What's coing on with the Northern Utah WebSDR and its Internet connection?
Since it first came online, the
WebSDR has been connected via three
wireless hops using a (semi)local
Unfortunately, the connectivity to the WebSDR site had been
unreliable for several weeks during June, 2019 and the ISP was unable
to resolve the situation at that time. Out of caution, we
investigated alternate Internet connection options: Being that
site is in a very rural area, it is difficult and awkward to get a good
Internet connection to this system - and there are a lot of "moving
parts" in doing so.
For various reasons, the "utahsdr.org" (and "utahsdr.com")
domain(s) were tied to the ISP and it appeared that if we had to change
to a different ISP that we wouldn't be able to reconfigure those
domains so we established the "sdrutah.org" domain - again out of
caution. Once we did this, we redirected the WebSDR traffic via
"sdrutah.org" so that if we had to change to a different ISP, we could
do so with minimal interruption to the users.
In the intervening weeks, the situation with the ISP has improved and
the need to change to a different one is less certain: To be
sure, it would be more convenient to not change to a different ISP!
Northern Utah WebSDR has not
understand that the need to redirect the WebSDR pages to
this new web location (e.g.
hostname) IS NOT
an indication of the WebSDR system having been hacked - this
redirection is completely intentional and is intended to smooth any possible
transition as much as possible. We wish we could have avoided this kludge while making this change, but it just didn't work out that way.
commitment to the amateur radio community: Because
it is considered to be
a valuable resource for the Amateur Radio community, we have a number
of volunteers who are donating time and money to keep this system on
the air - now and in the future - and we are doing our very best to
make sure that it will be here in the years to come!