Electronic Applications Radio Service
October, 2002 Newsletter
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REPEATER NEWS... for the latest information, check
the EARS web site or the email newsletter.
We’ve been hard at work this summer to improve the wide area
network. Thanks to all those who have
chipped in to help. First of all, a BIG
thanks to Pete Crasher WB9DRB, who has spent countless hours at the
145.15… Plenty has happened since our
last newsletter. The main transmitter
died the day before Pete and I planned a trip to get the voter going on May
11. Thanks to Dan KB9KCF, we were able
to get the repeater back on the air with a different transmitter. The 120 watt amplifier replacement that was
ordered in October finally arrived the first week of May, and was put back in
service. We were not able to get the
146.925/443.925… Eric N9KDB and I have
taken a couple of trips to the
THE ANNUAL EVANSVILLE HAMFEST is not
far away! This year we celebrate our 10th
anniversary! Attendance was up last
year, and we expect that trend to continue.
We once again are calling on everyone to help out. Friday, November 29th, will be vendor
setup at the 4-H Center from to . Setup will resume Saturday
morning November 30th from 6 to 8 am, and then the hamfest will start at 8 am Central Time. We really need help on Saturday with
talk-in, ticket sales, and especially security.
The Old Post ARS from
UPCOMING HAMFESTS/GATHERINGS: updated daily on EARS web site
· December 8, 2002 – Greenfield, IN http://www.w9atg.org
VE TESTING: updated daily on EARS Web site
EARS does not sponsor VE testing, but does list area testing dates and times. If you know of a test not listed, please write, call, or e-mail it to Neil ASAP!!! For all tests, bring 2 forms of ID, one must include picture; calculator; pens/pencils, CSCEs and current license photocopies (if any); test fee ($10.00 for all Amateur tests).
THE EARS WIDE AREA NET AND NEWSLINE continues on Monday evenings. Summer took its usual toll on check-ins, and my absence in June as net control I’m sure didn’t help matters. Lately check ins have picked back up, and things are working much better now that most of the repeater repairs have been completed. Please join us if you can Monday nights at Central time. (Also, a reminder to those of us in the Eastern time zone that the net will be at after the time change in October!)
ADDRESS UPDATES We have recently discovered that a rather large portion of our mailing list was out of date! Please send your mailing address and e-mail address updates to us by radio, email, phone, or mail so we can continue these mailings. We have tried to update as many as we can against the FCC license database.
AUTOPATCH UPDATES Autopatch
is still available in
I-LINK EXPERIMENT Early this summer, Jim WB9PZB inquired about linking the EARS network to the internet using I-Link. Tests of this linking project were successful before the repeater problems occurred. In this article, we hope to make people familiar with how I-Link works, and how to use it when it’s available. In recent months, I-Link has focused on the commercial market, so most hams who used I-Link have switched to EchoLink, which is basically the same thing but free for hams.
At this time, there are two major internet linking projects, IRLP and EchoLink. For more information about IRLP, visit http://www.irlp.net/ For EchoLink, visit http://www.echolink.org/ Since we have been using EchoLink, we will focus on this technology. Both accomplish basically the same thing.
EchoLink uses an internet connection to connect repeaters and radios on simplex frequencies around the world. In order to get on EchoLink, first you need to find a linked station. A list of the available EchoLink repeaters and simplex links is available at http://home.insightbb.com/~n9yty/ Or, you can pick one at random if you like. Once you find one of these linked stations, enter a DTMF command on your radio’s keypad to enable the link. A computer will hear your command, and attempt to establish an audio link between you and the distant station. This can take up to two minutes. The computer uses a special card to hear the audio, digitize it, and send it across the internet. In most cases, the repeater will have to completely drop before the next person can talk. When the connection has been made, a voice recording will inform you that “you are connected”. Then, you can use the repeater as you normally would. The repeater will be linked with the distant repeater via the internet. There is only about a second of audio delay between the two systems. When you are finished using the link, you simply enter the proper access code.
(Codes have been removed from the web edition. If you need the codes, please request them.)
Cartoon courtesy K4ADL (www.qsl.net/k4adl)
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