Amateur Radio

EchoProducer 3.7.5

A BIG Thank You to Jonathan K1RFD for providing EchoLink.

 Without it this program EchoProducer would not have been possible. The EchoLink program is provided FREE as is the EchoProducer add-on.

 This Page is still under construction.

I AM IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THINGS IN THE PROPER ORDER

AND CORRECTING SPELLING AS WELL AS ADDING HOW

TO GET TO INFO. PLEASE UNDERSTAND.

Grab yourself a BIG cup of Coffee because this is a BIG page.

In this Guide I have added more pictures than what is in the regular discription listed on other websites.

This guide does not cover all Items in EchoProducer.

Don't get confussed when you see a picture with Version 3.7.4. It is the same thing in Version 3.7.5

 I have also given instructions on how to access each window listed below.

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Table of where to find it

 

 

 

 

1. Screen Views                                                                25. Weather Forecast

2. Pull Down Menus (The Buttons)                                  26. Weather Warnings

3.Main Screen Colors & LED's                                        27. Setting up DTMF for Weather

4. Beacons                                                                       28. Weather Warning TEXT Changer

5. Idents/Settings                                                             29. High/Low Temperature Warning

6. TTS & TTW Settings                                                    30. Weather Warnings EUROPE

7.Text to wav Converter                                                  31. Curtesy ID- Repeater/Link Timings

8.Language TTS Text                                                      32. News Player

9.Setting up your CALLSIGN ID                                    33. News Downloader

10.Voices Available                                                         34. Text Box Messages

11.Silence Announcesments & Player                              35. Text Box Beacons

12.DTMF Announcements/ Enable                                  36. Warning Text Message Setup

13. Beacons Set 1 & Set 2                                                37. DTMF .mp3/.wav http:// & text file player

14.DTR/RTS Control (Fan)                                             38. Parrot - Record / Playback

15.Auto Connects                                                           39. DTMF Control - Net Scheduler                                         

16. Connects & RF History                                            40. Restart / Close Down

17.Play History wav files                            MORE TO BE ADDED

18.Echo Chat

19. Private Messages

20. Chat Box Messages

21. DTMF & Audio Messages

22. Ambient Weather Program

23. Weather

24. Weather Conditions

                                                   Welcome to Echo-Producer

 

 

One important note

We are sorry to report that this program is not compatible with EchoTime, so please deactivate EchoTime before attempting to use this software or if you do wish to use the  EchoTime program deactivate EchoProducer as you can’t run both at the same time.

 

Initial Setup
Download EchoProducer
You must have EchoLink installed and running before installing EchoProducer 
 
 Download the EchoProducer.zip software into a directory unzip the software (4 files) and Run Setup

You MUST Install the program into its default directory

C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\

C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\ is where the program places its files. You must let the program install it in the default directory.
Updates to the program can be checked and checked from the program and updated. See below for update information.
 
Where can I get voices from?
I used NeoSpeech voices from http://www.nextup.com. I found Kate16 to be the best. This site is no longer good, SORRY!
Check in your Control Panel for the speech Icon and that your Text to Speech is working first before running EchoProducer. I have not tried it on any of the other windows operating system. If you have and it works let me know. Check out the Microsoft web site Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 for more information.

 

How do I install the voice

The program uses the XP speech engine and this must be working before the EchoProducer program is run.

Setting up your voice is not hard. Once you have installed your voice using the instructions provided with your voice software, simply go to the control panel and select the speech icon. This is where you will select the voice that you have installed. This is done by going to Start – Settings - Control Panel – Speech - Voice selection - select your voice you installed. (If you can’t see your voice, you haven’t installed it.)

You can test the voice and when you are happy with your selection click OK. Your voice should work with any of your programs that use the speech engine like EchoProducer.

 
Turn Off the normal EchoLink voice
This is needed or the Echolink will double with EchoProducer when Announcing connecting and disconnecting statios
To stop the EchoLink voices and have EchoProducer voice only on the ECHOLINK RROGRAM. In ECHOLINK go to
TOOLS - SYSOP SETTINGS - IDENT and blank out the callsigns and all remaining tick boxes must be empty. Tick the Use external file box.
 
