[aprssig] APRS and EchoLink(?)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Feb 17 20:44:42 EST 2006

I too hope that IRLP/ECHOlink and APRS are
fully integrated.  All the pieces are there.   I have 
proposed for years an AVRS (automatic Voice Relay System)
so that using my APRS-HT I should be able to send
a simple message to "QSO W3XYZ" and the AVRS 
engine will do the following:
1) Watch for an ACK from W3XYZ.  If so, then:

2) lookup the nearest IRLP or ECHOlink station to
me and send me a message with the FREQ and
node number for the nearest node to W3XYZ.

3) lookup the nearest IRLP or ECHOlink station to
W3XYZ and send him a message with the FREQ and
node number for me

4) Make the NODE connection and send us both
an OK READY message.

We talk.  Done.

Its all on my AVRS page:


de Wb4APR, Bob

>>> n0yxv at gihams.org 02/17/06 4:12 PM >>>
Some what off current thread topic but it reminded me of a question. Since
it's some what off topic too maybe you could email me directly or send me to
a URL with some information.

OK here is my question. "If I was going to start a internet based voice
repeater linking system, such as IRLP or EchoLink, which one would be the

Since that is such an open ended question let me give you what I'd like to
be able to do.

1.) Link three (or more) voice repeaters in our area together just for
emergencies and maybe a weekly (or daily) test net.

2.) Be able to incorporate APRS into the system somehow. Yes I know that's
open ended too but I'm not sure how to state that any clearer. Maybe the way
to say that is which internet system (IRLP, EchoLInk, D-Star...and more you
can think of) makes the most use of APRS (or integrates the best).

3.) Be able to use existing repeater systems (when ever possible) without
having to buy too much new equipment.

What I wish I could find is a web site that lists all the pros and cons of
each liking system side by side. I'm sure if I ask 20 different Hams I'll
get 20 different answers so I'm not so interested in what your favorite is
but as to "why" you like (or don't like) the system your using.

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