief communications, and message relay. The entire system is built and administered by volunteers.

GMARES supports a Hybrid Gateway system which utilizes HF and VHF frequencies.  The system is also fully functional when the internet is not available.

For the HF side of the Winlink gateway K1EHZ in Bedford, NH operates on 7102.3 kHz from 0800 to 1900 Local, and then on 3595 kHz from 1900 to 0800 Local.

K1EHZ-10 is the VHF gateway.  It also has digipeaters named ELLIOT, NASHUA, and K1EHZ-12 in use to expand the Packet Winlink VHF coverage within southern NH. K1EHZ-12 is located on Quimby Mountain in Bow, NH. The gateway and digipeaters all operate on 145.710 MHz.

The gateway supports VARA 4 on HF, and VARA FM on VHF direct. VARA FM does not function through digipeaters.

K1EHZ-12 also functions as an additional VHF gateway. The gateway provides direct internet access via VARA FM and Packet Winlink.  It also operates on 145.710 MHz.

New England ARES Academy 2020 Presentation on Winlink Express (click the play button)

Training Modules

SoundModem & VARA FM set-up guides by K6OLI

NVIS for statewide communications

To register for Winlink please visit