NOTE if you are using a 64 bit version of windows do NOT allow the program to install in the C:\Program Files (x86) EchoProducer\

 

 

TOOLS - SYSOP SETTINGS - OPTIONS Set Announce Connects to None. Set Announce Disconnects to None. Set Announcement Muting to Suppress all
The only EchoLink voice that we are unable to disable is the "Connecting to Call" when DTMF is used.
 
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Screen Views 
 
Different Screen views depending if you are NORMAL MODE OR CONFERENCE SYSOP MODE
 
 
 
 
 
The small button at the top left of the window NEXT TO THE PTT will make the text larger, this will make the text a little easier for the poor sited. The button to the right of the station list will reveal a larger station floating list. The buttons either side of the Listed not Busy window will enable and disable the "Listed Busy" and "Listening Only"
 
Conference Sysop Mode
These are the main screen and will give you the option to go to various parts of the program. Normal users and Conference Admin will see different screen as shown in the top two pictures. Conference Admin will see some extra buttons and functions as shown in the above screen to control their nodes and conferences. The time out counter is Only an indicator for you and does nothing else. The amount of minutes can be changed to meet your needs. All important information is displayed on the easy to see screen with the option to display and alter some of the parameters using the setup button. 
 
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Pull Down Menu and Button Settings
 
This screen can be accessed by pressing the BUTTONS in the upper tool bar or by pressing the Menu setup Buttons just above the TEXT Message window.
 
 
THE BUTTONS
 
 
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Main Screen Color and LED's
 
Every body has there own idea on the colors that they want. EchoProducer gives you the option to change the color of the main screen only to your preference, also the LED indicators can be changed. This can be accessible from the setup menu or the small buttons
LEDs
The LED style of indicators can be changed if required by clicking the small button located to the top left of the PTT Red LED
Once this is done it will change to a different looking Screen as shown in the lower picture
 
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Beacons
 
How to get to beacon setup. GOTO SETUP then BEACONS. Click on Beacons. Three tabs will appear
 
Day & Time Beacon
Serial Player
Text Beacons
 
The Pictures below should give you an Ideal of how to set things up
 
 
In the Beacon setup section, information is entered to be broadcast by simply clicking on, On The Hour, Quarter or Half for broadcast. The Plus seconds input allows you to have the beacon information sent after a pre set time in seconds after the time. This enables any announcements to finish before your beacon is transmitted. If the add Date to the time option is ticked, make sure you set the beacon delay to about 15 seconds otherwise the beacon will not be heard
There is an extra beacon that can be also programmed to send a beacon at a pre set time. This time is set in minutes.
 Beacons Set 1 & set 2 can be set up as a static beacon or random. See Beacon setup. The beacon setup can be swapped, Meaning that you can tell it by DTMF that you want to use set 1 or set 2 by using the DTMF. This is done by adding the DTMF code into the DTMF Toggle Beacon Set area  as Shown in the Picture below.
 
 
 
Beacon Connect Stations
 
Beacon connect station enable your node to transmit at the set minutes the list of station that are connected to your node.
 
 
 
 
DTMF Connected Stations
 
Connected stations will be transmitted when the you enter the DTMF code by your radio. Option for last station (Last Node that you were connected to) can be sent by entering the DTMF code you assigned . If you enter this code for last station you will be reconnected to that station.
 
DTMF Announcements
 
This option gives you the option to set the announcements / beacons OFF / ON using DTMF. Enter the DTMF code that you wish to use in the appropriate boxes.
 
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 Idents / Settings
 
To get to this screen go to SETUP then Idents/ Setting
 
Announce Options
 
Preamble  when ticked will greet your users with Good Morning - Good Afternoon or Good Evening before the time is sent out.
Station Con/Dis when selected the nodes that connect or disconnect will be announced.
If the Add the time is clicked the time will added with the announcement.
If the Add Date to Time is ticked then the local date will be transmitted along with the time.. If you use this option make sure that if you are using the beacon option that you set the beacon delay to about 15 seconds otherwise the beacon will not be heard.
Text messages when ticked will transmit what has been sent using TTS. This can be enabled or disabled using DTMF. Filtered messages (Conference Controller Text Box) will not be transmitted.
The text messages can be turned on / off using DTMF. Common sence tells you if you are transmitting than you will not hear the text that was sent, nor will the text be sent when someone else is talking. This is to insure that when someone is talking it will not disturb your QSO. This is nice when your not at the computer , but you have your radio with you . It will say MESSAGE FROM, Their Callsign and the message. 
 
