Anyone who knows me, or has read much of my blog – recognizes I have a lingering interest in an old-school method of providing basic text-messaging.
In today’s world of instant Internet and SMS at our fingertips, it is still easy for me to remember when that was a fantasy. We felt rather state-of-the-art when we could boast of inter-continental email via satellite gateways in the late 1980s, way before most folks had even heard of the Internet. And all this was via RF, and amateur radio operators who had a vision and a passion for providing such a service well before the “When All Else Fails” phrase was coined…
Long ago, in what now seems like a primitive world – I was introduced to a ‘new way’ to do packet radio. Like other pre-Internet computer connections, packet radio was based upon point-to-point links, and we used a local Bulletin-Board System (BBS) to exchange messages. Sometimes we could connect a local BBS to other distant BBSs via mountaintop digipeaters. This was the ham radio version of the dial-up BBS network that was common in the 80s. In 1990 AMSAT launched 4 MicroSats that carried packet radio store-and-forward technology to even further extend this reach, and many of us enjoyed a global electronic messaging service before most folks had even heard of the Internet. This ‘new way‘ to use packet radio utilized tcp/ip – which became the standards in use today as The Internet.
Command Prompt from BBS
So, in 1990 – just after I had moved to Kingsport, TN – my ham radio guru Gary – K4VZZ, introduced me to Continue reading →
At our last meeting earlier this month, we were treated to an excellent talk about Hexagonal Beam antennas, or Hex Beams, by Rob Conklin N4WGY. Rob is a local ham, a mechanical engineer, and a home brewer. He introduced to … Continue reading →
At the end of the work day last Friday, I noticed DXmaps showed 6 meters QSOs from the southeast U.S. to Latin America. And so as soon as I finished work, I went to the club station to see for myself. I heard … Continue reading →
We are delighted to have Rob Conklin, N4WGY, come to talk with us at our next club meeting. He will share a short slide presentation about his experience in home brewing, mounting and using a K4KIO designed 6 band Hexagonal beam type … Continue reading →
During the Alabama QSO Party ops on Saturday June 7th, Stephen KK4IBB and I WA2JQZ also contacted several historical ships. We were aware that weekend was Museum Ships Weekend. And although the museum ships weren’t our first priority, they caught our interest. The Museum Ships Weekend is … Continue reading →
Frost Advisory issued October 22 at 8:55PM CDT until October 23 at 9:00AM CDT by NWS
...FROST ADVISORY FOR SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ALABAMA FROM 4 AM CDT UNTIL 9 AM CDT... ...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 9 AM CDT THURSDAY... * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...FROM 4 AM TO 9 AM CDT THURSDAY FOR SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND LIMESTONE...MADISON AND JACKSON