So far, my hit ratio for making a successful Winlink connection over HF is 1 out of 20. My antenna just sucks that much, and my radio keeps overheating and turning off the output, and QRM/QRN causes any ongoing connections to fail. And then there’s the difficulty of burning an RMS node by failing the connection, locking it up, and leaving it offline during the timeout before I can try reaching it again.
Radio is hard.
Unfortunately, I must rely on the nearby W3MRC RMS node on VHF to transfer mail via packet. I mean, it’s rock-solid, but it presumes that it’ll be online and powered if all of the Austin area loses power.
I’ll get better. Hopefully.