• Packet Radio

    From Roen@432:1/100 to SetiOp on Sun Mar 14 11:25:00 2021
    Boy, I wish I had linked up fsxNet sooner, I missed a great conversation! I spent all evening last night reading this thread. All great, valid points.

    Packet is alive and well here in Maine, and we're linked into New Hampshire and Canada via Houlton, but you're right: it's a very niche market. It's primarily EMAs and hospitals linked with club ECTs and ARES groups. Most of the folks around me in Southern Maine that are tinkering with it here seem to be retired folks with the time to constantly tweak audio levels and mail forwarding rules. I'm one of a few exceptions, age-wise, at 41 years old. However, I'm in it for the emcomm as well.

    I brought up the idea of AREDN out here, but was told the elmers had already done the path studies and found we're too hilly. If we could get to the top of a couple commercial / emergency services towers on a couple of choice mountains, we may be able to set up an AREDN backbone, but then it gets political. I think things are shifting a little in our favor, but who knows when we'll see the results.

    I also found on Facebook that North Carolina has a massive network with guys chatting with each other over the nodes. I'm not sure what their core purpose is, but they are having fun with it. For an introvert like me, and an insomniac that "plays radio" at night when the family is asleep, digital text is a great tool. I wouldn't mind seeing it come back to what I'm told is packet's original glory.

    For giggles, I set up a security level for known hams on my board, and set up telnet links in the Doors menu to the nodes I'm a sysop for: WS1EC at the Cumberland County EMA, and W1YCA at the York County EMA; and their respective emergency communications teams (ham clubs). I'd love to have a radio link into my BBS, but sadly it'd just be me, and it def needs 9600 to be barely tolerable and still color ANSI.

    Anyway, fun chat - it's great to see others out there with similar interests!

    73 de KC1JMH
    Brad

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  • From Starstorm@432:1/100 to Roen on Sun Mar 14 17:52:47 2021
    On 14 Mar 2021, Roen said the following...
    Packet is alive and well here in Maine, and we're linked into New Hampshire and Canada via Houlton, but you're right: it's a very niche market. It's primarily EMAs and hospitals linked with club ECTs and ARES groups. Most of the folks around me in Southern Maine that are tinkering with it here seem to be retired folks with the time to constantly tweak audio levels and mail forwarding rules. I'm one of a few exceptions, age-wise, at 41 years old. However, I'm in it for the emcomm as well.

    There's not much around here, though I saw somewhere in the next county over from me (Clay county, I'm in Duval, Jacksonville to be specific) there is Winlink, but that's about the extent of it.

    For giggles, I set up a security level for known hams on my board, and
    set up telnet links in the Doors menu to the nodes I'm a sysop for:
    WS1EC at the Cumberland County EMA, and W1YCA at the York County EMA;
    and their respective emergency communications teams (ham clubs). I'd
    love to have a radio link into my BBS, but sadly it'd just be me, and it def needs 9600 to be barely tolerable and still color ANSI.

    That sounds cool, will have to check that out.

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/100 to Roen on Mon Mar 15 19:22:00 2021
    On 03-14-21 11:25, Roen wrote to SetiOp <=-

    Boy, I wish I had linked up fsxNet sooner, I missed a great
    conversation! I spent all evening last night reading this thread. All great, valid points.

    Sounds like it's all happening out your way. Other than APRS, there's not a lot of packet around here that I know of, but I would like to get something up, just for the hell of it. :)


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  • From Nkeck72@432:1/100 to Vk3jed on Thu Mar 18 07:47:16 2021
    In article <60531E2D.149.fsx_ham@finalzone.ddns.net>
    "Vk3jed" <vk3jed@21:1/109> writes:

    Other than APRS, there's not a
    lot of packet around here that I know of

    I'm sort of in the same situation, we have APRS and WinLink on VHF, but
    not much else in the way of packet.

    Having an RF BBS sounds like it would be awesome, though.
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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/100 to Nkeck72 on Fri Mar 19 17:01:00 2021
    On 03-18-21 07:47, Nkeck72 wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    In article <60531E2D.149.fsx_ham@finalzone.ddns.net>
    "Vk3jed" <vk3jed@21:1/109> writes:

    Other than APRS, there's not a
    lot of packet around here that I know of

    I'm sort of in the same situation, we have APRS and WinLink on VHF, but not much else in the way of packet.

    Having an RF BBS sounds like it would be awesome, though.

    Yeah, will consider my options. I may be setting up a system for a club, in which case, I could make it accessible via packet radio and ham mesh
    etworking.


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  • From SetiOp@432:1/100 to Roen on Fri Mar 19 21:29:22 2021
    Boy, I wish I had linked up fsxNet sooner, I missed a great
    conversation! I spent all evening last night reading this thread. All

    Always happy to continue the conversation where packet is involved! :)

    Packet is alive and well here in Maine, and we're linked into New

    Not much in my area of Canada, but across the lake in Ohio there appears to
    be some activity. I just ordered a couple of very nice but pricey TNC cables
    so I can start setting something up. I am hoping to link into Ohio since I am only 5 minutes from Lake Erie.

    For giggles, I set up a security level for known hams on my board, and
    set up telnet links in the Doors menu to the nodes I'm a sysop for:

    Thats pretty cool. I have a radio telescope in my back yard so I wrote a door to access statistics and get the status of it. At one point I had it so I
    could move the dish elevation remotely.

    I thought about maybe setting up a door as a ham gateway myself, even if it
    is just me that uses it. :)

    Nice to her from you!

