Well, I have some good news, and I have some more good news.
In a nut shell: Open Roads Radio .net is now open under new management, having been acquired by Social Knowledge, LLC. They host a huge number of RV related sites, plus specific interest sites from aquariums to computers to what ever else one might be interested in.
Welcome aboard please Andy R and Janet H. as administrators, who unlike me know what they are doing not only technically but with an eye to increasing traffic/posts, growing the ORR.net family but maintaining the sense of community we have here on ORR.net. They have both complimented me on the quality of content and community we have built here since 2007.
A bit of historyÖ Open Roads Radio .net was a sister site to Forest River Forums. Mike Rimmer (now SK) started Forest River Forums and later he and I started Open Roads Radio as he and I both had interest in RV camping and Ham Radio. I was a moderator at FRF and admin at ORR.net. When Mike came down with cancer, he placed the better established Forest River Forums in the capable hands of Andy R, Janet H and the Social Knowledge team. Mike then gave ORR.net, still in its early stages, to me. I have admired the community and growth at FRF over the years while maintaining a warm community. It seemed to me the best care takers of ORR.net in the future would be the folks at Social Knowledge.
Personal reasons on my part. I need more time to look after my mom who is 93. I am also getting my finances in order, so I am now relieved of paying the server bill. There are some vBulletin (the software ORR.net runs on) housekeeping issues that need to be addressed that I simply do not know how to do or have time to do. So the transition is good for me.
And BTW, Iím not going anywhere. I get to stay and do all the fun stuff. Andy R gets to do all the heavy lifting! Iíll be around for quite a while. Looking forward to taking longer trips knowing ORR.net is in good hands while I am away.
What about the future of Open Roads Radio .net?
Open Roads Radio will become a part of the Social Knowledge network which will drive the community membership from their other sites and better promotion. The forum will improve with features and upgrades. Things will work better. We already have superior server hosting. And these folks have mastered the technical side of running forums, which I most certainly have not.
All this and the ORR.net family we have built together over these years remains the same. There simply is no down side.
Imagine a family living in a house. A new landlord buys the place and fixes it up. Nice new neighbors move in next door. Same family but things are better.
This is gonna be great!