IRC Channel Details

This page is for keeping track of the current location of the IRC channels that deal with satellite communications.

The latest news regarding the channel can always be found below.

  • 3rd August 2018 - #hearsat registered on Freenode, please use this IRC network as the primary chat. Note: One day we'll move into the 21st centuary and use a 'new' chat solution (riot, discord, etc)
  • 23rd December 2007 - #hearsat registered on - online chat portal available at starchat
  • 26th October 2007 - #hearsat on ZIRC is having some problems - in the mean time, please point your IRC client at and use #hearsat there - there is a JAVA web-client here.
  • 21st December 2004 - #hearsat channel formed on the ZIRC network (server details from Once you connect to the ZIRC network, please register your nickname by issuing a /msg nickserv REGISTER 'your-password' 'your-email-address'. You will then receive an email with an authentication step. When you connect to ZIRC in future, you should issue a /msg nickserv identify 'a-password' and you will be identified to the ZIRC network. This is an important step in case #hearsat needs to be closed to registered users only. #satcom from IRCnet closed at the end of 2004 due to network instabilities.

If you are not familiar with IRC, it is a multi user text chat room - #hearsat being the 'room' dedicated to satellite monitoring.

Once you have decided if IRC is for you, you will need a client program - one of the most popular for Windows is X-chat, which can be downloaded at Once downloaded and installed, a new network needs to be added - IRC. The server to point at should be and in the 'join channels' box, #hearsat needs to be added. Once done, set an appropriate nick name then press the 'connect' button and you should be connected to IRC and joined into the #hearsat channel - if this doesn't work, use the web client mentioned above, and ask for assistance in the channel.

Next step is to start chatting about satcom!