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What is an Internet Gateway?

An Internet Gateway connects amateurs radio systems to the Internet. A very popular use of an Internet gateway allows packet bulletin board systems to forward traffic to each other over the Internet instead of often slow and unreliable radio links. Other uses as described below allow amateurs in a mobile environment to exchange traffic with people all over the world. There is even a program that uses the Internet to link repeaters. Third party traffic regulations apply to all traffic passed over amateur radio links.

The HF WinLink/NetLink system is intended primarily for /MM (Maritime Mobile) and RV (Recreational Vehicle) users to handle personal and NTS Traffic and also traffic going to and coming from the internet. The VHF system handles bulletins and personal and NTS traffic. The only bulletins that are carried on the WinLink system are those that pertain to weather and amateur radio related items. Pactor I and II modes are used. Various stations throughout the United States and overseas are automatically called to send and receive traffic. The HF Link also serves as a store and/or forward facility for various types of messages.

Another related system is the Pactor Mail drop and/or Pactor to Packet gateway. It is a little less easy to use than the Winlink/Netlink system, but has been proven to be very efficient. This system is the forerunner to the Winlink/Netlink system. A few of these systems still use Amtor.

Another very user friendly system is the W2XO gateway that uses your browser to interface to a Packet BBS.

The Telnet protocol lets you access the Packet Network to read and send mail, and the packet network through nodes. This method of connecting is not easy to use for those unfamiliar with Packet BBS commands.