The following news comes from Ben VK5BB, the custodian of the 6214 IRLP node that is connected to the VK5RSB 70cm repeater
Due to a failure of IRLP node 6214’s computer hardware,
it is off line until further notice!
I took on the management of the IRLP node 6214 sometime around 2012. Prior to this it was managed by Adrian VK5ZSN. Under his management it was all OK until the HDD died.
I volunteered to take on the project and rebuilt the computer using an IDE to SATA adapter and a solid state HDD. A bit of jiggling but it worked and to date has been very reliable with minimum of hands on support to keep it on air.
I am not sure what is going on but it appears that the computer that manages the IRLP node 6214 is having severe problems. It seems that the computer is unstable and keeps shutting itself down and rebooting. The machine running the system is now over 10 years old, which is a contributing factor.
Right now, the ultimate fate of the IRLP node is undecided. The club members have been asked if they wish to see the service continued. That discussion is ongoing. If the service is to continue, it could be some time before it is restored as new hardware will likely need to be obtained.
If you would like to see it rebuilt and placed back on the air, why not consider becoming a member of AREG and showing your support for the project? Details of how to join are available on our membership page .
Photo of downed powerlines courtesy ABC News
AREG’s VK5RSB Summertown repeaters have been off air since Tuesday evening’s violent storm which has taken out power lines that feed the site. The restoration work according to SAPN is still progressing. The latest estimate for restoration is now 1.00pm today (31st December)..
We apologies for the outage on these major Adelaide repeater services, and are looking to see what can be done to reinstate the battery backup at the site which has failed.
The AREG Internet Repeater Linking Project (IRLP) node number 6214, is back online with the repairs to the ADSL line fault having been repaired. The repairs were effected quicker than advised by the Telecommunications provider. Contractors have replaced the land line from the street pit back to a service pillar. The new cable appears to be providing a clean noise free service.
The AREG wishes to thank IRLP users for their patience with this outage of service and trust that all users can now enjoy the restored service.
IRLP Node 6214 requires users to be registered and be issued with a PIN or Access code number. If you do not have this access number, you are most welcome to apply to the Node 6214 Administrators via email. Please see IRLP Club News for details of how to apply for access.
Please enjoy using the IRLP service as sponsored by AREG.
The AREG Internet Repeter Linking Project node (IRLP) number 6214 is currently off the air due to an ADSL line fault affecting the internet link it is connected to. ETA on restoration currently is now Wednesday 20th July.
In the interim, the Internet service may or may not be available and if it is then the IRLP node may be available, depending on the quality of the service.
The AREG wishes to apologise for the distruption of the IRLP service via the 439.900 Summertown repeater, but ask people to please understand that the problem is beyond our control.
We are in contact with the telecommunications provider and will restore the service as soon as possible.
Due to inappropriate activity where the IRLP node 6214 has been maliciously interfered with and manipulated to the point of triggering lockout responses from other IRLP network nodes, AREG has been forced to require operators to register for access to the node, and for registered operators to use a PIN code for access.
A most unfortunate side effect of this is that we have now locked out incidental travelers from the system and this is not in the spirit of Amateur Radio Operations. ( I am very sorry that this has had to occur, I held out as long as I could!)
Amateur radio operators who wish to use the IRLP node 6214, are requested to apply via email, with a valid email address and call sign, so as to be issued with the PIN. All applications will be recorded for administration purposes.
Applications may be made to either,
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Security of the issued PIN is paramount and it shall not be passed on verbally to any other interested parties.
All inquiries for the PIN shall be referred to the AREG web pages.
73, Ben, VK5BB
IRLP Node 6214 Administrator