The Anchorage Amateur Radio Club supports an extensive network of packet radio nodes. The system is open for use by any properly licensed amateur. The network supports 1200 bps operation in both AX.25 and TCP/IP protocols. The AARC operates packet nodes on 145.01, 145.05, 147.96, 440.05, and 3.605 Mhz. Contact Doug Dickinson, KL7IKX, at 346-1822 for further information.
CALLSIGN Frequency LOCATION KL7AA-01 KL7AA Hamshack: PACKET STATION KL7AA-02
144.390 APRS Client KL7AA-03 Portable Packet Station #1 KL7AA-04 Portable Packet Station #2 KL7AA-05 Portable Packet Station #2 KL7AA-06 Unassigned
Eagle and Valley
KL7AA-08 AARC KL7AA-09 Portable Digipeater #1
144.98 Winlink VHF RMS KL7AA-11 Portable APRS #1 KL7AA-12 Portable APRS #2 KL7AA-13 CCV APRS (Motor home) KL7AA-14 National Weather Service Packet Station (Sand Lake Road) KL7AA-15 CCV Packet Station
The Eagle Node operates on 145.01 and the Valley Node is at 147.96 Mhz.
These are Chat and Mailbox systems. There are Digipeaters on JBER as well
at 145.01 (connect via ears or connect to kl7air-2 and then connect to Eagle) and at 147.96
(connect via ears or connect to KL7AIR-2 and then connect to Valley).
Easier still is to digi thru EARS to one of the nodes.
Type "C VALLEY V EARS" (on 146.96) or "C EAGLE V EARS" (on 145.01) at the command pormpt of your TNC.
Once connected to either node type "Talk" to enter the chat function.
The former BBS and Packet Mail system is no longer supported.
Additonally there is a UHF 9600 Baud Digi in the area (on JBER) to use it
type "C (destination) V KL7AIR" (on 441.175).
Alaska hosts several WINLINK systems. Winlink 2000 (WL2K) is a worldwide system of volunteer resources supporting e-mail by radio, with non-commercial links to internet e-mail. The system provides valuable service to emergency communicators, and to licensed radio operators without access to the internet. For more information contact Ron Keech, KL7YK.
In addition to these VHF RMS systems we have an HF RMS in Anchorage as well.
WINLINK Callsign Frequency Speed Anchorage VHF RMS
WL7CVG-10 144.90 1200 Anchorage VHF RMS
KL7AA-10 144.98 1200 Palmer VHF RMS KL7JFT-10 145.19 1200 Fairbanks VHF RMS KL7EDK-10 147.96 1200 Valdez VHF RMS AL4O-10 145.10 1200 Central VHF RMS KL2GS-10 147.96 1200
This system scans predefined frequencies over 4 bands for incoming connections.
This HF RMS is accessed daily by both intra Alaska stations and distant stations.
Internal to the state we have Hams using the service as their only email route as they are off the grid.
Information can be found on the web at WINLINK.ORG.
Call Sign Grid Locator Frequency Scanned Mode
BP51CE 7,075.900 KHz Pactor I, II WL7CVG BP51CE 7.101.700 KHz Pactor I, II, III BP51CE 3,589.000 KHz Pactor I, II, III BP51CE 10,143.700 KHz Pactor I, II, III
In addition the KL7EDK HF RMS in Fairbanks supports Winmor and Pactor. Winmor is the soundcard mode for Winlink. Jerry has that available on both 40 and 80 meters. See Winlink.Org for more info.
Automated Position Reporting System
In the Anchorage area the I-Gate is KL7AIR-10 on Elmendorf AFB.
An I-Gate relays APRS position data to the various websites like APRS.FI or FINDU.COM.
You can also send short ACSII messages over APRS.
Almost every APRS Client digi-peats position data from others.