Has there been any thought to use PSK31 for cruisers nets?
My vision is a text based 'chat room' style cruisers net through HF.
The advantages are:
- PSK31 works with a normal PC sound card, so no expensive modem
is needed, it even works on tablet computers
and smart phones with an easy to make adapter cable.
- PSK31 has much better range than voice SSB
and works with more marginal HF propogation
- Faster and easier to communicate numbers for check ins and weather
- Could automate checkins from NMEA
data, or just let people pre-type them in and then cut and paste when it's their turn
- Easy to just leave computer on and read a transcript of the net later-- for people like me who tend to sleep through radio
- Easy to jump up or down in frequency slightly for side conversations without taking up time on the net
- Low power
requirements (and no annoying radio
breaking squelch with static all day), so folks who want could leave their radio and computer on all day to listen for 'chat room' style traffic.
could potentially form an ad-hoc mesh/repeater network, for very large graphically dispersed cruisers nets that can reach much further than a single
net controller. So, for example, relays could be automatic, and a single
net could cover most of the South Pacific
. Automation of the net controller type job, and the written transcript, would make it OK to have a very long running net with many people, since no one would have to be there the whole time to participate (ie-- the computer could beep if someone's callsign is mentioned in the net, or when the checkins are over and it's time for the weather
, and etc).
More nerdy folks could host a VHF/HF repeater on their boat, so that, say, a boat out in the anchorage with good HF reception
could repeat the net on VHF
for folks in the marina or anchored closer to town with bad HF reception
Has there been any work on something like this, or other people kicking around this idea in their heads?