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Author Topic: Another New to Digital Question  (Read 2015 times)
WB5MJT
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« on: October 12, 2008, 09:54:54 AM »

I got a SignalLink USB (after almost a 3 month wait!) back in June and have been having a great time on RTTY, BPSK31, Feld Hell and SSTV (not really digital).  Worked lots of great new DX.

My question involves getting on VHF Packet.  I live south of the Atlanta Metro area and can't seem to find a reference on what frequencies are active in this area.  Running an FT246 Pro with a GAP Challenger.  The 2M elements on the Challenger are near the bottom of the antenna which limits the range a bit but I can hit the Macon repeater and Atl airport repeaters (20+ miles) at full quieting.  Does anyone know where to find activity that I can get to on 2M (or 6M)?

Next question deals with getting the SignalLink on Packet.  Using HRD and DM780 on HF but does anyone have a recommendation on software for packet with the SignalLink?  Would like something relatively easy to setup and run.  I'm an SOA architect and don't want to have to deal with cranky and eccentric programs when I get home after dealing with them all day long.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Rick Price
KC4RP (ex WB5MJT)
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 10:25:38 PM »

I'm no expert, but nobody has picked this up.  Try EI9FEB site:

http://www.qsl.net/ei9feb/packet/whatwindowsprograms.htm

or:

http://tinyurl.com/3r5nkn

for soundcard-based packet software.  AWGPE is widely used, I don't know about the others.

And try:

http://www.kc2rlm.info/soundcardpacket/

for a discussion of how to set things up.

There's a good ARRL book by Steve Ford (WB8IMY) on VHF packet radio -- I'm reading it before taking the plunge.

      Charles
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 10:31:10 PM »

For Atlanta-area repeaters (some marked as "packet"):

http://www.nfarl.org/repeaters/Atlanta_Area_Repeaters.pdf

The repeater coordination is done by:

http://www.sera.org/cord.html

and those guys should be able to steer you right.

       Charles

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KI4DSO
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008, 06:57:22 PM »

I've had a hard time finding accurate information about packet in the Atlanta area, but you might try some of the nodes listed on this page on the Georgia ARES site:

http://www.gaares.org/packetradio.htm

I've been able to connect to the DX packet cluster from Norcross. I'm not sure about the status of the SEDAN network; its website seems to have been offline for a while now.

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