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The KB0P Internet Link has been "on-the-air" since January, 2001. In the beginning, the 147.240 repeater in Virginia, Minnesota was linked to the internet via KB0P Internet Link using Vocaltec IPhone. During the summer, 2001, the Vocaltec IPhone server was discontinued and KB0P had to find an alternate internet linking software. In May, 2001, KB0P switched over to ILINK. ILINK served the 147.240 repeater well. During the spring, 2002, ECHOLINK was created to replace ILINK, and at that time KB0P switched over to ECHOLINK. To this date, the KB0P Internet Link remains on ECHOLINK as KB0P-L. In 2003, KB0P moved from Minnesota to Michigan. The 147.240 repeater in Virginia, Minnesota remains on ECHOLINK with a new direct connection, as WD8RFS-R. The KB0P Internet Link now serves Marquette County in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula (U.P.) as KB0P-L. Look for us on ECHOLINK.


Update: January, 2001

We are now on the internet. The 147.240, WD8RFS repeater is the very FIRST internet repeater in the state of Minnesota!!!!! We are using Vocaltec IPhone and our repeater is located on my webpage, KB0P, Paul. This is the coolest thing to be able to talk to friends from my home state, Michigan, and from around the world while driving down the road. WOW!

Update: Sunday, 7/8/2001

I added this "NEWS" page to the website to help inform you of changes being made to my website. I do pay attention to what is going on and I do update my site frequently.

Update: Monday, 7/9/2001

I fixed the K5JD conference room on the Iphone and the Surf & Call pages. Also, I added the "Off-The-Air Chat" conference square to each page. I monitor the activity on the conference squares and update them frequently. I don't like "dead" squares on my page.

Update: Friday, 7/13/01

I think I figured it out! During the day, I log into the "Ely Repeater" conference square on my conference website. Unfortunately, I am always being disconnected from the conference square at least once a day, which makes it unreliable when I am away from home. I discovered the reason for the daily disconnects. It appears that the Iphone Server is shutting down the conference rooms at least once a day, perhaps to perform backups and other daily maintenance. So, I will continue to check my computer, daily, to make sure we remain logged in.

Update: Saturday, 7/28/01

I just returned from another trip to Michigan. This time, I was away for 2 weeks. I logged into the KB0P-L from my laptop in the hotel room, once. After that, I noticed the Iphone link crashed. So, the system remained down until I returned home and reset it. This Iphone system needs constant baby sitting. We are back on the air, now!

Update: Sunday, 7/29/01

We have now earned international recognition. Today, I have been informed that we have been added to two websites. Take a look at Dave's, M1BHP site by clicking here. Also, Tom's, W2ZQ page by clicking here. Thank you , Dave and Tom for adding the KB0P-L URL to your websites.

Update: Sunday, 7/29/01

Today, I added more conference squares to my website. You will now notice the EA8EE, Canary Island Repeater, and the KP3AV, Puerto Rico Repeater on my page.

Monday, 8/20/01

We have been added to the K0MSP Midwest Radio Association website, which is located in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. To visit the K0MSP MRA website, goto www.2meters.org.

Update: Monday, 8/27/01

I have been noticing that the stability of our connection on the webpage has been very poor. It goes in spurts. There are times when I can maintain a connection for two days, and then there are times when the VocalTec Iphone server dumps the connection several times a day. This is the reason why I will be switching over to a new system, this fall.

Update: Tuesday, 8/28/01

Today, I completed my circuit for programming PIC's (EPROMS). I am one step closer to switching over to the new system. PLEASE BE ADVISED! We will be switching over to iLINK this fall.

What does the switch-over to iLINK mean to you?
(1). We will be abandoning IPhone and Surf&Call.
(2). We will be using iLINK, instead. iLINK is much more reliable.
(3). To learn more about iLINK, goto www.aacnet.net.

Update: Wednesday, 8/29/01

I uploaded Surf&Call directly to my webpage. Since the URL for the program failed, I now have it HERE for you! On that note, I have decided to not offer IPhone, anymore. All new users will have to use Surf&Call from now on.

Update: Friday, 9/7/01

I changed the format of the Repeater Link Pages. Now, instead of having a separate page for IPhone users and another for Surf & Call users, I combined the two into a single page. Also, I was informed, today, that the "Capice Server" for Vocaltec is down! The server was hacked! Now, we just wait and see if the server will ever resurface. So, for now our repeater linking days are over until that service is re-established. But, I am working on getting iLink up and running.

