Packet Radio Like it’s 1984

Mixing two hobbies today doing some packet radio with my TRS-80 Model 4 and my Tandy 1000 RL. The Model 4 is an 8-bit computer with just 64 kilobytes of RAM. The 1000 has a 16-bit 8086 CPU with a whopping 768 kilobytes of RAM. The average computer today has at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, or roughly 8 million kilobytes. How far we’ve come.

TRS-80 Model 4

TRS-80 Model 4 manufactured in 1984

Tandy 1000 RL

Tandy 1000 RL manufactured in 1988

New Bi-Directional iGate

I’ve set up a bi-directional APRS IGate in the Kingston area and it is now “live”. While there is an existing IGate, it is RF to IS only, limiting APRS usage in the area to just position reporting. Mine will give APRS users within RF range of the VE1ARC digipeater full two-way messaging capability. SMS or email to/from your radio. Query the IGate for local services/businesses (I will have to add many more than I have so far, that will be ongoing).