Member Database

Database Notes


Below you will find a list of definitions for records listed in the Membership Database.

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Below is a glossary of terms used in the member database.


AMPR : Amateur Packet Radio Network (a.k.a. The 44 Network / IP's 44.x.x.x)

ARRL : American Radio Relay League.

APRS : Automatic Packet Reporting System.

AX25 : AX.25 is a data link layer protocol derived from the X.25 protocol suite and designed for use by amateur radio operators. It is used extensively on amateur packet radio networks. For the purpose of this database, members interested in NetRom are also interested in using AX25.

BBS : Bulletin Board System. Specifically a FULL SERVICE BBS that sends and receives messages from other BBS systems around the world.

DX : Ham Radio slang for 'Long Distance'.

DX Spotting : Also known sometines as DX Cluster or DX Hunting. These are terms hams use when they are seeking long distance contacts, most commonly when participating in contact Contests. The Spotting reference is when hams use either an RF system or an online system to log contacts made specifying the band, callsign, and frequency of the contact, so that other hams can Spot the band opening and and possible contacts to be made.

EMERG : Short for Emergency or Emergency Packet .

Hi-Speed : Hi-Speed or High-Speed in packet radio refers to sending data at a speed sufficient enough to connect to the internet via RF. This used to refer only to the 802.11 protocol. But, for the purpose of this database, refers to any packet system that has a fast enough throughput to connect to the internet.

Keyboard : Keyboard-to-Keyboard communication. Ususally two SysOp's communicating with each other in real time via RF transmissions. Keyboarding is not limited to just two stations, however.

NETROM : NET/ROM is a commercial firmware program that is used as a replacement ROM in TAPR type TNCs.

TCP/IP : Short for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. TCP/IP is a set of rules (protocols) governing communications among all computers on the Internet. For this database it refers to members that use TCP/IP via RF to connect to other stations, and possibly even the internet via RF.

USER: This just refers to NCPA members that have a general interest in using packet radio to connect and communicate with other packet radio users for the purpose of anything from general conversation to emergency communications.

WL2K : Winlink or Winlink-2000. Winlink, also known as the Winlink 2000 Network, is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency relief communications, and message relay.