GCARS First International DX Echolink Contact!

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that the KG4ZJF-R (N4GAS 2 meter repeater) Echolink node hosted its first ever international DX contact yesterday, August 16, 2016.  I heard the call of “LU7DMZ connected” come over the radio (I was monitoring via a 2 meter rig), and I thought I would respond to see if the operator would do a QSO. LU7DMZ, Roberto, from 15 km north of Buenos Aires, Argentina came back, and we began a great conversation.

Roberto, who had passed through Gaston County on the way to work in Cleveland County back in the 1990’s, saw our node on Echolink and thought he would give it a try.  What happened is that we chatted for a bit, and then, our newest member, Eric, WA1SXK, came in on Echolink from Vero Beach, FL, and we had a good round-robin QSO. (I logged in via my iPhone also to get a screen shot of the QSO).

Many thanks to all who have supported the Echolink effort and thanks again to KG4ZJF, Dennis, for hosting the Echolink node hardware at his QTH.

If you haven’t tried Echolink, the software is FREE  and can be downloaded here for PC/MAC/Linux:

http://www.echolink.org/download.htm

or, you can go to the App Store on your iPhone or Android device and download it there.  If you don’t have a device to run the software- no worries- just get on the N4GAS 2 meter repeater at 147.120 (100 Hz tone), and you may wind up talking to international DX checking into the repeater via Echolink.

73 de AJ4JZ,

Bill

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