Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KD9IUB, Aug 13, 2017.
I talked to DK6NZ from Germany yesterday! He was on echo link but it still counts!
Congratulations on your contact but,
Be prepared for incoming posts about IRLP and echolink, you may want to take cover.
It really does not count, it is over the internet. I am happy that you got to talked to someone in Germany, but that is it. Once you make your first HF contact to Germany you will understand what I am saying.
I guess to some IRLP and echolink has its place in radio, but it is a radio/internet contact, its not a radio to radio contact.
As long as you are enjoying it fair enough, by the same token if it counts in your book then that's all really matters. Is it radio? Sort of but not really...
OK, let the flames commence...
My first international contact on 2-meters was to British Columbia on 2m SSB during a VHF contest runn 150 watts to a 9-element Yagi at 50 feet.
But I was using radio for the entire contact, not VoIP via repeater so it probably doesn't count
If you want the full inferno, just mention
That you are asking for a QSL card.
Just keep on enjoying talking to people and learning how things work.
Counts for what?
It counts in his book as a memorable QSO. Shouldn't that be enough?
My first international contact on 2m was with France, I've also worked Germany with 25 watts and Belgium on 2m FM 5 watts into a collinear, RF end to end during good lifts.
I used to play about with receiving ships AIS (162 MHz) and whenthings started to happen there it was a good time check out 2m. I worked Slovenia on 4m FM with a vertical and 20w, I was well chuffed with that. Not bragging, just right place right time.
Echolink, no thanks, not for me...
Yep, spot on....
There are some South Korean hams who build portable yagis, and climb mountains, to work 2m from South Korea to Japanese repeaters about 700 miles away. They have a blast.