Gateway Project

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This project aims to operate simplex gateways at EMF Camp 2018 so other radio amateurs around the globe can speak to people at the event. I propose we host two such gateways, one for Analogue and one for DMR.

Gateway Project name may change

Internet Linking Protocol Comparisons

Comparison of possible Internet Linking Software.Note:- WORK IN PROGRESS

Name Opensource Hams Only Notes
Echolink No Y Etc, Etc
Telegram Partly No Even on Windows Phones
Zello  ? No Etc,

Others to look into at some points, Discord (gaming chat platform), XMPP / Jabber, Mumble, Teamspeak, Ventrillo.

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Echolink

Been around for many years, but looks dated now.

Pros

  • Only for Registered Hams

Cons

  • Closed Source

AllStarLink

A RoIP based network aimed at repeaters and gateways.

Pros

  • Only for Registered Hams
  • Uses SIP protocol and open source modules.
  • Flexible

Cons

  • Less widely known than other offerings
  • No native smartphone clients

Discord (gaming chat platform)

Pros

  • Free
  • Low Latency
  • Channels
  • Can Admin ourselves
  • servers are hosted by Discord
  • paid options don't affect main features
  • free iPhone/iPad & Android apps

Cons

  • Con

Mumble

Pros

  • Pro

Cons

  • Con


Teamspeak

Pros

  • Low Latency

Cons

  • Pay for Apps iPhone/iPad & Android

Telegram

Pros

  • Pro

Cons

  • Con


Ventrillo

Pros

  • Pro

Cons

  • Con


XMPP / Jabber

Pros

  • Pro

Cons

  • Con


Zello

Pros

  • Available
  • Up-to-date
  • Easy to use
  • Password protected channels

Cons

  • Reported high latency makes QSOs difficult
  • AFAIK They don't provide any bridging methods on their free tier, you have to rely on an always on device hooked up to a radio, using VOX.