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NETS - YACHT: Young Amateurs Communications Ham Team
Echo Link is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows ham radio operators to communicate with otherham radio operators using Voice over Internet VoIP technology. Basically this gives a ham radio operator to worldwide communitcains from their computer or smart phone. All you need is a ham license, a computer, tablet or smart phone, internet access, and downloan the free software application. In essence it is the same as other VoIP applications such as Skype, but instead of going from computer to computer you will be connecting to amateur radio operators on their mobile and home stations. The VOIP is just the way to get into the system with equipment you own instead of purchasing a mobile or home radio. The stations you talk to coupd be world wide depending on the node you select.
Ever since the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, hardware was first launched aboard space shuttle Atlantis on STS and transferred to the space station for use by its first crew, it has been used regularly to perform school contacts. With the help of amateur radio clubs and ham radio operators, astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station have been speaking directly with large groups of people, showing teachers, students, parents and communities how amateur radio energizes students about science, technology and learning. The overall goal of ARISS is to get students interested in mathematics and science by allowing them to talk directly with the crews living and working aboard the station. During that time, chosen students on the ground ask a preselected set of questions, which the crew answers from aboard the station. In preparation for these exchanges, students learn about the space station as well as about radio waves and how amateur radio works.
What is Echolink? There was not much help that I could find on the site. Look for your television, stereo, dvd player or other home entertainment devices in the Harmony database EchoLink is a voice over IP system that allows amateur radio operators only to talk over the Internet. I enabled the ports they say and still fail the Echolink test.