Thursday, October 09, 2008
Since the GB3WO repeater is Echolink enabled, for a while, I've been thinking about how I can utilise some of the neat features of Echolink when I'm mobile. In other words, the DTMF activated commands, such as being able to link to particular stations or repeaters.
The DTMF microphone for the FT8900 seems expensive - just under £100 when I last looked, though I'm sure there are cheaper imports available. Earlier in the week, I ran into a cheaper alternative! A DTMF tone dialer on eBay for less than a fiver!
Result! The dialer arrived yesterday and I tried it out through GB3WO, connecting to the ZL2ARG repeater in Nelson, New Zealand. There, I was able to have a super QSO with Brian, ZL3BSO.
So, hopefully, I'm going to keep the tone dialer in the car and when the opportunity presents itself, I can connect through Echolink to various repeaters round the world. We'll see how it goes!
Posted by Tim at 9:41 PM