HAMWORD

Hamword is a Winlink-based game that mimics the popular five-letter word guessing game, Wordle. The goal of this game is to give hams a way to practice their Winlink skills while having some fun guessing an unknown five-letter word.

The only thing you need to play the game is an amateur radio license and an operational Winlink account. You can learn more about setting up Winlink at http://ok.arrl.org/nts/ntsoksoftware/.

How to Play

Once you have Winlink up and running, simply send a five-letter word via Winlink to the tactical call sign HAMWORD. The subject line can be anything you wish, and the message body should contain just your guess. Your messages will be graded and returned via a Winlink message at 00, 15, 30, and 45 minutes past the hour.

Response Key

Since Winlink doesn’t allow text colors, you will receive a five-number “key” that will guide you in your next choice. The numbers 0, 1, and 2 are returned using the following definitions:

  • 0 means that the letter above the key is not seen in the word that you are guessing. (Similar to gray.)
  • 1 means that the letter above the key is used in the word that you are guessing, but it is in the wrong location. (Similar to yellow.)
  • 2 means that the letter above the key is used in the word you are guessing, and it is in the correct location. (Similar to green.)

Weekly Reset

In this game, the guessed word will reset weekly at 00:00Z on Monday (Sunday evening in the United States). So, make your guesses throughout the week and make sure you solve the puzzle before the word resets. You have six chances to solve the puzzle each week.


30-Day Leaderboard

CallsignNameARRL Section/CountryWinsEntries
AD0BY Ron D Morris Missouri 5 5
AG5DV Edwin F Hatch Oklahoma 5 5
K0WET Brad R Greenwood Colorado 5 5
KA2R Martin W Lifgren, Jr Eastern New York 5 5
KC3QIJ Robert H Rowe Eastern Pennsylvania 5 5
KF1D Bryan A Marcotte Western Massachusetts 5 5
KG7AV Raymond J Spreier Oregon 5 5
KH6L Terence S Dowling Pacific 5 5
KK7AZD Cynthia W Albro Oregon 5 5
KN4KWA CHARLES F WEBB North Carolina 5 5
N0ZJT ERIC A GRAMS Iowa 5 5
N3FWE Steven M Hancock Eastern Pennsylvania 5 5
N5AZQ MARK T CLAYTON Oklahoma 5 5
N8SQT ROBERT A RECNY Oregon 5 5
NH7IT Van R Malan Pacific 5 5
VA7TEV Thomas William Evdokimoff Canada 5 5
VE1CWJ John Langille Canada 5 5
VE6LK Vince d'Eon Canada 5 5
W7DXT Mark R Metzler Western Washington 5 5
W9MDT Mike D Tanksley Indiana 5 5
WA2DE Wayde C Niles New York City-Long Island 5 5
WA7JR JUDI A ROBINS Idaho 5 5
WB7FHC WARREN L CHURCHWARD Western Washington 5 5
WH6GFH Ryan M Cadirao Pacific 5 5
K6FNV TIMMOTHY W Garren South Carolina 4 4


Current Week Leaderboard / Activity

 CallsignNameARRL Section/CountryGuessesStatus
1. KT5LA Jay Wilson Santa Clara Valley 1 Win
2. AD0BY Ron D Morris Missouri 2 Win
3. WH6GFH Ryan M Cadirao Pacific 2 Win
4. PD5DJ Bjorn Pasteuning Netherlands 2 Win
5. WA2DE Wayde C Niles New York City-Long Island 2 Win
6. N8SQT ROBERT A RECNY Oregon 3 Win
7. AG5DV Edwin F Hatch Oklahoma 3 Win
8. W0PV JOHN E RECH West Central Florida 3 Win
9. KN4KWA CHARLES F WEBB North Carolina 3 Win
10. KG7AV Raymond J Spreier Oregon 3 Win
11. K6FNV TIMMOTHY W Garren South Carolina 3 Win
12. SV3QUP George G. Kokolakis Greece 3 Win
13. N0ZJT ERIC A GRAMS Iowa 3 Win
14. N3FWE Steven M Hancock Eastern Pennsylvania 3 Win
15. KA2R Martin W Lifgren, Jr Eastern New York 3 Win
16. W9MDT Mike D Tanksley Indiana 3 Win
17. K0WET Brad R Greenwood Colorado 3 Win
18. WZ7L Robert Allen Western Washington 3 Win
19. VE5KE Kolya E. Ramirez-Hughes Canada 3 Win
20. KD2SPJ Courtney D Smith Southern New Jersey 3 Win
21. K9EZ KENT A WINRICH North Carolina 3 Win
22. WB7FHC WARREN L CHURCHWARD Western Washington 4 Win
23. W7DXT Mark R Metzler Western Washington 4 Win
24. KC3QIJ Robert H Rowe Eastern Pennsylvania 4 Win
25. KK7AZD Cynthia W Albro Oregon 4 Win
26. N5AZQ MARK T CLAYTON Oklahoma 4 Win
27. KH6L Terence S Dowling Pacific 4 Win
28. W1NJC NICHOLAS J CANNATA Western Massachusetts 4 Win
29. VA7TEV Thomas William Evdokimoff Canada 4 Win
30. WA7JR JUDI A ROBINS Idaho 4 Win
31. KF1D Bryan A Marcotte Western Massachusetts 4 Win
32. NH7IT Van R Malan Pacific 4 Win
33. WH6EAO Odell Chinen Pacific 4 Win
34. KD7QOT PHILLIP L Tompkins, Jr Western Pennsylvania 4 Win
35. VE1CWJ John Langille Canada 4 Win
36. VE6LK Vince d'Eon Canada 5 Win
37. KB0ZOM BENJAMIN A SCHUDEL Nebraska 5 Win
38. WX5FTS Brian M Schoenefeld Oklahoma 1 Playing
39. DC1YY Reinhard Nibler Germany 1 Playing
40. KQ4AKB Tyler C Hunt Tennessee 1 Playing
41. N7JAK David B Jackson Western Washington 1 Playing
42. AB4CD Allen K Blair Alabama 2 Playing
43. K7QB ROBERT W PERRY Indiana 3 Playing
44. WM4J KEVIN T WILLIAMS North Carolina 4 Playing
136 Total Guesses


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