Packet & Echolink


I currently have an Echolink server running, connected to a Yaesu FT-1500 2m radio, via a Signalink USB device.  This setup allows amateur operators to log into my server (K4LMP-R, Node 838250) from anywhere in the world.  This can be done via a computer, or mobile device.  The server, Signalink USB, and FT-1500, then provide the amateur operator the ability to go out locally via VHF to the KF4VTM repeater located on Clinch Mountain in Gate City, VA (3000 Ft. AMSL).  Below are pictures of the server, and the FT-1500/Signalink USB.

 Packet Servers & Station

Winlink RMS Gateway K4LMP-10

I currently run a Winlink RMS Gateway server (K4LMP-10) from my home.  This server is connected to a Yaesu FT-1500 2m radio via an AEA PK-232MB terminal node controller.  This allows amateur operators to send/receive emails via their 2m VHF radios from any location, all they need is a laptop, TNC, and a radio.  My Winlink server monitors the frequency of 145.050 Mhz, which also is monitored by the Bays Mountain packet node (BAYSND), on Bays Mountain (2400 Ft. AMSL).  It is usually best to connect to my server via this node, unless you are close enough to my station to work the server direct.  Below are pictures of the server, and the associated TNC and radio.


My Packet Station

I currently work packet, using my Yaesu FT-8800R dual band VHF/UHF rig.  I do this, utilizing one of several terminal node controllers.  I currently have an AEA PK-232MB, AEA PK-9600, AEA PK-900 & a MFJ-1274C, that I use for packet.  These TNC’s are connected to the radio, via a switch, so I can choose which one I want to use at a particular time.  I also use a serial switch, to switch the TNC connection to the computer, depending on which one I want to use.  Below are pictures of my TNC’s, as well as the switches used to select which one will be used at a particular time.