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Citadel adopted by packet radio network

Just after 9/11/01, some of the 11,000 FCC licensed volunteer Amateur Radio operators in Minnesota decided they could build a radio based data network covering the region. This network would provide a reliable “last ditch” email and data capability in the event of an emergency that disabled or overloaded normal communications channels. They passed the hat and collected enough funds and donated equipment to complete the first phase of the network using AX.25 packet radio technology, which has been running to commercial reliability standards since 2002.

Citadel was chosen as the email and conferencing system for this network, due to its compact size and versatile client options – including its text-mode client, which turned out to be perfect for 100 Kbps packet radio connections.

Read more about it at the group's own web site.

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