440 Echolink Now Offline

There have been some issues regarding Echolink and the computer it was running on. I first noticed some problems with audio during our last Sunday 440 net (10/30/16), when people tried to check in over Echolink, and you could hear the carrier, but no audio.

After doing some testing on the future 2m Echolink project, I discovered that our 440 repeater was not passing audio from Echolink. I messed with the computer for nearly thirty minutes Thursday night, and had no success in getting the audio to properly play on the 440 machine. It turns out, that Microsoft changed the audio subsystem in Windows 10, and many people have been having issues with it and Echolink.

Why did we upgrade the computer. We didn’t do it willfully. It upgraded during the time when Microsoft was really pushing the 10 upgrade, and changed it at some point to basically do an auto-install. We came in one Saturday morning and discovered the computer had upgraded. The audio issue wasn’t discovered immediately though.

I say all of this in order so you now know the reason I made the decision to take Echolink offline until a fix or correction can be made. I promise to make this a priority and get this resolved as soon as I can. Echolink for the 2m repeater is being tested and I really really hope to have it online by Thanksgiving.

Chris, KD5HIY

Mall Watch 2016 Training & Signups

If you are interested in signing up for Mall Watch 2016, please attend the tech talk training session on November 12 at the Hurst Fire Station number 2, at 9:30am. You can find the signup form here:

Mall Watch 2016 or http://w5hrc.org/mallwatch for the actual link.

Nov/December 2016 Newsletter

It is already time for another club newsletter. Mike has done a fantastic job with it. This month we continue our talk about RACES, and getting back to basics. We have a section about upcoming events, fall and winter volunteer opportunities through Mall Watch, results of JOTA 2016, the Hurst Fire Department Open House, and our special emergency drill that we recently had.

We finish up with honoring three of our friends who became Silent Keys in 2016.

Find the newsletter here:

HARC Newsletter for Nov-Dec 2016

If you would like to contribute, please submit in MSWord format to Mike Haefner, N5YM, by email at newsletter@w5hrc.org. The deadline for the next edition of the club newsletter will be December 19, 2016.