[aprssig] Packet Node on 144.390 ?

wa7nwp wa7nwp at jnos.org
Wed Sep 13 09:51:23 CDT 2006

Everything Bob says is true and his note is worth reading again.. But.. 
  Catch the twist near the end.

Robert Bruninga wrote:
>> Well, I think the topic at hand was about VHF packet, 
>> so while ... HF pactor [might be] more efficient, 
>> I have to address one major issue I have with this.  
>> WinLink will never be an option for me, no matter 
>> how "superior", until it runs on a superior
>> operating system :>
> I think there is a big missunderstanding here about the original
> thread concerning putting up a packet BBS or putting up a node
> on the WinLINK system on VHF.  The end user can run ANY
> software, ANY TNC, ANY operating system.  
> I'm talking about the VHF TELPAC nodes that act just like an old
> fashioned BBS, yet are linked to the global WinLINK system.  (I
> may be using the wrong terms), but the idea is that the TELPAC
> nodes are just packet links into the system.  You don't have to
> run anything except a dumb terminal program and packet to access
> this system from just about anywhere.
> In fact, there is even an interface between the APRS system and
> the WinLINK system called APRSlink by Lee Inman so that you can
> use something as simple as your D7 or D700 APRS radio to send
> and receive email from the front panel!  No computer required.
> http://www.winlink.org/aprslink.htm
> For example, TELPAC nodes usually send a beacon on APRS so you
> can locate them wherever they are.  For example, here is a FINDU
> map of TELPAC nodes in the South West: 
> http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/telpac.cgi?lat=34&lon=-91
> For info on Telpac nodes see:
> Hope that helps.
> My original post said that persons considering a BBS on VHF
> should consider putting up a TELPAC node instead of just another
> limited BBS.  My mistake was using the term "winlink" when I
> should have said "TELPAC"...
> De Wb4APR, Bob 

Should anybody interested in APRS on the air run only APRSD or a full 
application like WinAPRS/Xastir/UI-VIew etc?   Telpac is the Igate of 
the Winlink2k world.

Telpac a good thing and we need more of them -- just as APRS Igates are 
a good thing and we need more of them.  Why stop there?  Just as many 
APRS stations on the air can and should be an Igate, any interested in 
real packet operations should look at "Community Packet Servers" which 
can easily function as a Telpac along with other services and 
activities.  In the WL2K world there's Paclink or even their PMBO 
system...  Airmail is an incredible program.  JNOS too.  Very rich in 
services and operation.  Things are getting more interesting.

Now what was this discussion about at the start anyway?

Bill - WA7NWP

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