[nos-bbs] MPS and Ping - good ideas from WL2K

PE1RDW andre at pe1rdw.demon.nl
Mon Oct 21 16:59:20 EDT 2013

It's even more limited, the forwarding can only be done using pactor 2 3 
or 4.
Most RMS that do have HF only got Winmor but no PACTOR
It also only works with RMS Trimode leaving BPQ32 base RMS out as wel.

73 Andre PE1RDW

op 21-10-13 22:34, Michael E. Fox - N6MEF schreef:
> I always get a kick out of Winlink presentations.
> They explain the need for Winlink as an EmComm option for when the Internet
> is down.
> But Winlink is dependent on the Internet.  It's such a non-sequitur that
> it's almost laughable.
> When dependence on the internet is mentioned, they tout HF between RMSs.  To
> do what?  To connect to another RMS that does have Internet!
> But HF is slow, prone-to-noise, prone-to-propagation-issues (constantly
> changing skip zones), and the antennas are impractical at many sites.
> I'm not saying HF isn't useful.  But it's certainly not a substitute for
> VHF/UHF links to other BBSs nearby.
> I fail to see why they can't use VHF/UHF between RMS stations.  Truly
> baffling.
> In contrast, we have a network of JNOS systems.  They all talk to each other
> via VHF/UHF without the need for any Internet at all.  For years, they never
> had internet links.  Now they all do.  So now, when the Internet is
> available, they all perform email gatewaying, as well as talk to any other
> BBS on the planet via either the BBS network or AMPRnet.  We don't currently
> have any HF links, but we could add them if we saw a purpose for them.
> Don't get me wrong.  I'm not against Winlink.  I just think it's a very poor
> choice for EmComm.  But, an RMS station is MUCH easier to set up than JNOS
> and AMPRnet and forwarding and iptables and Postfix and SpamAssassin and ...
> etc., etc..  But it's also much more limited and as an EmComm system, it's
> REALLY limited.  People interested in Winlink simply need to understand what
> it is:  last-mile radio connections to Internet email.  If that's what you
> need, it is far easier system to set up and maintain.  But most RMSs don't
> have HF capability.  So if your RMS *and* your intended recipient doesn't
> have HF, then when the Internet is down, you're still out of luck.
> Michael
> -----Original Message-----
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> Of Bill Vodall
> Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:08 AM
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> Subject: [nos-bbs] MPS and Ping - good ideas from WL2K
> A couple interesting additions to WL2K.   The MPS (Mail Pickup
> Stations) concept may similar to what Maiko was thinking about with
> his new approach to global email handling.
>    http://www.dtreg.com/Winlink_Radio_Network.pdf
> Also the email /PING/ looks fun.
> 73
> Bill, WA7NWP
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