During the membership meeting at the fall 2018 Eyeball Rally there was a discussion of trying a weekly RV Radio Network net on an EchoLink repeater. EchoLink repeaters are connected to the internet and can be accessed either from a local radio, or by using EchoLink software on a Windows PC, an Android mobile device or iPhone. Regardless of the access method you use, your voice is transmited over the the internet and on the repeater hosting the net, so a Technician License or higher is required.
This EchoLink net will be in addition to, and intended as a supplement to the HF net. Some of the advantages discussed included:
- Available to Technician License Class operators
- Not subject to antenna restrictions
- Can participate even without a radio or antenna
- Participate from camp or RV witout HF mobile
- Access the net from virtually anwyere in the world
- Not affected by the current lack of 40m RF propagation
As part of the testing phase we will discuss how the net will operate, what our purpose is, what goals we have, etc. Like most ham radio nets, you do not have to be a member to participate. This applies to the testing phase as well, so if you are available please join us, and if you know other hams who would be interested - please invite them to participate.
I have uploaded a step-by-step EchoLink Installation Guide to help you download and install the software to access EchoLink from a PC. You will need to download an "Official Copy" of your license in order to get authorization to use the EchoLink network. The installation guide will walk you through that process as well - it is quick and easy if you have previously registered with FCC/ULS. If you have not registered you sould do so now even if you do not intend to use EcoLink.
Please contact me if you have any questions or difficulty getting set up for EchoLink. I am by no means an expert, but if I don't know the answer I will get an answer for you.
K4HM - Hank