Hamword – The Second Year

Hamword is a Winlink-based game that mimics the popular five-letter word guessing game Wordle. It was started to give hams a way to practice their Winlink skills while having fun thinking about an unknown five-letter word. Hamword has just completed its second year of operation, and its impressive stats are shown below. This game has gained an international audience, with hams from at least 22 countries playing along.

Play the Game

You can join the fun by sending a five-letter word to the Winlink tactical callsign HAMWORD. You do not have to send messages using your radio connection. Winlink messages can be transferred over the Internet using the Telnet interface. For more information about the game, Winlink, and the Hamword Leaderboard are available at https://hambooks.org/hamword/.

Recent Updates

If you have been playing Hamword recently, you will have noticed some updates to the game. Or, start playing to see these new features.

  • Game timing has been adjusted to
  • Statistics are available on the leaderboard pages at https://hambooks.org/hamword/menu.
  • Charts of player activities have been added.
  • Individual scores
  • Streaks
  • Incompletes

Emergency Communications Practice

If you are an ARES leader or run some Winlink drills, feel free to add playing a Hamword game to your skills tasks. Ask your members to send a Winlink message to HAMWORD and play the game. It’s also a great way to test your digital emergency communication equipment without additional assistance.

Second Year Statistics

For those of you keeping score, in the first year, we have:

So, keep playing to improve or practice your Winlink skills. Spread the word, compete with your friends, and demonstrate how we can send and receive emails via radio using HAMWORD.

Graphic Performance Data

Graphs like the one shown here show how your games have been played. You can also check your friend’s progress and get averages for each section, state, or country.

See you in the log!

Hamword Game Timing

Hamword uses the timestamp that comes with each incoming Winlink message. That timestamp is generated by Winlink Express (or another client) based on your computer’s time clock. Having your local time clock slightly ahead or behind the standard can cause unexpected results. So, if a message is received before the message timestamp, it is held until the next grading time to be processed in the correct position.

We have received messages with a timestamp as far as six months behind the server time. This means the user will play a game from that earlier time. To keep users playing in the current week, the server’s received time will be used to process the guess when a message timestamp is over a day off. Ensure your time clock is set to the standard time for best results.

Winlink Contact Statistics Now Available

Several graphs and charts are available at https://hambooks.org/winlink/ to help monitor the Winlink contact activities. This data is retrieved from the Winlink servers and assembled for these presentations. You can use this data to learn where Winlink is popular, what distances to use for your contacts, and how many contacts have been made daily. This data updates each day at 00:00z.

Commercial Radio Study Guide

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Ham Study Guide

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