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Re: [ProgSoc] packet radio
On Sun, 27 Jun 1999, Victor Rajewski wrote:
] Does anyone know about packet radio?
] What can it do, what sort of equipment is needed, and where can I get
The sum total of what I know, and what I can suggest, about packet
radio . . .
It's slow. Very very slow. I mean, slower than you'd think it
would be. And then some.
But it's cheap. Trivially cheap, particularly when you consider
that the costs are once-off, rather than on-going. Plus you might
enjoy the warm-n-fuzzies of not paying a telecom. Or you might
You'll need to be licenced. Ths is trivially cheap too, AFAIK,
but non-trivial effort will be needed to attain said licence.
I believe that they have the 'class A' 44. network worldwide.
I think they use OSPF. Something about not being able to
see around hills. Or perhaps because the moon isn't really
a planet. I forget the details.
I can suggest that you check out the HAM-Howto for Linux.
From memory, written by the same guy that maintains the
Net-3-HOWTO, and who happens to be a Sydney HAM
type personage. You could try writing to him, worst case,
though I'd be in trouble for suggesting it. Tell him sbug put
you onto him.
On the other hand ... it comes down to what you want to do.
Spread-spectrum technology finally seems to be attracting
some interest, but is still hideously over-priced. Shame, really,
as it becomes quite feasible to set up a kind of APANA style
network, with better bandwidth, and lower TCO.
Btw .. they (packet radio dudes) tend not to appreciate 24 line
signoffs, particularly when they lack a -- prefix. Something
about wasting bandwidth . . .
] Victor Rajewski
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