Update: Saturday, 9/15/01

The new iLINK system is working!!! It was about 11:00 PM tonight when I finally got the system up and running. I dumped the IPHONE system all together! No more headaches.

Update: Monday, 9/24/01

The new iLINK system is working GREAT!!! Today, I updated my webpage to include instructions for ILink. Also, I am maintaining the IPhone page by popular demand. I still have to create some help instruction for ILink, but I will get to that, soon.

Update: Saturday, 10/6/01

We now have a "Listen To 147.240 Repeater" box on the LISTEN.TO/24 website. This was done by popular request-- many amateurs wanted us to provide a way for them to "park" on the 147.240 repeater just to listen. If you are interested in LISTENING ONLY, goto the two-four website at http://listen.to/24

Update: November, 2001

The "Listen To 147.240 Repeater" box on the LISTEN.TO/24 website, has died. Actually, Vocaltec IPhone, which supported that page, has died. We will no longer support a "listen only" site.

Update: December, 2001

The KB0P-L link went "OFF-THE-AIR" due to an ANTHRAX scare. All of the equipment has been disassembled and put away. I recieved a QSL card from a Britain internet station (via ILINK) and the envelope contained white powder. This powder resulted in my company being shut down for 48 hours. Now, we have to lay low for a few months until the news media forgets about what happened.

Update: March, 2002

We now switched over to ECHOLINK and will no longer use ILINK. ILINK support got a girlfriend and disappeared off the face of the Earth. Fortunately, all the ILINK node numbers will work directly with ECHOLINK. Smooth transition.

Update: October, 2002

KB0P is moving from Minnesota to Michigan. So, the KB0P-L will be "off-the-air" for awhile until the move is complete. The 147.240 repeater in Aurora, MN will now have a dedicated PC at the repeater site and will be on ECHOLINK. Look for this repeater on ECHOLINK as WD8RFS-R. This repeater will be semi-closed to incoming stations.

Update: Novemer, 2002

The KB0P-L link is now up and running in Ishpeming, Michigan. We are linked to the 444.200 repeater in Marquette, MI (N8PUM repeater). The link computer and radios are currently set up at Brandon, N8PUM residence. Thank you, Brandon, for your help.

Update: March, 2003

The KB0P-L link has been moved off the 444.200 repeater and put on 445.000 simplex for the time being. The 444.200, N8PUM repeater was taken off the air due to problems caused at the repeater site by the new 500,000 Watt UHF television station. We will hopefully get this problem resolved, soon.

Update: April, 2003

The KB0P-L link has been running GREAT all winter in the new Michigan location. This month (1) The webpage has finally been updated, (2) The KB0P-L link has been added to the ECHOLINK map on the internet, and (3) The KB0P-L has been put back on the 444.200 repeater (actually, the repeater was put back "on-the-air").

Update: April 20, 2003

Upgraded the Echolink software on the repeater to version 1.6. Now we have a CW ID instead of the voice ID. Also, added a link to the webpage to allow viewers to download echolink.

Update: Summer 2003

Moved into a new house and dismantled all linking hardware. Also, the repeater went off the air as N8PUM was looking for a new home for his repeater. Echolink is now stored in a box in the attic of my garage.

Update: October 23, 2006

We are back! We have been away from Echolink for some time due to busy work schedules, moving into a new house, family stuff, etc. But we are now on the 444.200 Repeater (N8PUM repeater) in Ishpeming, Michigan. Tonight, Norm, KD8BPC, and I climbed the Cliffs Shaft to install a CTCSS board on the repeater so that we could turn Echolink back on. It was dark (night), cold and snowy, and breezy. On our way up (about a 1000 stair climb to the top), we woke up 2 pigeons with our flashlights and they both tried to fly into my face. I hit the floor fast and hard, face burried in pigeon poop, feathers, and iron ore dust. Then, I realized something. The pigeons were flying toward the light, the head light that was strapped to my forehead. I quickly doused the beam and ran up 2 flights of stairs to safety. Norm was laughing his butt off.

Update: November5, 2006

Finally, I got the dedicated Echolink computer up and running in the work shop. I designed and built a new interface solely for Echolink with a local microphone built in. Now, I can use the local microphone on the interface and the station on the repeater as well as the station on the computer will hear my transmission.

