Packet Radio, WINLINK, and APRS 

The Anchorage Amateur Radio Club supports an extensive network of packet radio nodes, a full service BBS, and an internet gateway server (JNOS). The system is open for use by any properly licensed amateur. The network supports 1200 bps operation in both AX.25 and TCP/IP protocols. The AARC operates packet nodes on 145.01, 145.05, 147.96, 440.05, and 3.605 Mhz. Contact Doug Dickinson, KL7IKX, at 346-1822 for further information.

APRS Client Club Station
Portable Packet Station #1
Portable Packet Station #2
Portable Packet Station #2
Portable Digipeater #1


Winlink VHF RMS
Portable APRS #1
Portable APRS #2
MTV APRS (Ambulance)
National Weather Service Packet Station (Sand Lake Road)
MTV Packet Station


Call Sign Frequency Location Current Status Info Alias Baud Rate
KL7AIR-2 145.01 JBER UP Digipeater to EAGLE Node EARS 1200
KL7AIR-2 147.96 JBER UP Digipeater to VALLEY Node EARS 1200
KL7AIR 223.66 JBER UP 1.25m Area Digipeater EARS 9600
KL7AIR 441.175 JBER UP 70m Area Digipeater 9600

The Eagle Node operates on 145.01 Mhz and the Valley Node is at 147.96 Mhz. 

These are Chat and Mailbox systems.  There are Digipeaters on JBER as well 
at 145.01 (connect via ears or connect to kl7air-2 and then connect to Eagle) and at 147.96 
(connect via ears or connect to KL7AIR-2 and then connect to Valley).

Easier still is to digi thru EARS to one of the nodes.  

Type "C VALLEY V EARS" (on 146.96) or "C EAGLE V EARS" (on 145.01) at the command pormpt of your TNC.

Once connected to either node type "Talk" to enter the chat function.

Packet Mail is no longer supported other than direct over the air.

Additonally there are other bands in use for packet-

A UHF 9600 Baud Digi is at 441.175 Mhz (on JBER) to use it 
type "C (destination) V KL7AIR".

Also there is now a 1.25m 9600 Baud Packet Digi in the area on 223.66 Mhz.  To use it use "C (desitination) V KL7AIR".

The plan is to use VHF-UHF for message traffic on FM Packet.  

Eventually additional critical locations

will be setup with 2m 1200 baud, 1.25m and 70cm at 9600 baud.


Alaska hosts several WINLINK systems.  Winlink 2000 (WL2K) is a worldwide system of volunteer resources supporting e-mail by radio, with non-commercial links to internet e-mail. The system provides valuable service to emergency communicators, and to licensed radio operators without access to the internet. For more information contact Ron Keech, KL7YK.

WINLINK Callsign Frequency Speed
 Anchorage VHF RMS
WL7CVG-10 144.90  1200
Anchorage VHF RMS
KL7AA-10 144.98  1200
Palmer VHF RMS KL7JFT-10 145.19  1200
Fairbanks VHF RMS KL7EDK-10 147.96  1200
Valdez VHF RMS AL4O-10 145.10  1200
Central VHF RMS KL2GS-10 147.96  1200

 In addition to these VHF RMS systems we have an HF RMS in Anchorage as well.  
This system scans predefined frequencies over 4 bands for incoming connections.  
This HF RMS is accessed daily by both intra Alaska stations and distant stations.  

Internal to the state we have Hams using the service as their only email route as they are off the grid.

Information can be found on the web at WINLINK.ORG.

Call Sign  Grid Locator Frequency Scanned Mode
BP51CE 7,075.900 KHz Pactor I, II
WL7CVG BP51CE 7.101.700  KHz Pactor I, II, III
BP51CE 3,589.000 KHz Pactor I, II, III
BP51CE 10,143.700 KHz Pactor I, II, III

In addition the KL7EDK HF RMS in Fairbanks supports Winmor and Pactor.  Winmor is the soundcard mode for Winlink.  KL7EDK has that available on both 40 and 80 meters.  See Winlink.Org for more info.  

Automated Position Reporting System


AARC also operates on APRS (Automated Position Reporting System) and supports
APRS as an
APRS Beacon KL7AA-2 operates on 144.390 MHz.

In the Anchorage area the I-Gate is KL7AIR-10 on Elmendorf AFB.

An I-Gate relays APRS position data to the various websites like APRS.FI or FINDU.COM.
You can also send short ACSII messages over APRS.
Almost every APRS Client digi-peats position data from others.