One common misnomer about the amateur radio email network Winlink is that Winlink is just for Windows. Here is how to set up an account on Linux:
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First, install Pat using the howto and the latest download. If you are on a Librem-5, Pinephone or other ARM64-cpu system none of those .deb files will work to install it. Instead, try my prebuilt executable here.
and enter your callsign in the quoted “mycall”: “YOURCALLHERE”, Ctrl+X and save the file. Then run:
Keep that terminal open and go to “localhost:8080” in your browser and select connect: Use the defaults and you should get a message shown in the browser coming from the Winlink software through Pat.
Second, make sure you note the password it generates in this message, and go to https://winlink.org and log in, set your personal info, email recovery, and change your password as they recommend in the welcome message above. In the Winlink system (localhost:8080 in the browser), click connect again and enter the password you set. You should see a second message about your password recovery.
Cool! Now you have a new Winlink account created through the internet. As an optional extra step, you can choose the option in the address bar to enable desktop notifications. (Although it doesn’t seem to auto connect and check so I’m not sure how useful this is?) There are steps you can do to even make it work over radio (Winlink often works through a local VHF packet repeater. Ask for details about your nearby Winlink setup at your local ham radio clubs and look up instructions for your particular radio. This guide shows an example using Mobilinkd and a FT-70d handheld.)
Testing Winlink is working
To test sending and receiving messages, select compose from the menu, then in the “to”, enter TEST@winlink.org as described in the howto. Connect using the first menu item, and the message should leave the “outbox” and be sent. Wait a sec and try the connect again, you should see a message to yourself in the inbox!