[pskmail] Re: File uploads via PSKMail.

  • From: John Douyere <vk2eta@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 06:54:48 +1000

Hi Rick,

I can't answer your first question but regarding the BBS function, PSKMail
is certainly capable of doing that already.

Asssuming that two or more stations connect at different times to the same
PSKMail server (let's call it "XYZ"), they can leave email messages for each
other in the local mail box.

The difference with an internet email is that the To address needs to be
"TheOtherStationCallSign@XYZ". With XYZ being the server callsign the
stations connect to.

Of course the server does not need to have connection to the internet if
only the local mail box is used.

Upon connection to the server, the clients receives a message with the
server's version, followed by the letter "L" and the number of local mails
and then the letter "M" and the number of internet mails (if an internet
connection is available).

For managing the mail locally stored on the server from a client, use the
Mbox menu items (list, read and delete) after connection to the server.

Hope this helps.

73, John (VK2ETA)

On Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 4:37 AM, Rick W <mrfarm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In the past week or so, I am now able to run either the Linux or Windows
> Vista versions of fldigi and pskmail. I can also run the pskmail server, but
> that is Linux only.
> When I run the Linux version of fldigi I can use the hamlib control to my
> ICOM (CI-V). When I run the Linux version of pskmail, I boot up fldigi from
> the icon and then have to open a terminal window to run pskmail or
> pskmail_server. Then I no longer have CI-V control of PTT through fldigi as
> was recently commented on by Rein as being impractical to implement.
> But when I run fldigi with javaPSKmail on my Windows Vista OS, I am able to
> have CI-V rig control, including PTT via the CI-V commands. This means that
> with MS OS, e.g, XP/Vista/7, I do not need to have two COM ports (or USB to
> COM adapters) with the additional hardware such as I use with the SignaLink
> USB interface for "VOX" keying of PTT, audio in and audio out, plus another
> COM port for CI-V rig control.
> Is this a limitation of perl and why pskmail can run on Windows and key via
> the CI-V?
> Another question:
> If I have pskmail_server set up without internet connection can a station
> connect and leave a message for another station and then the second station
> connect later to pick up the mail on that server? If so, how do you
> implement that with an appropriate address, etc.?
> From my biased perspective (public service more than ham e-mail) what we
> are looking for is a way to act as a BBS of sorts .... plus being able to
> send e-mail too (assuming that an internet connection is available). But
> when the internet is not available, you will still be able to time shift the
> messages so that both operators do not have to connect to each other and can
> pick up messages when convenient. We used to have this capability in Winlink
> (before it became Winlink 2000) since it was an RF only system, but required
> Pactor. And the server was not available for HF unless you got special
> permission from the centralized authority.
> Since then, there does not seem to be a practical HF sound card method to
> do basic BBS type connections other than using packet radio and perhaps
> something like Multipsk which is the only free sound card packet program
> that I am aware of.
> 73,
> Rick, KV9U

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