Idents
 
Voice ident Call sign, Will read your call sign in TTS voice, you can enter you callsign with spaces of if needed spell it out to make it sound nice (Example Vee Kay two E Ex) the TTS engine will say anything you put in this box (Keep it short)  In the box “ID Every” put in the time interval you would like your call sign to be announced and tick the box to use.
  In the box “Turn ID Off After” enter a time in minuets and tick the box to use if desired. This feature allows the Ident to stay in quiet mode, (Not identifying) if the frequency is not in use for extended times. This option is mainly used in VK Land (Australia)  Whenever a signal is received by EchoLink this timer will be reset. Say call now button, Click this button to test what it sounds like.
 
How to get to the box shown below to setup Idents
 
Click on SETUP then Idents/Settings
 A box will open as shown in the picture below. The picture has instructions for you to follow
This is the same picture as above.
 
 
 
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Text To Speech & Text To Wave
TTS & TTW
 
TTS & TTW volume and speed
 
You can adjust the TTS (Text to Speech) and TTW (Text to Wav) with these control sliders. Clicking the TTS or TTW button will test your settings.
 
Station Connect Bell
 
This option enables you to have an extra warning file played that indicates that you have a station connect to your node.

Delay Before TTS
 
This option will put a delay before the TTS voice for the specified delay increment. This is to allow for some transmitters that have a delay before TX
 
                                                          How to get to this screen
                                                      GO TO SETUP then Idents/Setting
                               In the Idents/Setting , Go to SETUP Then VOLUME SETTINGS
                                                  The Picture shown below will appear
                                       
 
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Text to Wav Converter
 
 
How to get to this Screen In TOOL BAR go to UTILS then TEXT TO WAV CONVERTER
 
Text to Wav Converter
Simply type your text into the text box and press the Speak button and if you like what you hear simply tick the save to .wav box and click the speak button. You are then given the opportunity to select a directory and and file name to save the wav file. These messages will not be transmitted over RF.
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Language TTS Text

 

To get to this when in the weather area click SETUP and the Language TTS Text setup

 

This option will enable you to change the embedded TTS (Text To Speech) Text. It was especially done as to allow other languages other than English to be used with EchoProducer. The default words are to the left of the Text field simply change the text to the equivalent in your language

 

Warning Text Messages Language

This button will take you to the area where you can change the embedded text messages sent to the text box

 

Voices Available

When using the voice selection within the text boxes that you wish to use simply add the identifier (0) or (1) etc for the voice that you want to use, so for example if you want to change the voice for a particular message you would start the text box message with the identifier. Example "(1) your text" this would say the words "your text" using voice (1). This only works at the start of a text message. The highlighted text boxes are the only ones that this option will wor

 
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Setting up your Callsign ID
 
 
In the voice Ident callsign area put your callsign in, this is going to take some time to make the tts program pronounce it correctly use this example
(Example Vee Kay two E Ex)
Press the Say Call Now to hear what it will sound like.
Thr Reason there is a (1) before the callsign listed below in the voice Ident Callsign is to tell the program to use a certain VOICE. Like Microsoft Sam Voice or Microsoft Michelle Voice.
 
Check the use box where it says ID Every and put the minutes to wait for ID. Put a check mark in the box next to Turn ID Off After, and enter how many minutes after the link is Idel.
This is use for voice ID ONLY. You do not have to use this ID mode. You can use CW ID by filling in the info in the CW ID Callsign area. The first box in the CW ID Callsign area is for short ID for example N7LMV/R or N7LMV/L or N7LMV, your choice. The next box is for LONG ID such as your callsign plus your Grid Locator. Put a check in the boxes that you want to use and press TEST to hear what it will sound like. In the ID Every box type in the time between to send the ID.
Keep in mind that this will not be sent over the Internet only through your radio if you have it set up. So if your only on the Internet no use on setting this up.
 
Go to setup then go to Idents/settings then go to Idents Then go to station Idents
The screen will look like the picture below
 
 
 
 
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Voices Available
 
This option will enable you to select main voice the way you wish to use. If you have more than one voice installed.
When using the voice selection within the text boxes that you wish to use simply add the identifier (0) or (1) etc for the voice that you want to use, so for example if you want to change the voice for a particular message you would start the text box message with the identifier. example "(1) your text" this would say the words "your text" using voice (1)
 
 
 
Path to program directory
 
The path to where the EchoProducer program is installed is highlighted in the text box. there is also 2 buttons that will set the default to normal 32 bit or 64 bit directories. If clicked they will also change the News file locations. You will have a warning, this is about to happen.
 
