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Ham Radio 2.0: Episode 56 - What is Echolink?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KC5HWB, Aug 31, 2016.

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  1. KC5HWB

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    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 31, 2016
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  2. KB3WGE

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    Echolink is the COOLEST app I have downloaded in my LG smart phn. LONG LIVE AMATEUR RADIO & all the cool new technology.Respectfully submitted KB3WGE Jimi a.k.a. "SPARKS" !!!
  3. KA9JLM

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    It takes a hour to say Echolink is VOIP ?

    That video is out of my bandwidth.
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  4. NU4R

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    I know a guy in the Orlando,FL area who has WAS, WAC, DXCC, and than some, and working now on WAZ on Echolink...and darn proud of it. We're so proud of his accomplishments.

    Last edited: Sep 1, 2016
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  5. W4RA

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    I have WAZ; DXCC, WAS, WAC and a bunch of those and I didn't use my telephone at all, just my transmitter/receiver/antenna/key and/or microphone and my knowledge of radio propagation.
    Gee, some of those contacts I could probably duplicate even if the internet went down.
  6. AL7EM

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    Warning about Echolink. If you lose your original email address then it is darn near impossible to get back in the fold.
  7. N8JRP

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    LOL How did that work during Hurricane Katrina? The Tsunami in Indonesia?
  8. K8VEN

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    'Real RADIO voip is the pit's for towers...connect with your Iphone no flares don't count.........IT IS HAM RADIO TECHNOLOGIES......73...see u on voip
  9. K8VEN

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    I won't argue that point.....73
  10. W5AMG

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    Great presentation, I was falling asleep after 6 minutes, really boring presentation and inaccruate. As far as VOIP, now we can remote VOIP to our home radio or someone else's, but no one
    says that's not "real". K1RFD was an "early adopter" and embraced and improved on an emerging technology at the time. Even well after 10 years, Echolink still has an average of 2500 active
    stations at any given time in the US alone! Is it the light that outshines all others, no. One of the joys of amateur radio is that there are so many different "modes" & technologies to enjoy!
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  11. KB0TT

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    I tried the EchoLink thing .... It works , yet to ME , it is just a toy ....

    I know of a few Technitian class operators who get ' stuck '

    and do not upgrade .... That is fine with me , it bothers me not ....

  12. AL7A

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    Boy, for being the Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year, kinda close minded about "other" aspects of amateur radio.
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  13. W4RA

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    In my town we have several VHF repeaters and I have radios on both D-STAR and Fusion and can be heard on those modes in addition to traditional amateur ssb/morse.. But it does trouble me that there is a growing believe among some license holders that the internet 'will always be there in an emergency.'
  14. KB0TT

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    I really gave the video a shot ...... I just could not make it through the whole thing either ....

    First thing ...... The presenter did not know HOW to explain the mode .....

    Second ...... The audio was TERRIBLE ..... He SHOULD have repeated the questions from the attendees .....

    Sorry ! I just couldn't make it through ......

    Echolink is FULL of people who have no clue as well ...... Just NOT bright ....

    His demo conversations were amazingly dumb like a new amateur would sound

    on their FIRST contact !!!!! Gee , he has been at this for YEARS ! ! OMG !

    This is the nicest way for me to explain how it came across .....

    WOW !

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2016
  15. K2WH

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    Agreed and, I have been and still am very opposed to echolink. I believe it is a crutch to incoming hams. Disabled hams is another story and I think it is very helpful to them.

    Echolink is NOT a mode as some have called it. Where on the front of a radio, any radio do you see a mode switch labeled "Echolink". There is none.

    In addition to your comments about the internet always being there, it isn't and my beef with the ARRL on this is there propaganda statement "When all else fails ham radio gets through" or something similar. If when all else fails, why does ARRL continue to encourage us to get connected via the internet, the very medium they say will fail.

    Go figure.

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