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 https://groups.io/g/network105.net
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.
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 https://groups.io/g/network105
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.