May 2017 CCARC Meeting

President Mike Tackish (KA3GRW) Activities Manager, Rob Hoyt (N2OMC)
welcomed the members present and introduced this month’s speaker:

Bob Davidson (KB3KOW) gave a presentation on the PiGate software for
Emergency Comms using a TNC-X connected to a Raspberry Pi 3 WiFi.
Front their web site: “Pi Gate Emergency Email Gateway
When disaster strikes, communication is the most important missing
service. Amateur radio operators have a long history of helping in
disaster situations and this new device was created to assist in that
The PiGate is a small piece of hardware that can be brought into a
disaster area, connected to an already existing VHF or HF amateur radio
and antenna (like in your car or truck), and used to send e-mail to the
global Winlink2000 system through a Radio Message Server (RMS)
Users connect to the PiGate thru a WiFi port either using a web browser,
or an e-mail application, on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop. From
there they can compose and send e-mail to their family and friends.
The Winlink2000 global e-mail radio service then routes the e-mail to
any address in the world.
The PiGate is very small and has a very low power requirement,
allowing it to be used in disaster situations without relying on any other
services. Except for an external power requirement and a connection to
a HF or VHF radio, It is completely self-contained.”
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