Packet. Getting Started. It is REALLY helpful to have a mentor to help you get setup and make your first contact.
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It is REALLY helpful to have a mentor to help you get setup and make your first contact.
If you have never done this before – there can be many UNKNOWNs to get over. With the help of a Mentor you can reduce the Unknowns. Even if it just a phone call, it can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Most Packet stations have a TNC (Terminal Node Controller). The TNC is a small computer that has memory, circuits to decode/encode the tones, etc. (This type of TNC should not be confused with the TNC for PSK-31 [sound card interface].)
There are some sound card programs for packet (a few years ago these were not very good – but they may have progressed).
You have instructed the Conroe digipeater to relay you signal to the other station. You also instructed the other station that you are using a digipeater (he can then connect to you and he will use the digipeater)
When you do a MHeard it will display the call sign – if it has an *then it means that the station was heard through a digipeater.