is the connectivity to the Northern Utah Websdr changing?
Since it first came online, the
WebSDR has been connected via three
wireless hops using a (semi)
Unfortunately, the connectivity to via this ISP has recently
unreliable at times. Being that the
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.
To maintain reliable connectivity long-term we will be switching to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider)
in the near future - this transition to occur in the middle to late part of July.
For various reasons we will also have to change
the URL: The "utahsdr.org" (and "utahsdr.com")
domains are being replaced with "sdrutah.org"
- at least for the
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 the
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.
While the new ISP should improve connectivity, there will be a slight
downside: The current ISP has provided individual IP
for the servers - but this will probably not be the case in the future
port-forwarding will be required. This is one of the reasons
the new landing page is set up - both to help users find the "new" URL
and to allow us to redirect them automatically to the new ISP when the
change is made.
outages before/during the change:
of the work that will need to be done, there will be a period - perhaps
several days - where the Northern Utah WebSDR will be down. The
exact timing of the transition to the new ISP is currently unknown due
to U.S. holidays, the ISP's priorities and availability of time, but
it is expected to be completed by mid July.
It is also possible that the connectivity to the Northern Utah WebSDR
via the current ISP will be completely lost prior to the change - but
if you have updated your bookmarks, you will automatically be directed
to the right place once the change has been made. If/when the Northern
Utah WebSDR itself goes offline, this information page
will be kept up-to-date with news.
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!