The RVRN EchoLink net meets each Thursday at 8:00 PM Central time on *SELINK*, the South East Conference Node.. During our net, the conference node is connected to the W4GTA 145.350 MHz EchoLink repeater where local hams are encouraged to participate over RF. We thank Emmett Perdue, W4EDP, and the Tri-States Amateur Radio Club in Lookout Mountain, GA for making these EchoLink resources available to our net.
EchoLink repeaters are connected to the internet and can be accessed either from a local radio, or by using EchoLink software on a Windows PC, or an App on a mobile device. Regardless of the access method you use, your voice is sent through the the internet to an EchoLink repeater where it is transmitted on-the-air, therefore a Technician class license or higher is required.
This EchoLink net supplements the nightly RV Radio Network HF net. The advantages provided by EchoLink include:
- Available to Technician License Class operators
- Not subject to antenna restrictions
- Can participate even without a radio or antenna
- Participate from camp or RV witout HF mobile
- Access the net from virtually anwyere in the world
- Not affected by poor RF propagation, QRN, or QRM
You can use this step-by-step EchoLink Installation Guide to help you download and install the software to access EchoLink from a PC. You will need to download an "Official Copy" of your license in order to get authorization to use the EchoLink network. The installation guide will walk you through that process as well. It is quick and easy if you have previously registered with FCC/ULS. If you have not registered you sould do so now even if you do not intend to use EcohLink.
Please contact me if you have any questions or difficulty setting up or using the EchoLink software. I am by no means an expert, but if I don't know the answer I will get an answer for you.
K4HM - Hank