Update: November 29, 2006

Tonight, I decided to abandon the recent built interface and go with a PIC microprocessor interface. I started this project at 8:00 PM and finally completed it at 3:00 AM. Using a PIC controller chip and an HT9170 DTMF decoder chip, I built an external controler for Echolink. This is the same controler I used back in the iLINK days. Now, instead of using the DTMF decoder built into the Echolink software (been having some problems with that decoder), I now have an external decoder (a hardware decoder). I found that as a result of switching over, the DTMF response is FAST! Also, I have eliminated all of the time delays in the program and now the switch over from transmit and receive is almost instantaneous.
Update: January 2007

I purchased some Motorola GM300 UHF radios. I am now using a Motorola Maxtrac as my linking radio. The previously used Yaesu FT-8500 was put away in the box. Also this month, my friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota helped me out by collecting their used parts and donating those parts toward a repeater. Joel K9MLD, John N9QWH, Randy N0BZZ, Doug AA0AW, donated the parts, and Pat KB0QYC put the repeater together for me. I picked up the repeater in Duluth during one of my work assignment trips to Hibbing, MN. Thank you guys for you help,
Update: February 2007

I purchased more Motorola Maxtrac radios. Also this month, I purchased an IFR-1000S service monitor from Ebay, so now I have some nice, used, vintage, test equipment to assist my setting up links. And, finally I rebuilt the interface, again. I was receiving complaints on Echolink that my audio sounded "tinny". So, I rebuilt the interface and paid special attention to audio impedance matching. Now my online audio sounds GREAT!
Update: April 1, 2007

This weekend I worked with Raoul, W8RDR in Munising. The Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan repeater is now on Echolink. Munising is 145.410 MHz (-) and Grand Marais is 147.195 MHz (+). You can find the Munising repeater on Echolink under W8RDR-R or node# 275200.
Update: February 2008

This month, the KB0P-L Echolink system was moved off the Ishpeming, N8PUM-R, 444.200 repeater and onto the 147.270 HARA repeater(s). This was done so that Echolink would be available for the UP200 Sled Dog Race.
Update: April 4, 2008

Talking to the HARA members, they like having Echolink on the 147.270 repeater. I had recently removed it from the repeater to help prevent problems, and I was scolded (lightly) and told to restore it. That is GREAT!
Update: Fall, 2008

Now the 444.800 Repeater in Marquette is on Echolink (KE8IL-R). So, I move my Echolink node back to the N8PUM 444.200 Repeater in Ishpeming. Now, all local Echolink activity is on UHF.
Update: February 20, 2009

Moved the KB0P-L Echolink off of 444.200 and placed it back on 147.270 Linked System for the UP200 Sled Dog Race (20th annual). Ham were able to listen to the UP200 radio traffice on Echolink over the weekend on the WMPORN conference. This worked great! After the race, I moved the Echolink node back to the N8PUM 444.200 Repeater in Ishpeming and resumed normal operation.
Update: March 7, 2009

We now have LIVE! Streaming Audio on this website! The Linked Repeater System (27, 64, 41, and 195) can now be monitored via the Internet using Windows Media Player.
Update: August, 2009

We moved the 444.200 and 443.500 repeater. Brandon N8PUM, Norm W8NWD, and your's truly (Paul KB0P) climbed up and down the Cliff's Shaft (175 feet, over 250 stairs), to put 443.500 into service. The 443.500 repeater has replaced the 444.200 repeater in Ishpeming. The 443.500 repeater is a GE MAster II, 100 Watts, with a 100 Hz PL tone. This repeater was built with the help of my friend, Pay, KC0QYC, as a dedicated Echolink repeater.
Update: April 19, 2010, Friday

I am now on IRLP!!! After 10 years of Internet linking (8 of which I spent on Echolink), I finally switched over to IRLP. With the help of Mike, KB8ZGL I am running an ITX computer (which I obtained with the help of my friend, Todd, N8JWT via Ebay) on IRLP. I shipped the computer to Mike, he set up it up for me, and he shipped it back. I dismantled my Echolink node, and went on the air with IRLP about 11:00 PM this evening. I am already impressed with the improved audio quality of IRLP over Echolink as well as the improved (reduced) delays between transmissions; it sound more like real radio.
Update: December 1, 2010

Built an experimental repeater and placed it in my garage for local coverage around my neighborhood. I have been using it to talk with Wayne, WD8CYB in Gwinn; Todd, N8JWT in Rapid River; and Norm, W8NWD in Ishpeming. Also, my son has been using the repeater to talk with his cousin and friends (all hams, or course). The repeater is open and on 146.820 MHz with the standard (-) 600 KHz offset. My intention is to link this 2-meter repeater to my UHF repeater, which is located in town (443.500 MHz).
Update: December 11, 2010

