Thanks to the newly implemented IRLP Topic Channels, Radio Scouting now has a common meeting point for IRLP contacts, and, in the not too distant future, for EchoLink contacts. The announcement below gives some of the details. We encourage experimentation with the new facility. Via ScoutRadio, we'll announce a planned date and time for a full test of the channel to determine traffic loading and connection issues.
Even though this is announced as Radio Scouting USA, we hope scouts throughout the world will take advantage of this new service. It should prove especially useful for Jamboree on the Air in October.
73, Frank KR1ZAN
RADIO SCOUTING IRLP CALLING CHANNEL
Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air now has a common meeting place for IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) contacts. Scouts and Scouters may simply connect an IRLP node to Node 9091, which is a dedicated Topic Channel for Radio Scouting. If you're looking for a contact, after connecting make yourself known by IDing and indicating your interest in a Radio Scouting or JOTA contact. Remember, "live" repeaters are involved, so please use proper identification procedures.
If no one is available, it's OK to remain connected. The next person to connect will similarly ID and a QSO can be established. Since this is a single channel, it's recommended that once contact is made, the two stations mutually agree on IRLP nodes, disconnect from the Topic Channel and connect to the agreed upon nodes. For detailed information on available IRLP repeaters in your area, how IRLP works and operating guidelines, visit www.irlp.net
A recommended time for calling has initially been established for 1800Z (1100 PDST, 1400 EDST). This time was selected for weekend activities, such as Radio Merit Badge events, as well as contacts during Summer Camp. Another suggested time is 0100Z (1800 PDST, 2100 EDST). The evening schedule should accommodate most scouts and scouters during the evening hours. The Radio Scouting/JOTA Topic Channel is available for use 24/7.
The Topics Channel will initially be set up for IRLP only and will soon have connectivity via EchoLink.
For more information about Topic Channels, see http://www.irlptopics.net/
The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association sincerely appreciates the resources provided by Kent Johnson, W7AOR, on the Western Reflector Annex, to Michael Bloom, W7RAT, for coordinating this Channel, and to the Oregon Internet Radio Group for implementing the Topic Channels Project.