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I recently purchased an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver and am enjoying Single Side Band and CW with it. I has numerous functions and all the bells and whistles one could imagine. I have been reading the manual and watching the 43+ excellent videos on YouTube by WA2IVD where he goes into detail on all the settings.

My solar system with a 100 watt panel and a 54 amp hr battery works fine for the HF rig and the packet station. With only 100 watts of RF from the IC-7300, I purchased a 500 watt solid state amplifier. It is an Ameritron ALS-500M. It works fine on my 12V solar system.

Here is a picture of my humble amateur radio station. The packet Kenwood TM-281A and KPC-3P run 24/7 on the solar system. There is plenty of power for both the HF rig and Packet. Typically the battery is fully charged by 11:00AM each morning. If we have a week of fog, I do have to put an AC charger on the system.

I use Linux Mint Cinnamon 20.2 as my OS and gave up on Windows OS when they stopped supporting Windows XP. For Sunday Night Packet Net, I use the moserial serial program with my KPC-3P because it has 3 windows (1) for net traffic, (2) my transmit output, and (3) a window for entering commands or text. When I want a quick session on packet, I use gtkterm which only has one window, but is quick and easy to use.

Packet Net every Sunday at 8:00PM on 145.050 MHz in Central California.

If you get a chance please check in using the unproto mode. If you check in, you will be included as a member. It is free with no obligations. It is easy to do. Set the KaNode you hear best as the first node in the string. Then add KaNodes to the string that hear each other. There is a table below that shows which nodes hear each other. Here is an example what I use from Bethel Island:


With this string, I can be heard from Modesto to Redding and San Fransisco to Tahoe. 

Here is a sample text if you volunteer to be Net Control:

QST QST QST Sunday Night Packet Net.
This is (Your Call Sign) your "Lucky" net control this evening.
This net meets Sundays a 8:00PM Local Time.
Join by checking in and be added to our list of members.
Answer with an Unproto packet with your Name & Location.
Ask for Net Control volunteer for next Sunday.

Roll call is as follows:

Note: After Roll Call, be sure to ask again for a volunteer for next week's Net Control
if no one volunteered earlier.

Helpful Hint For KPC-3 Users:
MALL ON (default), you see everything.
When OFF only Unproto and Unconnected packets are shown.

Here are some unproto paths I use:


Note. Lately, there are no stations using KCORN and KRDG. Sometimes WOODY is weak and needs to be omitted. KPAC has been very weak lately and I have not been using it. Only KBETH and KCORN reliably see TAH0E. WOODY
does see TAH0E sometimes. KBETH is my KaNode here on Bethel Island. KBETH has very
good coverage.

The TRACY/KTRAC node is gone. It burned up in the fire south of Livermore. Some of the hardware is in the new JOHN/KJOHN node.

The only reliable path to the ROSE node is via BERRY/KBERR. Rose allows digipeating and is very useful for Tahoe area stations to check into Sunday Night Packet Net.

 See the Table below.

This Week's Roll Call Roster:

Central California Packet Net Roster 9/19/2021
Stations that Answered Roll Call (x)
Roll call Roster:

----> Past Net Control Stations    Node Heard
K6FVC  Fred in Manteca............   KBERR
KG6H   Jason in Modesto...........   KBULN
KI6BZR Bob in Woodland............   KBERR
KI6ZHD David in Santa Clara....... x KLPRC3
KJ6M   John in Millbrae...........   KLIVE
KJ6NKR Jeff in South Lake Tahoe...   ROSE
N3CKF  Joe in Volcano.............   KBERR
N6BRL  Ben in Sunnyvale........... x KLPRC3 (Net Control 9/26/2021)
N6PAA  Ron in Walnut Grove........ x KBERR
W6ELA  Ed in Palo Alto............   KLPRC3
W6OAK  Hugo in Oakland............ x WOODY (Net Control 9/19/2021)
WB6YNM Al on Bethel Island........ x KJOHN
WG6CFS Chuck in Sacramento........   KBERR
WU6P   Nian in Sunnyvale.......... x KLPRC3

----> Stations Answering Recent Roll Call
AB6BR  Tony in Castro Valley...... x KBERR
AG6QO  Joe in Winters.............   KBERR
K6IP   Armand in Union City.......   KLPRC3
K6IXA  Grady in Atwater...........   KBULN
KC7MSX Doug in Fernley............   ROSE
KD6NNA Jesse in Union City........   WOODY
KE6NYB David in Oakland...........   WOODY
KF5TPZ Joseph in Sunnyvale........   KLPRC3
KF6ANX Todd in Livermore.......... x KJOHN
KF6COZ Rik in Burlingame..........   KLPRC3
KG6BAJ Bill in Grass Valley.......   KBANN
KG6LRI Vito in Castro Valley......   KLPRC3
KG6KPW Dwane in Sacramento........   KBERR
KG6VWJ Shane in Grass Valley......   KBANN
KG6SJT Greg in Davis/Pioneer......   KBERR
KI6JAS Nathan in Modesto..........   KBERR
KI6UDZ Bob in Foster City.........   WOODY
KJ6LHN Mike in Pitsburg...........   KBERR
KK6FPP Thomas in Sunnyvale........ x KLPRC3
KN6PE  Jim in Cupertino...........   KLPRC3
KO6TH  Greg in Auburn............. x KBERR
N6ACK  Matt in Cupertino..........   KLPRC3
N6ARP  Mark in Turlock............   KHILL
N6DRY  Paul in Elk Grove..........   KBERR
N6MAM  Mark in San Mateo..........   WOODY
N6YP   Frank in Woodside..........   WOODY
N1OES  Bill in Grass Valley.......   KBANN
NC6J   Jeff in Rancho Cordova.....   KBERR
NM3S   Mike in South Sacramento...   KVOLC
W4FLL  Tom in Carson City NV......   ROSE
W6KGO  Carl in Hayward............ x WOODY

    11 Stations Answered Roll Call

Table for Selecting a Working Relay String of KaNodes
Updated: 12/24/2020

ROSE -   G

G   G
 M G M G
G - G

G G G -   G    
G G  
G   G        

TAH0E    G G



G     G       G -  
G G G G   G G G G   -

KJOHN is a new high level Node.
G =Good Path
M=Medium Quality Path
D=Currently Down
Blank=Poor or No Path

Here is the new JOHN/KJOHN node near Livermore, CA. Todd, KF6ANX on the left and Al, WB6YNM waving at the camera.
The radio, KPC-3P, and amplifier are in the ice chest. The antenna is a Diamond F22A. The mast is not tall, but the hill is.
Power is supplied by a 20 watt solar panel and a 55 amp hr battery for night time. It is on 24/7 and under remote control.
The wire cage keeps the cows from disturbing the setup. We later put soda straws on the antenna's ground plane
radials to discourage the birds from sitting there and crapping on the solar panel.

gtkterm window
        in Linux Mint

For a quick session I use gtkterm with a KPC-3 and it is easy to use running Linux Mint Cinnamon 20.
  Gtkterm and moserial only requires 5 commands using the KPC-3 or KPC-3 Plus

1. To connect to a station type "c berry" would connect to the berry node (without the quotes)
2. To disconnect type "Ctrl-C" then type a "d" (without the quotes)
3. To enter the Unproto transmit mode type "k" (without the quotes)
4. To exit the Unproto mode and enter the cmd. mode type "Ctrl-C" and enter
5. To display the TNC parameters type "disp" (without the quotes)

Note. Instead of Ctrl-C I use the '\' key since moserial will not pass the Ctrl-C to the KPC-3. See below.

For Sunday Night Packet, I use moserial. It has three window for separating out the outgoing from the incoming.
The one difference with moserial is that it will not pass a Ctrl-C to the KPC-3. To get around this in the KPC-3 I
have set the command parameter to COMMAND  $5C (\). I use the (\) key since it is not normally used
in packet communications.

Some Explanations

Different Node Types - Network Node (K-Net) and a KaNode.

