Forgot Password? A great number of exciting new digital operating modes have developed, largely because of the availability of personal computers, soundcards, and advanced software. But amateur digital communication began in earnest in the late 's if you don't count Morse as a digital mode! There are too many different modes to list individually, but here are some of the major ones:. Secure Site Login Forgot Password?
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APRS: Automatic Packet Reporting System
Packet radio is a particular digital mode of Amateur Radio "Ham" Radio communications which corresponds to computer telecommunications. The telephone modem is replaced by a "magic" box called a terminal node controller TNC ; the telephone is replaced by an amateur radio transceiver, and the phone system is replaced by the "free" amateur radio waves. Packet radio takes any data stream sent from a computer and sends that via radio to another amateur radio station similarly equipped. Data packet technology was developed in the mid's and was put into practical application in the ARPANET which was established in Amateur packet radio began in Montreal, Canada in , the first transmission occurring on May 31st. A week later, six of the attendees gathered and discussed the feasibility of developing a TNC that would be available to amateurs at a modest cost.
PacketRadio , for pleasure and productivity! That was when I decided to write this tutorial. I had to give the ham who might be willing to give Packet Radio a try, a head start by taking them around the pitfalls that I had experienced when I set up my first Packet station.
View More…. In the commercial computer world, the X. Talented amateurs from Tuscon, AZ, packaged a very good subset of X. In short order, Amateur Radio operators were on the air, using AX. Nodes were created as relays, for traffic to be delivered to even further distances than their own radios could cover.