Promoting Echolink

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by K6DRR, Apr 16, 2005.

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  1. W5MJL

    W5MJL Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you say it enough maybe it really will be amateur radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio. Echolink is ham radio.

    Just checked again. That didn't help. It's still not amateur radio. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
  2. KF4VGX

    KF4VGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here you go !

    Im sure you can find alot of results from this link also.
    Also try this link,

    Enjoy your Hobby my friend ! After all it's your Hobby.

                                       with respect , KF4VGX
  3. KF4VGX

    KF4VGX Ham Member QRZ Page


    73 KF4VGX [​IMG]
  4. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, of course your gateway will be listed in the active list that everybody sees, and if you filled out the information about it in 'Tools- Sysop Settings - RF Info' they will be able to easily find your gateway when they do a search. If there are APRS beacons in the vicinity, you may want to ask them to add your node to their info - there may be a more formal way to do that through the APRS organization.
  5. KB2VXA

    KB2VXA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi guys,

    You don't. Echolink is not ham radio

    That was actually the best answer. I just don't want to be the only one that says it.

    And I thought >I< was the only one. Do I hear an echo here here here here here here..........

    Deja vu all over again. Did you REALLY think you wouldn't start another war by promoting non radio means to carry Amateur Radio communications among a bunch of Amateur RADIO operators? Your best bet is to keep your mouth shut, in other words turn in your license, you don't need one to be an Amateur Internet operator.

    BTW, when a repeater goes unused there's GOT to be a reason, connecting it to a land line won't change anything. There are several around here like that and they're all connected to the Internet, wonder why nobody bothers. On the other hand there's a statewide linked system buzzing with activity. Something to think about?
  6. KF4VGX

    KF4VGX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Also join the group in yahoogroups called Echolink.
    there you will feel welcomed:)
  7. N4AUD

    N4AUD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have used Echolink a few times. I have never used it to contact anyone PC to PC. That is NOT ham radio. I also don't believe Echolink "counts" as DX. BUT if I, for instance, get on my 2 meter rig, connect to an echolink repeater and talk to a ham on another echolink repeater, it seems that 2 radios are involved. I am not an advocate for or against Echolink, but I see people get attacked for using it. I can see how Echolink could be a threat to ham radio IF pc to pc links are considered to be ham radio. I don't have a real point here, except I think it depends on how echolink is used. I couldn't care less, one way or the other, if echolink were to disappear tomorrow, but perhaps Echolink could be a good adjunct to ham radio IF certain problems were addressed, and the "chat room" ability of it were eliminated. To simply say "It's not ham radio" out of hand with no explanation of your point doesn't help the argument in the least. BTW, KB2VXA and I had this discussion a while back. I used echolink a couple of times when my 2 meter rig had failed and the new one hadn't arrived. I won't suggest I made DX contacts, that is a bit silly, but if nothing else I was able to get on the air. I was at my computer, but was operating a radio via remote link, and talked to hams who were using their radios, some mobile. KB2VXA suggested I should turn in my license as well, if I remember correctly, for even using echolink. I have no intention of doing so, have upgraded my license since then, and haven't used echolink since receiving my new 2 meter radio. I would just like to understand the hysteria against using echolink in that manner. Screaming "it's not ham radio" with no explanation isn't quite explaning it. I am a bit simple minded.
  8. W0UZR

    W0UZR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had to get another computer. Decided to download EchoLink, and hooked up the 922 and tuned up for maximum power,, blew the computer all to hell.
  9. W5MJL

    W5MJL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think that is the point of the screaming.  We are licensed amateur radio operators, not internet operators.  People within amateur radio are trying to tie us to the internet.  If they are successful just watch your hf bands go away.  Just watch the technical end of the hobby go away.  Echolink uses a commerical link(internet).  It should be illegal as it goes against Amateur radio's purpose.  

    Now I don't know about you, but the internet is about as commercial as you can get.  Now winlink will try to use our bands for email.  Another illegal use of our bands, and unfair competition to commercial interests.

    Basically, we will continue to lose the purpose of amateur radio as long as people think the internet IS RADIO.  Get on board unless you want to pretend your computer is a radio.  I don't.
  10. K6DRR

    K6DRR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Finally!!! The answer to my question!! Ive never seen a forum that goes so off topic. Starting out with promoting echolink, then goes to if its ham radio or not. [​IMG] [​IMG]
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