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d-chat for astro

Postby wb4bsd » Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:21 pm

Has anyone produced a chat client for P25 like they have for d-star (d-chat)?
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Postby wb4bsd » Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:58 pm

I just thought some over achieving ham might have written some code to allow for computer chatting over astro.
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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby Mong » Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:47 pm

If I remember 100%, D-chat lets you send text between computers using the d-star radios as modems. That being said, there are quite a few things being introduced since I saw that demo last summer.
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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby KD6NIG » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:56 pm

I do that already. Its called packet radio.

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Re: d-chat for astro

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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby KD6NIG » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:09 pm

No, its old and text only.

Which makes it great :)

I still shudder sometimes when I think about how bad IRC networks are now. I remember the amount of crud people would try to send you 5 years ago. When I only had a 200k DSL connection.

Sitting on this cable connection I have now, I still wouldn't try it probably.

We actually have a pretty good packet network setup here now in Central CA. Not many people on it either, but you can, in theory, "connect" into Oregon or Nevada with a hop or 2.

I use the internet for picture sending though. Although I know ham radio is going high tech, I still tend to prefer the internet for that kind of stuff.

What scares me about seeing this though is the fact that most repeater users are mobile when they use them. Its bad enough to see someone holding up a cell phone to their eyes to text someone. Ham Radio operators doing that.......just makes the ban on mobile usage that much more closer.

I guess its cool, but I just don't like the integration. Course, its happened on packet too-just about any major BBS or node has internet links. I can connect to one here that (via IP) will connect me to a node in Texas (as an example) then I can fan out on RF from there.

I guess thats ok. Not like I could do it on RF like I used to 10 years ago. I remember talking to a buddy of mine via packet who lived back east. It was always cool to see the headers on the message to see how many hops it had to take to get the message to my local bbs. They were always listed with ! in between like BENCA!STCK!ESCL like that. There were times it would have been relayed through 20 or more BBSs to get to me. Not anymore.

I'm starting to sound like a pro-coder :)
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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby Mong » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:19 pm

Ok, well we have one at the EOC and if I can learn enough about how it works, I might try to get the thing running.


As for D-star and text/image, the locals are mainly interested in using it as a tool for emergency management assistance, and not texting while driving........ Then again, I don't know of anyone who is really involved with races/ares/skywarn/satern/anything else actually being one of the d-star users. Guess they blew their money on powerpoles (now where is my crimper)...
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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby KD6NIG » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:53 pm

Yeah they have chat servers that are part of BBS software. There is one around here somewhere too.

You can send pictures over packet, but unless they are small, its going to take quite a while to relay them at 1200bps. Maybe in the olden days it would work, but the average digital camera pumps out a pretty big image nowadays. You'd be retransmitting a lot unless you have a really good link, or the ability to reduce the file down without dropping the quality too much.

Not that I don't see the use of doing it over ham radio, its just that I have better methods. A wired cable modem, for one. I mean yeah, you have to test the stuff out to make sure it works, but still. I think in a disaster I wouldn't be wandering around snapping pictures for forwarding. I'd be assessing my situation and safety and well being.

I just have this fear that all of this infrastructure will be for naught when a major disaster hits because all the people with it will be using it-to help themselves, not the general public. Thats just a human reaction. We can all say we're going to pitch in when needed-but every human will take care of themselves first. Thats just human nature.

I see a lot of fancy equipment sitting idle or being used for personal use, not as its intended, is all. If thats the case, its just boys playing with toys-which is cool, just admit that instead of trying to justify it as an emergency communication need. Well, I can understand that too-the gov't isn't going to give you funding just for fun :)
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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby mancow » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:09 pm

What's the RS232 packet data in the ASTRO tab in CPS? Is there a way to configure a spectra or whatever as a modem?

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Re: d-chat for astro

Postby escomm » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:01 am

Maybe. It's maybe.

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Re: d-chat for astro

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