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    • #97812
      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
      Moderator

        I’ve been thinking of trying Zello as a improvised Podcast Q&A type thing.

        This MVT Irma channel would be a test of the usefulness of the platform, it’s capable of having a password protected channel with moderators assigned. Can support up to 2000 users.

        I figured using peoples MVT usernames for familiarity and limited to actual MVT Forum members.

        If sufficient interest exists we can give it a try.

        I don’t have much experience with Zello yet, but if this works and seems controllable this could lead to other online discussions on a variety of MVT topics.

        We wouldn’t limit this test to just Irma discussion, but any Irma questions or needs would take priority.

        Zello is available at Apple App store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and Amazon App Store. Phones, tablets, and computers are possible platforms, devices need a speaker and a microphone to work.

        A PTT switch is assigned depending on device used.

        When you setup your Zello account you decide on what is publicly available in your profile, so it seems relatively secure regarding anonymity. Obviously don’t talk about anything you don’t want known. You can insert a avatar pic just like Forum, in fact I would recommend using the same one to ease others recognition of you.

        So let me know who is interested and we can setup a time and distribute a password for the channel if there’s sufficient interest.

      • #97813
        zeerf
        Participant

          I am interested Joe I like this idea.

        • #97814
          wildbill
          Participant

            I’m also interested, I’ll check out the program.

          • #97815
            trailman
            Participant

              I think I have an account on there but can’t recover it because the website won’t respond

            • #97816
              trailman
              Participant

                So I’m on as checkerboardsix, must have had an account long ago

              • #97817
                SeanT
                Keymaster

                  I will set one up. I have Mom in Ft. Myers and a sister in St. Pete Beach. Sis went to high ground but her place ( 2 really) will flood. Going to get the HF ears on the hurricane net later as well.

                • #97818
                  bambam
                  Participant

                    Yes, for sure. Handle is Peter on Zello. In St. Augustine.

                  • #97819
                    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                    Moderator

                      Note: From Zello…

                      Can I have two accounts on the same email?

                      Yes, you can have two or more accounts associated with the same e-mail address.

                      Zello Support

                      So you can create an account just for MVT use, this would greatly help in knowing who you are.

                    • #97820
                      trailman
                      Participant

                        So what’s the MVT group password

                      • #97821
                        Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                        Moderator

                          So any one who is interested get the applicable App for your device, set a account, check your setup with the “Echo” feature which allows you to hear your own transmission to verify everything works.

                          Is there a time tonight that would work best for everyone?

                          I’ll be busy until latter, but if there is a consensus on time we can setup distributing the password.

                          The channel name is “MVT: Irma Discussion,” the App has a search feature to find it. I’ll also be on forum during the discussion if anyone is having problems.

                        • #97822
                          gramma
                          Participant

                            I’ll give it try. Any time after 6 pm ET will work.

                          • #97823
                            gramma
                            Participant

                              Hmmm. Not seeing anywhere to set up an account, search for a channel or anything. Just the walkie screen. Nothing in settings either. But then, I’m apple illiterate unless it’s 10-15 yrs old.

                            • #97824
                              Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                              Moderator

                                Not using Apple, but in the upper right corner are three vertical dots, click or touch them and a dropdown menu will appear.

                                Select options, then Profile to build a profile.

                              • #97825
                                Dennis W
                                Participant

                                  I added the app and I think it’s set up for the MVT Irma discussion.
                                  Dennis

                                • #97826
                                  Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                  Moderator

                                    I think it’s set up

                                    :good:

                                  • #97827
                                    gramma
                                    Participant

                                      Just waiting on a password…

                                    • #97828
                                      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                      Moderator

                                        Everyone check your PM’s.

                                      • #97829
                                        Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                        Moderator

                                          Well so far I talked with Gramma, Dennis W, Trailman, and Bambam on the Zello “MVT: Irma Discussion.”

                                          Zeerf and Wildbill popped in, but never heard anything from them.

                                          Unsure if they could hear us or not.

                                          Obviously with me not scheduling an actual time and not really having a defined agenda it wasn’t great, but it did show the potential for usefulness.

                                          I think it would be worth scheduling some more informal sessions to define possible uses.

                                          Once we get a better handle on the capabilities, user operation, and help figure out why some weren’t able to make contact.

                                          One possible use may involve playing a audio podcast, followed by a Q&A.

                                          Interview, followed by a Q&A.

                                          Any thoughts and feedback is welcome.

                                        • #97830
                                          Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                          Moderator

                                            Maybe a live play by play of the TacGun Challenge, with some interviews of participants?

                                          • #97831
                                            Groundwork
                                            Participant

                                              I already have a Zello account with a name for family, while Irma lasts at least.

                                              Would I need a new account to use my Groundwork name?

                                              I’d be interested in participating if able to use my forum name.

                                              EDIT: Read above about having multiple accounts.

                                              Congrats on a successful first session.

                                            • #97832
                                              Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                              Moderator

                                                Would I need a new account to use my Groundwork name?

                                                I think it’s better to go by forum user-name for familiarity.

