This Node is open for all amateur radio operators to use. It stays up all the time connected to the 146.960 repeater except during a threat of severe weather. If you connect and no one comes back to you, the system may be disconnected due to the threat of severe weather in the area. The 146.960 repeater is used to link with 2 other repeaters for a SKYWARN network across North Alabama. You can log onto n4idx.com and listen to the streaming of the 146.960 repeater. If you hear a "double beep" courtesy tone, then the Echo/IRLP system is up. The Bankhead ARC's 146.960 repeater covers roughly a 60 mile or 96 km radius in North Alabama. Have fun!