Today is Sunday, 2021-04-18
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Echolink is a program that allows phones and computers to connect to a repeater or simplex radio node, or two repeaters to connect to each other over the internet. The program can run in either Single-User (client) mode or Sysop (server) mode.
The Single-User mode is what you need to use to connect your smartphone or computer to a repeater over the internet. It's very useful to check in to nets or connect with other hams when you're out of reach from the repeater.
To adjust the Echolink levels on the app:
TRANSMITand record a short message and press the PTT again to end. Your message will replay.
Settings, and scroll down to
Microphone Gain. Adjust higher or lower depending of the situation and retry. On my phone, I had to crank up the gain to +18 dB and my voice is still a little quiet so I know I have to speak a bit louder. Every device will be different, but keep in mind that how you hear yourself is how others will hear you.
The Sysop mode is used to interface a radio (or repeater) to the echolink system via the internet. The VE7RXZ-R node consists of:
The first step is to configure the Signalink unit properly in Windows. At first, it'll probably show as a USB sound device, but I changed the name to “Signalink”, which is what you'll see in the screenshots here.
This next part is trickier. We need to adjust the transmit and receive volumes of the rest of the equipment. To do this, we'll need:
The first step will be to adjust the receive of the echolink system.
TRANSMITbutton. I found that using the computer for other tasks creates “noise” that can be heard on the phone.
First, adjust the Signalink delay. Ideally, we want as little delay as possible but some is needed.
TRANSMITbut don't talk yet.
The final step is to adjust the Signalink TX knob: