Re: Narrow Band Emergency Messages
I have been able to set up and use the suite here and with help
of some cooperative emcomm hams in USA managed to create a few
useful forms to use locally here for practice. I have a home
network and use separate machines to send msgs back and forth to
prove they work properly.
I ,like yourself, have found local hams here reluctant to try
both Linux and Windows and/or the FL suite. The few that are not
generally apathetic are more involved in MARS/CFARS ALE products
which include encryption and use ACP MIL Spec type messaging that
is not built into the FL suite generally.
I was a RAC EC locally for about a year here in EN09 and on a
number of occasions designed and sent practice forms to other EC's
to see if they could generate enough participation in their areas
to maybe set up local practice exchanges on say 80M nets but got
no response back to those efforts either.
I offered to install and clone Linux systems onto thumb drives
for them also but was never asked to do so by anyone. I find linux
far more challenging than a crossword or sudoko to keep the aging
old grey matter elastic. And being senior $$$ savings are immense
when it comes to finding software free of the cloud and crazy
subscription fees or seat licenses for programs.
There is a bit of a learning curve associated with Linux so many are overwhelmed and just close their ears and put on blinders to prevent having to learn a new OS like linux. In so doing the advantages of having a system that can fully function using just a 64 or 128 GB thumb drive on almost any hardware easily anywhere is lost.
It also has the advantage when developers set up installs of
custom ham programs as an example using ppe's that all components
and programs are deemed part of the OS install system are updated
at the same time and quickly usually.
On updates it usually lists all the components with file sizes
and allows you an option to exclude something that might
compromise an emcomm program you need to be reliable.
You don't spend endless hours installing and re-installing
updates piecemeal only to have an auto windows update delete some
needed library file on you. YOU control the timing of installing
updates and don't have to worry about $600 extra data overage
charges because an auto update was corrupt and kept trying to
re-download and reinstall every day on you.
In the ALE world hopes were up to use the TI ez USB sound card because it was expandable, however that idea has been quashed because TI just out of the blue jacked the price up from $99 to well over $250 a cost average hams find objectionable even though they may be civic minded enough to offer their resources in EMER situations.
In short John if we had a net locally here under present propagation condx I would be into it here easily.
Andy, ve4per, EN09
On 2018-07-14 08:55 AM, John Corby wrote:
Is anybody actually using the FL-suite to send and receive messages? I see a lot a discussion here about the software but no references to it's use for sending narrowband emergency messages. I have been quite enthusiastic about the use of NBEMS for exchanging messages - especially during power and phone line outages - but I haven't actually found anybody to exchange messages with. Is anybody else in the same situation, or is this group really a software dscussion group?