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Upcoming 37th Anniversary of
By Jack B. Ray W4JBR
<editor - I asked Jack for some pictures but none were available, but he provided some additional history and some calls you will reconize>
Too long ago for pics I guess. Bob was the owner of Dataradio, Steve McElroy (K4JPD), Sherman Banks (W4ATL) and I worked there until Bob sold the business to Calamp. Our radios were manufactured in the old EF Johnson plant then shipped to Montreal for modems and final assembly. Atlanta was the sales and engineering arm of the company. I was there from 2001 to 2008 as a project manager.
At around 9PM on May 31, 1978 were the first KNOWN transmissions of Packet over Amateur Radio. The location was Bill Wong's Restaurant in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Packet Net Group C/O: Bob Rouleau VE2PY; Norm Pearl VE2BQS; Fred Basserman VE2BQF; Bram Frank VE2BFH; Jacques Orsali VE2EP; Ted Baleshta VE3CAF; Ian Hodgson VE2BEN; among others not mentioned. They operated on a single 220Mhz channel using start-stop ASCII with the Ethernet CSMA/CD protocol. The protocol was modified for amateur applications by Robert T. Rouleau, VE2PY, and implemented by Fred Basserman, VE2BQF. Montreal Packet Net (MP-Net) Operated at 2400 bit/s using home-built modems. A detailed description of the Montreal Protocol and hardware used in the experiments is given in the TAB book #1345 "PACKET RADIO" by Bob Rouleau and Ian Hodgson published in 1981. An interesting note is that the Montreal Modem design used the Exar XR-2206/2211 chip set. I am told that a sample of the Montreal Modem was sent to the Vancouver group (VADCG) in the fall of 1978 and it is probably no coincidence that the same chip set appeared in the TAPR TNC modem of which Doug Lockhart of VADCG had a hand in designing. After an initial spurt of activity in amateur packet, Bob Rouleau and several others in the group turned to commercial applications for packet radio. The resulting company, DATARADIO Inc, today is building and marketing commercial packet radio systems around the world. A typical application is the Canadian Weather Radio packet service introduced some years ago using DATARADIO equipment specially designed for the application. Bob was inducted in the CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.
An Original Poem from the Country Uncle Poet Laureate - Tony KE4PK
Rex is planning an antenna change With hopes of increasing his radio range. Dino is coming to climb his tower, And give Rex's signal a boost in power.
He complains his antenna has no front to back, Which makes him unhappy when he's in his shack. He has interference from his stacked antenna, And this is the reason for his currently dilemma.
Rex will worry and whine and wring his hands, Question and ask how he sounds on the bands. No matter what happens, he still won't be happy, Concerned that his signal could possibly be crappy.
But Rex is a Country Uncle, a great thing to be, And a big signal is forthcoming, just wait and see!
An ordinal Poem from Tom WT4J - A remembrance of his friend W4FEZ
One day when my life was sorta in a hush I was mentally taking inventory of all this stuff And listening on the bands but the noise was rough I had about decided it all had to go
I had wasted many hours twisting the knobs Trying to find a decent signal in among the slobs Not having much luck I began to nod. I was thinking radio isn't what it was years ago
Then I heard a signal way down in the din It caught my attention and I started listening again Tighten up on the band pass ease off on the gain It seemed to be a friend from long, long ago
I listened for awhile as the signal would rise and fall I couldn't quite pull it out from the noise and all I would try and try again to pick out that call I thought it just wasn't the way to go.
I continued to listen for a long, long time A little later the bands began settle down I did not get to work my old friend but I know W4FEZ is in that big ham shack above.