# Thursday, March 10, 2005
I’ve had my Amateur Radio license for 8 months or so now, and haven’t spent too much time talking on it.  But…  Just recently I’ve discovered the groovy world of IRLP, or the Internet Radio Linking Protocol.  Me talking to a radio in Portland, which is connected via VoIP links to one or more other radios around the world that other people are talking to.  Pretty cool.  You can talk to people all over the world with just a handheld radio and a Technician license.  I made my first “long” distance contact last night, chatting with W2SBI in Virginia.  It’s a pretty strange juxtaposition of old and new technology, but hey, it works.  You can listen in to one of the IRLP reflectors from the web site.