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.

Hamword Handout

If you wish to share Hamword with friends and fellow Winlink users, there’s a PDF handout available at this link.


30-Day Leaderboard

CallsignNameARRL Section/CountryWinsEntries
AG5DV Edwin F Hatch Oklahoma 5 5
AI5IJ Ricky D Rhoton Oklahoma 5 5
K0WET Brad R Greenwood Colorado 5 5
KA2R Martin W Lifgren, Jr Eastern New York 5 5
KF5NQV Robert H Sieger Oklahoma 5 5
KG7AV Raymond J Spreier Oregon 5 5
KG7MYX Michael R Judy Western Washington 5 5
KK7AZD Cynthia W Albro Oregon 5 5
KN4KWA CHARLES F WEBB North Carolina 5 5
N3FWE Steven M Hancock Eastern Pennsylvania 5 5
N5AZQ MARK T CLAYTON Oklahoma 5 5
W7DXT Mark R Metzler Western Washington 5 5
WB7FHC WARREN L CHURCHWARD Western Washington 5 5
KB3CME Charles A Brandner, II Idaho 4 4
KC2FLY Robert H Rowe Eastern Pennsylvania 4 4
KH6L Terence S Dowling Pacific 4 4
KM4FKN Charles P Richards Maryland-DC 4 4
N0ZJT ERIC A GRAMS Iowa 4 4
N7JAK David B Jackson Western Washington 4 4
N8SQT ROBERT A RECNY Oregon 4 4
VA7TEV Thomas William Evdokimoff Canada 4 4
W9MDT Mike D Tanksley Indiana 4 4
WB0KHQ Tim L Moody Iowa 4 4
WW8L TIM J ANNABLE Colorado 4 4
AD0BY Ron D Morris Missouri 4 5


Current Week Leaderboard / Activity

 CallsignNameARRL Section/CountryGuessesStatus
1. AG5DV Edwin F Hatch Oklahoma 2 Win
2. KG7AV Raymond J Spreier Oregon 2 Win
3. W7DXT Mark R Metzler Western Washington 3 Win
4. N5AZQ MARK T CLAYTON Oklahoma 3 Win
5. KG7MYX Michael R Judy Western Washington 3 Win
6. W7WDM Ward D McMakin Western Washington 3 Win
7. W6AUN PERRY B LUNDQUIST Colorado 3 Win
8. KN4KWA CHARLES F WEBB North Carolina 3 Win
9. KA2R Martin W Lifgren, Jr Eastern New York 3 Win
10. AI5IJ Ricky D Rhoton Oklahoma 4 Win
11. WB7FHC WARREN L CHURCHWARD Western Washington 4 Win
12. K0WET Brad R Greenwood Colorado 4 Win
13. KK7AZD Cynthia W Albro Oregon 4 Win
14. KF5NQV Robert H Sieger Oklahoma 5 Win
15. N3FWE Steven M Hancock Eastern Pennsylvania 6 Win
16. KE2H Dmitriy Mayorov Eastern New York 1 Playing
17. K6FW FRANK C WESTPHAL Orange 1 Playing
18. WA7JR JUDI A ROBINS Idaho 1 Playing
19. K7QB ROBERT W PERRY Indiana 1 Playing
20. VE6LK Vince d'Eon Canada 1 Playing
21. WO9B MICHAEL J JOHNSON Wisconsin 1 Playing
22. AD0BY Ron D Morris Missouri 2 Playing
23. KT5LA Jay Wilson Santa Clara Valley 2 Playing
24. WZ7L Robert Allen Western Washington 2 Playing
25. KF1D Bryan A Marcotte Western Massachusetts 3 Playing
26. W1SAV Walter L Savinovich Santa Clara Valley 3 Playing
70 Total Guesses


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