AB5SS delivers again! John setup a remote echolink station which adds a new capability for W5RRR. At least for now, John has implemented an echolink remote station at his QTH to serve as the W5RRR-R echo link connection to our repeater in support of the weekly W5RRR FM net held on Tuesdays on 146.640 @ 7:00PM. With this new capability, anyone outside of the immediate W5RRR repeater coverage area can participate in our weekly net.
Just set up, John is fine tuning the systems and currently is available for listen-only mode. Later on, he plans to open up transmit mode so online users can check-in or pass traffic from anyone across the world. The most exciting confirmation that it was working was an email from member Keith Brandt, WD9GET, who confirmed copying the W5RRR CW practice transmissions today from his temporary station in Star City, Moscow. Unfortunately, due to our time difference Keith couldn’t check-in at 4:00AM Moscow time, but encouraged us to coordinate an interactive session at a mutually convenitent time. But today’s rollout of the echolink service was a huge success which included online sign-ins of K5WH, K5SAF, W5EZM, AB4ME, W4STU, W9TWJ, KG5HOK, and W5OC. Not shabby for a first try! Many thanks to AB5SS for his tireless contributions to this club. Got an iphone? install it on your phone via the itunes store?
EchoLink allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using Voice Over IP (VOIP) streaming-audio technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 151 of the world’s 193 nations — with about 6,000 online at any given time.
Echolink for Dummies: http://www.ws6transam.org/Echolink_NE8K.pdf