In September 2019 (58 years after the club formed) we proudly went live with our IRLP node.
If you're unfamiliar with this technology we recommend this Wikipedia link which outlines how Amateur Radio Operators call into their local node and can connect to other nodes worldwide.
Each node has a unique 4 digit number, and there are over 1,500 nodes worldwide.
Why did Amateur Radio Operators create IRLP?
To be a reliable and inexpensive linking system using Voice-Over-IP (VoIP).
Coupled with the power of the Internet, IRLP links our Bundaberg repeater site to the world, in a simple and cost effective way.
IRLP equipment is on Mt Watalgan repeater VK4RBW
Located at Double Sloping Hummock - Mt Watalgan
Frequency is: 439.7750MHz UHF
73 = Disconnect
*69 = Last Incoming outgoing call
101 = Time
102 = Date
Find the Node you want by checking the ACTIVE IRLP status page
Check if the repeater is in use
Identiify yourself and state your intention of connecting to an irlp node
Hold the Transmit button and enter the 4-digit DTMF tone of the node you wish to connect to
After a few seconds you will hear an announcement that your connection was successful
Put out a CQ call in the normal way - the longer the better so listeners can adjust to your voice and accent
Have normal conversations with other hams all over the world
Use longer pauses between overs - allow time for data to be transferred via internet links
IMPORTANT! - when you're finished and have said goodbye to your contact.... USED DTMF TONE 73 to disconnect from their IRLP Node
You will hear an announcement from the other node, confirming that you have disconnected
It's all part of being a good international citizen when you use IRLP
The ham chats a bit for a minute or two but then he does a step by step call from the USA to Australia, so it's a very good resource.
Note - he uses the DTMF Tone 73 before he begins - to disconnect the local repeater before he starts... this is in case someone else before him, had left if on.
Check out Australian Craig VK3CRG when he was in San Francisco using the Oakland California WB6NDJ (IRLP Node 3115) to chat back to Australia using the Mount Martha Repeater in Melbourne.
It's an amazing thing.
The official home page of IRLP.
Enjoy IRLP and please Pass The Word
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