IMPORTANT: Most KPC-3 or KPC-3P TNC's that have a K-Net node also have a KaNode running in the same TNC at the same time. They must have different names, for example these are both in the BERRY KPC-3P TNC.
BERRY (K-Net node)
KBERR (KaNode)

-----------Network Node (K-Net node in a KPC-3)-----------
1. Uses the (The Net protocol and communicates to other network nodes)
2. Builds a Neighbor node route list of nodes it can directly connect to (Routes)
3. Builds a Network Node list of all the nodes it knows how to connect to (Nodes)
4. Can connect to distant nodes using the stored node and route lists. It might use other intermediate nodes in making the connect.
5. Broadcasts known routes and nodes to the other network nodes
6. Can Not Digipeat.
7. Can check the stations heard by the node with MH (MHeard) 
8. Can stay connected when using the /S option
i.e.: C(onnect) callsign /S
9. Responds to the R command with known routes.
10. Responds to the N command with known nodes.
11. Responds to the H command:

--------------------KaNode in a KPC-3------------------
1. Manually operated node. Once connected to, the user has to specify the next node or station to connect to.
2. Can digipeat. Useful for Unproto communications like Sunday Night Packet Net.
3. Check stations heard with J (Jheard Short|Long -- The long version displays the destination field and digipeaters used. An asterisk [*] indicates the station was heard via a digipeater.)
3A. Check Nodes heard with the N (Nheard Short|Long -- The long version displays the destination field and digipeaters used. An asterisk [*] indicates the node was heard via a digipeater.)
4. Attempted connections can be aborted with Abort command.
5. Can stay connected to the node by using the S(tay) command when connecting to another station or node.
i.e.: C(onnect) callsign S(tay)
6. Responds to the H command:
KBERR/N KaNode in the BERRY Network node KPC-3+ TNC
C(onnect) call CONNECT TO callsign

Note: The easiest way to determine if a Node is a K-Net or KaNode is
to issue the H command. The responses are entirely different.

Naming convention: In most cases we have been making the name of the KaNode node start with the letter (K) followed by the first 3 or 4 letters of the K-Net node name.



-------------Connected Communications-------------
When a connection is made to another station, only the communication from that station will be displayed in the connect screen. It is the easiest way to carry on a QSO with one other station and not see all the other traffic on the air. (Depending on the software used, ie. XPWare, you may still see all traffic in a second window if you choose to.)

NOTE: The problem with this is that no one can join your conversation via Unproto.
NOTE: Depends on the MCON setting.

-----------Unproto Communication (Unconnected)-----------

Unproto operation merely sends a message from your station once. Everyone within range viewing packet can see what you type. With Unproto you can extend your range by having KaNodes or other stations repeat the message. This is how we operate on Sunday Night Packet Net. 

To activate the Unproto mode to digipeat enter the following from the command mode:

Unproto Name v KaNode1, KaNode2, KaNode3 

Where U stands for Unproto and Name is your name. V stands for Via and the string of stations or KaNodes that you want to repeat your message. It is best to put the strongest KaNode your station hears first and then put them it the order that they will hear each other to be able to repeat the message. 

Example: A good Unproto string from Bethel Island


This would be heard from Modesto to Sacramento. 

Example: I typed the word Test






Example: A bad Unproto string from Bethel Island 


This would have
KJOHN repeat but KCORN would not hear KJOHN and the chain would be broken and both WOODY and KBERR would not repeat no matter how well WOODY & KBERR hears KJOHN

When you see the message on the screen the Unproto string will be shown. The asterisk ( * ) after the call or alias indicates the digipeater or KaNode your station heard.

Example: The word (testing) was sent Unproto.




The first line shows my callsign, name and the KaNode string.
The second line shows the text sent.

The next two lines show that KJOHN repeated the message.

The next two lines show that KBERR repeated the message. I did not hear the message from WOODY to KBERR but it existed.


Nevada-Sierra County A.R.E.S. Ham Radio Forum. There is a Packet Radio thread.

These Packet Stations operate 24/7 as nodes and digipeaters so that they can relay messages for other Ham operators who wish to use them and need the signal relay capability to reach a distant station. More than one station can be used to relay messages and may be linked in a relay chain.

Contact Information for K-Net Packet Stations on 145.050 MHz
and the Nodes in Central California:

Station    MBX       Network   Node      KaNode    Location
Call Call Node Call Call
KF6ANX-5 HBOX HILL KF6ANX-3 KHILL South of Livermore
KF6ANX-4 JBOX JOHN KF6ANX-4 KJOHN East of Livermore
K6TUO-4 TBBS TUO K6TUO-5 KTUO Calaveras County
N6ZX N6ZX-1 WBAY N6ZX-5 WOODY Woodside, CA
KF6FPU-4 LBOX LIVER KF6FPU-5 KLIVE East of Livermore
WA7DG ROSE WA7DG-4 Mt Rose Nevada
W7DED YRGTN W7DED-4 Lobdale Peak Nevada
WA6EWV WA6EWV-5 TAH0E Donner Pass Nevada

Give Packet Radio a try.... A PC or Laptop, TNC, and a 2m HT and you can enjoy the fun of Packet Radio.

