a good link to start is :- http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,5880.0.html
Geoff, you are a true Ventrilo Diplomat for Australia - I have noticed the growth of the forum since the Down Under FORUM started, here and more notably in Ventrilo Voice Chat: Free, Easy to install, set up in minutes and you are talking - or AT LEAST listening and hopefully talking or texting there LIVE with other members. Or make friends and shaking hands from around the globe, literally. Geoff our first notable Aussie has visited the states a bit more than a year and a half ago, he met with many many members, I am proud that I am one of them. Point is to anyone reading, it is Ventrilo Chat (paid for generously by the members who have donated to the forum - I just mention that for all of you who have gifted funds to keep our site up and running, we are doing well. Thank you for gifting.)
But I urge all members to try ventrilo voice chat - or as I should call it Beemaster Chat - and I think Many members may more willing to join in this 30 member room running 24/7 on a commercial server with great up time and nightly you can see a dozen members, it honestly is Vital and enjoyable for all members to join in BEEMASTER VOICE CHAT it can take you magical place.
Look at Bud1 who came into Ventrilo a few years ago, made friends for life whether he ever meets them or not, but Bud1 has met a whopping numbers by graciously hosting our INTERNATIONAL BEEMASTER GATHERING in Macon, Mississippi, USA on the weekend of April 24th. Expected will be dozens of members, many steaming LIVE VIDEO and live CHAT BROADCASTS from the Gathering. I expect to steam dozens of hours at www.blogtv.com/people/beemaster
(mind you my NEW and ONLY LIVE VIDEO FEED. You can catch me often in the afternoons and evenings EST live on video and Ventrilo together - so members can speak to me as well as just type. Soon I'll have Sktpe on this computer (as I do my others) and Skype is interfaced with BlogTV - so it sounds near studio chat quality over Skype.
I promise some day here to have a scheduled open room night where people who like to think of themselves as well learned beekeepers can share their knowledge and pick their brains. Anyone through Skype and BlogTV can interact. I'm actually always ready for TOWN MEETING. Maybe we should take a poll and see what time MOST MEMBERS would like a live VIDEO, SKYPE, VENTRILO, TEXT CHAT session
So, forgive me getting off topic, but Geoff had a very good point and I needed to expand, I believe Ventrilo to be more that fun, it can be magical to many many members.