[pskmail] Re: PSKmail and TransArctic expedition

  • From: Rein Couperus <rein@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:45:56 +0100

I am working on a java class for the RX... maybe we should aim for a quick shot 
that does:
1* read the gps
2* auto + manual send APRS posit beacons
3* Send APRS messages
4* Receive QSL's
5* Receive APRS messages
6* Receive bulletins

with a very simple GUI (just a few buttons + a terminal like structure),
and a simple config file holding the client + server calls and the last gps 

That should be very easy and fast to do...

I am working on the guts of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, the RX class becomes ready next 
weekend. Need help on the GUI and (1*).
I think we would need a GUI with 1 textarea for receive, 1 textfield for 
sending message lines , buttons for ping, link and beacon..., 
he next version would then include a drop down list for the servers...

On the subject of bands:
40 meters is MURDER because of the qrm... 

On the subject of modem speed:
There are 2 criteria, modem speed and qrm.
A psk31 message takes 2x as long as a PSK63 message, which doubles the chance 
of qrm.
In my experience the shorter message length is more critical than the modem 
speed (which sets 
the sensitivity level). Choosing the right time of day has more influence than 
slow modem speed.
That is the reason why we have chosen to go for faster modem speed and shorter 


Rein PA0R

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: "Per Crusefalk" <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Gesendet: 19.02.09 10:19:26
> An: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Betreff: [pskmail] Re: PSKmail and TransArctic expedition

> Hi Oleg,
> Ok, I understand that available memory imposes these restrictions.
> If disk space is a problem then you can actually have the virtual box
> disk on a usb stick, assign very little memory to it (128 megs?).
> But, just running APRS in PSK31 without the necessary frame start, frame
> end and CRC etc will make it necessary to handle the position updates
> manually on the server side. You will not get acks for your
> transmissions either. I can have a go at the java gui and make it
> possible to send proper aprs beacons that will be handled automatically
> by the servers (which means you will be able to get a QSL sent from the
> server) while you wait for the windows version.
> When are you actually leaving? How long will you be out there?
> Also, I have done a few proper predictions for this path and it looks
> like 40 meters is a better bet than 30. I should have the server watch
> both bands.
> 73 de Per, sm0rwo
> tor 2009-02-19 klockan 00:52 +0300 skrev Ð?лег Ð?:
> > Hi Per,
> > 
> > I thought about virtualbox, indeed. But there is no room for its running - 
> > PIII+512MB. Still trying to update notebook's memory, but it's also not so 
> > easy. eePC won't work in expedition conditions, indeed -
> > http://www.ec-arctic.ru/photos/view_photo.php3?id=1441,section=24,page=18
> > So, I'm still stuck on win$ for that journey.
> > 
> > Well. So, if you don't mind, I would test APRS in PSK31 (UI-View + 
> > PSK31srv) as a "zero" variant. Then, with appearing of PSKmail for windows 
> > (or whatever - fldigi works fine, the only thing - to inject APRS data into 
> > it :o), I would move to PSK62 or PSK250 modes. 
> > Regarding to the bands - I think we would start from standard APRS frq - 
> > 10.147 MHz. In addition to it I can operate in 14 MHz as well.
> > 
> > I'll use IC-7000 with 100W output (probably 40-50W in digital modes) and GP 
> > 2,5m (short vertical) on the top of the vehicle's roof.
> > 
> > 73!
> > Oleg
> > 
> > 


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