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Re: Lazarus and Packet radio

Just for thought here.

With the advent of kenwood and alinco coming out with radios that have
1200/9600 tnc's built in and able to work most of the birds up (when
will a PSK tnc become built in? ),who said that packet didn't have a
future after all.

James KD4DLA

bronson@eece.maine.edu wrote:

> Packet is as dead as CW is or ever will be, perhaps less.  Every time we send
> info to and fro on the internet we are sending using packets.  The packets
> principally travel on wires as opposed to RF but I am sure there is still a
> microwave link or two, certainly a commercial Sat link in there as well.
> Packet for this reason alone will always be with us.  Not to mention the fact
> that it has grown from its humble beginnings to be the dominant form of data
> communication across the planet for good reason.  It works.  Without packet
> there would be no internet over which we could argue such matters... But more
> to the point.
> Who wants to compete with the internet?  Not I!
> There are things that we can do with packet that the internet has no interest
> in.  Bob Bruninga has pointed out a few dealing with APRS.  Others have pointed
> out the emergency uses of Amateur packet systems.  As long as we keep packet
> going in the amateur service we can integrate data transfer seamlessly, along
> with voice, in times of trouble.  The ability to do so is one of the
> fundamental tenants of Amateur radio.  As ammeters it is our duty to continue
> to support all forms of helpful radio communication no matter how arcane or out
> dated the mode may seem.  A mode's popularity may come and go but I hope I
> never hear CW fall silent in the amateur service, no matter how much I struggle
> to learn it and no matter how "obsolete" it may be accused of being.
> Modes of communication like Packet and CW are much like old technology.  Most
> of the students I deal with don't know how a vacuum tube works.  In a
> semiconductor, digital ciriculum I am not surprised by this yet when I explain
> to them how a vacuum tube works a light goes on in their heads and FETs and
> MOSFETs all of a sudden have more meaning to them.  It also gives them a sense
> of wonder about radio and electronics that can get lost in their hustle through
> their studies.  This is a good thing and though valves and thermionic emission
> have given way to silicon and GaAs they still have their uses in a small but
> vital way.  "Obsolete" communication modes suffer the same ignominy, equally as
> unjustified and yet equally valuable.
> If Packet's popularity is down, great!  Let us take the opportunity to draw a
> breath, dust it off, think for a moment and do something with it that is relay
> useful.  Why snatch defeat from the jaws of victory??  Lets think positively...
> not like Microsoft.
> The history of Packet has yet to be written.  It is a work in progress and will
> remain so for the foreseeable future.
> 73
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