[amsat-bb] Chat Room?

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sun Jul 5 17:28:19 UTC 2015

> Is there like a chat room where OSCAR or any Sat for 
> that matter hang out in?


There also is the 1990's era Internet Relay Chat (IRC). It is mostly text
based ascii characters without a lot of pictures. You need an IRC client to
access this network, but it is free and open to the public. Chatzilla is an
IRC plug-in for Firefox. mIRC is one of the stand alone IRC chat clients.
Afficionados of IRC could point us to several other chat clients.

There is a mostly idle, but still available AMSAT chat on the servers named
You'll need to tell your IRC client:
/server irc.radiochat.org
/join #amsat

The Houston AMSAT net on Tuesday evenings is pretty much the sole remaining
user on this AMSAT IRC chat. It is one of their ways of getting remote
checkins to the net if you are out of range of the Houston repeater but have
internet access.

When the flocks of cubesats get launched the university teams and amateur
satellite operators congregate on the #cubesat chat channel:

/server irc.freenode.org
/join #cubesat

If Internet Relay Chat is new for you just google and find a few dozen pages
of how to do IRC. I'm not sure if a phone app exists for IRC; I think when
IRC was invented touch tone phones were new ;-) ... but it still works!

73 de JoAnne K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org
AMSAT VP User Services

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