 
                                                  This is how you get to the screen shown below
 
                                                                             SETUP
                                                                    IDENTS/SETTINGS
                                                                            SETUP
                                                                     VOICES/PATHS
 
PUT A MARK IN THE VOICE YOU WANT
OR WHEN YOU HAVE THE ABILLITY TO CHOOSE WHICH VOICE YOU WANT , PUT A Number in between  the (  )
For example used above when putting your callsign in the Voice Ident callsing field. He Put a (1) before his callsign.
 
 
 
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Silence Announcements and Player
This option enables you to silence all the TTS announcements and player functions. Your node will operate normally without TTS announcements, CW and Player functions when silenced.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announce Silence Scheduler 1,2,3
 
Their are 3 Silence Schedulers that can be used. Simply tick the days and enter your OFF time you want your node silenced and the ON times you want your node back to normal. A delay of 15 seconds has been added to the Announce times as this will allow the any time or other beacons to finish off before being silenced. These normally happen on the hour, quarter and half the hour. Tip if you don't want these announcements / beacons to go out then set your off time 1 minute before they are due.
 
 
Announcements
 
Disable Announcements when ticked will disable all announcements and CW idents. Warn About Silence Mode when ticked will give a Text message saying if the Announcements are Enabled / Disabled also a TTS message saying that the Announcements have been Enabled. There is no TTS when the Announcements have been disabled. (Well you did disable them didn't you ) although if you tick Allow CW idents Only During Disable it will only ID in CW at the set time intervals.
 
                                                            How to get to this screen
                                                                        SETUP
                                                              IDENTS/SETTINGS
                                                                     SILENCE
 
                                            
 
 
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DTMF Announcements / Enable
Check the Boxes you want selected
This option will enable / disable the announcements when the selected DTMF is received. Enter the DTMF Code that you want in each BOX the ON Box and The OFF Box
 
Save Changes
 
Click this button to save any changes that you may have made.
How to get to this screen.
SETUP then IDENTS/SETTINGS then ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Beacons Set 1 & Set 2
 
Up to 20 beacons per set can be programmed. Simply enter the text for your users to hear. The use of ("." Period) or ("," Comma) or (":" Colon) or (";" Semi Colon) will add delays to your messages that way you spell the words as you can manipulate the way things sound when transmitted. See below to give you a basic idea how I have done mine.
Also in the fields you have the option to have your beacons saved as a .txt .wav or .mp3 that you may have on your hard drive. This gives you a great flexibility in the way you have your beacons played. You can have your audio files pre done and use them as your beacons. The input field is intelligent enough to know what mode to use  to say or play your beacon. Keep in mind that AUDIO files will not be played over the INTERNET.
 
Serial
When ticked the messages will be transmitted sequentially (One after the other). You can select the start number and the To number. Use the Step Next button to step to where you want to start your beacons from. Some of your changes will require you to click on the Re Set button.
 
Random Beacon
When ticked the messages will be randomly selected from 1 to the number that you enter.
 
Static
When ticked the selected message will be the only message that will be transmitted
WX Temperature
When ticked the Weather temperature will be transmitted with the associated text that was selected in the weather section
 
 
 
Extra Beacon
 
There may be a time that you need a beacon played at a more regular time along side your normal beacons (Possible Local rally announcements) and this option when ticked and time in minutes entered will do this. Again enter the beacon text. You can enter the amount of minutes that you want before the beacon starts its normal countdown. The Use Above Beacon setup option when ticked will utilize the settings that you have for the normal beacons and transmit them at your extra beacon set time.
 
