IRLP from here in Charleston?
tfox at knology.net
Tue Aug 17 12:52:20 CDT 2010
Mainly because IRLP is what is on the AMRAD repeater. I see that it may
be possible to add Echolink capabilities to an IRLP-enabled repeater,
but it took a long time just to get IRLP running, I'm not sure if or
when Echolink might be added.
My main interest is to be able to talk to the AMRAD gang, through the
AMRAD repeater. Using other (Echolink) repeaters in DC would defeat
But, thanks for all the comments from everyone so far.
Robert Bruninga wrote:
> I'm curious...
> Why IRLP?
> Why not Echolink which requires no special hardware?
> Bob, WB4APR
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: tacos-bounces+bruninga=nadn.navy.mil at amrad.org
>> [mailto:tacos-bounces+bruninga=nadn.navy.mil at amrad.org] On
>> Behalf Of Terry Fox
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:24 AM
>> To: tacos at amrad.org; Terry Fox
>> Subject: IRLP from here in Charleston?
>> The only IRLP node that I've found here in the Charleston
>> area does not
>> appear to be open and generally available. It's on a
>> repeater downtown,
>> which is part of the HEART repeater system for hospital
> disaster and
>> emergency use. It is also part of the VOIP Wx net and
> Skywarn. It is
>> available by "permission only". I'm sure me talking with the
> DC gang
>> would not be considered acceptable.
>> So, I looked at the IRLP page, and found that I could buy a
>> hardware & software for $188 (which includes an "optional"
>> $40 donation,
>> yeah right). I can scrounge up an old PC, and possibly a
>> radio, to run
>> the node. For those of you familiar with IRLP, a few
>> 1. Can I run the IRLP with the computer directly? Maybe
>> fake the COS,
>> and just do my own sound in & out (no actual radios)? Seems
>> 2. If not, could I hook up a small radio (with COS mod) to
> act as the
>> "node" radio (maybe into a dummy load), and use a second HT
>> to actually
>> 3. I assume from reading the IRLP info that full-dux
>> (repeater) is not
>> required. What hassles are involved in simplex use?
>> 4. Any legal issues with items 2 & 3 above? What freqs
>> would be legal?
>> 2M and/or 440?
>> 5. What do the IRLP folks have to say about simplex
>> operation and/or no
>> actual radio?
>> 6. Would I need local coordination of a freq for just me? Is
> that a
>> repeater pair, or just simplex, and how is simplex
> coordination done?
>> 7. How about if I added someone else (maybe Mel) who lives
>> only a mile
>> away? I believe I know the answer to this one... yes if any
>> 8. Is it worth it? If I make a few-hundred dollar investment
> to do
>> this, are there enough AMRAD people still on the repeater?
>> 9. Any thing else that I'm missing?
>> I'd like to catch up with you guys, but I want to be sure it's
>> doable/worthwhile before putting the time and money into this.
>> Terry, WB4JFI
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