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In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, the CRC Christmas party will be this Friday night (December 13th) at Ponderosa in Richland
(Near the Galleria Mall) at 6pm. Everyone is invited. Please feel free
to being spouses, kids, strangers from the street who may be interested
in amateur radio, etc.
Even if you don't like the food, please feel free to come and have a cup of coffee with us.
Please RSVP to this e-mail so I can let them know about how many soles to expect.
Hope to see you then,
Amateur Radio Call N3XCC
HO HO HO
WANRS makes it possible for kids to talk with
Santa on Wednesday, December 18th from
6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST.
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WAN Basic Rules and Operating Practices posted June 27, 2013 (some clarification)
As many of you know we the WAN core membership prides ourselves on the fact we operate this system with very few rules or policies and to date we have not had to BAN or WARN too many malicious operators. This system is audio recorded full time and that has helped us to resolve issues that we have had.
For the most part this is a full duplex system however there is a need for a few second pause between transmissions to allow all the links and nodes to drop from time to time. This practice will help to avoid repeater time out.
This system operates in compliance with the FCC Rules and Regulations and we simply expect each operator to follow the appropriate FCC Rules and Regulations. We also expect each operator to use the system in accordance with good amateur practices. This is a hobby we are here to help if you have any questions. You may reach the core members at 2135@WANRS.com New hams welcomed…
Please use amateur radio plain English and leave the 11 meter lingo on 11 meters.
In accordance with good amateur practice “Kerchunking” (keying a repeater to see if you are hitting it) is discouraged. The preferred method is to verify your frequency, settings, and PL tone, then key up, ID with your call sign, and say testing. If you wish for someone to reply, then you might want to key up, ID with your call sign and ask for a radio test from any other operator.
Echolink and IRLP
Please visit our Echolink & WAN-RS page for full detail on this subject. Unauthorized IRLP, and Echolink connections are not allowed. We do host an Echolink node 27700 W3WAN-R 624298 where you can set schedules to hold QSO’s.
It is our desire for everyone to have fun and enjoy the system. We would like for conversations that are not an authorized scheduled NET, lasting more than 10 minutes, to take a pause and ask if anyone needs the system. If you do not receive a request to use the system then carry on and have fun. A basic rule to try would be, when you feel its time to state your “every 10 minute ID” maybe then ask if anyone needs to use the system.
On a personal note: I think with the system so large when you key up, ID and say listening or monitoring, maybe you want to state if you wish for a reply or not. I often call “listening for any Johnstown, PA operators” hoping one of my friends is on. This is just my two cents worth. Please feel free to post your own comments on our Facebook page.
On behalf of the WAN Core Membership please enjoy the system and feel free to ask questions.
73 Tom K3WS 2135@WANRS.com
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December 9, 2014
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ( Ham In A Day )
CAN OBTAIN YOUR FCC AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE IN JUST ONE DAY ! THE BEDFORD
COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY WILL HOST A “HAM IN A DAY ” STUDY AND EXAM
SESSION ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, BEGINNING AT 8:00 A.M. THE EVENT WILL
BE HELD AT THE CIVIL AIR PATROL-MAINTENANCE BUILDING AT THE BEDFORD
COUNTY AIRPORT . ACTUAL TESTING WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 P.M. LUNCH AND
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND OR TAKE THE
EXAM. PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE A CURRENT PHOTO ID. FOR MORE
INFORMATION, CONTACT STEVE AT 814-623-6147 Please visit our friends at http://www.bcars.org/ Or sign up at on our VE Test Session Page at http://www.cambriaradio.com
November 18, 2013
Frederick K3MAD 147.060 + PL 146.2 << NEW
Is back on the air. Thanks to Scott, N3XCC
Please try it out and give us some signal reports.
Please Notice the new PL of 146.2
Washington DC 447.875- 167.9 back on air
thanks to Scott N3XCC
May 28, 2013
Two new repeaters on the system:
Node 2301 442.075+ 186.2 W3GFD Youngsville, PA
Node 2302 147.015+ 186.2 W3GFD Watson, PA
June 20, 2013
Node 2338 146.910- 127.3 N3FE Bloss Mtn. Arnot, PA Tioga County
Thank you to Scott N3XCC from Tom K3WS and the Repeater Builder RB-USB RIM Module along with the new Repeater Scott N3XCC and Kevin WJ8G hauled back from Dayton the College Park, MD 442.900 pl 167.9 is back on air and running well. Connected to WAN-RS node 27699 the Motorola msf 5000 is humming away at 60 watts.
