Manitoba's Amateur Radio Network

VA4WAN is an initiative that seeks to combine the experimentation, education, and community service of the amateur radio field with the high speeds and flexibility of IP networking.

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VA4WAN Connects the past to the future

The origins of amateur radio can be traced to the late 19th century, but amateur radio as practiced today began in the early 20th century. As with radio in general, amateur radio was associated with various amateur experimenters and hobbyists.

The use of TCP/IP on amateur radio, using packet radio networks, preceded the appearance of the public Internet. The class A 44 netblock of 16.7 Million IP addresses was set aside for amateur radio users worldwide, having been secured in the 1970s.

Microwave Network

Our microwave network uses a combination of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radios to deliver intranet and internet access.

Global Connectivity

Gigabit internet connectivity allows us to offer data center services (hosting) and direct network access to clubs and licensed operators.

Network Convergence

Chat around town, or around the planet. This network carries voice, video, and data all around Mantioba with ms latency between sites.

Modern Capabilities

It's a bring your own device world - use amateur radio apps with your phone or tablet, or connect your desktop or laptop over wifi.

VA4WAN Connects you to the world

Amateur radio enthusiasts have significantly contributed to science, engineering, industry, and social services. Research by amateur operators has founded new industries, built economies, empowered nations, and saved lives in times of emergency.

With the advent of mass-produced wireless equipment on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz this technology is now being used to provide much faster links on nearby amateur frequencies.

Thank you to our sponsor

LES.NET (1996) INC. is a Facilities Based IntereXchange Carrier (IXC) head-quartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

LES.NET operates in the MTS Allstream ILEC territory, and is registered with the CRTC as a CLEC, Non-Dominant Carrier, Reseller, and DSL Service Provider.

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