[Coco] Going Forward with our hobby
exwn8jef at gmail.com
Wed Dec 31 15:07:26 EST 2008
Packet is not dead. It is certainly not as popular as it was though. On
HF radio 300 baud is the norm and on VHF frequencies 1200 baud is the
norm (this doesn't include "backbone" frequencies which typically
operate at 2400 or 9600 baud. I don't believe packet radio is
unreliable. What make it slow sometimes is what is called a "collision."
When two or more stations are operating simultaneously on the same
frequency packets can collide with one another and slow down the
transfer rate but these collisions can be compensated for up to a point
by adjusting various parameters in the TNC (terminal node controller)
firmware. My main reason for operating packet is to participate in the
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency System) to handle emergency message
traffic. Now days the prefered mode is called PACTOR. PACTOR 2 and 3
are the prefered modes especially for HF and Marine radio systems.
Thanks for your reply James and letting me know I am not blowing smoke!
As long as it is solder smoke I don't mind. :)
N8WQ - Canal Winchester, Ohio
jdaggett at gate.net wrote:
> On 31 Dec 2008 at 9:01, N8WQ wrote:
>> I have plans on using at least one of my CoCo's in a micro controller
>> project of some sort. Also I plan on using one of my CoCo's in various
>> ham radio applications such as RTTY, SSTV, packet radio, ect. My main
>> goal at this time is to have a working CoCo that I can go to at
>> anytime and do some programming on. Another idea I've had for some
>> time is to write my own operating system for the CoCo from the ground
>> up. It would definitely be a learning experience. Am I blowing out
>> smoke here guys? :)
>> Alan Jones
> My use for a Coco is a small compact unit that can be battery powered and
> used to controll a telescope.
> Isn't packet radio somewhat dead? Or is it still slow and unreliable?
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