The Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club Packet Facilities
Information from Mike, VE3UIL
|A lot has happened since
I first established the BBS in 2006 here in Smiths Falls. We
initially started off with a simple FBB BBS and BPQ NODE
software. Since then I have added DX CLuster connectivity, a
WINLINK RMS port, new BPQ BBS and BPQ CHAT.
An RF Port is available on 145.010 Mhz.
The 145.010 Mhz is the main back bone route south to N2TB in Russel, NY
which provides connectivity to the Upstate NY Flexnet network.
Through that network, KA2JXI-4 BBS in Ogdensburg, NY is available, as
well as routing to VA3UIN in Kingston. The Flexnet network has
connectivity down in to Central and Western NY when working.
The main source of traffic is through the internet network of
Packet stations. Initially I set up Telnet connectivity for
BBSs to connect and make FORWARDing transmissions
Bulletins and Private message traffic, as well as housekeeping
traffic between BBSs. In additon, AXUDP connections were
available though the BPQ NODE to other NODEs and BBSs worldwide.
This worked out fine for FBB to FBB BBS but when trying to FORWARD to
other types of BBS such as JNOS/TNOS/OpenBCM certain problems arose
that limited the full capability of the network.
Since the FBB BBS software is no longer supported by F6FBB the
orginal author, an alternate solution was sought. John Wiseman
G8BPQ, the author of the BPQ NODE software decided to begin
implementation of a BBS software integrated with his NODE software and
based on the AXUDP connectivity of NODEs rather than Telnet connections.
Therefore I have installed the Beta version of the BPQ BBS
software into the
system as well, and this provides further access around the world
for Bulletins and Private messages.
One additional feature included in the BPQ BBS is the CHAT
feature. The CHAT access provides full WORLD-WIDE CHAT capability
to any other station running the BPQ MAILCHAT software.
Access on either of the RF Ports can be made to all of the
VE3UIL functions as follows:
One final facility that I have also added to the System is a Winlink terminal VE3UIL-10. This service provides world wide access to Internet E mail services via amateur radio.
Anyone is welcome to try the system out. Spread the word
around to other Amateur radio friends as well. If you are equipped for
packet radio, give it a try.
If you would like to acccess the system via a Telnet
connection over the Internet let me know and I can set up an account
If you have any questions, let me know.
Mike - VE3UIL
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