Jan. 2 , 2013
Just spinning the dail and wanted to say Happy New Year from W3WAN a.k.a KB3ORS as Mission Control for The Wide Area Network Repeater System... note: Brian did not post this so it is only fair that it makes its way around the web or you can go to our Facebook page and make it go viral :-)
WAN-RS is now on FaceBook
Or is this DJ Brian-B...
WAN-RS is now on FaceBook
The overview that follows explains an amateur radio linking system which has been deployed in the central region of Pennsylvania which has near seamless north-south coverage from the New York State line into northern Maryland and Washington, DC. It is the intention of the development team that this link system remain fluid in its application; which can and will change in purpose, as the need arises. The official name of the link system is "The Wide Area Network Repeater System" or WAN-RS
. In times of disaster, it will serve many purposes for agencies like FEMA, PEMA, ARES and RACES/ACS, but from a neutral standpoint.
The WAN-RS, ** W3WAN **
in its present state, includes several repeaters physically located in Warren, Jefferson, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. These repeaters are linked (connected) together with a private wide area TCP/IP network connection (WAN) and Linux based repeater controllers which have the ability to allow multiple, simultaneous, high-quality duplex audio/telemetry connections. While similar linking systems require use of the public Internet to provide the path between sites, our present sites utilize a Private WAN to make this connection. This means if there is an Internet outage, the system will continue to operate over the private WAN; as it can exist without Internet bandwidth being supplied over it. Of course, if a repeater outside our private network is connected over the Internet, and the Internet goes out, this repeater will still operate stand-alone, but will no longer be part of the system as a whole. In other words, Internet connected repeaters will not totally fail, they will continue to operate - locally.
The new link system has, at the present time, private connectivity between the existing sites. While many miles exist between physical tower locations, all connectivity is over private, locally owned and operated networks. These networks are comprised of a mix of fiber optic and wireless topologies which are all either owned or operated under the direct control of the development team. Some of these sites have or will have redundant LAN connectivity, as it is our intention to make the system as robust as possible. It is not within the scope of this document to detail the connectivity between sites because of security and non disclosure agreement policies. The system is, for the most part, privately held by members of the development team and organizations they work directly for.
The WAN repeater system uses a repeater controller which is based upon VoIP technologies that allow for very high quality audio throughput and reconfigurability on a near infinite scale. It is loosely based on the Asterisk/app_rpt system utilized in the AllStar Link system and a few others, with some minor exceptions. One exception is we have chosen to use a special distribution of the application written by a mutual friend, Steve Henke - W9SH
. This special distribution allows for greater flexibility and support. It is the concern of the development team that this system not be dependent on the integrity on the public Internet; in which it has no direct control over. AllStar linking between segments like ours is almost totally done over the public Internet, however, it can be configured so sites which can see one another over a private WAN can be connected without Internet bandwidth. This means that systems that are connected in a private manner will not fail to be connected to one another, as long as the private WAN does not fail. Our WAN-RS link system has been configured to allow direct connectivity fail-over in the event of a Internet outage. This configuration allows our link system to be accessible anywhere in the world as long as the Internet is healthy, and will continue to operate locally and regionally if the public Internet should fail.
This amateur radio link system system is the result of work done mainly by M. Scott Zimmerman - N3XCC and David Hunter - N3YFO. It was their vision to connect Cambria and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania together with this technology. They have hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars personally invested in this system. The system has expanded into other Counties by cooperation of Jim Knox - N5NWC and myself, Kevin Custer - WJ8G. Thomas Brew - K3WS has enabled the system to grow at an explosive rate with donations of computer equipment, technical knowledge, and enthusiasm. Brian Burton - KB3ORS operates a dedicated a 2M machine in Sheffield PA and a part time 2M system in Kane PA - McKean County. While the system already provides a nice coverage area, we are hopeful it will expand to enable the repeater coverage desired by the development team, and regular users of the system.
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