The "New England
Network" channel of the New England Reflector is
the first of three integrated gateways on the reflector. It is the
main channel of the reflector and digitally bridges
Users connecting to this gateway from either VoIP network are allowed to
interconnect with each other. The node number is accessible on
IRLP as 9120 and EchoLink as 9129. Take note that
the node number is different on both networks, because we were unable to
secure 9120 as a vanity node number on EchoLink. It can be found on
EchoLink clients as conference *NEW-ENG*. This is a dedicated
gateway for general QSO in the six New England states.
This gateway is configured to have transcoding enabled, meaning audio
between users on IRLP and EchoLink and visa versa are re-encoded.
The audio codec for users connecting via IRLP is UNCOMP (uncompressed),
while EchoLink is GSM. The purpose of this configuration is to have
the added benefit of exceptional audio quality between IRLP nodes when
connecting to the gateway via IRLP (preferred).
More details are provided below.
This gateway provides an
open channel for any and all nodes to connect for the purpose of
ragchewing. Indvidual nodes are allowed to connect and park here
for extended periods. Since several nodes throughout New England
connect here full-time, it was given the name "New England Network". This is a free and open resource
for all members of the amateur community.
Mostly all drills, emergency communications
and scheduled nets are now held on 9123 and
9127 respectively in order to keep the New England
Network free for general QSO at all times. When scheduling conflicts
occur however, this gateway does function as a backup. Currently
the ONLY conflict is the Yale Amateur Radio Club net which operates here
on Tuesdays at 8 PM. This is due to another scheduled net being
held on 9127 at the same time.