Echolink best practices - still not clear

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by K7GAF, Jan 18, 2020.

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  1. K7GAF

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    Not a new question. I went through many forums and posts and I get the sense that many users have the same basic question I have but I have yet to find a satisfying answer.

    When I connect to some repeaters via Echolink, my connection times out after a few seconds. It is not a firewall issue, I have no issues with some other repeaters. However, what I keep reading and hearing (even in some repeater welcome messages) is that inactivity will kick me out.

    I kind of understand the argument that one should identify when connecting but at the same time I don't. Common best practices for any frequency and repeaters especially is to first listen and wait - and not to break into an ongoing conversation. I'd love to identify myself but shouldn't I make sure first that I don't interrupt any ongoing conversation? After all, in normal circumstances, one only identifies once they start transmitting. Some repeaters seem to automatically transmit that someone connected but that seems like an odd thing, too. Imagine everyone listening to a frequency would be identified, no one would ever have a conversation again.

    I love the idea to have a simple way of connecting with friends around the world, whom I otherwise could not reach via radio. But so far getting onto distant repeaters was frustrating.

    What is the right thing to do here? Just identifying as soon as I connect and potentially interrupting a conversation? That doesn't seem like good form to me.

  2. KA9JLM

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    Most repeaters ID your call when you connect.

    Best thing to do, Is listen for a bit then ID.

    Repeaters that seem to disconnect you on connect may not be setup properly for incoming internet connections.

    Have Fun.
  3. K7GAF

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    Thank You!

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