firstname.lastname@example.org is a group for discussing the creation and operation of VHF/UHF packet networking on Amateur Radio and ISM-band systems, built for hobby and emergency preparedness purposes.
There are several digital communications networks out there which depend on commercial, non-Amateur means. This group is about making a new network which is divorced from commercial communications in order to explore the limitations and benefits of that choice. We want to make our text messaging and digital voice network as non-reliant on commercial means as possible. We will use Internet for club operations, for configuration and package distribution, and for status reporting, but we are completely independent of the Internet for ham radio contacts, QSOs and content. TARPN is all about how much can be done without the Internet.
We will not burden our Terrestrial Amateur Radio Packet Network with Internet sourced text/data or other material, nor use the Internet as a crutch for the lack of radio based links. We will strive at all times to be obvious when we are depending on Commercial Means of any kind. The founders are interested in promoting digital communications that is independent of commercial carriers.
Please keep the conversations on this forum to topics that are not in conflict with that goal.
The group is not geographically limited.
If you are a ham radio operator that thinks we should be doing text messaging and digital voice on large networks that are entirely Amateur, then this is the correct group for you.
Discussion of competitive orgs and methods are ok here so long as there is no advocacy for
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