W6DSL--- Marvin, California City, California
DSL/TJQ Packet Radio Network Node System
This page is dedicated to Marvin W6DSL who became a Silent Key in late 2009
Marvin was a builder of some of the most advanced electronics I have ever seen..We both started building solar electric controllers and exchanged many designs over packet radio.
In 2007 I started to talk to Marvin about setting up a network node at his qth.
I mentioned I had two netrom nodes which I had been running for over 20 years 24/7. He quickly designed three nodes and in a few weeks we had his three nodes and my two linked.
We both had high hopes of bringing packet radio in our area back to the way it was in the late 80's and early 90's. After our five nodes were linked we wanted to go to a much higher level and Marvin and I decided to build a much larger system of solar and wind powered packet network nodes to be avaliable in the event of a major emergency.
Marvin's three nodes...Two at his home in California City, and one on Elpaso Peak near Ridgecrest were online and sending packet radio traffic 24/7 until his passing in late 2009. All three of his nodes had emergency battery backup power and were about to be re-wired to additional solar and wind power charging systems.
Together our system had a total of 5 nodes linked from Ridgecrest CA, all the way to Yuma Arizona. Shortly after Marvin's passing, all three of his nodes were shut down...
I am now down to just two interlinked network nodes running here in the San Bernardino Mountains, and a new third node MTNLNK WA6TJQ-7 which will be on 145.01 should be online shortly and linked to my 145.05 and 145.07 nodes.
Currently I have linked paths to Point Loma, San Diego,Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
My 145.05 Network Node (TWNPKS WA6TJQ-5) is crosslinked to my 145.07 ( SBMTNS WA6TJQ-8) Network Node, so you don't have to switch the frequency on your radio to connect from one node to the other.
I am looking for ham radio operators out in the High Desert areas of California City, Victorville, Hesperia, Palmdale, Lancaster, etc to join the expanding DSL/TJQ Network.
All you need is a dedicated 2 meter radio, a packet tnc converted to a Network Node. You must be on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And your system must have emergency backup power.
If you have a serious desire to bring packet radio back like it was in the 80's, and would like to join the DSL/TJQ packet radio network system please feel free to email me at the below address...
Thanks and 73 from Mike WA6TJQ