Allow Timed Beacon set 2 also to be enabled when set 1 is in operation
 
These beacons are selected for use by the "Idents / Settings --> Idents " from the main menu and selecting Set 1 or 2.  When this option is ticked then it will also use the extra beacon in set 2 at the same time as beacon set 1 is in operation. If either one of the beacons are playing it will stop the trailing beacon as it will not play both at the same time
 
Voices Available
 
When using the voice selection within the text boxes that you wish to use simply add the identifier (0) or (1) etc for the voice that you want to use, so for example if you want to change the voice for a particular message you would start the text box message with the identifier. example "(1) your text" this would say the words "your text" using voice (1)
 
How to get to this screen
SETUP then BEACONS then TEXT BEACONS
 
 
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DTR / RTS Control  (Fan)
 
DTR or RTS for possible fan switching is highlighted when that selection has been made for the PTT. An option is available to let the fan run on if selected for an added amount of time that is selected by you.
With a little circuit and you can wire at cooling fan to your transmitter, the fan will run for however many minuets you enter after the transmitter has un-keyed.
The Use Start Delay when ticked will only start the fan after the allotted delay time of incoming traffic from the internet. This stops the unnecessary use of the fan.
There are some simple Circuits that can be found on www.echoireland.com that can be used for this purpose. The Alternate DTR / RTS option is disabled when this option is in operation.
 
 
Alternate DTR / RTS Control
This option when Use Alternate CTRL is selected enables the RTS or DTR via DTMF active until the allotted time set by you has elapse. to start it again simply enter the On DTMF. You can add your On / Off message that can be added by ticking the Use Message option. The Fan Control option is disabled when this option is in operation.
We have used this option to switch the repeater from analogue to D Star.
Permanent On Option
This option when used will enables the RTS or DTR via DTMF and stay active until the same CTCSS tone is sent again. Your pre set audio message will be transmitted when enabled / Disabled
 
 
Duplex Repeater
This option when used will enable the RTS or DTR to be active when you receive a radio signal. This can be used to key up a possible repeater transmitter
PTT Select
This option will enable the RTS or DTR to be active when there is an IP signal. This can be used to key up your transmitter when information is sent to you via the Internet
 
                                                                    How to get to this screen
 
                                                                                SETUP
                                                                          Idents/Settings
                                                                             DTR/RTS
                                                         You will see a screen as shown below
 
                                            
 
 
 
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Auto Connects     
 
 There are 10 auto connect options here, just enter a callsign of a station you want to connect to and tick the box, your system will then connect to this call and remain connected permanently.  the system will automatically reconnect to this station if disconnected. This can take up to 35 seconds to re connect you.
You can set a DTMF sequence to enable and disable Auto Connects 1 & 2 remotely.
 
 
 
 
Connect Between selected Hours
 
This option when the stay connected to is ticked will enable the entered node to stay connected between the hours of your selected time. The Re Connect time can be set for the re connection. This is set in minutes If RF Busy Don't Disconnect is ticked will re set the timer to the entered number of minutes when connected to another node. If there is inactivity while connected to some other node other than the one you entered and the timer counts down to 0 (zero) the connected nodes will be disconnected if ticked and the Node entered will be re connected. DTMF can be used to toggle this option on or off.
 
Auto Connect with adjustable minutes
 
This option when the stay connected to is ticked will enable the entered node to stay connected.  The Re Connect time can be set for the re connection. This is set in minutes If RF Busy Don't Disconnect is ticked, it will re set the timer to the entered number of minutes when connected to another node. If there is inactivity while connected to some other node other than the one you entered and the timer counts down to 0 (zero) the Node entered will be re connected. DTMF can be used to toggle this option on or off.
 
 
 
 
List as Busy
 
This option when the Use box is ticked will keep your node Listed As Busy between the selected hours. DTMF can be used to toggle this option on or off.
 
Listen Only
 
This option when the Use box is ticked will keep your node in Listen Only between the selected hours. DTMF can be used to toggle this option on or off.
DTMF / Connect Control and Net Scheduler Set 2 buttons are other options that have other auto connect options
Goto SETUP then AUTO CONNECT
This is an expanded view
 
 
 
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Connect & RF History
The connect & RF history can be recorded if required by simply selecting the appropriate tick box. Station Connects, RF End, RF Start, DTMF Used
 
 
 
 
Record RX RF to wav
 
When selected this will record all of your RF uses QSO and save them in wav format. To play back the recorded wav file click on the Play wav Files Button. Please note that this will ONLY record if you are connected to another node.
How to goto History in the toolbar click on HISTOY
 
 
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Play History wav Files
This is a simple wav player that will enable you to play back your wav files.
File select
Click on the Open button and change the path to your recorded wav files. The files are held in the EchoLink default directory "My Documents / EchoLink / wav". if the play On Open box is ticked the selected file will play. A explorer button is provided to open the computers explorer and will enable you to brows your files and also delete. You could always use the computer media player from this screen if so required.
 
