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Author Topic: Packet in DFW?  (Read 426 times)
K5YDD
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« on: November 08, 2017, 06:51:01 PM »

Anyone using packet in DFW?  I have tried to monitor the 2 meter frequencies and hear nothing but APRS?  Any one know if there is a common local 2 or 70 cm frequency used in North Texas?

Thanks-
K5YDD
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KG5AHC
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 12:14:25 PM »

I'm looking for the same thing here in NW Houston.  Great mode, nobody using it for chatting on VHF

I think that 145.010, 145.020  .030 etc up to 145.090  are your best bets for seeing automated packet data but I have not found anyone answering a CQ..  I think some of the ARES groups have periodic check-ins on their packet nodes.

If you want to find a reason to use 1200 baud packet, tryout the Winlink email client, it uses packet for VHF connection to local RMS Gateways. However, I see only four of them in the entire DFW area. 

https://winlink.org/

Good luck and 73's
Jeff KG5AHC

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ND5Y
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 03:42:54 PM »

When I lived in the DFW area there was packet on:

144.91
144.93
144.95
144.97
144.99
145.01
145.03
145.05
145.07
145.09

I don't know if any of the networks on those frequencies still exist.
That was before APRS and before most people had internet access.
Several of the old wide area digipeaters/network nodes that used to be on 145.01 are now APRS on 144.39.
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Tom
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 07:55:06 PM »

145.010 is the "call" frequency on 2M packet (1200).

To be honest, you will probably need to drum up some activity by talking to people and setting up skeds.  Putting up a node with a mail drop will be more productive than trying to call CQ if you have a hardware TNC

Winlink also works peer to peer, so if you don't want a full RMS node, you can start by passing email station to station.  The good thing about this is that the software is free, and you can use soundcard modems which are also free.

I am trying to do the same thing here in NE Penn.

Good luck

73
Jeremy N1ZZZ
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