Echolink

If you have a radio license, but don’t have the means to purchase radio equipment, Echolink might be the answer to your problem.  Let’s call Echolink a hybrid between a ham radio and internet voice chat.  The complete Echolink information can be found here; but briefly, with this program, you can connect your Android, iPhone, or personal computer to some 2-meter or 70-cm repeaters and contact people throughout the world either on their radios or phones and computers.  Sounds complicated? It isn’t.  Just give it a try if you haven’t already. Yes, it is still ham radio. No, don’t believe if other hams tell you it’s cheating.  The same debate started when digital modes came out (PSK-31, et al) and now those nay-Sayers are using them to QSO.

MECA-ARC now has an Echollink node, Node # 831039 or KR4ZAN-R.  Try it, you will certainly like it.

Here are some screen captures from my Android phone that you can look at to give you an idea of what it looks like. Click on each one to see them bigger.

 

Echolink Android

Echolink Android

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Echolink Android

Echolink Screenshot

Echolink Screenshot

Me, talking to a Pretoria, South Africa net

Me, talking to a Pretoria, South Africa net

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Our repeater on Echollink

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Our Repeater on Echolink