Echolink Information

History Of Echolink
EchoLink was developed by Jonathan Taylor, K1RFD, in early 2002. In an astonishingly short period of time, EchoLink has become one of the dominant Amateur Radio VoIP systems with more than 30,000 users worldwide. The free EchoLink software for Windows can be downloaded at www.echolink.org. When you start the EchoLink software, your computer taps the Internet to connect to an EchoLink server.

 

Before you can make your first connection to the network, your call sign must be verified with the information in the FCC database. This can take minutes or hours, depend-ing on the state of the system, but it helps reduce the chances of nonhams entering the EchoLink network. Once youre validated (you only do this once), the rest is easy. The EchoLink server acts like a telephone switchboardin cyberspace. It maintains a directory of everyone who is connected at any moment. After browsing the directory, you can request a connection between your computer and that of another amateur.

 

For licensed hams, EchoLink software opens up new possibilities for communicating around the world with other amateurs. Your PC links you or your local repeater to any of thousands of other stations over the Internet. There are several different ways you can use the EchoLink software. You can set up a "simplex link" in your shack, with a VHF or UHF transceiver connected to your PC, to allow anyone in range of your station to communicate by voice with any other EchoLink station around the world. Or, you can use the PC's microphone and speakers and remotely connect to any of more than 2,000 different repeaters that have EchoLink capability.

 

You can catch me (KC7NYR) on the WORC (Western Oregon Repeater Club) EchoLink Node#82962. I serve as an alternate Net Control Station for the NTTN (Northwest Oregon Traffic Training Net). During Net Time this system is linked to the following repeaters, 145.270, 145.430,145.470, 146.800 and 443.150 mhz with a PL Tone of 107.2.

 

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