Virtual Amateur Radio on the NET

Virtual Amateur Radio on the NET

Post by Arthur Chandle » Wed, 10 May 1995 04:00:00

BayMOO, an all-text virtual reality on the Internet, has implemented a
striking new techology for amateur radio operators (Hams). BayMOO has
just opened its Virtual Ham Central, a virtual room which is linked to
a server in Canada, which in turn is connected to hundreds of packet
radio stations all over the world. Anyone can enter the room and
follow several conversations at once -- usually in different
languages. Only licensed Ham operators can transmit from the room.

A licensed ham tells his or her callsign to Dr.J or Akira -- the
owners and builders of the room -- who then registers the visitor's
callsign in the room.  After the server link is activated, whatever
the operator types after the % sign is sent out over the link to all
connected packet stations.  A typical conversation might look like

  <KO6OA> Hello -- anyone here tonight?
  <PY2NG> Boa noite -- Alguem aqui fala Portugues?
  <KE5IIE> Good evening, KO6OA -- we are recovering from the big storm in
  <VE4DT> Bonsoir -- Jean QTH Quebec ici.
  <PU6I> Ola, PY2NG. Como esta o tempo em Rio?
  <KO6OA> Heard about that, KE5IIE. Any hams involved in emergency
  <PY2NG> Bonsoir, Jean, de Joao QTH Rio.

  The Virtual Ham Center gives amateur radio operators a chance to
communicate with each other via text in a much faster and more
error-free medium than ever before.

  To reach the Virtual Ham Center at BayMOO:
          telnet  8888


1. Virtual Amateur Radio on the NET

Have these guys considered using something like the Internet phone to
continue having voice (i.e. simulated ham) conversations?  Why switch to
text, given that part of the pleasure of ham radio is the voice (more
live) aspect.

It seems as though there may be a convergence of chat lines, formerly
relegated to the world of telephones, and ham radio, if Internet
telephony takes off.  

What thoughts do you have on this?



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