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Re: Going Digital... Ham Radio?



I disagree with his comment about not being able to find information on the 
web about packet radio. I submit he has not looked or doesn't know how. 
Bob, I agree with your comments about going digital, I merely disagree with 
his comment about finding information.

At 06:48 PM 6/6/2000 -0400, Bob Bruninga wrote:
>Packet Radio Affectionados,
>
>    We have had packet radio for 22 years and yet we are seeing a decline
>of digital operations on HAM radio (with some exceptions) at the same time
>that we are seeing an Explosion of Wireless digital applications in the
>consumer market.
>
>We are not doing a good job of promoting nor explaining what digital
>is all about.  The following message I received says it all...
>(The PUNCH LINE is the second paragraph!...)
>
> > 26 May, 2000
> > From: [not published, but with permission]
> > Bob,
> >
> > I really enjoyed your Op-Ed published in June's QST "Going Digital".
> > I'm one of those hams who knows nothing about TNCs and how to use them.
> > I've been searching the Internet and asking around and have yet to find
> > a comprehensive source for information on it.  All I want to do is
> > connect my computer to my HT and connect to other hams doing the same.
> >
> > The lack of information seems to be pervasive.  I'm a member of a newly
> > formed club of hams working at Microsoft in Redmond, WA and when I
> > suggested that a monthly meeting be dedicated to a demonstration of
> > packet radio, we found that nobody in our 80 member club had either the
> > equipment or the experience to present the topic....
> > Sincerely
> > [name on file]
>
>If HAMS at Microsoft are not familiar with Packet Radio, then it is easy
>to see why we are where we are today with amateur packet radio...  With
>all the world going digital and Now that Kenwood and ALinco are making
>off-the-shelf integrated 1200/9600 baud systems, AMATEUR PACKET RADIO IS
>ONLY BEGINNING!
>Lets reach out....
>
>de WB4APR, Bob
>
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