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Many people I regularly chat to on Twitter have been talking about Echolink. My initial thoughts were, what’s the point… it’s using the Internet – whether you’re doing it via a radio, your computer or the app on your mobile phone. All the people who use it I already talk to on Twitter or Yahoo anyway.
However, there are a few nets I’ve been asked to join so I decided as it’s free why not sign up, it only took a few minutes to register on the web-site (all you need it your call-sign and a valid e-mail address) then you have to scan or photo your radio licence/ticket and upload it to the web-site via the validation link that appears in the e-mail you get after you initially sign up or via the link on the web-site. I uploaded mine and was validated within 8 hours which I thought was pretty amazing, you don’t get that kind of “service” from online shops!
I’ve now got the program downloaded onto my PC and the app on my phone, so I’m all ready to go. I will probably use it more on the phone than the computer, because I don’t have a microphone on my PC only the one with the web-cam and I’m not sure if Echolink will “see” that as a microphone.
Anyone reading the blog, if you use Echolink please leave comments about your thoughts on the software 🙂 Thanks!