The Sweet Smell of Success

I haven’t been able to use Echolink since I made the switch from Windows to Linux. I’ve been bummed out about it since I used to be on Echolink running a weekly net for about two years and then I got in this huge dry spell. I downloaded Echolinux but never really got around to trying it out. The more I read about it the less appealing it became.

Well, today I’m working on a presentation on radio direction finding and wanted to take a break. It’s raining so I can’t do the things in the yard I need to (like move the VHF beam antennas on the ground so our new puppy doesn’t hurt himself on them). Instead I decided to see if Echolink works under WINE.

I’m happy to report that it DOES! I not only successfully connected to the test server to configure my audio but also had my first Linux-based Echolink QSO. I connected to our local node and chatted briefly with our District Emergency Coordinator and got a good signal report. I guess I did a good job of setting up my headset. He was a little weak, though, so I need to see about increasing my receive audio. I’m very happy to have it working again.

Echolink in Linux

The previous screenshot shows Echolink running with the Ubuntu 9.10 desktop behind it. You can see there is a station list on the right and the audio is active at the bottom.

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