began as an experimental Internet linking project in the United States
(California), and the initial Beta testing led to the development of
an expanded and enhanced protocol, known as WIRES-II.
WIRESTM-II is a system of using the
Internet's voice-communication capability as a bridge between distant
stations. Where simplex- and repeater-based communication was basically
limited to a local coverage area, with WIRES-II it is now possible to
use the Internet as a long-distance link, allowing city-to-city, country-to-country,
or continent-to-continent contacts from your hand-held or mobile rig.
With WIRESTM linking, the distance
between mobile or hand-held units becomes irrelevant, and the world
becomes a much smaller place!
WIRESTM uses DTMF signaling to establish
a bridge, using the Internet, from your repeater or home station to
another WIRES-equipped station anywhere in the world. No proprietary
tones or connection formats are used, so any manufacturer's radio (equipped
with a DTMF encoding keypad) may be used to bring up the Internet link.
The heart of a WIRESTM-II node is the
HRI-100 Interface Box. At the repeater site, a personal computer is
connected to the HRI-100 Interface Box, which serves as a command and
audio-patching controller for the Internet bridge to your computer.
Either a dial-up connection, or a high-speed line such as a DSL or ISDN
line, may be used for connecting to the Internet.