Be a SLACKER, join W5RRR.slack.com. Slack is a super seamless cloud-based collaboration service. It’s like an instant messaging environment to pass conversations among JSCARC club members in realtime. Questions, comments, announcements, thoughts and ideas can be immediately distributed out to the group or selectively to individuals. It’s most convenient to be installed on your cellphone so you can be tied to the club members and our activities, wherever you may be. Slack is used extensively across large and small commercial businesses to bolster communication and collaboration among employees. It’s used in teams across Ebay, Sony, Yelp and NBC, and its growth is staggering. Prognosticators believe it will replace email.
Stu, W4STU, graciously set up our W5RRR stack group and provided the following instruction:
“All, I have set up an instant messaging group on Slack (a free service) for W5RRR. Dave Lee, myself, and a few others have been test driving it but we are now looking for more input. Please follow the link below if you would like to sign up. This link will work for 30 days (from 2/22/18), after that go to w5rrr.slack.com to request access. https://join.slack.com/t/w5rrr/shared_invite/enQtMzIwNDQ4NDQxNzY3LWI0OWVjN2MzNjcxYzRlZTA1Njc1OTJhODVjZDUxZTc4ZWMzMjIzOTY2MTVjOWU0ZDljYTVjNjg0ZWQ1OTU3NGI Slack provides multiple chat “channels” and direct messaging between users. Channels are usually dedicated to a particular topic (eg general announcements, antennas, a particular contest, etc). Its faster than email for a quick conversation. Slack also provides “plugins” to allow custom software to post messages. I’ll be looking at linking APRS messages to W5RRR into a chat channel. Other project ideas are welcome! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.