Introduction from Network 105 Founder, Bernard Joseph "Burt" Amero, VE1AMA 1942-2010

"Network  105" is a group of  packet ham radio operators who enjoy chatting over the hf 20 meter band on 14.105 MHz. Most "conversations"   are  point-to-point,  that   is,  one  ham "talking" to another. However, at times, there can be groups of operators communicating together on a converse channel, a place where multi-chats may take place!
The  impetus for all this activity was due primarily to Burt Amero, VE1AMA (SK), who was the founder and major trustee of the  network.  Over the years,  his tireless effort has made the  105  network  a very  vibrant  and interesting place to "visit."  To  find  out more,  please  consider  joining our internet forum at
Be sure to stop by, and expand your view of Amateur Radio!
The  following  paragraphs,  mostly  in  his  own  words  as published over the air and disseminated to most major nodes, describe Burt's philosophy and operational guidelines ...


Hello  and welcome to "NETWORK 105".  The network is made up of  hams  who use their  tncs' as KA-Nodes, NETROM, Netnode, PK-nodes  and  NOS  TCP/IP nodes,  or  any multiported nodes providing  point to point or cross  over to vhf from hf, and from hf to vhf capability.
"NETWORK  105" has been in operation since June 11, 1986 and all   stations   are  here   voluntarily,   providing  help, encouragement,  keeping folks in contact and also a base for further experimentation on hf packet. I encourage you to use the  system, and any suggestions  you may have, please leave at my PBBS.
We  are  in  the  midst of  expanding,  and  are looking for stations  in the West and Midwest  both Canada and USA. Also looking for European Stations.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Please support "NETWORK 105", by helping others who are new to the network.
Operational Guidelines:
Please  use  the  following SSID  convention  in your beacon texts...
-1 for PBBS
-2 for GATE
-7 for KA-NODE, NOSnode, NETROM, K-Net, NOSnode, all nodes.
Generic terms : 

PBBS  - term for any built-in-the-tnc mail systems.

JNOS or TNOS - TCP/IP type stations NOS = Net Operating System.
AMPRNet  - AMateur Packet Radio on the interNet) stations that have RF as well as Internet wormhole connections.
LAN  - Local Area Network.
NetRom  - Original stand alone node.. (chip in a tnc).
K-Net  - Kantronic's NETROM-like node.
NOS node  - (eg: N8DA-7, Software NETROM type node).
We  have found over the years, paclen 60, maxframe 1, frack 5 work  best  on  HF. If you  run  a cross-vhf port recommended settings are paclen 128, maxframe 1, frack 6.
Beacons  should be sent no faster  than every 20 minutes and the first line should conform as closely as possible to the format "Network 105: VE1AMA/R VE1AMA-1/B VEAMA-7/N FN75"
Please  include  your  Maidenhead locator.  This  is  a very useful piece of information for operators with antenna rotor control or for calculating distances.
If  you  want  good performance,  please  DO  NOT DIGIPEAT A CONNECTION;  it  is much better to  connect  to a node - and then  use that node to connect  to the station you want. You will only spend 90% of the time retrying and getting RNR and REJ frames if you digipeat the connection.
Also  PLEASE  use CALLSIGNS, and  NOT ALIASES. Let's keep it HAM  RADIO.  No "HANDLE" type calls  please,  as they can be duplicated,  while only you have your  own call. At one time we had two with the same "handle" for a node call, it really messed up the frequency with FRMR, errors.
The  move  is  to make the  -7  indicate  a multiported node whether  it is a KA-Node, NOS,  NETROM, K-Net, any node that is  multi-ported. Users will be able  to figure it out after exploring it a bit.
***  There are no full server  BBS to BBS forwarding systems on the network, or at least we hope there are not.
Please  support  and enjoy the network.  It can help you get where you want quite efficiently.
Those  stations  that  wish to run  one  of  the various BBS systems as a terminal program, no problem, but please no BBS to BBS forwarding, and no full node list broadcasts.
TCP/IP  stations  wishing  to  join  the  network,  again no problem  but please no file forwarding as it would choke the system.  TCP/IP  is  a  very  powerful  system,  and for the network  to  be  able to get to  know  and use it, is a good idea, and you are most welcome here.
Please  no Winlink, APRS or DX-Cluster. Use 10.151 or 14.103 for  APRS, and other frequencies like 14.097, 099, 101, 107, 109, 111 for BBS, DX-Cluster,... thanks.
If  you  have any ideas or  suggestions  to make the network more  enjoyable  and  efficient,  please  post  them  to our internet forum at

All the best.

73... Burt & Phyllis
"NETWORK 105" Founder/Co-ordinator (1986)
Keeping packet alive On "NETWORK 105"
Packet is a sharing mode. It shares info/data,... and it shares the frequency.

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