A packet radio chat protocol with support for digital signatures and binary compression. Like IRC over radio waves, for the Baofeng UV-5R 4-watt radio.

github.com/brannondorsey/chatt

@neauoire Mmm now tie this in with SSB or Matrix or DAT and whoops, who needs corporate Internet anymore?

@wraidd I KNOW! I'm gonna order two of these radios when I get to Guam.

@neauoire One sticky wicket is that, at least in the US, is you a) need a HAM license to operate these radios and b) can't legally use encryption.

Which, of course, only matters if you get caught.

@wraidd I've had the HAM test in my crosshair for a little while already.

@neauoire Technician class is super easy. I'm hoping to pick up my General and Extra before the end of the year.

The Baofeng listed is strictly LOS, in case you were unaware, but there's no reason in princple the same protocol couldn't be used in the sub-30 over-the-horizon bands.

@wraidd Where are you located btw? I hope we run into each other someday.

@neauoire Saaaaame. Eastern North American seaboard for the next year or so, then it depends entirely on how adventurous I'm feeling. :D

@wraidd
I heard, in the #USA there will be soon a Law that will prohibit thinking independent or anything against the Government. 😅😉
@neauoire

@BranTarik @neauoire They don't really need laws for that, social engineering gets the job done quite effectively.

@wraidd
Sadly, this is the Truth. 😑

The same goes on in #Germany, without the Masses noticing anything of this #manipulation... 😒
@neauoire

@wraidd @neauoire You don’t need a ham (not an acronym) license to operate a Baofeng. You can operate on MURS and FRS/GMRS just fine. The radio just isn’t type accepted, but everyone knows that’s what they are for. And it is overpowered for those bands per FCC regs. And packet isn’t acceptable transmission type for those bands.

But provided you don’t show off your rig at FCC headquarters or interfere with the local Costco on MURS, only ham prigs will care.

@Shufei @neauoire I know it's not an acronym, all-caps is just how we do it where I'm from.

I haven't really looked too closely at the frequency bands the unit can reach -- I'd assumed it was 2m/70cm locked, so mea culpa on that one. It's definitely overpowered for FRS :D

I wouldn't send packets over a repeater but yeah

@wraidd @neauoire Oh I think it’s fab. I’d have happy fits if I came across some guerrilla packet on FRS.

Baofeng were very smart. They have their radios open to tx on a wide swath either side of 2m and 70cm. So marine, business, and old public service frequencies are accessible without the usual diode surgery MARS mods. Lovely, especially for us emcom nuts and radio rogues.

@neauoire why does this laptop have htop open on it though 🤔

@neauoire Thanks, some new packet options have been in sore need. APRS is great. But direct packet needs some refreshment, for chat client options and store-and-forward both. Lovely picture, too.

@neauoire, I just bought a Baofeng UV5R radio! I found out that there's a repeater near where I live.

@x_soth awesome :) I'm excited to get to Japan and try it there!

@neauoire, I might possibly get my license too...we'll see. I'm pretty excited too. I don't know much about ham radio.

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