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AMSAT EchoLink Conference
AMSAT operates an EchoLink conference server, *AMSAT* (node 101377).
EchoLink is a voice over IP system that allows amateur radio operators (only) to talk over the Internet. Users may be at a computer, or using a radio link or linked repeater.
Read more about it on the EchoLink page.
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The *AMSAT* conference server runs on the same machine as the AMSAT web server, FTP, and email services. It's a generic PC running the FreeBSD Unix operating system, and it has excellent high-speed network connections. The conference is always up, except for occasional maintenance.
The conference server software is called theBridge, and it comes from the CQiNet family of free, open source programs for voice over IP.
To send a command to the server, you just type it into the message line in your EchoLink window. The very first character you type must be a period (.) -- that's how the server recognizes that it's a command. The following commands are available to users:
If you run a local AMSAT-related net, and you have the consent of the net manager and the repeater operator, and you want to expand your coverage to the rest of the world, you may link your net into the *AMSAT* conference server. Before you do, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details, so your net can be listed here. (See also the list of AMSAT nets on the radio.)
If you're interested in establishing a new net exclusively for users of the *AMSAT* conference server, send email to email@example.com. Be aware that it's a long-term commitment, and can be a lot of work.
Usual operating practice on EchoLink is to operate just as if you were on amateur radio. If any link station (callsign-L) or repeater station (callsign-R) are connected to the conference, you are on the radio. Be aware that other users may be anywhere in the world. Please use common sense and courtesy.
Specifically, pretend you are on a busy repeater. That means:
Established April 8, 2003. Updated September 1, 2006. Feedback to KB5MU.
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