This question is primarily for repeater owners who have made the effort to connect EchoLink to their repeaters. However, thoughts from ops who find EchoLink-enabled repeaters to be useful are also welcome. So far, the reasons I've heard include allowing club members who have moved away to continue to be able to communicate with their friends. Another is to generate more usage by allowing those who are out of the area to connect. What are other reasons? What are the benefits of having an EchoLink enabled repeater? I operate mostly on HF, but with summer static in effect and wildly varying band conditions, it's nice to have the ability to reliably make contacts throughout the country, and world actually, where everyone really is "5-9". It seems as though this is a great way for new amateurs with Tech licenses to get a taste of "DXing" using the free EchoLink software. My experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, meeting ops with interesting stories during enjoyable conversations. I'm new to it, but find the possibilities amazing.