For those of you who may not have been aware, it is possible to use the Internet Protocols with Amateur Packet Radio. It matters not what kind of software you use to accomplish this, but one thing is certain. You will need to obtain an IP Address in order to use the TCP/IP protocol set on amateur packet radio.
There is no charge for an IP address - they are completely free, yet absolutely necessary. You can't just make one up - they are strictly formatted and are assigned based on location.
Although you've found this information on the WAPR web site, IP Address issuance and coordination is not strictly a function of WAPR, it is an independent of this organization. It just so happens that the Secretary of WAPR happens to be the IP address coordinator for Wisconsin. This is particularly handy, as some network knowledge is helpful when issuing IP addresses.
This is one reason why we also have a few Sub-Net Coordinators, who issue IP addresses for areas where they may be a significant amount of TCP/IP activity. They have more intimate knowledge of their local networks, and can issue IP addresses that are compatible with local operations. These Sub-Net Coordinators are the first people you should contact in the event you need to obtain an IP address. If there is no sub-net coordinator in your area, contact the Wisconsin/U.P. coordinator to obtain an address.
No matter who you contact for an IP address, you will need to furnish certain information. All information is kept confidential and only shared with those who absolutely need this information (generally the sub-net coordinator and the state coordinator).
2) Your street address and phone number, so that we're able to contact you if the need arises.
3) The planned location of the station, if different than your address. We're not so much interested in an exact location, rather a general idea so that we issue a proper address that conforms to our sub-net plan. There is no need to give us GPS coordinates, we're not the FCC.
4) If there is any special purpose to the station. For example, if it is associated with a local network access point (such as a node or router), a LAN Node, local Domain Name Server, BBS, POP mail server, DX Cluster, or special purpose station.
That's all of the information that's needed. Again, this information is kept in the strictest confidence.
Steve Lampereur, KB9MWR
127 Coolidge St.
Green Bay, WI, 54301
Andy Nemec, KB9ALN
453 Cottage Grove Ave.
Green Bay, WI. 54304
E-Mail: [email protected]
Note: We cannot issue IP addresses for the Lower Peninsula of Michigan (the "Mainland"). This is handled by a different IP address coordinator.
List of AMPRNet IP address coordinators
TAPR Software Library
JNOS information and download site
TNOS information and download site
The AMPR central DNS and core routers are maintained by Brian Kantor, WB6CYT