IRLP from here in Charleston?

Mike O'Dell mo at
Tue Aug 17 18:14:57 CDT 2010

why not just run echolink on your end?

On 8/17/10 2:23 AM, Terry Fox wrote:
> 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 "node"
> 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 questions:
> 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 doable.
> 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
> talk/listen?
> 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 radiation
> involved.
> 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.
> Thanks.
> Terry, WB4JFI
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