Re: Amateur Radio
99% of the time Amateur Radio is a hobby and that last 1% is when some disaster strikes and standard communication is lost (phone, IM, celluar, Internet, etc...).
That is when you can use your radios to keep in touch with friends and loved ones or to help handle traffic between relief agencies (who usually have incompatible radio systems).
With Winlink you can handle email over the radiowaves like you were a regular email server. Actually that is in general how it works, Winlink is like an email server that connects your radio and PC.
Check out www.openaprs.net and see what hams are operating in your area.
Cool site really, my area has the highest concentration of APRS systems.
I am starting to get more interested in APRS than packet (maybe both).
There is also independency, no reliance on ISP's to commuicate when using packet, aprs or psk31. With Winlink and IRLP you can link existing radio nets with the Internet.
Where's there's smoke, There are mirrors.
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