a small group or us formed Net14 our objective was to setup a World Wide APRS
Net using just RF and the skills of Amateur Radio operators to achieve that. Over
a period of time we have seen a number of IGates to RF being set up and the magic
for me has now disappeared. I no longer get a buzz when I get an ACK to a message
or a successful Ping to a DX station direct when a minute or so later I see the
ACK appear on the monitor via an IGate. We are just a few steps away from the
chaos that prevails on the 30m APRS channel in Europe. We now also have the added
clutter of several Packet Nodes that serve no purpose.
of all this and the abuse I have received over the years by email and APRS messages,
at times with pirate callsigns, from one of those operators and the recent attacks
on the Net14 Yahoo Group, probably by the same operator, simply because I occasionally
transmit a bulletin saying "Pls Guys no IGates to RF on this QRG", I
have decided to withdraw from the Net 14 activities.