The purpose of the Winlink Wednesday net is two-fold.
First, it is intended to practice using Winlink to send e-mails. Emails in general is pretty easy and common-place today, but not necessarily sending forms using the templates provided in Winlink Express. By continuing to practice using the templates when checking in to the net, the process will be fresh in mind in the case where the operator may in a deployment situation where communication through Winlink e-mail is required.
Second, the intent is to send the check-ins via RF. This can be through a VHF Gateway or HF gateway. At a future time we may try direct radio-to-radio check-ins (called peer-to-peer), but not now. By doing this, it will keep in mind how to configure your station as well as how the system is integrated. Again, this is to keep the skill-set sharp in the situation of a deployment.
Just a note, if you do not have the capabilities of sending Winlink e-mail via RF, you can still check in with a Telnet session. We will not turn away any check-ins regardless of how they come in but do remember the intent of Amateur Radio is thru RF and we are hoping you will make the leap to checking in via RF.