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  1. GA ARES Digital 1/26/08

  2. GA ARES Digital Plan • VSAT Satellite Internet

  3. The Ultimate Portable Digital Mode ~ $1500 upfront cost ~ $70 Month ~ $6000 Self pointing dish ~ Manual dish setup requires phone call to verify polarity settings.

  4. Courtesy Jeff Linneweber NET CONTROL

  5. Digital Participation • Observation: • Noticed only about 10% or less of ARES members check into a net via a digital mode • Why? • Too expensive? • Don’t know where to start? • Don’t have the time? • Complicated? • Who operated a digital mode in last 30 days? • Who exchanged an E-mail message in last 30 days?

  6. Digital Modes • Email IS a digital mode • Keyboard to Keyboard • BBS, Chat, E-mail, Web Browser • E-mail is universal • Automatic Position Reporting (APRS) • Packet, Pactor • SSTV, DIGSSTV • VoIP - DV (digital voice) • Repeater Linking (IRLP, EchoLink, D-Star) • Skype – (remote rig operations)

  7. BPSK PSKAM PACKET RTTY AMTOR THROB PAX HELLSCHREIBER PSK31 MT63 SSTV QPSK MFSK DOMINO OLIVIA PACTOR II HSSM PACTOR III GMSK BPSK63 AX.25 ARQ FEC DIGSSTV ALE FAX OFDM SCAMP AGWPE PACTOR I QAM DSP WINDRM VARICODE ASCII CW JT6M F6FBB G-TOR FDMDV Q15X25 Chip64

  8. MMVARI mmTTY MultiPSK DIGIPAN mixW psk31Deluxe trueTTY Packet Client HAMSCOPE NBEMS WinPack OUTPOST UIView Telpac WinAPRS AGWPE MT63 dominoEX DIGTRX PACTERM FNPSK Airmail PaclinkMP RMS Packet PSKMail Stream DigiTalk HamPal

  9. Need more Digital participation in EmComm: • Computer is part of every day life • Already familiar with E-mail, instant messaging, etc. • Should be pretty easy for anyone to operate a digital mode • Some Digital modes can be complex: • Issues with software configuration • Getting the connections right • Rig control and audio adjustments

  10. Elmers: • Education and training • Help with rig interface • Software installation and configuration • Practice • Get used to the applications • Experiment, try things out • Share the Knowledge • Presentations and Hands on Workshops

  11. Software Applications

  12. A global system that allows Amateur Radio Operators to send and receive standard internet E-mail with binary attachments via ham radio… • …with or without a direct internet connection • Also peer to peer messaging via Packet and Pactor • Winlink project started in the late 1980’s Winlink 2000

  13. Very Flexible • Multiple connectivity options: • Telnet directly to server using various internet connections • Ethernet - DSL / Cable / Satellite / GSM / CDMA • Wifi - 802.11a/b/g HSMM • D-star - ID-1 • Use Airmail or Paclink MP (Outlook Express) Winlink 2000

  14. Multiple connectivity options: (con’t) • Packet (Don’t have to remember commands) • Airmail Client • Paclink MP (Outlook Express) • F6FBB B2 Compression • APRSLink • Outpost • Peer to Peer Winlink 2000

  15. Winlink 2000 • Multiple connectivity options: • Pactor 1, 2, 3: • Airmail Client • Paclink MP (Outlook Express) • Through RMS Pactor (PMBO) • F6FBB B2 Compression • Peer to Peer

  16. What does Winlink offer the served agency? Winlink 2000 • The capability to send and receive written messages with 100% accuracy to/from any individual with an email address • Multiple recipients • Allows emergency teams in remote areas without internet access to receive email or peer to peer messages in the field • Prevents them from having to transcribe, format or modify documents before sending

  17. System core Winlink 2000 • CMS: Central message server. This is the main hub of the system. There are three with full-time redundant mirroring of each other and real-time failover. They are geographically dispersed. Accept connections from PMBOs, Telpac, Paclink, and Airmail via Telnet • PMBO: Participating Mail Box Operator/Office. This is the primary hub for user connections. Most support Telnet and many support VHF and HF connections • PMBOs will be replaced by RMS Packet, RMS Pactor and RMS Relay

  18. CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Internet Conventional Email Users & Agencies PMBOs and Radio message Servers Links: HF Radio VHF/UHF Radio D-Star data radio WiFi, Telnet, Web Existing Ham Radio Networks

  19. The HAM’s applications: Winlink 2000 • Airmail:This is the primary single user client. Connects via Telnet to the CMS similar to the way your favorite email client connects to the internet … • … Or, it can connect to a Telpac node via VHF/UHF Packet or directly to a PMBO via HF Pactor. • Telpac:The name meansTELnet toPACketbridge. This is exactly what it does. It is the program that allows the ham operator to bridge the “Last Mile” on VHF/UHF. Quickly, easily, and cheaply. • Telpac will be replaced by RMS Packet