Network Nodes on 145.05 144.93 144.91 MHz

Packet Net Work Nodes in Central California
OLD Node Route Tables as of 4/6/2009
The listings show most of the nodes one can connect to.
BERRY:K6JAC-4} Routes:
1 WA6YNG-1 193 3!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 13!
1 KG6KPR-5 192 5!
1 KG6WOO-5 192 4!
1 KD6NIG-5 192 2!
1 K6TUO-5 193 13!
1 WD6EZC-5 192 4!
1 KF6DQU-8 192 8!
1 KG6BAJ-2 180 5!
1 W6JEX-5 192 6!
1 N6ZX-5 192 4!
1 K7WWA-8 190 3!
1 K7WWA-6 190 2!
1 W2WRX-5 192 1!
1 N1OES-4 180 13!
1 N7LPT-1 160 5!
1 WG6D-8 192 2!
1 W7TA-4 121 0!
1 WR6C-5 192 10!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 KI6NCU-5 180 1!
1 W6HMT-7 192 1!
1 WA6QPU-8 193 7!
1 KF6FPU-5 192 2!
1 WH6IO-7 120 0
1 WA6TOW-1 120 1
  WBAY:N6ZX-5} Routes:
1 WA6QPU-8 192 0!
1 WH6IO-7 192 0!
1 K6JAC-4 194 31!
1 KG6BAJ-2 140 0!
1 K6TUO-5 192 7!
1 KI6NCU-5 190 0!
1 KD6NIG-5 0 0!
1 KG6KPR-5 190 5!
1 K7WWA-6 0 0!
1 N7LPT-1 0 0!
1 KG6WOO-5 0 0!
1 WG6D-8 0 0!
1 K7WWA-8 0 0!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 WR6C-5 192 15!
1 W2WRX-5 0 0!
1 WD6EZC-5 192 7!
1 KI6UKZ-5 192 0!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 12!
RDG:WA6YNG-1} Routes:
0 BERRY:K6JAC-4 190 32
0 SUGAR:WR6C-5 190 22
0 ROUGH:KF6DQU-4 190 19
0 WOLF:N1OES-4 190 20
0 CAHTO:K7WWA-8 190 4
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 190 1
0 CORN:W6JEX-5 190 22
CAHTO:K7WWA-8} Routes:
0 KA6ROM-1 192 0 !
0 SKUNK:K7WWA-6 192 4 !
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 192 10 !
0 KA6ROM-2 192 0 !
0 KA6ROM-3 192 0 !
0 KB6ZJS-2 192 0 !
0 K6TAM-1 192 0 !
0 BERRY:K6JAC-4 192 18 !
0 BANNER:KF6DQU-8 192 8
0 TRACY:WA6QPU-5 192 3
SKUNK:K7WWA-6} Routes:
0 CAHTO:K7WWA-8 192 5
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 192 10
0 BERRY:K6JAC-4 192 18
FOT:KB6ZJS-2} Routes:
0 EKA:KA6ROM-2 10 1
0 KLMTH:KA6ROM-3 10 1
0 GBV:KA6ROM-1 10 1
0 CAHTO:K7WWA-8 10 1
YRGTN:N7LPT-1 Routes:
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 192 5
0 RNO:W7TA-4 192 5
0 TRACY:WA6QPU-5 192 20
0 PVNPK:N7PLQ-1 192 3
YREKA:KJ6RA-3} Routes:
0 KENO:K7DDI-2 192 31
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 192 31
0 KLMTH:KA6ROM-3 192 6
RNO:W7TA-4} Routes:
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 192 4
0 YRGTN:N7LPT-1 192 4
0 BENCA:WH6IO-7 192 1
LASSEN:KJ6MD-2} Routes:
0 ALM:K6LRC-2 100 1
0 PLUMAS:KG6WOO-5 100 1
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 100 1
0 RNO:W7TA-4 100 1
0 YRGTN:N7LPT-1 100 1
PVNPK:N7PLQ-1} Routes:
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 192 1
0 RNO:W7TA-4 192 3
0 YRGTN:N7LPT-1 192 3
CAM05:WG6D-8} Routes:
1 K6JAC-4 144 35
1 WH6IO-7 144 1
1 W6JEX-5 144 24
0 WG6D-6 255 9
1 W6PJD-3 144 1
1 WR6C-5 144 19
1 KG6KPR-5 144 7
1 N7LPT-1 144 16
1 W2WRX-5 144 3
1 KD6NIG-5 144 1
1 W6HMT-7 144 1
1 N6ZX-5 144 4
1 WA6YNG-1 144 2
1 WD6EZC-5 144 9
1 WA6QPU-8 144 11
BANNER:KF6DQU-9} Routes:
1 WH6IO-7 192 1!
1 WD6EZC-5 0 0!
1 N1OES-4 192 14!
1 W6JEX-5 192 17!
1 K6JAC-4 192 21!
1 WA6QPU-8 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 12!
1 WR6C-5 192 17!
1 KG6BAJ-2 192 5!
1 WA6YNG-1 192 3!
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 KG6WOO-5 192 1!
1 N6ZX-5 0 0!
1 KF6FPU-5 0 0!
ESCL:KG6KPR-5} Routes:
1 WH6IO-7 120 1
1 N6QDY-5 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-8 0 0!
1 KD6NIG-5 192 1!
1 WA6QPU-8 192 10!
1 K6JAC-4 192 30!
1 N6ZX-5 190 4!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 K7WWA-6 80 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 0 0!
1 WG6D-8 192 2!
1 W6JEX-5 0 0!
1 W2WRX-5 190 1!
1 N7LPT-1 120 0!
1 KF6FPU-5 192 2!
1 KG6WOO-5 0 0!
1 WR6C-5 192 14!
1 K6TUO-5 192 10!
TUO:K6TUO-5} Routes:
1 WA6YNG-1 0 1!
1 KI6NCU-5 192 19!
1 N6ZX-5 192 23!
1 WR6C-5 192 25!
1 K6JAC-4 192 23!
1 WH6IO-7 192 20!
1 W2WRX-5 192 1!
1 KD6NIG-5 192 4!
1 KG6KPR-5 192 7!
1 WA6QPU-8 192 8!
1 N1OES-4 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 0 0!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 K7WWA-8 0 0!
1 K7WWA-6 0 0!
1 WD6EZC-5 0 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 120 1
CERES:W2WRX-5} Routes:
1 WA6QPU-8 192 10!
1 K6TUO-5 191 13!
1 KG6KPR-5 190 9!
1 WG6D-8 0 0!
1 KI6NCU-5 190 4!
1 K6JAC-4 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-5 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 0 0!
PONDER:KI6NCU-5} Routes:
1 WH6IO-7 192 1!
1 KG6KPR-5 192 9!
1 W2WRX-5 192 1!
1 WA6QPU-8 194 9!
1 N6ZX-5 192 0!
1 KD6NIG-5 192 2!
1 K6JAC-4 192 31!
1 K6TUO-5 190 7!
1 KF6FPU-5 120 1
PINOLE:WD6EZC-5} Routes:
1 N1OES-4 0 0!
1 WH6IO-7 192 1!
1 K6JAC-4 192 30!
1 W6PJD-3 180 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 120 1
1 WG6D-8 192 1!
1 N6ZX-5 192 7!
1 WA6YNG-1 0 0!
1 KG6WOO-5 0 0!
1 KG6BAJ-2 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-8 192 12!
1 N6QDY-5 0 0!
1 K7WWA-8 0 0!
1 K7WWA-6 0 0!
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 14!
1 W6HMT-7 120 1
ROUGH:KF6DQU-4} Routes:
0 BENCA:WH6IO-7 146 1
0 WBAY:N6ZX-5 192 12 !
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 192 4 !
0 WOLF:N1OES-4 192 22 !
0 BANNER:KF6DQU-8 192 18 !
0 PINOLE:WD6EZC-5 192 6 !
0 CORN:W6JEX-5 192 28 !
0 BERRY:K6JAC-4 192 32 !
0 PAC:WA6TOW-1 0 0 !
0 LIVER:KF6FPU-5 0 0 !
0 SKUNK:K7WWA-6 0 0 !
0 ESCL:KG6KPR-5 0 0 !
0 SUGAR:WR6C-5 0 0 !
0 GVCITY:KG6BAJ-2 146 5
LIVER:KF6FPU-5} Routes:
1 K6JAC-4 192 30!
1 WA6QPU-8 192 11!
1 W6HMT-7 0 0!
1 WR6C-5 192 16!
1 W2WRX-5 192 0!
1 KI6NCU-5 192 4!
1 N6ZX-5 192 8!
1 WH6IO-7 0 0!
1 W6PJD-3 160 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 0 0!
1 K6TUO-5 192 0!
1 KF6DQU-4 0 0!
HANEY:WB6YZF-7} Routes:
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 10 1
0 KENO:KK7VO-2 10 2
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 10 1
KLMTH:KA6ROM-3} Routes:
0 EKA:KA6ROM-2 100 1
0 FOT:KF6SYK-2 100 1
0 GBV:KA6ROM-1 100 1
0 CAHTO:K7WWA-8 100 1
0 YREKA:KJ6RA-3 100 1
YREKA:KJ6RA-3} Routes:
0 KLMTH:KA6ROM-3 192 5
0 KENO:KK7VO-2 192 7
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 192 19
CORN:W6JEX-5} Routes:
1 K6LRC-2 180 1!
1 WA6YNG-1 192 3!
1 KG6WOO-5 192 4!
1 W6HMT-7 192 0!
1 K6JAC-4 194 24!
1 KF6DQU-8 192 11!
1 K6LRC-1 160 1!
1 WA6QPU-8 160 4!
1 WG6D-8 192 2!
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-5 0 0!
> 1 WR6C-5 192 14!
1 KG6BAJ-2 0 0!
1 W6PJD-3 192 3!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 14!
1 K6JKC-5 0 0!
1 K6TUO-5 0 0!
1 N1OES-4 192 15!
PONDER:KI6NCU-5} Routes:
1 WH6IO-7 192 1!
1 WA6QPU-8 0 0!
1 K6TUO-5 192 8!
1 K6JAC-4 192 18!
1 WA6QPU-5 192 5!
1 KD6NIG-5 0 0!
ALM:K6LRC-2} Routes:
0 PLUMAS:KG6WOO-5 100 1
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 100 1
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 100 1
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 100 1
0 CORN:W6JEX-5 100 1
ELDOR:W6PJD-3} Routes:
1 N6ZX-5 0 0!
1 WH6IO-7 120 1
1 K6TUO-5 192 12!
1 KD6NIG-5 0 0!
1 WA6YNG-1 0 0!
1 KG6BAJ-4 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-8 192 10!
1 WR6C-5 192 18
1 W6HMT-7 192 1!
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 KG6WOO-5 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 192 18!
1 KF6DQU-8 192 6!
1 WG6D-8 192 3!
1 K6JAC-4 0 0!
1 KG6BAJ-2 0 0!
ESCL:KG6KPR-5} Routes:
1 WA6QPU-5 192 4!
1 N6QDY-5 80 0!
1 K6UCB-2 192 12!
1 KD6NIG-5 192 4!
1 W6HMT-7 0 0!
1 K6JAC-4 192 15!
1 WH6IO-7 0 0!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 K7WWA-6 80 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 0 0!
1 WG6D-8 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 0 0!
KENO:KK7VO-2} Routes:
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 100 1
1 KLMT:KK7VO-3 255 2
0 LKVW:KE7QP-9 100 1
0 HANEY:WB6YZF-7 100 1
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 100 1
0 CORN:W6JEX-5 100 1
LKVW:KE7QP-9} Routes:
0 KENO:KK7VO-2 100 2
0 MODOC:K6JKC-5 100 1
WOLF:N1OES-4} Routes:
1 W6JEX-5 190 21
1 N7LPT-1 0 0!
1 KG6BAJ-2 190 7
1 KF6DQU-8 190 19
1 WA6YNG-1 190 14
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 KA6ROM-1 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-10 0 0!
1 K6JAC-4 190 21
1 KG6WOO-5 0 0!
1 WG6D-8 0 0!
1 WD6EZC-5 0 0!
1 WH6IO-7 0 0!
1 K6LRC-1 190 1
1 W6PJD-3 190 2
1 K7WWA-8 0 0!
1 K7WWA-6 0 0!
1 N6QDY-5 190 1
1 WA6QPU-5 190 1
SUGAR:WR6C-5} Routes:
1 KG6BAJ-2 192 20!
1 WH6IO-7 160 1!
1 W6HMT-7 192 1!
1 N6ZX-5 192 7!
1 WA6YNG-1 160 6!
1 KG6WOO-5 160 1!
1 WD6EZC-5 192 0!
1 WA6QPU-8 192 3!
1 W6PJD-3 192 7!
1 N7LPT-1 160 4!
1 KG6KPR-5 192 2!
1 WG6D-8 192 2!
1 K6JAC-4 192 18!
1 K6TUO-5 160 3!
1 KD6NIG-5 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 192 13!
1 KF6FPU-5 192 1!
1 WA6TOW-1 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-9 192 14!
1 KF6DQU-4 192 0!
1 N6QDY-7 120 1
1 N1OES-4 120 0
KG6BAJ-2:GVCITY} Routes:
Port Callsign Qty Nod
1 N1OES-4 225 22!
1 KF6DQU-8 220 20!
1 W6JEX-5 0 0!
1 K6JAC-4 190 9!
1 WA6QPU-5 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-10 0 0!
1 N7LPT-1 120 3!
1 WD6EZC-5 0 0!
1 WH6IO-7 0 0!
3 WA7V-8 70 2!
> 4 WH6IO-8 50 2!
x 5 VK4TRS-4 50 1!
5 VK4TRS-6 0 0!
> 6 N9ZZK-5 50 1!
x 7 VE2PKT-4 50 1!
> 7 VE2PKT-5 50 3!
8 N7OO-15 50 1!
x 9 VE2RXY-4 50 1!
> 10 ZL2BAU-3 50 2!
11 AA6HF-4 50 1!
> 12 K2CAN-3 50 2!
> 13 VK7HDM-7 50 1!
> 14 N9PMO-2 50 2!
> 15 W1NGL-2 50 3!
> 16 KD4GCA-5 50 7!
1 N1OES-4 192 19!
1 K6JAC-4 192 31!
1 K6LRC-2 161 1!
1 K6LRC-1 161 1!
1 WG6D-8 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-8 0 0!
1 W6JEX-5 192 20!
1 WD6EZC-5 0 0!
1 KG6KPR-5 0 0!
1 WA6TOW-1 0 0!
1 KG6BAJ-2 0 0!
1 WA6QPU-5 0 0!
1 KD6NIG-5 0 0!
1 WA6YNG-1 160 1!
1 W6PJD-3 0 0!
1 K6JKC-5 160 1!
1 WH6IO-7 0 0!
1 N7PLQ-1 0 0!
1 N6ZX-5 0 0!
1 W7TA-4 0 0!
1 K7WWA-8 0 0!
1 KJ6RA-3 0 0!
1 KF6DQU-8 0 0!
1 WB6YZF-7 0 0!
1 WR6C-5 120 1
1 KF6DQU-4 120 0
MODOC:K6JKC-5} Routes:
0 KJ6MD-2 192 0 !
0 RDG:WA6YNG-1 192 28 !
0 K7DDI-2 192 0 !
0 KJ6RA-2 192 0 !
0 LASSEN:K6LRC-1 100 1
0 HANEY:WB6YZF-7 100 1
0 LKVW:KE7QP-9 100 1
0 KENO:KK7VO-2 100 2
0 ALM:K6LRC-2 100 1
KLMT:KK7VO-3} Routes:
1 KENO:KK7VO-2 255 6
0 KFALLS:KE7BYT-1 100 1
JOCO:WB6YQP-2} Rts: Grants Pass OR
0 MFR 192 1
0 K7DDI-3 192 1
MFR:KA0DFN-1} Routes: Medford, OR
0 JOCO:WB6YQP-2 192 4
0 KLMT:K7DDI-3 192 5
BENCA:WH6IO-7 Routes :
You have 0 messages.
Area: wb6ynm (#0) >
Routes :
Neighbour Port Qual Obs Dest Tries Retries Perc Irtt
BERRY:K6JAC-4 ax3 222 5 26 0 0 0 %
ELDOR:W6PJD-3 ax3 222 5 5 0 0 0 %
PONDER:KI6NCU-5 ax3 222 5 16 38 5 88 %
CAM05:WG6D-8 ax3 222 6 14 51 2 96 %
TUO:K6TUO-5 ax3 222 5 16 0 0 0 %
IPBEN:WH6IO-8 (BPQ) ip1 222 5 17 5329 2 99 % 3

