In the early days of Packet Radio a major east coast packet network called
EASTNET was formed extending from northern Maine to tip of Florida. It
included hundreds of digipeaters and bbs's as well as RF gateways which
provided usage of VHF digipeaters on different frequencies. At that time
Eastnet Packet was all via RF which also included 300 Baud Packet systems on
the HF Bands.
As time went on, higher level network protocols such NetRom/TheNet and KA9Q
NOS which includes ax25, NetRom and TCP/IP protocol came along. Many of the
digipeaters were converted to the multi port node systems using the higher
level protocols. With shutdowns of many of the remaing old digipeters The
result was many gaps between local area or region RF networks. BBS message
forwarding long range did continue via the World Wide SatGate system and
via HF Pactor.
Amprnet was attached which included the world wide packet network which
is part of the IP network using addresses starting with 44. Amprnet Gateways
were capable of and provided a means to fill in the gaps between isolated RF
networks using encapsulation of ax25 frames within IP frames via the internet
and NOS along with other systems could use it in the event RF was missing. Subsequently,
Eastnet Packet operations became a mix using RF systems as well as Amprnet
Gateway systems. This network became known as the Eastnet Amprnet network
which included the Eastnet FlexNet network within it.
The Amprnet system located at UCSD.edu and another site in
the U.K. joined forces to create the amprnet portal and in 2013, we're making
more use of the amprnet routing than we ever did. FlexNet and URONode system protocols.
URONode, which now includes ROSE, can speak with the Florida FPAC community. Now with the
variety of transports and protocols we are simply known as the EastNet Packet
In the meantime, over the years with common use of Amprnet growing, Amateurs
world wide continued to build Amprnet Gateways. Many of these remain as
part of the world wide net using 44 address space and allow the global amateur
community to host and build more services since IP appears to be a globally
accepted protocol accessable on a multitude of devices from a TNC to a smartphone.
Of course, IP is a protocol and like with running water it will flow via any path
you allow it to flow. EastNet's transport of choice for IP is RF first, and
we have RF based IP routes providing services for users that standard ax25 is very
Many others do not use Amprnet 44 address space. They instead use public internet non 44
addresses. Unlike Amprnet which can provide connectivity to any 44 address on
the world wide Amprnet network, these other IGates provide routes to other
IGates and usually use NetRom protocol to provide connectivity to NetRom nodes
several hops away. Unfortunately, these new public-ip based nodes are very insecure
and we've gone back to our main design of using linux and URONode. With the new
operations of the amprnet, getting online with a 44-net IP is almost automatic
and with the URONode installers, only a few lines are required by the sysop to
be on the ampr.org network.
The EastNet Packet Network now has added several regional NetRom and IGates
using URONode software. These are interfaced to existing FlexNet-Digi nodes.
Currently most Eastnet Packet activity is in the North Eastern States regions
and the Eastern Florida region. The amprnet allows linkage from flex<>flex sites.
If you'd like information on how to join the Amprnet, see www.ampr.org, and for
reference material and software we suggest http://n1uro.ampr.org/ and ftp://n1uro.ampr.org , or