This website was originially designed to show the packet network that Central Virginia used for data. Since then I am no longer associated with the group, so I have dedicated this website to provide all the information that is needed to allow JNOS 2.0 and linux to integrate a RF packet network and send and recieve internet email. You can use Windows XP for the outer loactions, but you must use Linux for the main hub sites that have internet access. Only one site has to have internet access to allow all sites on the network to send an receive internet email.
How do we do it?
Since all of the locations for operators are running the same software program,
training is accomplished easily. The HAM operator is completely shielded from the Linux
and JNOS operating systems. If you want to send an email to the internet and the site you are located
internet is down, JNOS will send the mail to a site that the internet
is operational without operator intervention.
How are we accomplishing all of this? Continue into the site and we will show you. We have been working on our system for a few years. The RF part was the first to happen. No problem here, just packet. Then came the mail. We wanted a mail program that would be GUI based (i.e. Outlook) and interface with JNOS.
Outpost and other programs out there will allow you to do this with JNOS. There are also a few DOS based programs out there. The next hurdle was the internet. Enter JNOS 2.0 and Maiko Langelaar. This program with Linux has made interface to the internet easy. Did I say easy, well at least easier. The problem is the lack of documentation. We have one person doing one thing and one doing something else. What we needed was a way to do what we wanted to do. Send Internet email from our network. Then came the headache of AMPR.ORG. We toyed with changing that. Connectivity with other packet systems would be crippled. AMPR.ORG in California could help. Too little response. We needed a way to convert AMPR.ORG to an internet address and back again. Enter Sendmail andFetchmail.
Again, no documentation on what we wanted to do. Keep reading we will
explain each to you. BTW JNOS helps a little here too.
Want to test drive logging into a station and take a look around. Download "PUTTY" or you can telnet into my station at the link listed below. PUTTY is an excelent telnet client and offers a whole host of features over Hyperterminal or the telnet built into windows. After you get PUTTY follow the link "ki4bwj.dyndns.org" and make sire your port is set to TELNET (22) and not SSH. If you are using Linux no need to get putty, just click link below and you will be automatically connected to my station.
When logging into a JNOS station such as mine use your callsign for the username and your given name for the password. You can then send the sysop a message to allow more access to the station.