Xastir—Open-Source Client for the Automatic Packet Reporting System

What do search and rescue, Amateur Radio and Linux have in common?

Curtis E. Mills, WE7U, became active in packet radio in the mid-1980s, creating a receive-only station from a radio, a single-chip interface circuit and custom assembly code. He's active in search and rescue and contributes to Firenet, Xastir, SmartPalm and gpsbabel development. Other interests are hiking and bow hunting when his kids aren't running him ragged. He's employed as an engineer at Fluke Corporation. Reach him at archer@eskimo.com or as WE7U-3 on APRS. He also can be found on Xastir, NWAPRS and APRSSIG lists.

Steve Stroh, N8GNJ, had his first experiences with TCP/IP networking via Amateur Packet Radio on the Puget Sound Packet Radio TCP/IP network (WETNet) in the late 1980s. From hanging out with that bad crowd of techies, Steve became a sysadmin (on systems lesser than Linux) and in 1997, began writing about broadband wireless Internet access based on his practical experience with wireless gained from being a ham. He's looking forward to some winter projects, including diving deep into open-source wireless mesh networks, embedded ARM-based Linux systems, running IPv6 over Amateur Packet Radio and getting a number of radios back on the air after a long absence. Steve can be reached at steve@stevestroh.net.

Laura Shaffer Mills studied engineering, but prefers writing software in any convenient language. She hopes to learn something new from every project and particularly enjoys solving problems that no one else had found. She relaxes with wire harp or tatting, since both are quite rare. Laura lives with her husband and three daughters and can be found at www.redwriteblue.com.


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