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Echolink & QRZ

Why Echolink and QRZ? Some hams do not like either program but many find them useful for these reasons:

Both programs require registering in order to use them.
When registered on QRZ, you can look for info on other hams.
Be sure to check the Details tab to see the location details and a map.
I find the map very useful to learn where the ham lives.
You can (and should) provide info about yourself for others to see.
The materials in the details tab are provided by your license registration at the FCC.
The material on the main page is what you provide.
On the Update Manager page is where you add this info:
1. Basic callsign data (name, address, email, etc.)
2. Add or edit your biography text, fonts, etc.
3. Add or edit your pictures. This can be tricky. Lots of info on Google.
Note that there is a place for your email. It does not need to be in the body of your bio.
It shows at the top of your page and requires clicking to display and becomes a clickable link.
The log book is found useful by many of us. We normally do not log the contacts on UHF/VHF because QSLs are not normally sent for these contacts.
owever you can log and QSL if you wish. But be aware that your contacts on UHF/VHF do not count for ARRL Awards like WAS.
More details on using QRZ here

Echolink is very useful for many reasons.
You can use it without a radio to talk to other hams worldwide or in private groups.
It can be used on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
The settings and operation are different on a computer vs a phone but both have basic contact ability.

Echolink Settings:

Sometimes Echolink does not perform well.
One ham said he could hear everyone but when he tried to transmit, no one heard him.
The following info is from computer operation. Phones & tablets operate a little different.
First he needs to check his microphone settings. Phones and tablets have built in mics or you can use a headset.

This can be accessed from Echolink or the sound Icon in the Windows taskbar or the Windows Control Panel.

First in Echolink go to the Tools menu and the Audio tab and make sure your microphone is listed.

Next you want the Sound adjustment in Windows. You can get there from Echolink or Windows.
In Echolink, go to Tools and the Adjust Sound Device, Recording.
In Windows Control Panel select Sound.
Go to the Recording tab. Select Microphone. Select Properties.
Set level to desired amount. OK out.

Test mic on Echolink in the Echotest Conference Server.

You can watch your audio on the Echolink screen with the audio bar.

The blue line defines the strength of your audio. When it bounces into the yellow- you are too hot. Either back off the mic or adfust your audio settings.

If you are on Echolink with a comp or tablet....goto text box and type .test and you stay in that conference and still get test server.

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