If you can connect to any single node on the list, then in theory, you can connect to any other node on the list.
Here is an explanation of what is listed in the table. 

What the numbers mean:
BERRY:K6JAC-4} Routes:
1 K6TAM-1 192 1!
1 WA6YNG-1 196 16!
1 N6QDY-5 190 3!
1 K7WWA-8 193 13!
1 KG6POM-5 120 1!
1 W7TA-4 0 0!

The port number that is used to connect to the destination node. (Most nodes are a single port.)
The quality of the connection to the destination node. Quality >192 is exceptionally good. Good quality is 192. Poor quality is <120.
The zero quality means that the node can be heard, but cannot be connected to reliably.
The number of additional nodes that can be connected from that destination node.
The ! means that the quality numbers have been manually locked in.

Here is an example of a connect to the BETHEL node and the information you can obtain about what other nodes that BETHEL knows how to connect to and the order in which BETHEL will attempt a connect to another node. The Bold blue print is a command that you would type. The small type is an explanation of what the BETHEL response means.



BETHEL:WB6YNM-3} Routes:
  1 KF6ANX-4 192 8!
  1 KF6ANX-5 190 1!
  1 KF6DQU-9 192 5!
  1 K6IXA-5 192 2!
  1 WG6D-8 120 2
  1 N3CKF-5 192 2!
  1 N6ZX-5 192 5!
  1 N6RZR-5 120 1
  1 N6ACK-4 192 2!
  1 K6JAC-4 194 13!

When you issue the R command the DELTA node responds with all of the routes to other nodes that it has listed. The high quality routes (192) are good solid paths with very few retries. The routes with the (190) quality are good paths, but not preferred for distant nodes. The ">" means that the route to BERRY:K6JAC-4 is currently connected.


CAM05:WG6D-8       CAM91:WG6D-6       CORN:W6JEX-5       FCITY:KI6UDZ-7
HILL:KF6ANX-5      JOHN:KF6ANX-4      LPRC3:N6ACK-4      PAC:WA6TOW-1
RDG:N6RZR-5        ROSE:WA7DG-4       STAHOE:KJ6NKR-7    VOLC:N3CKF-5

When you issue the N command you will receive a list of all the nodes that DELTA knows how to connect to. Some are neighbor nodes and can be connected to directly. Some are distant nodes and will need one or more other nodes to assist in the connect.