    73
    Scott VE3CGN

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  • From mobbyg@432:1/100 to All on Mon Mar 22 04:23:31 2021
    Is AMPRNet still a thing? I thought I had seen somewhere that it was kind of going out.

    I did love playing with NOS on my Amiga 500 back in the day using my
    Kamtronics KPC-3 with some of my friends. We had one guy in the next county over helped us getit up and working and we did a lot of cool stuff with it. I had the software which I downloaded from Aminet, but n clue how to really use it.

    I wouldn't mind doing something with packet again. I have an MFJ TNC-2 just sitting here under my Zoom v.32bis and USR 56K modems just itching to get on the air.

    73.
    de Rich, KB2MOB

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  • From Roen@432:1/100 to SetiOp on Mon Mar 22 23:01:00 2021
    Re: Re: Packet Radio
    By: SetiOp to Roen on Fri Mar 19 2021 09:29 pm

    Hi Scott,

    A pleasure to chat with you and these other fine hams as well!

    so I can start setting something up. I am hoping to link into Ohio since I am only 5 minutes from Lake Erie.
    I'm certain they'd love to have a Canadian on their network. We used to get a thrill seeing DX contacts crawling our nodes from New Brunswick, and they loved
    seeing us make our way up.

    Sadly, the infrastructure between Southern Maine and them had been taken down, but others are starting to rebuild. Midcoast Maine is still going strong, we just need to reconnect to them, and then northward!

    Thats pretty cool. I have a radio telescope in my back yard so I wrote a door to access statistics and get the status of it. At one point I had it so
    A radio telescope? Cool! Most I've done with space is download SSTV from the ISS and images from NOAA, and the one contact via the ISS repeater.

    73 de KC1JMH
    Brad

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  • From tenser@432:1/100 to mobbyg on Mon May 3 04:50:56 2021
    On 22 Mar 2021 at 04:23a, mobbyg pondered and said...

    Is AMPRNet still a thing? I thought I had seen somewhere that it was
    kind of going out.

    AMPRNet is still very much a thing, but it's a massively
    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.

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  • From Nkeck72@432:1/100 to SetiOp on Mon May 3 06:38:04 2021
    SetiOp wrote:
    Hello everyone! I am curious if anyone has packet radio being used in their local area for something other than APRS? Packet has pretty much disappeared here in Ontario, Canada, although APRS is still active. I appreciate your time.

    Here in east Tennessee we have a few Winlink nodes as well as quite a
    few APRS digipeaters and even a couple weather stations. We don't have
    any AX.25 nodes but I plan to change that here in the near future. :P
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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/100 to tenser on Mon May 3 21:54:00 2021
    On 05-03-21 04:50, tenser wrote to mobbyg <=-

    AMPRNet is still very much a thing, but it's a massively
    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.

    I've already got 2 /24s. :)


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  • From SetiOp@432:1/100 to Nkeck72 on Wed May 5 20:01:09 2021
    Here in east Tennessee we have a few Winlink nodes as well as quite a
    few APRS digipeaters and even a couple weather stations. We don't have
    any AX.25 nodes but I plan to change that here in the near future. :P

    Thanks for the reply! I just picked up another TNC last week myself, hoping to put up one port on the Ohio network frequency and one on a local frequency to link the two. We'll have to see how that works out. Keep me in the loop on
    your progress getting AX.25 running! I am starting from scratch in this area
    as well. Best of luck!

    Scott

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  • From SetiOp@432:1/100 to Vk3jed on Wed May 5 20:04:22 2021
    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.

    I haven't had any luck reaching any coordinators here in Ontario. I used to have an allocation years ago but I lost it at some point. I'll have to try harder I guess. For now I am going to focus on getting the RF running here.

    Scott

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to SetiOp on Fri May 7 19:25:00 2021
    On 05-05-21 20:04, SetiOp wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.

    I haven't had any luck reaching any coordinators here in Ontario. I
    used to have an allocation years ago but I lost it at some point. I'll have to try harder I guess. For now I am going to focus on getting the
    RF running here.

    Bummer. If you can't raise your coordinator, it's work asking on the 44net mailing list.


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  • From SetiOp@432:1/100 to Vk3jed on Sat May 8 17:02:09 2021
    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.
    I haven't had any luck reaching any coordinators here in Ontario. I
    Bummer. If you can't raise your coordinator, it's work asking on the 44net mailing list.

    Yeah I admit I haven't tried that, I'll have to do that. I am sure there is some coordinator looking after the block who can help on the list. I'll try that.

    Thanks
    Scott

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/100 to SetiOp on Wed May 12 19:14:00 2021
    On 05-08-21 17:02, SetiOp wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    underutilized resource and more people should get allocations.
    I haven't had any luck reaching any coordinators here in Ontario. I
    Bummer. If you can't raise your coordinator, it's work asking on the 44net mailing list.

    Yeah I admit I haven't tried that, I'll have to do that. I am sure
    there is some coordinator looking after the block who can help on the list. I'll try that.

    If all else fails, the global coordinator should see your post.


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phigan on Fri Dec 17 19:35:00 2021
    On 06-13-21 22:30, Phigan wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Re: Re: Packet Radio
    By: Vk3jed to Nkeck72 on Fri Mar 19 2021 05:01 pm

    Do you or anyone know what software to use to connect a regular DOS BBS
    up on packet radio with a KISS TNC? or would you need a fancier TNC?

    It has been done, but I'm not up with the details.


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