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Title: Amateur Radio Communications, Software and Computer Networks in Education
Abstract: In this session you will learn how to establish computer communications in local neighborhoods, other cities, countries & continents - without using commercial and governmental infrastructure; How to take advantage of amateur radio satellites; How to exchange urgent e-mails without the Internet or telephone connections; How to use amateur radio in a school to save human lives and properties; How to create a local AMUNET (AMateur radio University NETwork) and expand visibility of your academic institution; How to choose most proper hardware & software for all the above, and how to win over potential radio 'pirates' (hackers).
The tutorial begins with introductory information about the amateur radio communications and continues with studying one of the most popular computer-related radio communication modes: the VHF/UHF and HF “packet-radio” (other popular modes, like “amtor”, “pactor”, “gtor”, “clover” etc. are also the options). The tutorial discusses (with examples) on how to choose inexpensive hardware and software needed for establishing the amateur radio links from home and work. The tutorial explains step-by-step how to build an AMUNET – the Amateur Radio University Network – a grid of radio stations within or between universities’ campuses and surrounding schools, including an opportunity to become a low-cost solution for communicating in educational institutions in rural areas and developing countries.
Practical part of this session is devoted to experiments with modern portable radio transmitters and GPS receivers from Taiwan, computer interfaces from USA, radio modems from Germany, and more! If the atmospheric conditions allow, real-time communications with Polish and/or Czech radio amateurs will be performed.
Key Speaker: Miroslav SKORIC (NIAR - Hyderabad, India)
Miroslav Skoric has more than two decades of experience in computer network administration and system maintenance (Diploma in Business Computing) and 25+ years of practice in the amateur radio (licensed amateur since 1989, amateur radio call sign YT7MPB). He has been maintaining various types of amateur radio bulletin board systems (MS DOS, Windows and Linux platforms) at VHF/HF radio frequencies and Internet inputs/outputs in his local amateur radio union and clubs-societies. Miroslav Skoric voluntarily served as the union’s secretary and information manager during the nineties – when he was compiling technical and scientific information for broadcasting via local amateur radio frequencies and repeaters. Teaching experience includes several classes in a local high-school amateur radio club; technical paper presentations in domestic and international events; tutorials & workshops on the amateur radio in engineering education, one round-table session, several magazine/journal articles, five book chapters, and a web page featuring popular amateur radio software. Social activities include the membership in IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Education Society, ACM, NIAR, and IAENG.