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[OT]: Book on packet radio and similar things

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  • Miroslav Skoric
    Hi all, After having published some book chapters on packet and assorted stuff (see the book titles bellow), I plan to work on the whole book. A rough plan is
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 23, 2013
      Hi all,

      After having published some book chapters on packet and assorted stuff
      (see the book titles bellow), I plan to work on the whole book. A rough
      plan is to cover the following topics (but not limited to):

      - Introduction (broad definition, history of the amateur radio hobby,
      personal experience within the area, ...)
      - Background (discussion of previous works - literature review, etc.)
      - Discussion of hardware aspects:
      - ham digital experience with older computers /Commodore 64, PC AT i80286/
      - newer PC compatibles /various Intel and AMD platforms/
      - non-PC solutions such as industrial computers, RaspBerry Pi, ...
      - discussion about packet modems, antennas ...
      - radio mofifications
      - Discussion of software aspects:
      - operating systems used by digital hams
      - proprietary vs. open source solutions, such as Linux and packet
      software for Linux
      - packet radio programs for end-users (all platforms)
      - software for packet nodes based on PC computers and/or modem EPROMs,
      - gateway operations (VHF-HF, packet-pactor, etc.)
      - Discussion of diverse locations for implementing amateur digital radio:
      - home shacks
      - informal scholarly activities with 'ham radio' in computer and/or
      electronics laboratories
      - possibilities in workplaces, etc.
      - practical advices (positioning antennas, power supply, air
      conditioning for computer rooms, various home-brew appliances such as
      using old refrigerators for housing digital equipment, ...)
      - Influence of the amateur (digital) radio hobby to one's preferred
      lifestyle and profession:
      - examples of scientists and researchers who started with 'ham radio'
      in their early career days
      - personal experience (motivated family background, early start with
      'ham radio' some 25 years ago, starting and growing with academic
      writing on that technical activity - magazine articles, conference
      papers, book chapters, half-day tutorials, 1-2 day workshops; networking
      with scholars and researchers during the technical events; exploring new
      countries, cultures, educational systems, etc.)
      - Review of today's prevalent ways in disseminating amateur radio
      - presence/absence in implementation of 'help' sections within the
      packet software packages
      - (in)adequate 'expert' technical language as (not) suitable for beginners
      - mis(use) of informal descriptions followed by improper formatting in
      documents /no APA-style in presenting information, overuse of jargon, etc
      - Displaying experience with exchanging information related to amateur
      radio theory and praxis in conferences, symposiums, seminars, tutorials,
      workshops (incl. various aspects: technical, professional,
      inter-cultural, etc)
      - Amateur radio as a trigger to learn new cultures, new countries,
      tourist aspects such as people, flora and fauna, food, drink, etc ...
      -thankfully to the ham radio (will include personal experience with
      conferencing, as well as travel experience provided by the other
      amateurs (such as traveling to/from contest locations in remote and
      rural areas, research expeditions, etc.
      - Research and development: should include experience provided by
      amateur radio groups and societies (mainly in western countries) that
      have been exploring 'ham radio' alongside their teaching and learning
      activities; a suggested project of AMUNET (the amateur radio university
      network - a vision of the future networking between educational
      institutions on local and global level; the influence and potential
      results from astronauts on spaceships who practiced digital amateur
      radio experiments and conducted correspondence with schools, etc.
      - Inclusion/Convergence with other technologies:
      - Experimenting with various Linux applications, such as librarian
      databases that might be reached and browsed from the amateur packet
      radio network
      - 'Green technologies' - small wind or solar energy plants in
      appropriate locations (one of my last visiting places was one of the
      most Sun-covered area of India where relatively small solar panels could
      provide enough electricity to power 'ham radio' relay stations)
      - Experiments in 'the wild' such as weekend-amateurs who might provide
      temporary radio-relay services from picnic locations in the woods or
      seaside, or something similar.
      - Potentials of amateur radio in unrelated research directions and
      sciences (such as collecting weather related data from remote locations
      like mountain tops, ideas of tracking wild animals /endangered species/
      by using amateur radio digital devices, etc.)
      - Final discussions and conclusions
      - Acknowledgments
      - References
      - Additional literature list
      - Index words, glossary etc.
      - Appendices (program codes, configuration and parameter file examples,
      additional figures that do not fit to the chapter text, etc)

      (All subjects listed in above sections should be well illustrated and in
      form of tutorials. Whenever possible, chapter authors should provide
      enough figures (screen shots, photographs, drawings, diagrams, etc) that
      would help beginners to replicate experiments and compare with their own
      test results)

      So, if you find yourself as a prospective book chapter contributor on
      above topics, let me know off-list.




      book chapter author in those books:

      Handbook of Research on Human Performance and Instructional Technology
      ISBN: 978-1-60566-782-9; 678 pp; October 2009
      Published under Information Science Reference, an imprint of IGI Global
      Edited by: Holim Song, Terry T. Kidd

      Simulation in Computer Network Design and Modeling: Use and Analysis
      ISBN: 978-1-46660-191-8; 582 pages; February 2012
      Published by IGI Global, USA
      Edited by: Hussein Al-Bahadili

      Wireless Networks and Security: Issues, Challenges and Research Trends
      ISBN: 978-3-642-36168-5; 510 pages; February 2013
      Published by Springer, Germany
      Edited by: Shafiullah Khan, Al-Sakib Khan Pathan
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