Monday, August 15, 2011

Echolink Node

I’m running an echolink node on 146.460 simplex in the Caryville area.  It has about an 8-15 mile radius running only 10 watts into a Diamond low-profile dual-band base antenna on transmit.  I was running 50 watts, but unless it begins to get some use, I think 10 will be fine for now.  50 watts gives me better coverage past Speedwell and into Lake City but who knows if anyone but myself is interested.

It is open for all amateur use.  I do ask that you read up on proper Echolink etiquette before connecting up to some remote location and doing something lame like calling “CQ Repeater,” lol!

The connect prefix is 800.  For example, if you wanted to connect to the Echotest server, 9999, you would key in the DTMF string 8009999.  To disconnect, use the # key.  * and 80 give the status, and 123 will play a short explanation of DTMF commands.

If you have a favorite Node, Repeater, or Conference Server you’d like to see added to the shortcuts, email me at and I’ll add it to the existing ones.  I’ll add the list of existing shortcuts later on this week.


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