Internet Linking is still a controversial method of
The first question is 'Is it Amateur Radio?' Well, yes
and no, if you are using a Radio Link then it probably is, however if
you are using voice over the internet, then it probably isn't.
The various systems in use allow a Amateur to down load
a piece of software on to his computer and link a Radio Transceiver to
his computer via a Hardware Interface. (A Notice of Variation to your
licence issued by the RA is required) However both eQSO and Echolink
also allow Voice over Internet operation, no Notice of Variation is
required. Plug a microphone into your PC load either Echolink or Eqso
and a list of current users is displayed. Echolink differs from eQSO in
that you must register to use the system and prove you a Licensed
Amateur. eQSO has no registration and may be used by SWL's, however the
system is effectively policed and has a very efficient banning system to
prevent abuse. Links are provided below to the various websites if you
wish to carryout research into this method of operation.
To use the system from your PC you will need to download an application
from one of the websites below.
EchoLink (Internet Radio Linking Software)
To see what links & repeaters are currently on the EchoLink system,
(Internet Radio Linking Project)
To see who's currently on the IRLP system,
N.B. If you intend to run an Internet gateway, a
hardware interface and official Notice Of Variation (N.O.V.) are also