Talk:Packet radio

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I've created a separate article for AX.25 (previously it was a redirect to this one) and will soon be removing much of the AX.25-specific information currently here. See Talk:AX.25 for more information.

Simon 18:21, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I've removed most of the information on AX.25, which now lives over at its own page.

Below is additional information on network layers that used to be in this article. I removed it because it strikes me as non-NPOV and too short on details. (Furthermore, I question whether IP-based packet radio networks are in wide use.)

Today, many layer 3 protocols, such as IP, ROSE, TheNET, and many more, exist for AX.25 specializing in the needs of amateur radio. IP packets in particular are regularly routed on AX.25 networks, providing a routable layer on top of AX.25. This, therefore, allows for TCP/IP, UDP/IP, and ICMP/IP networking, including but not limited to HTTP, FTP, etc.

If you can contribute more information on the network layer protocols designed for packet radio, or indeed any information at all about the backbone network, please do so.

Simon 04:30, 3 Feb 2005 (UTC)

This page needs some work. There are many grammatical and typographical errors.

What about other packet radio networks?[edit]

Obviously, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), but I was interested in the other commercial services that GSM radio replaced. Packet radio used to be used for truck dispatch: what kind of technology was used? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:51, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Any decline in Packet use by amateur radio enthusiasts, due to other choices now widely available?[edit]

Has packet radio popularity declined in use by amateur radio enthusiasts the past 10 years?

With the greater coverage high speed Internet in rural areas, as well as greater coverage of RTT / EVDO cellular service, unlicensed 802.11 WISPs and WiMax, it appears this technology may be seeing less use as a purely amateur radio data communications method when nothing else was available.

DMahalko (talk) 21:29, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Although Amateur Radio use is on the increase (per FCC and ARRL surveys), the ease with which operators can change digital modes to fit social, channel, band, and data density needs, the increase in digital band use is not easily ascribed to particular modes. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of digital modes, and new experimental modes are developed every year. The advent of software defined radios (SDR) and denser, more convenient computation, is making frequency agile RF hardware more significant. Independent (& communal) development projects provide open source software which allows these modes to be used with very little additional hardware.
Ref. non-WikiPedia wiki & FLDigi
With the growth in municipality based disaster preparedness, Amateur Radio programs like [Em.Ham], [ARES], RACES, [MARS], etc. are increasingly needed to provide municipalities with backup & emergency communications that depend on faster and more agile data flow for use by disaster responders & managers.
Wikidity (talk) 00:42, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

Propose name change[edit]

When I made significant edits to this page a year or so ago, my intent was to discuss the topic of "packet radio". Observing the comments and updates made since then, it appears clear that the focus of this article is now packet radio as used in amateur radio. So my suggestion would be to rename the article "Amateur Packet Radio" and create a new "Packet Radio" article that would discuss the general characteristics of packet radio, rather than amateur radio specific topics. -- Larry Gadallah, VE6VQ/W7 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gadallah (talkcontribs) 21:54, 31 March 2012 (UTC)