RMS Express (Winlink Express)

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As of the time of this Winlink release version, wine-mono has been updated in the official winehq repositories to work with it.

Application Details:

License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.6

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Everything I've tested so far:
 - TNC's work (ARDOP, VARA)
 - Telnet send/receive works.
 - Over-the-air connections have been reported to work.
 - CAT/PTT control to radios (over USB from laptop to radio) works.
 - Map

What does not

1. ARDOP & VARA often have trouble connecting to RMS Express (over local TCP) when they first start up.

2. VARA's CPU gauge doesn't display.


1.  Just restart RMS Express until they do connect (this is a bug in wine).

What was not tested

Nothing I can think of.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

Wine-mono works well for running RMS Express (dotnet46 should also work, but wine-mono is much easier to install).
These winetricks commands are also needed:

sudo winetricks --self-update
winetricks -q win7 sound=alsa # for RMS Express
winetricks -q vb6run pdh_nt4 win7 sound=alsa # for VARA HF/FM/Chat

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian 10 "Buster" i386Apr 08 20227.6Yes Yes YesSilverEric 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
50728 % CPU Utilization monitor/gauge/indicator not functioning in VARA.exe (ham radio software) UNCONFIRMED View
52131 wine-mono + RMS Express: HF Channel Selection Browser crashes UNCONFIRMED View
52521 RMS Express: Intermittent TCP connections between program components UNCONFIRMED View

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