Echolink® On Your Repeater

The information contained in this infopage will enable even the most non-technical amateur radio op to bring the world of Echolink® to their local repeater * by using a Kenwood TM-710A VHF/UHF transceiver, a modest computer system, a couple of inexpensive cables. 

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll do:

The TM-710A and the computer will be connected together by the two cables (A and B) mentioned below.

Your already installed and working repeater system, including the repeater, controller, duplexer, antenna, etc., will have no extra parts, cables, controllers, etc. connected to it – whether the repeater system is 5 miles or 5 feet away from the TM-710A and the computer!

Licensed amateurs almost anywhere in the world may connect to your Echolink® system from a computer or a cell phone + other ways, too.  When they connect to your Echolink® system, they listen to your VHF or UHF repeater.  When they “hit” the transmit button on their computer, cell phone, etc. and talk, they cause your TM-710A to transmit their voice to your VHF or UHF repeater system!


Here’s what I recommend for you to get started:
  1. A Windows-based computer system
    1. At least Windows 7 installed
    2. Cable or DSL Internet “running” on the computer
    3. Echolink® software installed http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp
    4. Validate your amateur license with Echolink® http://echolink.org/validation/
    5. You may have to “forward ports” 5198 and 5199 in your home router http://echolink.org/firewall-friendly.htm  This website might help, too.  I did it, so you can do it, too!
  2. A Kenwood TM-710A transceiver, power supply and an antenna to “hit” your repeater *
  3. Two cables (PG-5H two cable set) offered by Kenwood for almost $60) or from other suppliers for much less $$.  “A” and “B” connect together to make one of the cables and “C” is the second cable.:
    1. HOSA DB9(F) to DIN8(M), 3 ft. COMPUTER SOUND-CARD CABLES.  $4.82
  4. Review/read the Echolink® website at http://echolink.org.  It’s loaded with information.

Here’s the toughest part that’s not list anywhere on the Internet in as much detail as I have here.  When you download the Echolink® software and start setting it up, use these images to save a LOT of time and frustration.

These settings worked for us and got our repeater on Echolink®.  We will make adjustments and you will probably want to do the same once you get your Echolink® working.

Setting Up Preferences

echolink-preferences

Setting Up Sysop (System Operations)

echolink-sysop

Other interesting links:

http://alabamalink.info/FAQ/

http://www.echolink.org/v71a.htm  (I have a Kenwood TM-710A)

http://www.ws6transam.org/Echolink_NE8K.pdf  (Echolink for Dummies)

http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/qsl-echolink2.htm

http://kc5our.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/EchoLink-White-Paper1.pdf

  • Posted on 24. September 2016
  • Written by John, K4BR
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