How to go to to Play History Files
Click on HISTORY on the Tool Bar
Click Play Wav. Files in the lower Right hand corner
And this screen will OPEN
                                                 
 
 
 
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Echo Chat
 
To use EchoChat Double click on the text message Receive area and a new window will open. This option uses the EchoLink text box facility but in a more fun graphical way. Messages can be sent to other nodes that are connected to you or the conference you are connected to. Simply enter your message to send and either press the enter key or click on the send button.
The small button at the top left of the Chat window will make the text larger / smaller
Hide Extra Button
The Hide Extra button will reveal or hide some extra tools that you can use in your chat box.
 
 
 
 
Text Filter
 
Enter a words into one of the filter boxes that would be in a sentence that would appear in your text box. If the word is detected then the complete sentence is not displayed  in the text box. This option is not case sensitive. Be Careful with this or you might Miss out on a lot of chatting HI HI.
 
Case Sensitive
 
This option when ticked will make the filter word case sensitive. When not ticked all filter words  upper or lower case messages will be filtered
 
Extra Message Call
 
This option enables you to add a 2nd callsign that can be used for messages, This is useful as senders of messages forget to add the -L or -R to some of the callsigns. So having an alternate call helps stop this problem. Sometime your call is different to your node callsign so this option enables you to put your own call as the extra message callsign.
 
Smiley's
 
Here you can add smiley's to your text. Only stations that are running the EchoChat text box will see the smiley pictures. To select a smiley simply hover over the picture that you wish to add to your text message and either click on the picture or wait for the tool tip as it will show the key presses that you would need to enter.
Some other smiley's that are not shown are :loo (That’s a BATHROOM) - :beer - :skull - :xmas - :monk - :PeterEI4JR
 
Time stamp
 
You can select to time stamp messages that are received or transmitted
 
Large / Small text
The small button at the top left of the Chat window will make the text larger / smaller this will make the text a little easier for the poor sited
 
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Private Message
 
Keep in mind that this pertains to NODES or PEOPLE Running EchoChat or EchoProducer!!! 
EVERYTHING YOU SEND IS STILL SHOWN IN THE REGULAR TEXT BOX ON ECHOLINK SO IT IS NOT PRIVATE
 
This section is a text only option where you can send a messages to a node that is connected directly or a conference that you are connected to. Simply enter the callsign and any extensions like -L or -R, Type your message and click on send when finished. If the station receives your message you will get and acknowledgment message back saying Message Received. If the station is on line and connected to the system that you are connected to then they will get the message. If you get no acknowledgment then they will not have had the message put in there Private Message box. The private message box will automatically open if you receive a message
 
Show Chat Box When Message Received
 
Clicking this option will make the Text Chat Box pop up to be seen when hidden if a text is received in the text box.
 
Send a Red Box Message to sysop
 
Clicking this option will send messages to the sysop of a node into his high alert Red Message Box
 
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CHAT Box Messages
 
 
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DTMF & AUDIO MESSAGES
 
To get to this screen go to the tool bar and TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX DTMF and TEXT COMMANDS
This is a great tool to use if you want to send NEWSLINE both over the INTERNET & RF
Just know the location of the audio files you want to play and enter it in the file location box and check the RF & IP Box.
 
 
 
 
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Ambient Weather Program

 

 

 

 

Download the FREE Ambient Weather program from  http://www.ambientweather.com/weex1.html

Setup

Setting up the program must be completed before it will work with EchoProducer. Once you have downloaded and installed the Ambient Weather program.

How the program starts and when it updates the weather data needs to be set up by going to (This is in the Ambient Weather PROGRAM) --> Settings --> General Program Settings --> in the Update weather data every box select how many minutes that you wish the data updated. I have mine set to 1 minute. --> now put a tick on the Launch program at Windows start-up box. Then click the close button

You must let the program know where you are located (Where you LIVE) for your weather, by going to--> Settings --> Your Location and filling in the appropriate boxes for your area. Then click the close button

 

Now you need to select the units that you wish to use by going to --> Settings --> Units --> Now click on the appropriate boxes  for your use. Then click the close button.

