Both of the Benton County ARES repeaters are linked to the world with Echolink. This allows any amateur with a computer or smartphone to connect with us.
The Echolink callsign on the 146.925 repeater is KDØCNC-R, and the node number is 544291. The callsign on the 147.300 repeater is KCØRDO-R, node number 913309. It is possible to link the two repeaters together if needed, so don’t be surprised if you hear the ‘wrong’ ID on one of the repeaters. It’s probably linked to the other.
Remember that Echolink does some buffering between the radio and the internet, so pause for a second or two between transmissions to allow the other end to hear the entire conversation.
If you hear unusual callsigns on the repeater, give them a call! It’s a great way to make new friends. We usually have two or three Echolink users from all around the country connect to us every day.
If you’re interested in setting up Echolink on your computer, click here.