1994-04-21 - Re: Banyan Vines / USMC

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From: Phil Karn <karn@qualcomm.com>
To: SGT=DARREN=S.=HARLOW%ISB%MCTSSA@nwsfallbrook3.nwac.sea06.navy.mil
Message Hash: f18325065fe199751d499bc5136763ebb894ed06d7eb01921e311f63be89c03a
Message ID: <199404212203.PAA21299@servo.qualcomm.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-21 22:03:28 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 21 Apr 94 15:03:28 PDT

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From: Phil Karn <karn@qualcomm.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 94 15:03:28 PDT
To: SGT=DARREN=S.=HARLOW%ISB%MCTSSA@nwsfallbrook3.nwac.sea06.navy.mil
Subject: Re: Banyan Vines / USMC
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>	The Banyan Vines network was used extensively in Desert 
>Storm/Shield/Sweep.  Before the network was in place, people were using a 
>single channel radio relay box called the Hadron.  It was capable of being 
>used with the KY-57 (crypto) on the PRC-77 (single channel radio), as well as 
>satcom (PSC-3).

I've seen the Hadron. It's an impressive, fancy, TEMPESTed, MIL-SPEC
box. When I opened it up, I found an ordinary, production, amateur
packet radio TNC (terminal node controller) speaking AX.25.

Kind of scary when you think about it. :-)

What would normally cost a ham about $150-$200 probably cost the
government about $5K each.