*FMCA-ARC* EchoLink Conference Node

Node is Back Online in Clearwater, FL After Hurricane Irma!

FMCA ARC Conference Schedule

The FMCA-ARC members meet on the EchoLink Conference Node *FMCA-ARC* on Tuesday at 9:00 pm ET.
Contact: N7LWD, Larry Dayhuff, larry@dayhuff.net

Other Conference Schedules

Rincon Country West RV Resort - Wednesdays at 8:30 am AzT
Contact: W0BEB, Bruce Baker, bebcmbham@aol.com

Honeywell Marine Systems Northwest - Thursdays at 7:00 pm PT
Contact: N7LWD, Larry Dayhuff, larry@dayhuff.net

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club [TALARC] - 2nd Saturday of the Month at 12:00 pm ET
Contact: W9WMJ, Marty Justis, wmjustis@comcast.net

California American Legion Amateur Radio Service [CALARS] - Sundays at 1:30 pm PT
Contact: AG6EM, Bill Staehle, staehle@sbcglobal.net
Yuma Bunch - Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am AzT
Contact: WB7OUT, Tom Ramus, bc994@scn.org

All other times are open to any amateur radio operators for general conference activities.

Conference Node Server On-line Schedule

The *FMCA-ARC* EchoLink Conference Node Server is currently activated 24 hours a day, everyday.
To join a Conference during activated times, connect to conference node:   *FMCA-ARC*

FMCA ARC EchoLink Net Check In Statistics
Qtr 1 2018 Qtr 2 2018 Qtr 3 2018 Qtr 4 2018
Qtr 1 2017 Qtr 2 2017 Qtr 3 2017 Qtr 4 2017
Qtr 1 2016 Qtr 2 2016 Qtr 3 2016 Qtr 4 2016
Qtr 1 2015 Qtr 2 2015 Qtr 3 2015 Qtr 4 2015
Qtr 1 2014 Qtr 2 2014 Qtr 3 2014 Qtr 4 2014
Qtr 1 2013 Qtr 2 2013 Qtr 3 2013 Qtr 4 2013
Qtr 1 2012 Qtr 2 2012 Qtr 3 2012 Qtr 4 2012
Qtr 1 2011 Qtr 2 2011 Qtr 3 2011 Qtr 4 2011

Latest Conference Node Server Status (7/25/15)

The *FMCA-ARC* Conference Node Server uses the software 'TheBridge' configured within an operating system of Raspbian.  It is running on a hardware platform consisting of a Raspberry Pi, Model B, with 8GB of flash memory, powered by a 5V, 1A power supply with battery backup.  The node is located in Clearwater, Florida and is connected to the internet through the Bright House Networks digital cable system.

The user interfaces with the Conference Node with their normal EchoLink client program.  However, you will see a few differences when connected to the Conference node as opposed to a normal EchoLink Conference from a user.  The biggest difference is in the users listing. The transmitting user is always at the top of the listing.  New users and the last user to transmit will go to the bottom of the listing. The "NEXT-to-TRANSMIT" position will be just below the current transmitting user.  Users will propagate upward in the listing to the "NEXT-to-TRANSMIT" position.  Therefore, when you are through transmitting, pass the conference to the user listed just below your call.  This way, a new user is able to hear what the topics are before they start their transmission.  And, the next user to transmit will be the user who has the most time without transmission thereby giving every user a fair chance to transmit.The text mode at the bottom right side of the screen will allow you to send text at any time you like.  You can issue a few commands in the text box (try '.help' command) but most users only use the send text function.  If a priority for anything comes up, like a question to a specific user, or a user requests to speak via the text box, the current speaker can pass the conference over to that user directly.  It does rearrange the listing but that will self correct in the next round.  It all goes pretty smoothly.  So, just sign into the conference on Tuesday night and listen.  Then by the time it gets around to your turn, you should have a pretty good idea how it all works.

Some Caveats: 

Stations using smart phones or pads will not see text messages while transmitting.
Stations using smart phones or pads will lose the users listing while transmitting.
UDP ports 5198 & 5199 need to be forwarded from the router to your computer.
Public proxies may have a timeout set to something like 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
The Conference Node will terminate any transmissions greater than 5 minutes.
The SysOp or Admin can allow, ban, mute, connect, disconnect, etc any user.

For more information on starting or using EchoLink, go to:  Transmitter EchoLink Article
For better control of your transmit function, download and read  Enhance Your EchoLink Tx Control
For extensive information on using EchoLink, download and read the  EchoLink User's Guide  (a 'PDF' file 73 pages long, 1.43MB)