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Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Interface

Greg Danes (KJ4DGE) on May 18, 2009
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Setting up an Echolink simplex node using the Tigertronics Signalink USB interface

The purpose of this article is to save those users that want to do this the time and aggravation incurred that I and others have went through to get things to work. I bought the Signalink based on the fact that it is a separate sound card and also because it could do double-duty as both a Digital mode device and a Echolink device depending on the cable sets you get when you buy it. I originally had a W2BEM interface hard wired to my Azden PCS-5000 radio for my first setup. The radio was constantly heating up and going into “unlock” mode with the CPU, so I decided I needed something a little more reliable. I currently am running a FT-2800. I also chose the Tigertronics interface because it has very few wires, a USB connection to your PC and separate controls for TX and RX plus a delay pot.

The main thing to understand is the SL-USB is its own sound card, so when you're setting up your communication program you need to choose “USB Codec Device” from the available sound cards. In EL this is done under the setup, and audio tabs. The next step is to set the delay pot on the SL-USB to the 3 o'clock position and the TX and RX pot to 12 o'clock positions, finally to get the DTMF to function, set the DTMF in Echolink to “Internal” and adjust the ms delay to around to 77-90. Catch my node on 147.590 in the DC area or connect direct to node # 383875.

73

KJ4DGE

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Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Int  
by WA8MEA on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Not to change the subject....

However, we've now had sunspots FIVE DAYS IN A ROW!!!!!!!!! YAAAAHOOOOOO!

Have we turned the corner? Flux has been above 70 for some time now and 74 the past several days....

73, Bill
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by AB7E on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!

Why wouldn't you (or I or anyone else) want to change the subject? This bit is pretty close to the bottom end of the "article" spectrum even for eHam. I've personally got nothing against Echolink, but how on earth does this thing qualify as an article?

Maybe someone, preferably someone associated with eHam, should write an article on the criteria for an Article versus a Speakout versus a Forum entry. In my opinion, this one belonged in one of the forums ....

 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by W7ETA on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Looks like a straight forward attempt to help other hams do what he has learned to do.

Best from Hot Tucson
Bob

 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by KJ4DGE on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks Bob,

My main point which may have never been seen in a forum by someone trying to get more out of the interface than just RTTY, or PSK31 is it work great and you can still use it for digital modes, hopefully if some ham runs into all the grief others have had to go through, they will still have some hair left.
 
Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signali  
by N6BOB on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
This is the future of ham radio for many people... One can travel to new areas and work through the system with or with out using a repeater... so cool.
This is the first time I have seen the set up explained here on eham...
Thanks for the post... and I'll bet you helped many hams think about how they will set up their station.
Good job... and good luck.
 
Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signali  
by K4RAF on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
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Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Int  
by KI4RPM on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Very useful article. May save someone a lot of time and headaches, including me. Thanks
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by W7ETA on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
You created an article using very good prose.

I haven't created anything Greg.

Thank you Greg.

Best from Hot Tucson
Bob
 
Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Int  
by KB2DHG on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
ANY ARTICLE that has ANY information regurding this hobby is GOOD!
GEE, all this author was doing was offering his help and ideas to anyone who might need this information. I say THANK you and keep on providing anything you think may be helpful in helping us!
What might be useless info for some may be a great help to others!
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by W0ZD on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
What's Echolink
 
IRLP/Echolink  
by G3SEA on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!

IRLP/Echolink

Activating numerous otherwise dead repeaters across the world 24/7 ;)

KH6/G3SEA
 
Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signali  
by KG4TKC on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!

Thank you KJ4DGE for taking the time to write a clear,concise article on something that might not be so easy to find. Sharing info gained through experience is a noble gesture and also an aid to others who are experimenting and learning new things. Never mind the negative-ninnies,they would whine if you gave them a new radio because you didn't have it tuned to the frequency they use,,:) Also totally ignore the posts that are nothing more than sleazy self-promotion.
 
Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Int  
by AD7WN on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Good article, Greg. This is information that would not be obvious to anybody who hasn't gone through the grief you've endured. Many thanks.

73 de John/AD7WN
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by RHETTDUKE on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Good Job Greg......

I have a FT-2800 and an unused Signalink-usb...

I think I'll play a little :)
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by N7BUI on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Nice job Greg. As soon as I saw the subject of the article I just knew it would bring the whiners out from under their rocks to bitch about Echolink. If you had described how to build a fan dipole or how to hook a mobile radio up (both of which would also have been short) they would be raving about how wonderful the information was.

For those inclined to put up an Echolink node, you have described the simplest method that I've seen.
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by KK2DOG on May 18, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Physically setting-up a 'Node' should be a license requirement.


Mike KK2DOG
www.hamwave.com
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Sig  
by W8ZNX on May 19, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Echolink simplex node
using signalink USB

my TR-4CW rit
can use USB LSB and CW
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by KJ4AUR on May 19, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
KK2DOG - Not everyone runs Win32 nor does everyone have a desire to substitute RF paths for Internet paths. Setting up a "Node" should be a licensing requirement when "Setting up an Apache webserver" and "Turning up Postfix" become a licensing requirement.

Echolink is great, this article is great, and I support the Echolink efforts. It's not a mode, it's a medium, and is a direct substitute for RF. I still have trouble grasping how Echolink falls into Part 97.

73 - Nathan
 
Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Inte  
by WW5AA on May 19, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
"Physically setting-up a 'Node' should be a license requirement."

No, drawing a block diagram of the modem board should be a test question.

73 de Lindy
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Sig  
by W1RKW on May 19, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
USB or USB? Digital, yawn. Voice (analog) yeah!
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Sig  
by KK2DOG on May 19, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
"I still have trouble grasping how Echolink falls into Part 97."


My Echolink node, and many others, are connected to some type of amateur radio transmitter thus Part 97 rules apply. Mine's connected to the KC2ELX repeater in Watertown, New York. So yes...RF IS involved with my set-up.
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Sig  
by K9MHZ on May 20, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
For it or against it.....that piece of gear is very well made. Saw them at Dayton.....right across the aisle from the MFJ displays.....what a contrast.
 
Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB Inte  
by KJ4DGE on May 22, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
One last word with the article, muse, whatever. N4LRA, Bill, helped a lot on recieve dropouts using VOX. Set your RX VOX settings to, from top to bottom, 3000, 2500, and 1000. works great and yes RF is involved. My next hopefully successful trick will be to put battery backup on my router, PC's and everything else that goes when the AC mains fails, just can't afford a generator at the moment.

73

P.S hope to work some of you on 20 this summer.

KJ4DGE
 
RE: Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by RHETTDUKE on May 22, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Let me show my ignorance here ......

could you please clarify

"Set your RX VOX settings to, from top to bottom, 3000, 2500, and 1000."

73

de KI4OVO
 
RE: Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by N4CDB on May 22, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Just got my SignaLink via UPS today. I'll have to give this a whirl.
 
RE: Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by KJ4DGE on May 26, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
In the Echoliink program running Sysop mode , you have a RX tab where you set ASCII or Serial, VOX etc.
on onside running top to bottom is Vox delay, Antithump, and crtlFreq delay in milliseconds.
 
RE: Setting Up an Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by RHETTDUKE on May 27, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Ahhhhhh.....Thank You Sir.....I didn't think about the settings being in the echolink software......had my mind pointed toward the signalink.
 
RE: Setting Up and Echolink Simplex Node Using Signalink USB  
by W9CCA on June 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
We are amateur radio operators. We encourage. We do not discourage. We keep our negative comments to ourselves. Being polite is our trademark. Comments concerning what qualifies as an article should be addressed to eHamnet, not to someone who probably stayed up late a couple of nights and finally got a solution he's willing to share with us.

If you wish to be snide, rude, and/or impolite, get a job on television. 73 - W9CCA
 
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