Packet Radio in the Panhandle|
The SEDAN Network:
The Southeastern Emergency Digital Association Network is a large organization of Packet radio enthusiasts whose
charter is to "help save lives and protect property, through amateur digital emergency communications". While the
SEDAN website gives a more in-depth look at the network
itself (editors note, this link no longer resolves), I will touch on a few important topics here. SEDAN in Florida is making great headway, setting up nodes
all over the state. In this area (the northwest panhandle), the SEDAN nodes were more or less inherited from the
formerly active 145.01 network.
SEDAN nodes are packet switches located at various intervals along the coast and inland, that allow packet radio
communications to be connected over long distances. The SEDAN network will find its primary use to be sending
Health & Welfare traffic during statewide emergencies such as hurricanes. All ham radio operators are invited to
join in and operate, no prerequesites, other than the possession of a packet radio setup.
Around here, the Florida SEDAN coordinator is Tom Nolan, KD4MWO
who resides in Jacksonville. His efforts to spearhead a gradual conversion to SEDAN is starting to bear fruit with
many new nodes coming on line each month. Much of florida is covered, from the panhandle down past Orlando, but
not all the way to the tip, yet! Tom graciously supplied us with a new TNC (MFJ-1270C)
to replace the one hit by lightning. For more on our local node's status, see the node status page.
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