W5NS IRLP and EchoLink How To

The club repeater 146.655 (CTCSS 88.5hz) accesses the IRLP and EchoLink systems by a remote station that is linked to the internet. This document will outline IRLP and EchoLink and how to access each service.


IRLP

IRLP is the Internet Radio Linking Project. The aim of the project is to reliably and inexpensively link amateur radio systems. IRLP uses Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) custom software and hardware. Coupled with the power of the Internet, IRLP links the repeater to the world in a simple and cost effective way. IRLP operates a worldwide network of dedicated servers and nodes offering very stable worldwide voice communications between hundreds of towns and cities.

The W5NS IRLP node number is 7764

W5NS IRLP Node Status
http://status.irlp.net/?nodeid=7764

IRLP Nodes by Country
http://status.irlp.net/index.php?PSTART=5

List of all IRLP Nodes(Nodes that have not checked in after 5 days, are NOT listed)
http://status.irlp.net/index.php?PSTART=3

IRLP Reflectors
http://status.irlp.net/index.php?PSTART=1
Reflectors can have multiple IRLP nodes connected at one time, similar to a linked repeater system. Make sure you allow plenty of pause time when using Reflectors.

IRLP Guidelines
http://www.irlp.net/guidelines.html

Making an IRLP call:
Please ID your station before accessing a remote node. For example "This is YOUR_CALL connecting to IRLP." To connect to a remote IRLP node, while transmitting type in on your DTMF keypad the four digit node number. At this point some nodes will play a welcome message that includes instructions on how to call other stations. Once connected you can simply call "This is YOUR_CALL in Bartlesville, Oklahoma via IRLP, listening." Some stations want you to call CQ. To disconnect from the remote node type 73 on your DTMF keypad, then ID your station as clear IRLP such as "This is YOUR_CALL, clear IRLP."


EchoLink

EchoLink is a VoIP (Voice over IP) system designed to connect distant simplex, repeater, or Internet based nodes. An EchoLink node will normally have a computer (running the EchoLink software) with a sound card and a radio. When audio is received from the radio that audio is sent over the Internet to another station. That station then transmits the received audio onto RF. Two EchoLink stations can also connect directly together without the use of radios, in this mode the connection is similar to standard 'voice chat' programs. RF based stations can also be connected to from Internet only stations.

The W5NS EchoLink node number is 551343

EchoLink Home Page
http://echolink.org/

List of all active EchoLink Nodes
http://echolink.org/logins.jsp

EchoLink requires validation.
How to validate:
Upload a scanned copy of your station license in one of these formats JPG, GIF, TIF, PDF, or PNG. Fax a copy to the number presented during validation process. Validate yourself using an ARRL Logbook of the World digital certificate, if you have one. Amateurs in the U.S. may also choose telephone or credit-card-based verification as an alternative. Step-by-step instructions for each option are provided on the validation pages.

Download EchoLink for your PC at: http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp. The iPhone and iPod Touch versions are available in the App Store for free. The Android version is available in the Market for free. Mobile version works best with a headset device approved to make calls on your smartphone.

Making an EchoLink call with a radio:
Please ID your station before accessing the node. For example "This is YOUR_CALL connecting to EchoLink." EchoLink accepts commands in the form of DTMF tones. In order to send DTMF tones to the EchoLink node you must precede all commands with the #. To make a call on EchoLink you need to know who (node number) you want to call. To connect to a node simply enter #NODE_NUMBER (EchoLink nodes are six digit numbers). You should then hear "callsign connected." At this point some nodes will play a welcome message that includes instructions on how to call other stations. Once connected you can simply call "This is YOUR_CALL in Bartlesville, Oklahoma via EchoLink, listening." Some stations want you to call CQ. Please disconnect the link with 73 when finished and then ID your station as clear EchoLink such as "This is YOUR_CALL, clear EchoLink."


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