Understanding IRLP...

Discussion in 'Echolink/IRLP Tech Board' started by K9CCH, Jun 28, 2013.

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  1. K9CCH

    K9CCH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I understand that IRLP is an Internet connection between radios/repeaters using the nodes.

    I've located an IRLP repeater that's about 20 miles from me, N5XWD - 443.300.

    I thought I would try to make a link this evening, so I programmed in the repeaters frequency. I expected it to be free, however when I finished programming, I was surprised to hear some kind of net hosted on the WIN system coming across the repeater. I think it's the insomnia net, because they are asking trivia questions.

    When I checked the node listing on the IRLP website, it listed this node (3018) as "IDLE" for 14 hours and some minutes. It does not state that its linked to 9100 the WIN system node.

    I thought I would have to connect the repeater in order to hear any traffic? Is this a repeater that's always linked? Or can I hear, but not transmit without establishing a link?
  2. K9CCH

    K9CCH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone have an explanation?
  3. KU7PDX

    KU7PDX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe it wasn't linked via 3018 or it was linked some other way, or the IRLP website wasn't up to date. Probably the only way to get an answer would be to key up and ask.
  4. K1RCT

    K1RCT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Possibly the Repeater was being used in Analog by the Net.
  5. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    That repeater also has ALLSTAR linkiing capability - similar to IRLP, and I know ALLSTAR can connect to the trivia net, and also to WIN System and others. ALLSTAR has grown by leaps and bounds lately - there are a lot of repeaters in TX on ALLSTAR, including the Saltgrass Network machines.
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