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Club Repeater - VK2RTZ 
 
IRLP and Echolink Enabled 


Repeater Call Sign:   

VK2RTZ

Location:   

Sugarloaf Range
Lake Macquarie/Newcastle

Latitude:   

32.963037 South

Longitude:   

151.607565 East

Base Frequency (MHz):   

146.775

Offset Frequency (KHz):   

-600

CTCSS (Hz):   

91.5
   

IRLP Node:   

6040

Echolink Node:   

273223
   

EZB Net:   

Saturday at 8:00am
   

Westlakes A.R.C. News Broadcast:   

Sunday at 9:00am followed by call backs
  Sunday at 7:00pm   NO call backs
 

WIA News Broadcast:   

Sunday at 9:30am   NO call backs
  Sunday at 8:00pm   NO call backs
 

News West - Western Australia:  

Sunday at 11:00am  NO call backs


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UHF (70cm) Repeater - VK2RUM
Sugarloaf Range Lake Macquarie/Newcastle
RX - 438.625
TX - 431.625
On test pending final Installation
(please note the -7MHz offset)
CTCSS: 91.5

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UHF (23cm) Repeater - VK2RTZ
Sugarloaf Range Lake Macquarie/Newcastle
RX - 1273.100
TX - 1293.100
CTCSS: Nill

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Rules for using the IRLP/Echolink System


Echolink/IRLP/WARC Broadcast Computer VK2RTZ



   These 'Rules' have been adopted by the entire IRLP community, to ensure that you, the user, gets the most from the facilities.

1. ALWAYS LISTEN
  
on the repeater first to make sure a QSO is not in progress or the system is not linked to another IRLP Node or Reflector.

2. IDENTIFY YOURSELF
  
before sending DTMF codes and trying to use the IRLP Node.

3. LEAVE A 2-3 SECOND PAUSE BETWEEN OVERS
 
 to allow the remote node to unkey and thus reset the timeouts on the remote repeaters, and to allow other users to call in. Even if you are talking to another local amateur, if an IRLP link is active, leave longer than normal pauses. If the node is connected to a reflector, this is especially important, since there can be upwards of 30 nodes connected at once.

4. DO NOT LINK AND UNLINK A REMOTE NODE WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING
   This REALLY annoys people on the other end, and is a very good way to get yourself a BAD reputation. If you have no intention of calling anyone, DON'T ESTABLISH A LINK!

5. USE PHONETICS
  
when giving your callsign and name over the link.
The IRLP system is an International network, and some overseas stations are not used to understanding us "Aussies". You will appreciate the need for using phonetics after a few contacts with overseas stations.

6. DON'T MENTION IRLP CODES
 
 when talking to other amateurs via the IRLP system.
Most nodes around the world are open, however some nodes around the world may have local access restrictions, and need a special pre-access code to be able to use the system. If someone asks you for information regarding their local IRLP system, please tell them to find the local repeater owner, operator or club to get further information.

7. LEAVE 2-3 SECOND PAUSES BETWEEN OVERS
   This is CRUCIAL to the smooth operation of the IRLP network.

8. LEAVE PAUSES
   See - its important!

 

Operating the Echo-IRLP node

   The Internet Radio Linking Project is very easy and intuitive to use, the system gives messages about each action. When you link, when you unlink, when the node you are calling is busy, in use, or offline etc. Please make sure you listen carefully to the voice prompts so you know what is happening.

   To use the system you need a radio with DTMF capabilities, and you need to have a good signal into the repeater. Once you have met these requirements you are nearly set to go. Your next step is to listen to the repeater for a while get into the swing of how the system works.

   To find the Node number of a particular IRLP node, check the IRLP status page. Every node is listed here, with its node number.

If you are wanting to call an Echolink node, you must prefix the Echolink node number with a star (*)

ALWAYS before speaking or transmitting please LISTEN to ensure the system is not in use.
If nobody appears to be using the repeater, check the current link status by sending DTMF 0.
This will announce whether the node is currently connected to another station, Idle, or Offline.

If the node is linked, and nobody is using it, you can bring it down by sending DTMF 73.

Announce your callsign followed by the DTMF digits for the node you are calling.
This will bring up an IRLP link. Once the link has been established, call as you normally would over the repeater. It's not HF, so there is no need to put out a long winded CQ call !

DTMF 73 is used to bring down the link once you have finished your QSO.
After bringing down the link, please announce your callsign.





 

When you encounter any problems regarding the IRLP/Echolink links please contact:
Luke VK2LGW (on the repeater) If I don't reply then Email me.

 

 

 Westlakes Club News  VK2ATZ broadcast Sunday's 9.00hrs on the VK2RTZ Repeater on 146.775MHz
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. York Street, Teralba NSW