I’ve been watching the old Pocsag based systems come back to the fore with Dapnet - which I think is great. what would be even better is if there were a way to use the texting function which is already in DMR HTs with the DAPNET network. Do you know if anyone is working on that? It might be possible using an MMDVM based modem/hotspot/repeater controller board. I don’t have the skillset to develop this myself unfortunately.
Also the pagers on eBay that I can see listed as for conversion to 70cm or 2m Dapnet (is there a 2m Dapnet?) - appear to be receive only - do some have a keyboard to be able to send a SOTA spot from a summit? Which models would these be? Or is the concept receive only - so you see all the spots scroll through from SOTAWatch on the pager and them spot yourself via SMS?
Pagers have a niche use still. Useful to contact people who work in an environment where having an RF source is not viable such as intrinsically safe requirements and the batteries tend to last months not hours like a modern phone.
There is a common conception with non-technical people that old technology is inferior.
We’ll see the complaints come flooding in when nobody can be paged because their phone needs charging and unlike a pager which runs for months on a battery, most phones barely last a day.
I can see the headlines in the Daily Hate (Daily Mail) “Child of 3 dies because doctor could not be paged” along with all the blame applied to people who replaced tested “British” technology with some foreign phone product. Or maybe I’m just too cynical.
They also say that the reason for increasing costs is the monopoly of the one service provider that is left, and now they expect to “keep a few pagers for emergencies” - with the NHS being the biggest users of pagers in the UK, do you think the pager network will be kept running for the few “only to be used in emergencies” units. I don’t think so!
The separate radio network with far better coverage into buildings that the cell networks, is the reason for stability and reliability of the paging system - switching to the cell network CANNOT give the same service level. It’s not a matter of throwing together a Medics-WhatsApp program - it’s the infrastructure that provides the stability that is essential in EMComms.
Perhaps the DAB transmitter sites can be re-purposed for pager support when that system is finally “Dead And Buried”?
Sorry to bump an old topic.
I recently picked up an old pager and would like to put it to use again via some local DAPNET nodes.
Is this rubric still active as I can not see any content on the viewer on DAPNET?
Maybe the url’s for the SOTA and DPANET API’s have changed causing a break in the system.
Hi Tom, I also picked up a Pocsag pager earlier this year with the idea of using it for SOTA spots. Unfortunately, I was never able to get the official rubric to work either so I’m guessing the person running the service abandoned it. I put together a short python script that will poll the SOTA API and send spots using either a Rasp-PI/MMDVM, or Unipager. If you have existing hampager infrastructure where you live, this probably won’t be much use for you, as you need to run your own transmitter with this script running on it.