EchoLink
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Papakura Radio Club inc.

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EchoLink Node 6504 ZL1VK-L on 146.500 Simplex

EchoLink is software which allows Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. The program enables worldwide connections to be made between stations, from computer to station, or from computer to computer.
Current Operating Frequency of the ZL1VK-L EchoLink station is on 146.500 FM Simplex.

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    EchoLink Community input form

    EchoLink Conference Server  *ZL1VK*

    EchoLink Community thru the ZL1VK-L node

    EchoLink DTMF Shortcut list and request form

    EchoLink General information

    EchoLink Sounds on the ZL1VK-L node

    National VOIP Net info  ... Sundays on *ZL1VK*

    VOIP Locations in New Zealand and Frequencies
                                North Island        South Island

Papakura Amateur Radio Club
EchoLink Repeater  ZL1VK-L 
Node No. 6504 on 146.500 Simplex

Introducing EchoLink
EchoLink is software which allows Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology.  The program enables worldwide connections to be made between stations, from computer to station, or from computer to computer. 
Current Operating Frequency of the Node 6504 EchoLink station ZL1VK-L is on 146.500 Simplex.

DTMF Functions
In Sysop mode, EchoLink can be configured to accept commands through the local receiver using DTMF tones. Each command consists of a sequence of digits (or the special keys *, #, and A through D). 

Operating guide lines
1. Announce your call before using the DTMF codes to operate the station
2. Wait for the announcement that you are “connected to node (XXXXX)” before starting your over and check that the frequency is clear calling CQ etc.
3. Keep overs short with about 3 sec breaks between overs to allow other stations in and also to hear announcements from the system

Remember the quality of the QSO on EchoLink is governed by a lot of factors. The bandwidth speed, the sound card settings, computer settings at both ends, so not every QSO is going to be perfect. Depending on the conditions you may get some packet loss and breaks in communication. As technology improves so will this station. 

The table below lists each of the DTMF commands.

Command Description Default
Connect  Connects to a station on the Internet, based on its node number. num
Connect by Call Connects to a station on the Internet, based on its call sign. C+call+#
Random Node Selects an available node (of any type) at random, and tries to connect to it.  00
Random Link Selects an available link or repeater (-L or -R) at random, and tries to connect to it.  01
Random Conf Selects a conference server at random, and tries to connect to it. 02
Random User Selects an available single-user station at random, and tries to connect to it.  03
Disconnect  Disconnects the station that is currently connected.  #
Reconnect Re-connects to the station that most recently disconnected.  09
Status Announces the call sign of each station currently connected. 08
Play Info Plays a brief ID message.  *
Query by Call  Looks up a station by its call sign, and reads back its node number and status. 07+call+#
Query by Node Looks up a station by its node number, and reads back its call sign and status.  06+num
More information about Echo Link can be found at …
http://www.echolink.org
http://www.echolinker.com/

For a list of EchoLink stations can be obtained at …
http://www.synergenics.com/el/logins.asp
http://www.synergenics.com/el/links.asp
http://home.insightbb.com/~n9yty/

Have fun and enjoy EchoLink

Connect
The default for the Connect command is to simply enter the 4- 5-, or 6-digit node number to which you wish to connect

To enter a node number (for the Connect or Query by Node commands), enter the 4-, 5-, or 6-digit node number.  If the specified node is not among the stations currently logged on, EchoLink will say "NOT FOUND".

Entering Call signs
To enter a call sign (for the Connect by Call or Query by Call commands), press two digits for each letter and number in the call sign. (Call Sign DTMF conversion table) The first digit is the key on which the letter appears (using 1 for Q and Z), and the second digit is 1, 2, or 3, to indicate which letter is being entered.  To enter a digit, press the digit followed by 0.  When finished, end with the hash key (#).

Call Sign DTMF Conversion Table

A 21
B 22
C 23
D 31
E 32
F 33
G 41
H 42
I 43
J 51
K 52
L 53
M 61
N 62
O 63
P 71
Q 11
R 72
S 73
T 81
U 82
V 83
W 91
X 92
Y 93
Z 12
0 00
1 10
2 20
3 30
4 40
5 50
6 60
7 70
8 80
9 90
For example, the letter "K" is entered as "52", the letter "Q" is entered as "11", and the digit "7" is entered as "70".
Call signs need not be entered in full.  If a partial call sign is entered, EchoLink will find the first match among the stations currently logged on.  If no match is found among the stations currently logged on, EchoLink will say "NOT FOUND".

e.g. To connect to ZL1AMC by call 
       Enter C125310216123#

Examples

To connect to node number 9999: 
Enter:  9 9 9 9
EchoLink responds with: "CONNECTING TO CONFERENCE E-C-H-O-T-E-S-T"
followed by "CONNECTED"
because 9999 is the node number of conference server "*ECHOTEST*".

To get the status of K1RFD: 
Enter:  0 7 5 2 1 0 7 2 3 3 3 1 #
EchoLink responds with: "K-1-R-F-D 1-3-6-4-4 BUSY"
because 13644 is the node number of station K1RFD, and K1RFD is currently busy.

To connect to a random link or repeater: 
Enter: 0 1 
EchoLink responds with: "CONNECTING TO K-1-O-F REPEATER"
followed by "CONNECTED"
because K1OF-R was selected at random.

If you need any help or reporting any problems please contact the ZL1VK EchoLink Node Controllers 

Nigel Goldstone ZL2SEA
David Wilkins ZL1MR
Geoff Reed ZL1AKY

Or Email prc@ihug.co.nz

 
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  P.O.Box 72397, Papakura 2244
  (09) 2989297
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