Routes to BERRY:K6JAC-4
>192 4 1 K6JAC-4
145 2 1 WA6QPU-5
144 4 1 W6DHN-2

When you issue the N BERRY command you will be informed on how DELTA will attempt to connect to BERRY. Note that the route to BERRY is already active. The first attempt will be a direct connect to BERRY. It that route fails, then the next attempt will be through TRACY:WA6QPU-5. DELTA will connect to TRACY and then ask TRACY to connect to BERRY. If that fails the next attempt will be made through GTN:W6DHN-2.


Routes to CORN:W6JEX-5
 147 2 1 K6JAC-4
 144 4 1 KF6DQU-9

When you issue the N CORN command you will be informed that an intermediate node is necessary to connect to CORN. DELTA will first connect to GTN:W6DHN-2 and ask GTN to connect to CORN. If that route fails, then BERRY:K6JAC-4 will be connected to and asked to connect to CORN.


I am a member of the Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub, BARK
Roll Call every Sunday night at 7:30PM on 146.970- PL123.0
Western Public Service System, WPSS
Roll Call every night at 7:30PM on 3.952 MHz

Varmint Al's Ham Radio Stations..
Bethel Island, CA Elevation sea level
Island No. CA-17R--Contra Costa County--CM98--
My HF Radio is an old Kenwood TS-570D into a 160, 80, 40 meter trapped dipole up about 70 ft.
I am just getting back into CW after a 40 year absents. Very rusty on the keyer. Hi Hi

BETHEL: WB6YNM-3 Network Node using a KPC-3+ running K-Net 8.3N Firmware on 145.05 MHz serving the East Bay and San Joaquin Valley

Solar powered station 3+ amp charge (bright sun) into 2 large RV batteries
VHF KPC-3, IC-281H 50 watts, Diamond F23 vertical antenna 7.8 dB gain
HF Kenwood TS-50S 50 watts, trapped 160/80/40 meter dipole & 10/15/20 meter beam
KaGOLD software, V9 when the computer is on (AC power for the computer)
All three stations can be operated with only battery power using my laptop computer.

BERRY:K6JAC-4 Network Node Using K-Net Firmware on 145.05 MHz serving the Sacramento Valley.
It is part of the BARK radio club's installation and run by Jack K6JAC.
Runs on the 12V battery backup system with a KPC-3+, Kenwood TM 261A 50 watt, Diamond F23J vertical 7.8 dB gain antenna.
Located on Berryessa Peak at ~3000 ft. The TNC also includes the VINE KaNode for testing purposes.
Controlled remotely by Jack K6JAC and Al WB6YNM.

(DOWN) TRACY:WA6QPU-5 Network Node Using K-Net Firmware on 145.05 MHz serving the San Joaquin Valley from Sacramento south to Modesto.
Stand-alone Solar Power 1.12 amp charge  in (bright sun) to a Marine/RV battery
The Diamond F23A vertical 7.8dB gain antenna is mounted on a 40' Rhon mast at 2850' elevation on Wallace Ridge.
TNC also includes the HOWL KaNode for testing purposes.
The KPC-3 TNC into an ADI AT-201 Hand-Held Transceiver 5 watts to a 30 watt amplifier into the Diamond antenna.
Both the Cabin and TRACY/N stations remotely controlled from Bethel Island

PORTABLE PACKET OPERATION.... Portable operation while Hunting/Fishing using the truck radio.
WB6YNM-7/R KPC-3, Kenwood TM-621A 50 watts, Larson 5/8 wave vertical
Toshiba T1000SE running KaGOLD or a Laptop 486/66 computer.

How to Recover a KPC-3 or KPC-3P from a Hard Reset. 

XPWare for Windows and the KPC-3 or KPC-3P
When XPWare is setup for a Kantronics TNC it will not find the TNC after a Hard Reset. It needs to be in the Dumb Terminal Mode.

1. With the KPC-3 off or disconnected launch XPWare for Windows. Wait while XPWare checks all the various baud rates and finally enters the Terminal Mode. There might be a faster way to get to the Terminal Mode but I don�t know about it.
2. Once in the Terminal Mode Click on Setup at the top of the screen and select TNC Type. Select Dumb Terminal and Take an OK. Shut down XPWare.
3. Turn on the KPC-3 or KPC-3P and launch XPWare for Windows. It will print junk across the screen and when you see
Enter a * and hit return.
4. It will ask you for your callsign. Enter your CALLSIGN and hit return.
5. Repeat item 2. above but select Kantronics/Dovetronix and take an OK and shut down XPWare for Windows.
6. Launch XPWare for Windows for a third time and it should find your KPC-3.
7. The KPC-3 will come up in the INTFACE NEWUSER mode and will only accept primitive commands. Change INTFACE  TERMINAL to allow all commands.
8. If you have the TNC parameters saved to a text file give it a name like MYPRAM.PAR and put it in the C:\XPWIN folder. You can then load the parameters into your TNC from the MYPRAM.PAR file. Here is how to do it.
9. Launch XPWare for Windows and click on TNC at the top of the screen. Select Load Parameter File. You will see the list of all the .PAR files in the C:\XPWIN folder. Select MYPRAM.PAR and take an OK. Voila! All of your parameters will be loaded into your TNC.

KPC-3 Pit-falls or Traps you can fall into...

Trap 1.... Turn NDWILD = OFF when you have a KaNode with your Callsign-SSID, for example WB6YNM-7. The TNC will think that a connect request with your Callsign and any SSID is trying to connect to your KaNode. The only SSID's that your KaNode will ignore are Callsigns that are actually the Callsigns programmed in your TNC. See Trap 4. The problem can be completely avoided by giving your KaNode a named callsign such as KBETH for example.

Trap 2.... Your Station Callsign owns the MBX in your TNC. Changing the Callsign of the TNC when the mailbox has old messages addressed to the original call, causes mailbox ownership problems. Delete all old MBX messages in storage before you change the Station Callsign.

Trap 3.... Use 1200 baud for RS-232 ports when stacking nodes like BERRY-BERRY3. Using the RS-232 ports, two or more KPC-3's may be stacked on different frequencies and they will not transmit at the same time is ABAUD = 1200. The RS-232 port becomes another receiving and transmitting channel and if you use 9600 baud, interference can occur. TNC A transmits a signal over the air and also through the RS-232 port. If the RS-232 port is running at 9600 baud, TNC B gets an end of frame before TNC A finishes transmitting over the air. TNC B will think it is clear to send before TNC A finished.

Trap 4.... When you use a Callsign with an SSID as your base Callsign, remember that any node you connect to will usually use your Callsign with this SSID minus 1. Since the new SSID will be one less than your station's SSID, don't have that SSID used in your TNC or any other TNC on the same frequency. Strange problems will occur if you have this kind of SSID conflict.

Give Packet Radio a try.... A PC or Laptop, TNC, and a 2m HT and you can enjoy the fun of Packet Radio.

SHERMAN TANK OF LAPTOPS.... The Toshiba T1000SE Laptop computer. These are the Sherman Tanks of old Laptop computes. They are perfect for portable packet. They appear on eBay for auction form $10 to $20+ and are well worth it! If you grew up with DOS, it will bring back fond memories of the Good Old Days. The Toshiba T1000SE's model number is PA8003U. They use a 7.2 Volt battery pack PA8812U and the AC adapter is PA8713U or the AC adapter PA8706U is a little larger, but will also work. If you are really lucky, and can find a 2Mb memory card PA8312U, then you can create a 3Mb Hard Ram Drive and run just about any DOS based terminal program from the Ram Drive on them. Here are the specifications on the Toshiba T1000SE. If anyone has more information on the new price of a Toshiba T1000SE Laptop when they were first introduced, I would sure like the information so I could post it here.

Norm (NO7RM), another ham radio operator, purchased a new Toshiba T1000SE from Whole Earth Access in the San Jose, Calif. area on March 22, 1991 for $1029.29. He also purchased the three position battery charger and a spare battery for $271.78. Norm says that these may have been discount prices.

