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Author Topic: Packet Radio Rant  (Read 18083 times)
WG8Z
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2013, 07:02:57 PM »

Come and join us Bill (KYR)
We are still here on 145.010 Smiley

wg8z-2 Blue Ash, OH (Home QTH) on the air 24/7
wg8z-4 Grant Co. KY (fishin/hammin shack) on the air 24/7
and a half a dozen others.
Real radios glow and menus are for restaurants

73 de Greg
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N9AOP
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2013, 08:29:50 PM »

You are right about Alpha being stuck in bygone days.  If you have a P3 or a Dragon modem, try Simple Gold.  You will like it.
Art
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AA4HA
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2013, 05:54:37 PM »

APRS is nice because it has Gates and digipeaters, it is packet that found a purpose. If it was just 1-1 QSO's it would be DOA, those devices like gateways and digipeaters make it viable with seamless integration.

Traditional packet is kludgy, audio interfaces to the radios, converter boxes to take TTY and convert it to EIA-232, 1985 vintage TNC's and dozens of different modes of operation. Then you need a laptop running something like Hyperterminal (or PuTTY now that Win7 no longer has Hyperterminal). The command interface to the TNC's is still old fashioned modem commands.

Radios with an integrated TNC, maybe even where you can put the radio display into a packet data mode. Bluetooth interfaces to allow someone to use a smartphone or tablet as a terminal interface (or a laptop). A killer app, even with template forms (for QSO's or EMCOMM, etc...) that can run on an Android device (phone, tablet, laptop).

Yes, better hardware integration, a killer app... can make "Packet-With-A-Purpose".
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