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Author Topic: Linux, Pactor III, Winlink, and Airmail  (Read 2981 times)
W3RB
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« on: June 12, 2005, 09:08:02 PM »

Is there any Linux-based software that will work with Pactor (especially III, if possible), and be able to interface with the Winlink2000/Airmail network?

Thanks, and 73,
  --Rob (KI4FVG)
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2005, 08:21:05 AM »

Have you tried:

www.winlink.org

Dennis KG4RUL
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AC0H
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2005, 03:19:48 PM »

You can try http://radio.linux.org.au/ but I doubt you'll find anything.

PactorIII/Winlink are about as closed source as you can get. Even if you find software for Linux that will allow you transmit/recieve you've still got to buy the $800 modem from SCS.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2005, 05:51:39 AM »

WHY would the ARRL support a system that uses PROPRIETARY hardware?  Yes, I know the protocol is published but, if you can't build hardware, it is still a MONOPOLY on the market for SCS.

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AA4PB
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2005, 09:45:30 AM »

WHY would the ARRL support a system that uses PROPRIETARY hardware?
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Maybe because there is no comparable system (HF Packet is not comparable in my opinion) available that does not use proprietary hardware.
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N5PVL
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2005, 03:55:25 AM »


The story I keep hearing is that several members of the ad-hoc digital committee that cooked up the ARESCOM/Winlink scam in the first place have ( surprise! ) a financial interest in SCS corporation.

Can you say - "Conspiracy to commit fraud"?

It turns out that the committee was not tasked or authorized to come up with a bandplan in the first place. - but our hired and salaried ARRL executives decided that a little detail like that could be overlooked.

It's a shame that a fine organizationn like ARES has to be gutted in order to satisfy the greed of a few unscrupulous persons at ARRL HQ.

Charles Brabham,  N5PVL

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N8AUC
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005, 02:51:38 PM »

Indeed, the whole link between the ARRL and those promoting the heck out of buying Pactor III modems to run Winlink smells very fishy.
 
I wouldn't be surprised if the whole "regulation by bandwidth" thing was related to the above, since there is no way that Winlink can live within the bandwidth of an SSB signal and obtain the bitrates tht they claim. Not to mention the failure to "listen before you transmit" issue that winlink appears to suffer from.

It sure seems like a clear cut case of, "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours". Oh, and screw everybody else.
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PE1DHI
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2007, 11:50:11 PM »

Did you read this?:

http://nwp.ampr2.net/jnos/Airmail
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