Well, I finally had the chance to play around with NBEMS using fldigi and flarq. It seems like there’s some promise but it wasn’t without its challenges. It seems much better suited to SSB than FM. We ended up splattering all over a simplex QSO 1K away that we didn’t know about. They were cool about it and actually let us test some more to see how much bandwidth we were taking up.
We started off using it with fldigi set to PSK-31 and this proved entirely too slow for transferring files. We gave up long before we transferred more than 2% of a 35K file because it was taking too long. Unfortunately when we tried changing modes to MT63 flarq on my end quit talking with fldigi. I still haven’t been able to get it working.
In the image above the large window is fldigi. The blob of red is the image I was trying to transfer. The small window is flarq.
After talking with one of the guys with WPANBEMS he told me they had similar challenges during their testing. Now they skip flarq and just use fldigi and wrap. Still need to do some testing with it but in my solo run it seems to work. Hopefully I’ll have an update on this again soon.