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 now have 4 interlinked network nodes running here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

SBMTNS and TWNPKS on 145.05, MTNLNK on 145.690 also RIMLNK on 223.600

All node are interlinked and are part of the TJQ/DSL Network.

Currently I have linked paths to Point Loma, San Diego,Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

I am looking for ham radio operators out in the High Desert areas of California City, Victorville, Hesperia, Palmdale, Lancaster, anywhere for that matter, 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

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