You wanted to know the original market price of the computer. I got mine on 7/17/90 for $1,285.93, brand new, of course. --- Mike O'Connor

Toshiba T1000SE Features

  • Has a 7.2V rechargeable NiCad battery and the supply to run the computer and charge the battery is 12 Volts. Takes a special 6mm power plug that can be purchased form Excess Solutions product #ES2238. It is a DC Coax Cable 6.3mm OD. 3.0mm ID.
  • An 80 character by 24 line backlit screen that works well in daylight and at night.
  • A full size keyboard that has a great feel with all the standard keys.
  • Uses a 80C86 CPU running at 9.4 MHz with the DOS 3.3 operating system is in ROM and after testing about 8 of them (with a good to poor battery and a 12V supply), I have yet to find one that does not boot up and operate.
  • There is 1Mb of ram. The lower 640K is for programs and the remaining 380K can be used as a Hard Ram Drive that is fast and will hold smaller sized packet terminal software, such as Packfast or HostMaster II Plus.
  • Has a standard 3.5" 1.44 Mb floppy drive.
  • Has a COM 1 DB9 serial port that runs 9600 baud for communicating with the packet TNC.

Here is a list of the files that are on the T1000SE's ROM:

Ansi.sys       Keyboard.sys     Nlsfunc.exe
Emm.sys        Test10.exe      Xcopy.exe

EXPERIENCE WITH THE T1000SE.... I run the program and set aside 380K of ram for the Hard Ram Drive and then format it with the format d: command. The T1000SE allows you to copy the autoexec.bat file over to the Hard Ram Drive D:\ and customize it. When it boots up, it looks to see if there is an autoexec.bat file on the D: drive and uses it. I was able to find my old Norton Utilities 3.1 floppies (on a 5-1/4" floppy) and copy them over to a 3-1/2" floppy so I can use them on the T1000SE. They work great. One thing I have found out is that inside the computer there is a 3/8" dia by 8" long 6V Sub battery that is usually dead. Its only function is to provide power when you change batteries so you won't lose your Ram Drive. If you leave the 12V power supply plugged in and switch batteries with he computer tuned off, it seems to preserve the Ram Drive. The dead Sub battery will drain the main battery when the compute is not in use because it appear as a dead short. I just remove the Sub battery and the computer works fine and the main battery lasts much longer. I have yet to find a Toshiba T1000XE (with a 20Mb HD and no floppy) or a T1000LE (with a 20Mb HD and a 1.44Mb floppy) that works. These two models are not worth the expense or trouble in my view.

SOFTWARE TO GET STARTED ON PACKET.... If you get a Toshiba T1000SE and want to operate 2m Packet Ham Radio with it, here are four files that will get you on the air with a KPC-3 and a 2m transceiver:

pacfast.exe The smallest packet terminal program I have found and it is very easy to use. F1 gives you info on all of the commands.
go1.bat A batch file that starts pacfast running at 9600 baud on com 1 (default setting for the T1000SE). The tiny text editor for use on old DOS systems. It works very well and is less than 1K. A tiny program <1K for reading text files. To view a text file, merely type SCAN name and use the arrow keys and Page Up and Page Down keys. Esc to exit.

TOSHIBA T1000.... Before I found out about the Toshiba T1000SE, I was using a Toshiba T1000 for portable packet. Here is the story of the T1000. For old time DOS users, it will bring back old DOS memories. There was is  Toshiba T1000 Web Page. If you have a Toshiba T1000 it is worth checking out.

You aren't going to believe this. I bought a $10 1987 vintage 
Toshiba T1000 laptop at the Livermore Ham Swap Meet. The Ni-Cad 
batteries were 0 Volts and completely dead and looked like a dead 
short. The first process was to hit the battery pack with 12V and 
give them a good jolt. Well, then I put a 9V charger on the T1000 
for about 4 hours. When I turned it on, it signed on and booted 
from ROM. It is running DOS 2.11 (a very primitive DOS, not quite 
stone age, but more like the bronze age).

Then I looked for some terminal program and it has none. No BASIC 
either. It does have a old 720Kb floppy drive. So I got out my 
QRZ CD and found the simplest and smallest packet terminal 
program on the CD. It is PACFAST.EXE. I tried out the program on 
my Pentium and it worked OK. Not a lot of commands, but it would 
talk to my KPC-3 TNC.

I found an old style 720Kb floppy and formatted it on the T1000. 
It worked and took a long time to format. Then I wrote the 
PACFAST.EXE program on the floppy from my 450MHz Pentium II 
using DOS commands in a DOS window. The new Win98 software is 
downward compatible to correctly write the old style floppies. 
Good news.

I hooked power to a spare KPC-3 I have and hooked a serial cable 
from the TNC to COM1 on the T1000. Now the big test. I put the 
floppy in the T1000 and did a CD A: command and got the A> prompt 
and then executed the PACFAST.EXE com1 9600N81 program with the 
attached commands and it worked! The KPC-3 signed on and I 
entered the disp command and it listed the TNC command display 
list. I have to admit that I have been working on this all day, 
but it was fun to get success.

One of the big reasons for success today is that I found the 
Unofficial Toshiba T1000 web page (no longer exists) on the Internet.
But you can get a view of it here: WayBackView.   It had 
the T1000 Quick Reference guide and many other very helpful 
information files about the T1000. I also got DOS 3.30 for the Toshiba
from the web site. It was a disk image and not a boot disk, but
using VERSION and my 486 laptop running DOS 6.22 I was able
to make a boot disk for DOS 3.30 and now the Toshiba will run
my KaGOLD software for packet radio.

Once you connect to a Network Node 
and you see a Node listed in the Node Table, for example RNO,
that indicates that you can merely type C RNO and you should be
connected to RNO in a few seconds. It does not matter which
frequency you are on. The Network will automatically select the
best Route. Also, the Node Tables are updated every few hours. If
a Node has not responded within a certain length of time,
approximately 4 hours, it will be dropped from the Node Table.

Here is an example. Say, you are on 145.03 and you connect to
BUTTE. You look in the Node Table and you see RDG listed, which
you know is on 145.05 and you want to connect to it. You merely
type C RDG. The BUTTE node will connect to BERRY3 which will
connect to BERRY (through the 2 foot long RS-232 cable) and then
BERRY will connect to RDG. It is that easy. It is usually better
to let the Network select the Route instead of making each
connect manually.

The Route command at a Node will show you the Route Table which
is a list of Nodes that can be connected to directly and the
quality of the connection. A quality number of 192 is a good
quality connection. Sometimes one Node hears another distant Node
on rare occasions but cannot make a reliable connection. Such
Routes will also appear, but with a low or zero quality in the
Route Table. This prevents the Nodes from attempting an
unreliable connection and forces the use of a less direct, but
high quality connection.

Finally, BERRY, BERRY3, DELTA, and TRACY have a Help Command.
With a Help H, or (H H) command you get even more help
information. Also each of the four nodes has a 50K Mail Box for
short personal messages. If yours or your ham contact's station
does not have a Mail Box or he doesn't leave his TNC on all the
time. You can put short messages to other stations in the Node's
Mail Box. You can activate it by using the BBS command and it
then works like any other packet Mail Box. Old messages will be
deleted after a few weeks or a month to save space. You can also
send Bulletin Messages to the Mail Box for all to read. Just like
this one.

All four nodes are controlled remotely by K6JAC, Jack in
Woodland and WB6YNM, Al on Bethel Island.

Network Node Terms, A Short Course: NODE - The term node refers to a network node such as a G8BPQ,
X1-J, K-Net, or NET/ROM type node. Non-network nodes such as KA-Node,
conference bridges, and digipeaters do not apply to this concept
of operation.

USER - A user is either a real, live person using a TNC to
connect to and use a node, or a server (BBS) that is basically
doing the same thing under computer control.

NEIGHBOR NODE - A neighbor node is a node that DELTA (for example) can
connect to "directly", without using an intermediate node. Note
that digipeater operation is allowed (2 max.). This means that a
node can be "out of range", but can still be considered a
neighbor since the connect path does not use any other nodes. All
known neighbor nodes ARE displayed with the ROUTES command.

