To all AMSAT-Florida net participants:
Recently, the KG4YZY repeater that provided the Echolink connection into
the wide area NI4CE repeater system was permanently disconnected from
the network, and temporarily removed from service. As the AMSAT-Florida
net relied on that Echolink connection as the hub for all our
participating repeaters from Miami to Gainesville, as well as worldwide
individual participants, we are left in quite a jam until we reestablish
a hub system.
Further complicating the situation is that the three active net control
stations rely on being able to use a real RF connection to run the net,
assisted by Echolink in the background.
For tonight's net I propose that Echolink users connect to K4ZPZ-R 44310
in Orlando, 443.100 on RF. Our Orlando NCS is unavailable tonight, so
depending on conditions I will attempt to be NCS either via RF or
Echolink. This might get very "interesting", and the net will likely be
more informal than usual. We can reevaluate and reintegrate NI4CE when
they restore Echolink connectivity. What I do not think should happen is
the net splitting into two entities. That, IMO, is a recipe for failure
So, please join us on K4ZPZ-R tonight for the AMSAT-Florida net,
Echolink node # 44310, RF 443.100 MHz.
73, Drew KO4MA