 

Remember that you need to also set the units in the EchoProducer program (Weather Conditions) so it transmits the Units correctly.

You need to tell the program where you want it to put the weather information data so as EchoProducer can use this information.. To do this go to --> Settings --> Data Export (Advanced). In the csv Directory Location enter "C:\wxex\csv" and in the Update weather data every box select how many minutes that you wish the data updated. I have mine set to 1 minute. Then click the close button

The data file for current weather should be located “C:\wxex\csv\data.csv”

The data file for forecast weather should be located “C:\wxex\data\metar.txt”

The data file for weather warnings should be located “C:\wxex\data\warning.txt”

If the files are not in these locations you will need to have a search and put the path to the location on your hard drive like that shown above into the appropriate section in the program..

That's it. That's all I done when I set up my Ambient weather program for EchoProducer.

 

Home Weather Stations

There are a lot of weather stations that are used and it would be out of the scope of the EchoProducer program to try and cover them all. What I suggest that you have your weather station upload your weather data to Weather Underground. There are numerous programs available like Weather Display http://www.weather-display.com that will work with most weather stations and will upload to Weather Undergrounds website and the Ambient Weather program will take the information needed to interface with EchoProducer.

 
 
 
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                                                Weather                                                    
To use this option you will need to install the FREE weather The Weather Exchange program and have it running on your computer while using EchoProducer. The Weather Exchange is a free PC desktop application that accesses live community weather from the world's largest FREE personal weather station network.   http://www.ambientweather.com/weex1.html
I am using version 1.22. If you are using an early version you may need to download the latest free version.
To get to Weather Click in the tool bar area Weather
a window will open like this

Setting up the Weather

File Location

Conditions CSV File. This is the location that the CSV file is held. This file holds the information that the program needs from the weather program. The default is c:\wxex\csv\data.csv This can be changed if your file is put in other places on the hard drive.

Warning File. This is the location that the warning.txt file is held. This file holds the information that the program needs from the weather program. The default is c:\wxex\data\warning.txt. This can be changed if your file is put in other places on the hard drive.

Forecast File. This is the location that the metar.txt file is held. This file holds the information that the program needs from the weather forecast. The default is c:\wxex\data\warning.txt This can be changed if your file is put in other places on the hard drive

In Setup choose what you would like such as Farn. Cent or Cels, The same with Wind. Miles Per Hour or KM/HR. Same with the Barometer, mb is most common.

Software. Select the software that you are using. Default is Weather Exchange.

 

No TX if Station is Connected

This option when ticked will stop the weather information being transmitted if a station is connected to your node

How to get to this screen go to tool bar and click Weather then SETUP 

 

To get to the Weather click in the tool bar area Weather

And a new window will appear like this

 

 

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Weather Conditions

The current Weather Conditions window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.

Start of Current Conditions

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted ahead of your weather information. This information could be the location where the weather came from.

End of Current Conditions

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted at the end of your weather information. This information could be your node information.

 

Temp

Tick the "Farn" for Fahrenheit, "Cent" for Centigrade or "Cels" for Celsius . This should be the same as you have set up in the Ambient Weather program.

 

Wind

Tick "mph" or km/hr.  This should be the same as you have set up in the Ambient Weather program

Wind Chill

Tick Add Wind Chill to report will add the wind chill to the report to be transmitted.

Barometer

Tick "inHg" , "mb" or "hPa".  This should be the same as you have set up in the Ambient Weather program

Conditions Beacon

If selected to be used the Weather Conditions will be transmitted to the set amount of minutes set.

 

DTMF for Conditions and Temperature

A DTMF code can be set here to enable your RF users to call for the Weather Conditions or the current Temperature. You have the option here to also add the local Time or Date sample time or not have the time added.

To set the DTMF code , While in the Weather Screen In tool Bar click SETUP then DTMF

In the DTMF area for Cond/Temp Enter DTMF code.

 

No TX When Station Connected to You

This option when ticked will stop ALL weather beacons from being transmitted  When a Station is connected to your Node

 

TX Weather Conditions Now

Clicking this button will transmit the weather Conditions now

 

TX Weather Conditions on the Hour or Quarter

This option will TX the weather conditions on the Hour - Half - Quarter when selected. This will replace the main beacons selected in the Idents and Settings section

 

Text Change

This option enables you to change some of the odd words that the weather program produces. See below for more info.