DISTANT NODE - A distant node is a node that is too far away from
DELTA to connect to "directly", requiring the use of one or more
network nodes to reach. Distant nodes will NOT be displayed with
the ROUTES command.

DESTINATION NODE - A destination node is a node that DELTA
knows how to connect to - either directly (i.e. neighbor node),
or, in the case of a distant node, by using one or more
intermediate network nodes. All known destination nodes (neighbor
nodes and distant nodes) are displayed with the NODES command.

NODES AUTOMATICALLY LISTED All neighbor nodes are destination nodes, but all destination nodes are not necessarily neighbors. Destination nodes will automatically appear in the nodes table by virtue of the node's monitoring of neighbor node's broadcasts. A neighbor node will automatically be listed in the nodes table and routes table. Neighbor node broadcasts also contain information about other nodes that DELTA may or may not be able to hear "directly". These distant nodes will also be listed in the nodes table if they pass the criteria for being listed (MINQUAL), and if there is sufficient room for them to be listed (NETDEST) Note: This information is the way it was about 6 years ago: See below, the Neighbor Nodes to DELTA are: LAKOES, NAPA, PAC, & TRACY (Quality 195). The second number is the number of nodes it has listed. Nodes that DELTA can connect to directly sometimes are: DONNER, RDG, LPRC2, MONO1, SNS, SIMEON, SKUNK, SWEET, YRGTN (Quality 91). All the rest are Distant Nodes. The Node table and Routs will change with changing conditions. N (Node command sent to DELTA)
DELTA:WB6YNM-2} Nodes:

R (Route command sent to DELTA)
DELTA:WB6YNM-2} Routes:
1 KA7HQS-10 195 14!
> 1 N6GBU-10 195 17!
1 WA6TOW-1 195 13!
1 WA6QPU-5 195 12!
1 KR6EY-1 91 0!
1 N6LYF-10 0 0!
1 K6TAM-2 0 0!
1 KB6EVD-1 91 0!
1 W7TA-5 91 1!
1 KB6MDG-1 91 0!
1 K7WWA-6 192 2
1 W7TA-10 91 0!
1 K7WWA-8 91 0!
1 N7LPT-1 91 0!
1 K6JE-3 91 0!

The > means that this route is/was in use recently.

ROUTE TO A DISTANT NODE: If for example, you want to see what route
will be taken to a distant node that DELTA can not connect to directly,
you can enter the N RNO (assuming you want to connect to RNO). Here is
what you will see. This info tells you that the first choice will be to
connect to NAPA:N6GBU-10 and hand over the connect request to NAPA. Then
NAPA will take over from there. If NAPA fails, then LAKOES:KA7HQS-10 will
take over etc. If none of the routes succeeds, you will get a failure reply.

N RNO (Command sent to DELTA)
Routes to RNO:W7TA-4
113 4 1 N6GBU-10
112 5 1 KA7HQS-10
110 4 1 WA6TOW-1

SUGGESTED USAGE: Let's assume you want to talk to a distant station that can hear some distant node, for example MODOC. And let's assume you can hear BERRY. After you connect to BERRY, look in the NODE list. If MODOC is listed, then enter the command C MODOC. This will allow the network to automatically select the best route from BERRY to MODOC. This will usually work much better than doing your own node hopping, selecting the intermediate nodes between BERRY and MODOC. Give it a try. USER COMMANDS at BERRY & TUO: BYE causes this node to disconnect you BBS [/S] causes internal connect to BBS CONNECT [[port] call|alias [/S]] to host or another node or enduser CQ [UI text] puts you in CQ mode CQBC enables UI broadcasting for CQ command INFO Information about the station location etc. LINKS Status of level 2 links HELP List of commands available HELP HELP List of commands with one line explanation of each MHEARD [LONG|SHORT] Displays list of callsigns heard NODES [{* | alias | call}] PORTS Displays message about radio port ROUTES Displays neighbors STATS Displays L3 and L4 information USERS Displays users connected to node SYSOP allows login of authorized sysop MANUAL SYSOP NODE & ROUTE COMMANDS I Use:
ADDNODE [alias:]call port neighbor [via digi1[,digi2]] qual [obscnt]
ADDROUTE port call [via digi1[,digi2]] quality [!]
DELNODE [alias:]call port neighbor [via digi1[,digi2]]
DELROUTE port call [via digi1[,digi2]] qual

K-NET SETTINGS & CURRENT VALUES I have set: CTEXT TEXT Text sent to someone connecting to NETALIAS (usually blank) INFO TEXT Text up to 128 characters sent in response to INFO command IDINT 90 Number of minutes between node id (0-255) L3TTL 25 Max # of L3 hops (0-255) L4DELAY 5 Level 4 acknowledge delay in seconds (1-60) L4LIMIT 900 No activity timeout in seconds (0-65535) L4N2 4 Level 4 retry count (1-127) L4T1 120 Level 4 retry timer in seconds (5-600) L4WINDOW 4 Max # of unacked packets for each circuit (1-127) MINQUAL 120 Minimum quality in order to add to Nodes table NODESINT 120 Number of minutes between node broadcasts (0-255) OBSINIT 4 Initial L4 obsolescence value (1-127) OBSMIN 3 Minimum obsolescence count in order to broadcast (1-127) QUALITY 255/120 Port quality NET SETTINGS & MEMORY ALLOCATION: NETcall K6JAC-4 The station's callsign NETAlias BERRY The Node's Name
NETBuffs 40 Number of buffers for node info
NETCIrcs 8 Number of Network Circuits available
NETDests 60 Maximun # of destination nodes
NETLinks 15 Maximun # of uplinks, downlinks, & crosslinks
NETRoute 32 Maximun # of routes to neighbor nodes (32 Max possible)
NETUsers 8 Maximun # of uplinks & downlinks from the node
Following is an old list of California, Nevada & Oregon Net Work nodes on 145.05 that handle
packet KBD-KBD traffic. The list is each packet station's response to the Info command. This list
is about 4 years old.

Camino, CA (APPLE HILL) - located 8 miles east of Placerville - elev. 3300 feet

BIH:W6IY-1  Bye Connect Heard Info Nodes Routes Users
JNOS version 1.11f (80386)
Welcome to a BBS for the East Bay area, operated by
Bob, WH6IO. This system runs a version of the WG7J/N5KNX
JNOS Tcp/Ip program.   It provides both 'regular'
BBS/mbox services and many tcp/ip services. This BBS is
sanctioned to operate as a part of the East Bay LAN by the
Northern California Packet Association (NCPA) and the packet
Sysops of Northern California (PSNC). This station forwards
ax.25 traffic to N4ZIJ, WA6ZTY, WB7AWL, KJ6EO, WA6EWV W8AKF,
AA6HF, N8DA AND IW7CHV. Internet traffic is forwarded into the
net direct.  The internet hostname of this system is
On 3000' Berryessa Peak serving the Sacramento Valley 145.05 MHz
Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub (BARK) 3000' Berryessa Pk. 145.03 MHz
North Coast Packet System
145.050 Keyboard Node
Serving Mendocino & Southern Humboldt Counties from 4200' on Cahto Peak
Courtest of K7WWA
Located from top of Homestead Ridge near Copperopolis, Ca. 45 miles E of
CRANCH:WA6RWM-6} The Sea Ranch Sonoma Co. Elev. 375 Feet 1/4 mile From Ocean
DELTA:WB6YNM-2} Network Node on Bethel Island (Solar Power)
DIA:K6UCB-2} 145.05 MHz - Mt Diablo - Keyboard Only PLEASE !!

DONNER:W7TA-5} -*- -*- -*- SNARS Sponsored - Keyboard Node DONNER -*- -*- -*- EKA:KA6ROM-2} LOCATED 20 MILES EAST OF EUREKA, CA. @ 4200 FT.
LATITUDE 40-52-22N LONGITUDE 123-43-58W

ELDOR:W6PJD-3} Located in El Dorado County serving the Western Slope of the Sierra.
FOWLER:WB6MFV-3} FOWLER Peak near Angles Camp Ca. at 3,000 feet.


