Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)
July 2023

In this issue...

A Note from Rebecca (KO4KVG)

Rebecca Key KO4KVG headshotHi everyone! It’s Rebecca, the new Communications Manager here at ARDC. I’m the one that puts together the newsletters and gets on social media to keep the community informed. There’s so much happening here at ARDC, and I’m excited to step in to report on it. You can read more about me here.

I can’t say it enough, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the team here at ARDC. Everyone here has been so kind and welcoming, and it is truly appreciated!

If you have any news and/or information that you think I should be aware of, please don’t hesitate to reach out at or on any of our social media platforms. Until then, 73!

Rebecca KO4KVG

New Officers for the ARDC Board of Directors

Headshots of the current Officers for the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Board of Directors (L to R): Bdale Garbee (KB0G), kc claffy (KC6KCC), and John Gilmore (W0GNU)ARDC’s Board of Directors has made some shifts at the Officer level, effective July 1, 2023:

  • President: Bdale Garbee (KB0G) of Black Forest, CO, and
  • Treasurer: kc claffy (KC6KCC) of San Diego, CA.

Secretary John Gilmore (W0GNU) will remain as Secretary, and former President Phil Karn (KA9Q) will continue on as a board member.


Ria Jairam (N2RJ) Interviews M17’s Wojciech Kaczmarski (SP5WWP) at Ham Radio Freidrichshafen

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Board Member Ria Jairam (N2RJ) interviews Wojciech Kaczmarski (SP5WWP) of M17 at Ham Radio FreidrichshafenThis year’s Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, one of the largest amateur radio conventions in Europe, happened June 23 - 25, 2023 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Many members of the ARDC team got to attend. Luckily, our booth was near ARDC grantee M17, which allowed Ria to interview their lead developer, Wojciech Kaczmarski (SP5WWP). In this video, Wojciech tells us how M17 got its name, among many other things!

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Update

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and its subcommittees have been working to progress the 44Net ecosystem to become an even better community resource for all hams. We are excited to announce the following activities being advanced this quarter:

  • Roadmap Subcommittee:
    • Update of the 44Net End User License Agreement
    • Documentation of the 44Net IP Address space allocation policy (band plan)
  • Point-of-Presence (PoP) Subcommittee:
    • Development of PoP infrastructure led by Adam Lewis (KC7GDY) and Zach Seguin (VA3ZTS) that can enable inexpensive routers to easily connect to publicly routable 44Net IP addresses via a VPN tunnel.

Additional updates from the Embedded, Portal, and Wiki subcommittees coming soon. Thank you to all TAC members for working together to improve the 44Net experience.

73, Jon

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