New EchoLink, AllStar Nodes for Alabama IRLP Nets

EchoLink connections to IRLP reflector 9667 must now be made via K8STN-L (200987) or W5MGM-L (548713). AllStar users can reach the reflector using nodes 41427 or 45680. These changes affect the the University ARC Thursday Night Net and Alabama Friends Net.

Many thanks to Joe, K8STN and Fred, W5MGM for facilitating continued interconnectivity between networks and the far wider reach it affords the Alabama IRLP nets.

EchoLink, AllStar Node Changes for Nets

Effective immediately, EchoLink connections to IRLP reflector 9667 should be made via KL7RW-R (992402) and AllStar connections should temporarily be made via node 43728. These changes apply for connections to the University ARC Thursday Night Net and Alabama Friends Net. AllStar connections will move permanently to 42350 in the near future. These changes represent a permanent replacement for EchoLink NL7EZ-R and AllStar 42257, both of which were recently taken offline indefinitely.

IRLP Returns to Tuscaloosa

University ARC IRLP node 4719 is back in service on the club’s 145.210 W4UAL repeater in Tuscaloosa.

Along with the return of IRLP connectivity comes the club’s return to its own Thursday Night Net, which has continued without the club during its extended absence.

A hardware failure brought down the IRLP node last November. Additional hardware failures, access restrictions during construction and a number of other setbacks and difficulties kept the node out of service for approximately 10 months.

The W4UAL 145.210/144.610 repeater, located on the University of Alabama campus, requires a 103.5 Hz PL tone for access. The University ARC Thursday Night Net meets weekly at 8 p.m. Central time on the club’s repeater, on various other connected repeaters and simplex frequencies around Alabama and beyond, and on IRLP, EchoLink and AllStar. A list of participating RF and online nodes is on the UARC Net page.

“Airchecks” from WKRP in Cincinnati

When Shout Factory released the complete series of WKRP in Cincinnati several years ago, I was super excited to see so much of my favorite television show for the first time! The complete series had never been released on DVD; what had been released previously had the original music replaced by generic music to save the cost and headaches of licensing the original music. In syndication, as many as several minutes of the show was also cut to make room for more …

Alabama Students Make Amateur Radio Contact with International Space Station

At 1:02 p.m. on April 10, 2018, a group of Pinson Valley High School students gathered in the school’s auditorium to become the first Alabama high school students to contact the International Space Station via amateur radio. The students, operating as PVHS Amateur Radio Club station KN4BBD, had about 10 minutes to interview ISS crew member Richard “Ricky” Arnold II, KE5DAU, operating as ISS Amateur Radio Club station NA1SS. The contact was Commander Arnold’s first ARISS (Amateur Radio on the …