Located On The KROG Tower SW Of Grants Pass, OR
Part Of The Oregon Emergency Keyboard Network
No BBS or TCP/IP Forwarding
Contact WB6YQP For More Info


W6DHN packet station in Georgetown, CA at 2800 feet.  KA-Node name is GTOWN.
node at 145.05 Mcps in Nevada "The original Nevada!"

LAKOES:KA7HQS-10} {145.05 MHZ

LASSEN:KJ6MD-2} SHAFFER MTN. EL 6735, NEAR SUSANVILLE, CA, LARC, (CDF VIP) KEYBOARD TRAFFIC ONLY NO BBS TRAFFIC LPRC1:K6TAM-1} Overlooking the Santa Clara Vly. from Mt. Loma Prieta. Courtesy of the member supported Loma Pioneer Rptr. Club. An open membership organization. MFR:KA0DFN-1}
This node is located in Placerville, Ca. Any questions please email N6QDY.


145.030 Mt Vaca South / N7SCQ's email:

NAPA:N6GBU-10} {145.05 MHZ

Located near Penn Valley, CA 95946 on Vandervere Mtn. on 145.05 Mc at 1900'
W6LSW packet station in Pollock Pines at nearly 4000' KA-node PINES1
{145.05} NET NODE in Placerville, Ca. @ 3100' elevation.

RDG:KR6EY-1} From 18 Miles West of Redding
On Shasta Bally at 6200 Ft. - 145.05 MHz
With a Motorola Micor 60 watt radio on battery and float supply.

RNO:W7TA-4} -*- -*- Keyboard Packet Node Reno Nevada 145.05 Mhz -*- -*-


SHASTA:KJ6RA-2} 145.05 Located near Mt. Shasta
Operated by The Patio Radio System

North Coast Packet System
145.050 Keyboard Node
Serving Mendocino County from 3300' on Laughlin Ridge (Willits)
Courtesy of K7WWA

STOREY:KD6JUG-2} KD6JUG Packet Switch, Mark Twain, Storey Co., Nv. 89403
Commands are basically the same as NET/ROM, but to connect to another
normal station (not another node), you must specify a port number before
the callsign. Use PORTS command to list available ports. The BBS command
connects you to the associated Mailbox.

SWEET:W7TA-10} -*- -*- SWEETWATER (W7TA-10) Sponsored by SNARS -*- -*- TRACY:WA6QPU-5} Wallace Ridge about 15 Mi South of Tracy at 2850' (Solar Power) WGP:WB6LMA-4} Located 5 miles west of Grants Pass. WLKR:WA7JNR-2} THIS IS A KEYBOARD TO KEYBOARD NODE. PLEASE DO NOT USE IT FOR BBS, TCP/IP, OR ANY OTHER AUTOMATED TRAFFIC.
From atop Wolf Mt in Grass Valley, this is WOLF node. 100 watts K-net system

YREKA:KJ6RA-3} 145.05 Located in Yreka
Operated by The Patio Radio System
This is a Z80 based node running TheNet + an IP router.
The basic commands are the same as the standard TheNet code,
but with many additions. Briefly the main extras are:
BBS, DXcluster, Host - These commands connect to nominated stations
Links, Stats, IPstat - These give info on the node state
MHeard, L3MHeard - The most recent stations heard
The Talk command allows stations to hold a multi-way conference.

YRGTN:N7LPT-1} Located 22 mi south of Yerington, NV at 8281 ft....
Good Node Hopping.
Note: TTUL...73...(Al)...SK is Ham Radio jargon for:
TTUL... = Talk To U Later...
73... = Best Regards...
(Al)... is me...
SK = End of Message in Morse code.
(I have "TTUL...73...(Al)...SK" programmed into my "AnyKey" keyboard and it is only 1 key stroke).

Here, WB6YNM (aka Varmint Al) is operating QRP using an HW-8 running 5 watts on battery power. The batteries are charged with a tiny solar panel. This was on a backpacking trip to 11,500 ft. Sky Blue Lake about 15 miles south west of Mt. Whitney. A 40m dipole was strung between rocks. There are no trees at this elevation. WA6QPU checks out the operation as she looks up from her book.

Most Memorable Ham Radio Contact

In the 80’es we used to go backpacking. I had built a ¼ watt QRP rig for 20m that fit in a lozenge can. It was powered by a 9V rechargeable battery. The plan was to set up a simple 20m dipole at each campsite.

Well, on the way home on the day of our departure from Bethe Island, there was a gopher snake in the middle of Bethel Island road. I stopped to get it out of the road so it would be safe and put in my pack. When I got home, I put the pack under my desk.

At 10:00PM we took off for Lone Pine. We liked to drive at night. The trip was fine and we arrived at the trail head just at daylight. On about the third day we were in about 25 miles at a lake. That night around 9:00PM I woke up and remembered the snake in pack under the desk.

I decided to try 20m QRP to see if I could get the snake released. I had to warm the battery in my hand to keep the voltage up enough to transmit. Cheap rechargeable battery. I don’t remember the receiver but had a earphone cup the hung on my ear. No light, no pencil, no paper.

I called CQ on CW in the dark and got a station Colorado. I keyed in my phone number and told the Colorado station about the snake that was captive in the pack and asked him to call my daughter to release it and I would wait for a reply. Sure enough he called back on CW and said that the daughter found the snake and released it. At first he had thought I was kidding until he made the call.

What is the radio contact that is the most memorable you have made?

FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN HAM RADIO.... Here is a message that Bob sent to Tom that explains getting into Amateur Radio very well.
Hi Tom,
My name is Bob and I'm a friend of Varmint Al (Al Harral) and he sent me your message requesting some information on getting your license again. I recently (in the last 6 months) got back into amateur radio after being off for over 30 years. There is no grandfather clause giving you credit for holding a novice license at one time, so you will have to take all the tests over again. There's many different levels of licenses that give you different options on what type of radio or bands or what you prefer to do (rag chew, local repeaters, DX (talking over the world), teletype, moon bounce, etc.).

When Al urged me to get my license again I ordered some books from the ARRL website and started studying. This website will give you info on where the tests are being held locally (and there are some in your area) and the name of the head examiner who can give you further info on dates, times, and possibly a local amateur radio club having meetings in your area.

The starting license now is the (no Morse code) "Technician" license. All that is required is for you to take the "Novice" and "Technician" written tests which has approx. 30 questions each, mainly rules and regulations. You can miss up to 5 or 7 questions and still pass the test. You can buy a Technician Test book and pass the tests within 2 weeks of studying it. This license allows you to talk (or work) the VHF/UHF frequencies which is mainly local repeaters and gives you access to talk to many hams throughout the bay area and N. Calif.

If you can still remember some code, or like CW, after you take the above test, (or at the same test meeting) you can take a Morse code test. The starting level is at 5wpm. If you have a tech license and pass the 5wpm you are upgraded to the "Tech Plus" license This upgrade allow you to use Morse code (cw) or voice (on the 10 meter band) in HF frequency bands. The HF bands are where you can talk all over the world. With the technician plus license you get small sections on the HF bands to work. But it's a start. And after the Tech Plus license, there's the General Class License, then the Advanced, and then the top, Amateur Extra Class. Each of these gives a little more bands to work then the other. Each of these require (right now) increasingly difficult written tests, and 5 wpm Morse code exams.
I'd really recommend you get your Tech. Plus license since the FCC has announced that they will restructure the license classes next year, and that the Tech Plus licenses will be no more and anyone holding them will be upgraded automatically once the restructuring starts. Here is more info. AA9PW Amateur Exam practice pages.

Hope this helps a little, great fun talking all over the world. Here are some websites that will help you. One has the complete test pools and you can practice taking the tests right on the net. When you get so that you are passing the tech license tests and only missing 3-5 questions, call your local examiner and take the test. The ARRL web site gives a lot of info on locations and such. Also search for Amateur Radio licenses, and if you wish, Morse code, and a lot will pop up. Each one of these sites have references to go to a lot of others that will help you.

Good luck, and see you on the air. Bob WB6SZC

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