[hfsig] Is there anyone out there?
stephane at rochebrune.org
Tue Oct 13 09:17:09 CDT 2009
HI Charles & all,
> As far as ALE is concerned Steve N2CKH handles the day to day Amateur
> version of PC-ALE whereas I work on the 'special projects' version of
> the program.
Yes, I remember there is some unconventional applications. It's good to
know you have succeed to get some 'return of investment' around this
> At the beginning of the year I had my first link protected ALE contact
> (not on the Amateur bands). My code does not support the time server commands
> instead it either uses a GPS or NET time for synchronisation. So it can now do
> AL0,AL1 and AL2.
Very good news, congratulations !
> As well as that I have been working on getting the Email interface to
> work properly. So far it can only report linkup and link down events and the reception
> of AMD messages. The interface is via a standard email tool like Outlook
> Express or Eudora.
I was involved in a similar project (1995-1999 not achieved, change of
internal priorities in a company I worked) where I insist to use
standard email client. I'm very pleased to see I am not the only one to
believe that standard tools are friendly for standard users.
> It is nice to be able to send and receive AMDs using an old PocketPC. I
> have a dedicated P.C running ALE with an Icom IC7200. The P.C has a WiFi dongle in it (it
> is remote to the house). I just send an email to xxx at ale.sta and it establishes the link sends
> the AMD and then clears if there is no further traffic.
> THE ALE software can act either as a server, i.e it looks like an email
> server and you can connect directly to it
> via Eudora (etc) or it can act like a client.
This is exactly the same way I proceed to design the system, with a
small web server embedded for parameters settings. All of this result in
a simple service or daemon hidden for the PC end user.
Some fine side effect : 1) The software was instantly portable in any
platform who supports Ada language (almost does) and have a std email &
web clients. 2) The "HF server" could stay in text mode, serving a wifi
or ethernet intranet.
The major difference was around the modem used : it was PTC-III, a
proprietary solution, good performances, but your work and design is far
more efficient & clever : you can control everything in a software only
> So I have been deep into the SMTP/POP3 protocols and the various
> authentication schemes they use.
At first glance not too difficult , full of trick in real world,
especially if you use SMPTS and POP3S...
> I will eventually release the 'special version' code to Steve so he can
> add the legal bits to PC-ALE.
Well... all this is really exciting.
About special versions...
What is the major techs. diffs. between the PC-ALE I knew and the
special MARS release (reserved to MARS operators) ?
Hope I may, one day, contact you on air, thanks to PC-ALE !
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