IRLP node 6366 is well used by amateurs from all parts of the Sydney metropolitan area, and further afield. When conditions are right, we even have stations from ZL using the node - direct!
The IRLP node is accessible via the club's 2 metre repeater on 147.050.
Rules for using IRLP node 6366
These 'Rules' have been adopted by the entire IRLP community, to ensure that you, the user, gets the most from the facilities. If you cannot abide by these 8 simple requirements, please do not use the system.
The complete IRLP usage guidelines can be viewed here.
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 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, the node numbers can be found on the Echolink status page.
To call an Echolink node, you must prefix the Echolink node number with a star (*)
ALWAYS LISTEN before speaking or transmitting 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.
For the Tech-Heads... The IRLP node PC is a ASUS 500Mhz Celeron, 256Mb RAM, on an 10Mb/1Mb ADSL2+ connection.
The Radio equipment is a Phillips FM900, 22 watts out into an Diamond X200A.
Installing and maintaining an IRLP node takes a bit of work that is not immediately apparent to you, the end user. A number of people have made significant contributions to the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club IRLP project since its conception back in 2001. Thanks go to Adrian VK2BFN, Andrew VK2AFL, Peter VK2YX, Geoff VK2XJG, Dave VK2JDC and Phil VK2FIL just to mention a few.