  20. Winlink 2000

  21. The HAM’s applications: Winlink 2000 • Paclink:This is a more complex user client with considerably more flexibility. • It functions as a stand alone POP/SMTP server for a LAN. • Messages are composed/read using popular E-mail programs. • It can provide tactical email addressing: • GACobbEOC @ winlink .org • ARCshelter-1 @ winlink .org • All tied to the Ham’s callsign when traversing the Winlink system. • Paclink provides multiple transport connections to CMS

  22. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet PMBO Airmail

  23. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet PMBO / RMS Pactor HF Pactor Airmail

  24. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet Telpac RMS Packet VHF/UHFPacket Airmail

  25. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc. • Ethernet • WiFi • D-Star • Microwave • Any TCP/IP Paclink

  26. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet Outlook, Express, Thunderbird, etc. Telpac RMS Packet Paclink VHF/UHFPacket Last Mile

  27. Internet Connection • RF Packet Link • LAN CMS Halifax CMS San Diego CMS Perth Winlink 2000 Conventional Email Users & Agencies Internet Outlook, Express, Thunderbird, etc. Telpac PMBO / RMS Paclink HF Pactor VHF/UHFPacket Airmail

  28. Airmail Winlink 2000

  29. Airmail Winlink 2000

  30. Airmail Winlink 2000

  31. Airmail Winlink 2000

  32. Telpac Winlink 2000

  33. Oregon

  34. Winlink 2000 Portable Telpac N4DQ HF Station at Dobbins ARB Steve Hicks mobile

  35. Where do I start to use Winlink? Winlink 2000 • Download and use Airmail ( No $$$) www.winlink.org/Client.htm • Internet only (telnet to CMS) • 2M packet ( KPC3+, 9612) • Install Telpac nodes on VHF/UHF Packet • Low cost Radio • TNC (KPC3+, 9612) • Minimum Celeron CPU w/ XP or Win2k • Fulltime internet connection • Interface with D-Star ID-1 for backup TCP/IP connection

  36. Sound Card Modes • Almost no cost to interface computer to radio • Lot’s of free software • Download software and tune into QSOs by placing PC microphone next to radio. • Works on HF, VHF / UHF

  37. PSK31 • Soundcard Based • Keyboard to Keyboard • Narrow bandwidth • Approx 50wpm • Monitor multiple QSOs (Digipan, psk31Deluxe) • Very popular • Field Day Favorite • Quick to set up • Several Software Applications free • Pocket PC version available for portability

  38. PSK31

  39. MT63 • Soundcard based • More reliable than PSK31 • FEC for redundancy • Wider bandwidth • Approx 100 wpm at 1kHz bandwidth • Text file and binary file transfers • Download free software

  40. Deputation • Need Liaisons and Relay stations • Learn multiple modes • Bridge HF to Packet / Internet • Copy/paste from MT63 to Airmail etc. • Bridge HF messages to D-Star apps • Copy/paste psk31 msg to Email/Airmail • Packet to Internet • Telpac, D-Star

  41. Deputation • Coordinate Workshops and Training • Interface Equipment • Install and configure Software • Troubleshooting • Test – Test – Test (someone on other end) • Scheduled and spontaneous Digital Nets • Research other modes and options • Keep up with new applications • Develop new applications

  42. Digital Jump Kit • 2M/440 rig or HF/2M/440 rig • Laptop (WinXP, Vista, or Linux) • Auto/Air DC-DC Adapter • KPC3+ or 9612 (TNC-X w/AGWPE) • Sound card interface (Signalink USB) • 50 AHr SLA / Power Supply • All-in-one Printer/Scanner/Copier

  43. Info on Digital Modes • http://signals.taunus.de/DIG_introd.htm • http://www.wb8nut.com/digital.html • http://www.rac.ca/opsinfo/infodig.htm lots of digi links • http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs.html APRS • http://tapr.org/ • http://www.rv3apm.com/ • http://bipt106.bi.ehu.es/psk31.html • http://hflink.com/emcomm/ • http://www.ctares.org/packetguide.htm • http://www.packetradio.com Download sites: • http://www.qsl.net/hamscope/ • http://f6cte.free.fr/index_anglais.htm • http://mixw.net/ • http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimode.html for MAC • http://www.n0hr.com/PocketDigi/PocketDigi_intro.htm • http://www.dxsoft.com • http://hrd.ham-radio.ch/ • http://www.gwinnettares.org/client/ • http://www.w1fn.org/fnpack/ • http://xoomer.alice.it/aporcino/

  44. http://gaares.org/mailman/listinfo/digi_gaares.org digi @ gaares . org Photos and Titles in this presentation may be copyright by their respective owners. Sat photo Courtesy of JAXA