[sarcmembers] Re: SARC clubhouse network

  • From: David Dowler <dave@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 08:37:44 -0800


It is not sophisticated... It is regular internet like you are using to send this email. People were using the internet and not turning off the switch.


george bernard wrote:
dave,   who is going to use this very sophisticated computer/radio system?
why would a person like me living in buellton use it?  i really dont understand
its purpose.  i think it is a great science project!   george   w6nre
santa barbara, ca   web page is
www.balanceindustries.com for my company cell 818-370-9407

From: David Dowler
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:34 PM
To: sarcmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Paul Andreasen
Subject: [sarcmembers] SARC clubhouse network

Dear SARC Members

I upgraded the network at the club station today. It seems that folks were leaving the switch at the front of the room on, which left the network, including the wireless part on. This is not something we want to do because we don't want unauthorized people using it. As of today, the network will be easier to use. The internal wired network, including the two computers in the radio shack, is now on the Internet 24 hours a day. Nobody needs to worry about the switch anymore. All the switch controls now is whether the wireless connection is enabled. Since the only time we need wireless enabled is during field day or other similar events were laptops might be used, this switch will usually be off. When you need to enable it, just flip it upwards for the “ON” position and remember to turn it off when you are done. I am keeping it unencrypted so it is easy to use.

For those of you that don’t know about the switch, it is near where the flag usually is, in the right front corner of the meeting room as shown in this picture. I have a note next to it for instructions.

I upgraded the router and the wireless access points. There is now an antenna for inside the building as well as outside. I decided to test the range of the new wireless access point. In true ham fashion, I decided to use Echolink and I walked the entire perimeter of the SARC facility while talking to fellow SARC member KI6LXT on my notebook computer, via Winlink, which was coming out on simplex in Santa Maria. He heard me just fine as I was using the wireless system in this fashion. If a VOIP application can be used successfully like this with the built in wireless adapter in my laptop, the system must be good.

Dave  KA6BFB

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