[linux-ham] ham to web (Tim), Winlink based ?

Tim web1 at autonomechs.com
Wed Oct 13 14:34:07 EDT 2004


I'm not going to worry about operating system exclusivity :)  Windoze 
is fine.  Mac is fine. BeOS might be a stretch.  I'm doing everything I 
can to make systems that have no operating system requirement for the 
end user.  I don't mind making the central server mac/windows/linux, as 
long as the clients can be happy and free.

Anybody do anything with APRS and position tracking?  I'm trying to get 
some real experienced people to tell me the low down on the good and 
the bad.  For example, what is the cheapest way to put a tracking asset 
onto a person and get location back, and what is the server side 

I build small circuits that transmit information on vitals, chemicals 
detected, etc, and can transmit over a serial link or 10baseT.  If I 
have a 3 wire serial link, and a small circuit, how can I utilize Ham 
Radio to get extended operating ranges and move the data back?  And how 
can multiple stations work simultaneously?

Many Thanks.  Nice to meet some cyber ham guys.

On Oct 13, 2004, at 1:55 PM, Mark W4CHL wrote:

> Tim,
> We were strongly encouraged to look at Winlink2K at Winlink.org when 
> we brought up similar requirements for emergency traffic handling. 
> Yeah, I know it's Windoze instead of Linux based, and the code is 
> Visual Basic to boot ! I did hear at a meeting that the base client 
> will run under Wine, though I haven't followed up yet.
> The infrastructure for this is building, both through increasing 
> numbers of PMBOs for direct HF connect, AND via packet.  The latter is 
> something we in OCRA (Orange County Radio Amateurs) have been 
> discussing and haven't setup to demo yet. It's on my list, down near 
> #60 or so...
> Seems as though Winlink would be an excellent platform for exchange of 
> documents for emergency services teams. There are some documents on 
> the ARRL.org site that allude to this kind of capability using Winlink 
> as the delivery mechanism.
> And if Winlink can run "guested" on Linux all the better IMO. Got some 
> spare time to validate/document the "guesting" part ?
> Cheers & 73 de Mark W4CHL
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