[aprssig] More thoughts on (was) Connected Packet

Phillip B. Pacier ad6nh at arrl.net
Tue Dec 28 13:27:56 EST 2004

Spider wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Kraus" <jfkraus3 at cox.net>
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 9:22 AM
> Subject: [aprssig] More thoughts on (was) Connected Packet
>> I have often felt that the old BBS is the way to go for messaging in 
>> local disasters and shelter evacuations situations.  Once you 
>> eliminate the long range forwarding a BBS can work very well as a 
>> place to relay mail to and from EOC's and Shelters.  The star 
>> topology is very adaptable within a limited range.
> Seriously, you guys need to look into Telpac Nodes, WinLink, etc., if 
> you have not done so.
> Also keep in mind KPC3'+'s, etc have Pbbs capability built in.  They 
> work great in local events without the need

Those work great until the Internet goes away.  In a serious emergency 
such as the one experienced in the Indian Ocean basin, Internet access 
would be nearly impossible.  It is always desireable to have a system in 
place that can operate without the use of a hardline connection 
anywhere.  The move away from hardline is necessary for speed and 
availability, but there will be a disaster in this country some day, 
unfortunately, that will wake people up to the necessity of an un-wired 

Phil - AD6NH

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