Today, I added links on my website (in the IRLP area of the page) to the IRLP status of my IRLP node as well as a IRLP map, which indicates the location of my node and all the nodes currently connected to it. Today, I am also building up the linking cable and programmed the Maxtrac radio, which will both be used to link together my two repeaters (443.500 MHz and 146.820 MHz).
Update: January 7, 2011

I am now a Droid owner/user. Today, I switched over my cell service to Verizon (faster 3G network) and became a Droid user. The very first thing I did with the Droid (even before making a phone call) was install Echolink. I have been using Echolink on my smart phone and I love it!
Update: January 14, 2011

Today, I connected the Echo/IRLP system directly to the 146.820 MHz repeater. Now, I have full duplex control of the Echo/IRLP system. Then, using a dualband radio in crossband repeater mode, the 146.820 MHz repeater (at my home) and the 443.500 MHz repeater (in town) are now linked together. All of this has been done just before my business trip to Milwaukee next week. I will certainly be using my Droid as an HT and I will be connecting into my repeater system while driving to Milwaukee.
Update: Summer 2011

Since I have difficulty getting into my UHF repeater from my house, which is about 6 miles south of the repeater, I added a simplex link to the network. For those of you driving around Ishpeming, please check out 145.550 (100 Hz) simplex.
Update: Week of September 5, 2011

Norm (W8NWD) and I climbed 259 stairs to the 443.500 repeater to check the antenna for loose hardware. There has been crackling noises on the repeater, and I felt a need to check for loose hardware. Everything checked out okay.
Update: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Todd (N8JWT) and I (KB0P) installed the 146.820 two-meter repeater at the Champion site that we have been talking about for awhile. The repeater is located west of Ishpeming (about 15 miles west) in Humboldt at a tower site provided by John (W8ZUL). The ground elevation is only 1667 feet and the antenna is about 50 feet high (a total of about 1710 feet or so). Todd tested the repeater, while driving westward on US41 and almost made it to Convington Junction. Later in the week, it was confirmed that a mobile is capable of getting in from Republic (which is south of the repeater location). The repeater can also be heard in Ishpeming and Negaunee. ** The repeater is 146.820(-) with no tone **
Update: Thursday, September 15, 2011

Todd (N8JWT) and I climbed 259 stairs to the 443.500 repeater, which is located at the top of a 175 foot hoist building in downtown Ishpeming. Our goal was to test the receiver and attempt to improve sensitivity. We succeeded! The sensitivity (with the repeater transmitting) was improve by about 8 dB-- previously 0.8 uV to now 0.2 uV to trip the squelch, and no desense. I am now able to hit the repeater while using an HT on low power at about 2-3 miles from the repeater.
Update: Friday, September 30, 2011

I went alone to the 146.820 repeater in Champion, leaving the house about 9:00 PM and returning home about 12:30 AM. Brandon N8PUM and I were talking on the repeater (and Norm W8NWD was listening, as he always does). At the repeater, I turned on the UHF link radio and reprogrammed it. We had a storm last night with 70 MPH winds, which resulted in multiple power outages and tree damage. At the repeater the power went out and when that happens, the Yaesu FT-8500 link radio shuts off and goes back to default. Also, while at the site, I adjusted the deviation levels of the repeater and the UHF link to eliminate the audio clipping that has been experienced. And finally, the 146.820 repeater squelch was turned back in the software of the Motorola R1225 repeater. The "82" is sounding much better, now.
Update: Monday, October 10, 2011

I created a map of the 2 Meter repeaters located in the Upper Peninsula and added the link to the website. Coming soon, will be the same for the 440 UHF repeaters in the U.P.
Update: Sunday, May 13, 2012

I switched my Echolink/ IRLP system over to the 147.270 repeater in Marquette. This is DAYTON HAMVENTION WEEK! The system remained on the "27" repeater until I returned home from Dayton When I got home, I put the IRLP/ Echolink system back on my 443.500 repeater.
Update: Monday, June 18, 2012

I switched my Echolink/ IRLP system over to the 147.270 repeater in Marquette, which is the Linked Repeater System that covers Marquette County and Alger County (6 repeaters in all). This week the HARA will host the Model A Convention, and we needed Internet linking to successfully carry out the net between Marquette County and Houghton County. I am keeping the system on the "27" for now.
Update: Thursday, August 2, 2012

The HARA club (Marquette County) had its annual club picnic this evening. During the picnic, I did a presentation on IRLP to introduce Internet linking to the club members.
Update: Sunday, August 5, 2012

I updated the data on the website for my IRLP and Echolink node, so now it shows the 147.270 repeater instead of the 443.500 repeater. Now, my 443.500 repeater in Ishpeming is just sitting idle with no activity on it.

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