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Overview

Outpost and PackItForms (and legacy PacFORMS) are the standard client software used in Santa Clara County ARES/RACES.  Outpost provides an easy to use, e-mail-like user interface for sending, receiving and managing packet messages.  PackItForms (and legacy PacFORMS) provides an HTML representation of many standard county forms and optimizes the sending and receiving of forms-based information over a packet network. 

Version Info:  To check the installed version of all components: Windows Start Menu > SCCo Packet > SCCo Version


General Release Version

This version is for use by all Santa Clara County packet BBS service users.

Prerequisites:

Key New Features:

Release Notes:

Known Issues:

Instructions: 

Step 1: Download the installer to your hard drive and save it where you can find it again later. In an emergency, you'll be able to provide the installer to others.

  • Most users should click on the link below
  • ECs/AECs and Hospital Net users only:  To download the installer with additional PacFORMS for EOCs and hospitals, go to the Training and Events database, log in, look near the bottom of the left column and select "SCCo Packet Installer".

Step 2: Run the installer

An important consideration when installing Outpost is the location of the Outpost data directory. The default data directory location used by the installer assumes that the Windows account installing Outpost has Windows Administrator privileges and is the only user of Outpost. If either of these two conditions is not true, then an alternative location for the data directory is needed. Use the following recommendation when selecting the location for the Outpost data directory:

  • If a single Windows account will be the only user of Outpost, and if that account has Windows Administrator privileges, then:
    • Double click on the installer .exe file to launch the installer
    • When the installer asks for the "Outpost data location", you can use the default value
    • If you think you might add additional Windows users in the future and those users will need access to Outpost, you should use a location that is not restricted to a single user, such as: C:\SCCo Packet
  • Otherwise:
    • Double click on the installer .exe file to launch the installer
    • If the user running the installer is not a Windows Administrator, Windows will ask for the Administrator password. Enter it (or have your IT person enter it).
    • When the installer asks for the "Outpost data location", use a location that is not restricted to a single user, such as: C:\SCCo Packet
    • All Windows users will be able to see the same messages in Outpost.

Step 3: Perform initial set up and testing

Download SCCo Packet Installer v145C   07-Jul-2019 (.EXE - 17.4 MB)

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Pre-Release Version

None at this time.

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About Outpost, PackItForms, and PacFORMS

About Outpost
Outpost Packet Message Manager software is written by Jim Oberhofer, KN6PE, and is available at http://www.outpostpm.org. The generic version of Outpost can be installed on the same machine as the above combined installer. 

Outpost User Manual and other documentation on Outpost website
Getting Started with Outpost (01/07/09), 652kb Acrobat
An Introduction to Outpost Packet Message Manager (03/14/09), 747kb Acrobat
Additional Presentations can be found at:  http://www.outpostpm.org/#Presentations

About PackItForms
PackItForms was developed by John Kristian, W6JMK, Peter Amidon, KJ6PUN, and Keith Amidon, KJ6PUO. The connection to Outpost was developed in coordination with Jim Oberhofer, KN6PE, who developed the Outpost API. For more information about PackItForms, go here.

About PacFORMS
PacFORMS is written by Phil Henderson, KF6ZSQ.  For more information about PacFORMS, go here.

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