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[aprssig] More thoughts on (was) Connected Packet

clayj at nwlink.com clayj at nwlink.com
Tue Dec 28 18:54:09 UTC 2004


The other problem you're going to run into with conventional packet, and
for that matter ANY 'messaging' system that doesn't look like Outlook, is
that Joe or Susie Shelter Manager is NOT likely to be trained or inclined
TO BE trained on something as arcane as a packet BBS.

On the other hand, putting a packet network BEHIND something like WinLink
(and setting up your donated machines so that they could be plugged into a
LAN and act like a Mail Transfer Agent) IS something we could probably
'sell' to our various 'served agencies'.

Clay Jackson
N7QNM


> Now I remember why I abandoned conventional packet.
> of 100 systems and channels listed in our area, I just spent
> 30 minutes attempting the first 2 dozen and found only
> 1 DX cluster and one old BBS.
>
> But I cannot go CONNECT to every single one just to see
> if they are there.  That's why I invented APRS so that
> you could just monitor the channel for 10 minutes and
> APRS would show you wwhere all the existing nodes were
> and what they did..
>
> AH, just got a beacon from a node on 145.05, but it
> was not in APRS format so I am clueless to where it is...
>
> Wow, and last 10 messages were today, and relevant
> so I guess packet lives.  Lets just get people to support it.
> Bob
>
>>>> bruninga at usna.edu 12/28/04 11:26:28 AM >>>
> Anyone know about the SEDAN packet keyboard network
> that coverd 10 states in the Southeaset?  I just checked
> their pages and the latest newsletter was a year ago and
> the links to the network maps dont work...
>
> Since anyone with a soundcard now has PACKET with
> their HAM staiton, it is time to re-vitalize conventional packet
> and get those links working again...   Bob
>
>>>> jfkraus3 at cox.net 12/28/04 11:22:02 AM >>>
> It is amazing how great minds think alike.
>
> I have been working on setting up 10 donated Pentium 130 32mb boxes
> with
> dos based apps.  I have APRSDOS and Digi_Ned working but one of the
> things
> I want to get going is F6FBB DOS. I plan to have these available for
> rapid
> deployment with groups around the state once I get this done.
>
> I have often felt that the old BBS is the way to go for messaging in
> local
> disasters and shelter evacuations situations.  Once you eliminate the
> long
> range forwarding a BBS can work very well as a place to relay mail to
> and
> from EOC's and Shelters.  The star topology is very adaptable within a
>
> limited range.
>
> Now is there anyone on sig who would be willing to help me overcome
> the
>
> errors I am getting with F6FBBdos?
>
> Off SIG of course.
>
> At 10:17 AM 12/28/2004, you wrote:
>>Bob WB4APR said On 28/12/2004 over on the UI-View list...
>>
>> > Now that APRS is getting many new people involved in
>> > packet radio, it might be time to revitalize the normal
>> > packet BBS node system in support of local CONNECTED
>> > packet and computer linking as well.
>>
>>(I think his suggestion warrants being made here too.... )
>
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