FAQ

Who can participate?

Any licensed Amateur Radio Operator who is interested in experimenting with radio-based digital networking using the Internet protocols.

What can I do with your network?

You can experiment with ham-radio-based networking. It’s not a substitute for buying Internet access from an ISP. The details of what you are and are not permitted to do are set forth in the Terms of Service.

How do I get a piece of your network?

There are a few ways to get netspace on network 44, depending on the size of your project.

Those hams who wish to join an existing radio subnet may receive one or more addresses from within the block allocated to the subnet they wish to join.

Those wishing to set up their own gateway routing may be allocated a block of addresses commensurate with the size of their project. Most of these will be linked to the rest of the network via radio links or Internet tunnels, but those who can meet the technical and contractual requirements can arrange BGP/CIDR peering of their subnet to the Internet backbone.

What’s the process for address assignment?

Assignments are handled by a semi-automated process on our portal.

  1. Register with the portal.
  2. Log in and navigate to the Country Networks page.
  3. Click on your country. A list of regions/subnets may appear; if so, click on the appropriate one.
  4. Click on the subnet and you’ll be presented with a simple form to complete.
  5. If you are requesting a single address for a single host, leave the netmask as /32; if you are requesting a block/subnet, select the appropriate netwidth. E.g, for a 256 host subnet, select /24. Note that requests for large allocations (hundreds or thousands of addresses) may require you to justify your request.
  6. If you intend to connect your allocated subnet to the Internet, select the ONE method by which you intend to connect (check only ONE box).
  7. Put a short message explaining your request in the Message box. Be sure to explain your project if you are planning to directly route a subnet (as a CIDR block using BGP peering) as these require special handling and additional documentation.
  8. Click Send. Your request will be forwarded to the coordinator for your region/subnet. You’ll receive a confirming email. The coordinator may contact you for further details if required.

How do I connect to the network?

These days, most AMPRNet participants run a Linux system as a router having one or more radio ports, and perhaps a connection to their home Internet equipment. Links may be Internet tunnels, medium or high-speed radio, converted wireless access points, or a combination of these. There is more information on the wiki.

What’s it cost?

There is no charge for participation, but donations to support the organization are always welcome. Please!

Why do you have such a big netspace?

Dr. Hank Magnuski, KA6M, had the foresight to see that Internet-style networking would be the future and wanted the emerging amateur radio packet network to be able to participate. We were allocated a Class-A network in the 1980’s when there was little demand for network space and large swaths of netspace were easily obtained.