Logging In via Echolink
STEP 1. Connection via Echolink - Receive Only....
Anyone with an Echolink account can log in at NP2KW-L . Once connected, look at window ( A ). This is where you will see who, if anyone, is connected also. If anyone is there, you will have to ask if it is busy via text messages, ( B ). Sometimes there are stations who are logged but not there at their chair, so ask a couple of times and wait before taking over. A good indication of this is noise and no signals over the audio stream. If anyone is actually using it, you will see a response at window ( C ). **Do this in the same manner you would ask if there is a frequency in use on your rig, and you'll be fine.**
STEP 2. Using the receiver.....
The receiver works on all bands 2m and 6m - 160m in all modes. All antenna and mode selection is done automatically by the system. It can be used as a receiver in conjunction with any digi software of your choice for decoding. You can only turn on/off, or operate the vfo/modes of the rig with echolink. **DO NOT attempt to send commands not mentioned here, if you do, you will NOT be fine.**
Now that you are connected and ready to use,...Let's look at window ( B ). The system works via text message commands on this window,..go ahead and send text message ON. Then,..send text message RCVR. You have now activated the remote server and ready for frequency input,..which is done in 5 digit format. This means that you should insert a decimal AFTER the 5th digit. For example, on 20 meters, send text 14250 ( no decimal is needed for round numbers ). At this point, look at window ( C ). You should see a confirmation from the remote of your sent text ( in case of a typo ), and then it's current status with the time, mode, and frequency. If all is well then audio should have already started streaming in. For the low bands with four digit numbers,..you must insert the number 0 in front, for example, go ahead and send text 07250. The receiver will now qsy and you'll notice the difference in audio. Again, verify the status on window ( C ) . Same goes on 60m, 75/80 and 160m. For decimal input, you will then have to add the decimal, after the fifth digit, with 3 additional digits thereafter. For example, 14250.500, or 07250.250,..you get the picture.
Modes are auto select, so if you qsy from 20m to 40m, it will switch from USB to LSB for you. But if you wish to change modes,..simply send it via text,..for instance.. CW, will go to cw, and so on,..it's that simple.
**Follow this and get in the habit of confirming the status via window ( C ),... and you'll be fine.**
( A )
( B )
( C )
STEP 3. Logging Off the system;
Now that you have finished your session, you will do 1 of 2 things;
1) If you are the only one logged on,..then you shall send text OFF. This will change the receiver to standby mode and kill the audio stream. You can then disconnect on echolink to exit the node.
2) If there are others logged on,..then skip the OFF procedure and simply only exit the node via echolink disconnect button. This will leave the receiver on for the
other(s) to continue monitoring.
This is the end of your tutorial. It is recommended that you practice for a few days
before requesting Control Op status. The website of N8AD has videos and all sorts of instructions with photos on the entire process and how to work it, it would be wise to investigate.
**Do not download any other software not mentioned here without prior approval.
Instructions for MixBase EZ-PAD are in the EZ-PAD link.**
**** Do not operate without carefully reading first with this remote! Learn and get used to the basic program well before installing the much more advanced programs used by control operators of this system. Echolink keeps logs of all input activity on the system, checked daily by me, so I can ID the offenders for a qsy to the denied list.****