Hamword is a Winlink-based game mimicking 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 fun guessing an unknown five-letter word.

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

How to Play

Once you have Winlink up and running, send a five-letter word via Winlink to the tactical call sign HAMWORD. The subject line can be anything you wish; the message body should contain 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” to guide you in your next choice. The numbers 0, 1, and 2 are returned using the following definitions:
0 means the letter above the key is not seen in the word you are guessing. (Similar to gray in Wordle.)
1 means that the letter above the key is used in the word you are guessing but is in the wrong location. (Similar to yellow in Wordle.)
2 means that the letter above the key is used in the word you are guessing and is in the correct location. (Similar to green in Wordle.)


Weekly Reset

In this game, the guessed word will reset weekly at 00:00Z on Monday (Sunday evening in the United States). At 00:02z, we send Winlink messages to remind you the new week has started! 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.

Current Week Leaderboard / Activity

This is the current week’s leaderboard. Clicking on their callsign will provide some statistics of their gameplay.

 CallsignNameARRL Section/CountryGuessesStatus
1. AG5DV Edwin F Hatch Oklahoma 2 Win
2. N7FG David B Jackson Western Washington 2 Win
3. N5AZQ MARK T CLAYTON Oklahoma 2 Win
4. NJ3H George A Stein Oregon 2 Win
5. N2MHO Michael Harla Southern New Jersey 2 Win
6. KN4KWA CHARLES F WEBB North Carolina 2 Win
7. KN4LQN David M Elkins Virginia 2 Win
8. W1LMS Tony C Williams Santa Clara Valley 2 Win
9. WB0KHQ Tim L Moody Iowa 2 Win
10. AG7BI Mauro Leibelt Western Washington 2 Win
11. KQ7MLT Michael L Trigoboff Oregon 2 Win
12. J72DMR Denise M. Edwards Dominica 2 Win
13. W6AUN PERRY B LUNDQUIST Colorado 2 Win
14. KC6ARO WILLIAM A MOYES West Texas 3 Win
15. NK2A Lois L Strong Western New York 3 Win
16. N3FWE Steven M Hancock Eastern Pennsylvania 3 Win
17. K0WET Brad R Greenwood Colorado 3 Win
18. KD2NQV James P Stucko Western New York 3 Win
19. KG6IMB John E Breiding Orange 3 Win
20. M7TLB Dave Lee England 3 Win
21. KR1ZAN FRANK J KRIZAN North Texas 3 Win
22. W9MDT Mike D Tanksley Indiana 3 Win
23. WZ7L Robert Allen Western Washington 3 Win
24. KA2R Martin W Lifgren, Jr Eastern New York 3 Win
25. AD2Z Seward D Heckman, JR Western New York 3 Win
26. KC2FLY Robert H Rowe Eastern Pennsylvania 3 Win
27. VE1CWJ John Langille Canada 3 Win
28. KM4FKN Charles P Richards Maryland-DC 3 Win
29. KN4FZB Beth Gonzalez North Carolina 3 Win
31. K3DAG DANIEL A GLAVIN Delaware 3 Win
32. J73MO Maureen Horrick Dominica 3 Win
33. AD0BY Ron D Morris Missouri 3 Win
34. K0FYR Michael D Parsons Colorado 3 Win
35. AI5IJ Ricky D Rhoton Oklahoma 4 Win
36. W7DXT Mark R Metzler Western Washington 4 Win
37. WB7FHC WARREN L CHURCHWARD Western Washington 4 Win
38. KN6ZZC Joseph D Fassler San Francisco 4 Win
39. KF5NQV Robert H Sieger Oklahoma 4 Win
40. KG7WFQ John D Sullivan Western Washington 4 Win
41. VA7TEV Thomas William Evdokimoff Canada 4 Win
42. VA7CXN 4 Win
43. K6FW FRANK C WESTPHAL Orange 4 Win
44. N1DEC FRED H VAN PALA Connecticut 4 Win
45. NS2B Robert L Smith Western New York 4 Win
46. VE6LK Vince d'Eon Canada 4 Win
47. KG7AV Raymond J Spreier Oregon 4 Win
48. OE3CQB Christian Böhm Austria 4 Win
49. KX4AC Carl H Jones Southern Florida 4 Win
50. KD8WCK Richard A DeMattia Ohio 4 Win
51. N0ZJT ERIC A GRAMS Iowa 4 Win
52. KE6BEE HOWDY GOUDEY East Bay 4 Win
53. KF1D Bryan A Marcotte Western Massachusetts 4 Win
54. K9JAJ Jeffrey A Jones Indiana 4 Win
55. K7QB ROBERT W PERRY Indiana 4 Win
56. W4EVV Philip C Lewis Northern Florida 4 Win
57. KB2RTI ROBERT L BRUNNER, JR Northern New Jersey 4 Win
58. WW8L TIM J ANNABLE Colorado 4 Win
59. KD0GJK Michael A Kavan Nebraska 4 Win
60. KG7MYX Michael R Judy Western Washington 5 Win
61. KK7AZD Cynthia W Albro Oregon 5 Win
62. G1BVI Nick Moldon England 5 Win
63. KH6L Terence S Dowling Pacific 5 Win
64. VA3PC M.P. Caccamo Canada 5 Win
65. K6FNV TIMMOTHY W Garren South Carolina 5 Win
66. WB9YIG DAVID M JULIAN Indiana 5 Win
67. KE7U BRADLEY J SMITH Virginia 5 Win
68. W2HLM JASON ENEVOLDSEN Western Washington 5 Win
69. KT5LA Jay Wilson Santa Clara Valley 5 Win
70. KI7ZQR Erik E Nilson Minnesota 6 Win
71. WJ9H THOMAS C WEEDEN Wisconsin 1 Playing
72. KE5GRY Lester G Wheeler Oklahoma 1 Playing
73. W7EAZ MARK L HOLT Oregon 1 Playing
74. OK8CQB Christian Böhm Czech Republic 1 Playing
75. N5HZR Mark P Kleine Oklahoma 2 Playing
76. AJ6XP Timothy M Marshall San Diego 4 Playing

255 Total Guesses

Links to Leaderboard Reports

Current Gameplay

All-Time Leaderboards

Playing Streaks

30-Day Leaderboards


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. To keep users playing in the current week, the server’s received time is used to process the guess when a message timestamp is over a day off. Ensure your time clock is set to an accurate time standard for best results.

Hamword Handout

Here’s a PDF handout to share Hamword with friends and fellow Winlink users.

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