Club Repeater - VK2RTZ
IRLP and Echolink Enabled
Please note that the VK2RTZ Repeater is
now for almost
6 months OFF air.
As the club does not own the repeater
we are NOT sure when it will be again operational.
but this is now the third time in 3 years that it is not
for a prolonged time.
Westlakes A.R.C. News
9:00am followed by call backs
News West -
UHF (70cm) Repeater - VK2RUM
Sugarloaf Range Lake Macquarie/Newcastle
RX - 438.625
TX - 431.625
On test pending final Installation
(please note the -7MHz
UHF (23cm) Repeater -
Sugarloaf Range Lake Macquarie/Newcastle
RX - 1273.100
TX - 1293.100
Rules for using the IRLP/Echolink System
Echolink/IRLP/WARC Broadcast Computer
These 'Rules' have been adopted by the entire IRLP community, to
ensure that you, the user, gets the most from the
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
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
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
7. LEAVE 2-3 SECOND PAUSES
This is CRUCIAL to the smooth
operation of the IRLP network.
8. LEAVE PAUSES
See - its important!
Operating the Echo-IRLP
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
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
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
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
When you encounter any problems regarding the IRLP/Echolink
links please contact:
Luke VK2LGW (on the
repeater) If I don't reply then