                                                Note: From Zello…

                                                Can I have two accounts on the same email?

                                                Yes, you can have two or more accounts associated with the same e-mail address.

                                                Zello Support

                                                So you can create an account just for MVT use, this would greatly help in knowing who you are.

                                                I’d be interested in participating if able to use my forum name.

                                                From the Zello App you go to drop down menu, select Accounts, add accounts, then New Zello account.

                                                Fill in info, go to profile to ensure you are only sharing what you want then your set.

                                              • #97833
                                                Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                Moderator

                                                  I am still monitoring channel so anyone can still reach me.

                                                  As stated above I am trying to get a feel for possibilities in support of MVT.

                                                • #97834
                                                  Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                  Moderator

                                                    Congrats on a successful first session.

                                                    Well some of us made contact, but I truly apologize for not having a real game plan to move the discussion in more useful manner.

                                                  • #97835
                                                    Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                    Moderator

                                                      Zeerf came in channel again, but no contact.

                                                    • #97836
                                                      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                      Moderator

                                                        I want to thank everyone who participated even those that weren’t able to get through. :good:

                                                        With a little effort I believe we can make this a useful format for a variety of uses.

                                                      • #97837
                                                        zeerf
                                                        Participant

                                                          good copy and check-in, glad you got this setup and hope we can keep it going and get some good use out of it.
                                                          :good:

                                                        • #97838
                                                          Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                          Moderator

                                                            Something Zeerf helped me find out that is worth noting. If you don’t actually exit App it will run in the background. Then if someone transmits it will broadcast on your device.

                                                            So say there wasn’t any transmissions going on, and you don’t realize it, then say your sleeping or in a place where Joe transmitting is inappropriate for your current location.

                                                            I think Bambam may have discovered this too. ;-)

                                                            Anyway if I notice it I’ll give you a heads up now that I know.

                                                          • #97839
                                                            Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                            Moderator

                                                              There are a few of us that will be using channel to varying degrees today, if anyone wants to give it try just contact me.

                                                            • #97840
                                                              gramma
                                                              Participant

                                                                I was going to touch base with you on the storm progress. I see Irma has hit the keys now – and it looks like it might be a long day where you are. Having something like this to do, definitely helps.

                                                                I have a ham friend in SD that also got up & running in Zello – and he was trying to raise me during our session. You can hear multiple channels, if you are connected to both. Good tip on the exit to really shut it down, too. Hearing voices around here – all by myself – I’d have to peel myself off the ceiling. LOL.

                                                                I’d describe this as a combination of ham ‘net session, and a group Skype session. Apparently one can share photos too (from the preferences). It could serve pretty well for those formal applications Joe – but there is already online presentation software that will let people log in, watch and hear the presentation – and a text chat/voice chat option for Q&A after. It makes a good teaching tool. There are several different platforms that have survived the initial development phase.

                                                                I see value in this, for spontaneous informal chat among members on a specific topic too. Brainstorming sessions, threat risk analysis from people within a local area, a quick tactical planning meeting tool.

                                                                My friend in SD, is looking at it for an interim (when things are falling apart rapidly; but not completely shattered) communication tool for our widely dispersed group (coast to coast) of about 30 people. It replaces the call tree, shared communication/refuge lists, and since only a handful of our group are hams – a real-time communication link.

                                                                I’m looking at it as a way to coordinate my tiny group of people too over a smaller area.

                                                              • #97841
                                                                Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                                                                Moderator

                                                                  Good stuff Gramma, I am aware of the presentation type software and it is excellent. Most of it costs money, which in itself isn’t a problem, but I figure this may possibly work to start.

                                                                  It really comes down to interest, if sufficient interest is proven through actual participation then I would be more inclined. I am just not interested in spending money to support a handful of users, when this will suffice.

                                                                  I think with some creative thinking and use this can be a excellent option.

                                                                  I just got done cleaning up for my house guests that will be riding out storm. Once I get showered I’ll be up on channel.

                                                                  Several of us have been talking periodically through out morning.

                                                                  So anyone can feel free to stop by and say hi.

                                                                • #97842
                                                                  trailman
                                                                  Participant

                                                                    I got through just fine last night. I just need to figure out all the buttons and widget’s. I think it’s a useful tool for impromptu group Communications as long as you got the great up to support it.

                                                                    Anybody have an idea of what the bandwidth is for this thing when you’re using it on 4G?

                                                                  • #97843
                                                                    trailman
                                                                    Participant
                                                                    • #97844
                                                                      SeanT
                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                        I got through just fine last night. I just need to figure out all the buttons and widget’s. I think it’s a useful tool for impromptu group Communications as long as you got the great up to support it.

                                                                        Anybody have an idea of what the bandwidth is for this thing when you’re using it on 4G?

                                                                        Don’t know about data but it runs in the background and stays in touch with the mother ship so probably some. It is a battery killer though it seems like because it is staying in the background.

                                                                      • #97845
                                                                        trailman
                                                                        Participant

                                                                          When I shut it down I “shut it down” sign out, offline kill the process. There are a few other apps I have that are like that, need to kill them when not using.

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