The KM4GHM-R Echolink node is now on line as a link between the World Wide Web and the 444.950 repeater. This link is open to anyone wishing to use it and can be found by searching the Echolink database for node #324555. We made the decision to integrate an Echolink node to our system so that the KM4GHM repeater could continue to be a common meeting place for those who may be outside the coverage area of our repeater.
I asked our repeater Trustee, Nicholas Winslow (KK4UTQ) what the purpose of having this node was. He explained that, at times, circumstances may keep League members from accessing the repeater directly. League member Jess Forkum (KK4WAP) is a prime example of this, attending college outside of the area, but remaining active in the League. “Echolink is just another tool used to keep everyone in the loop.” He also clarified that “RF will always have priority. Echolink may be temporarily unavailable, despite our best efforts.” and that “While Echolink is open to everyone and does remain a useful method of communication, we will be vigilant in using it as an addition to, and not a replacement for, RF.”
The Mt. Juliet Simplex Society has teamed up with the League to hold a repeater net every Sunday evening at 7:45pm. It will be hosted on the KM4GHM repeater. Skilled simplex operators can provide valuable information to Emergency Management agencies as well as each other in times of need. That is why the MJSS holds a net on 2 meter simplex twice a week. Honing simplex skills and constantly perfecting setups at home makes it much easier to lend a hand in case of an emergency. MJSS discovered that most hams do not have a UHF setup near sufficient for simplex with the shorter wavelength. We hope that a repeater net will encourage UHF activity to the point that a simplex net on the band would become possible. The League is always interested in teaming up with other groups for the greater good, and we are excited to provide this service to the simplex society. For more information about the MJSS, visit this link.
In an interview with our Net Manager, Noah-KK4UTR, I asked him what the League’s goals were in starting this net. He explained that the League has a strong desire to help hams continue their education so that they may better serve the community. Every week there will be training material on some topic, primarily a mixture of emergency services and technical material. In goals for the future, the League would like to see more people coming forward with training they would like to share. “All of us have certain areas of proficiency, and we are hoping to harness that and come up with useful and interesting material that everyone can learn from.” He also stressed that “this net is not about numbers. This is about continued education. All licensed amateurs are encouraged to check in, and anyone who has the capability is encouraged to listen. ” and that “a goal of mine is to be able to record at least some of these sessions for future reference.”