 

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Weather Forecast

To get to this screen while in the weather area click on FORECAST

The current Weather Forecast window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.

Start of Weather Forecast

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted ahead of your weather information. This information could be the location where the weather came from.

 

End of Weather Forecast

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted at the end of your weather information. This information could be your node information.

 

DTMF for Forecast

A DTMF code can be set here to enable your RF users to call for the Weather Forecast

Go to SETUP then DTMF. In the area for DTMF Forecast enter in the DTMF Code that you want


Forecast Beacon

Enter the time in minutes that you wish your forecast beacon to be transmitted

Tick the use option to enable the beacon

 

TX Weather Forecast Now

Clicking this button will transmit the weather Forecast now

 

Stop Weather Transmissions

When this button is clicked the weather transmission will stop.

 

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Weather Warnings   

 

 To get to this screen, while in Weather click on Warnings

 

The current Weather Warning window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.

Start of Weather Warning

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted ahead of your weather information. This information could be the location where the weather came from.

 

End of Weather Warning

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted at the end of your weather information. This information could be your node information.

 

Use Text Info Option

If you don't want the program to read the whole file (which sometimes can be pretty long. ) you now can select a pre-assigned text to speech beacon  to go out over the Repeater / Link instead of the news txt file. Something like ( The NWS has issued a weather warning for this area, please tune to blah blah..). Now it just plays a pre-made general announcement and you can also give the users a DTMF function to actually read the txt warning file over the repeater after the announcement goes out if they want to hear it.
 

Full / Summery

This option when either Full or summery is  ticked enables a summery or full weather warning to be transmitted. Works in conjunction with the beacon above.

 

Live Warning Announcement

This option will announce a warning when the use box is ticked and will check the updated weather text file produced by the Ambient Weather program. If there is a new weather warning this will be transmitted. If the node is in use the live weather Announcement will wait until there is a gap in the transmissions and has reached the count down time then will transmit the warning also starting the warning beacon running if option ticked and announce the warning again 1 minute after the 1st warning.

When the warning has cleared a message will be transmitted saying that there is no warning at this time indicating that the warning has finished.

The Use Alert Tone option when ticked will play a pre loaded tone that you may wish to use to play before the main weather warning. This can be used in conjunction with pagers if the correct tones are sent. A delay can be added if after the tone has finished before playing the warning. If you are hearing the tone and no message you will need to increase the time until the message is heard. You will need to experiment here.

Auto Start Warning Beacon when ticked will automatically start the Warning Beacon which will announce any set warnings at the set beacon time.

Use Beacon tick

This option is normally automatically ticked when the Auto Start Warning beacon is ticked. You can override this if you wish and have the beacon continually send out beacons if required. It will automatically un tick when the repeat warning is set and has reached the total count of warnings.

 

Warning Beacon

Enter the time in minutes that you wish your warning beacon to be transmitted

Tick the use option to enable the beacon. This option can be auto ticked with the Live Weather Announcement option. See below.

Use Txt Info when ticked will simply transmit the Text info that you have input. Some reports are quiet long all this will do is alert you that there has been a warning.
DTMF can be used via RF to toggle the Warning or Summery beacons

To set DTMF codes for Summary Warnings go to SETUP then DTMF and in the DTMF Warning Summary area enter the DTMF code.
The Repeat beacon can be limited in the amount of times the beacon goes out by placing the amount of repeats that you require. When a new warning is received the counter is re set and will beacon again the amount of times set

Use Alert Tone with Warning Beacon
The Use Alert Tone option when ticked will play a pre loaded tone that you may wish to use to play before the main weather warning or warning beacon. This can be used in conjunction with pagers if the correct tones are sent. A delay can be added if after the tone has finished before playing the warning. If you are hearing the tone and no message you will need to increase the time until the message is heard. You will need to experiment here. If the alert tone is selected for use with the Beacon the tone will only sound out if the warning is active and will not sound if there is no warning.

 

 

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Setting up the DTMF codes for Weather

 

 

 

In the Tool Bar click Weather then Setup then DTMF

A screen will appear like this

 

DTMF for Short Warnings

A DTMF code can be set here to enable your RF users to call for the Short Weather Warning

 

DTMF for Warning Summery

A DTMF code can be set here to enable your RF users to call for the Weather Warning Summery

 

DTMF for Long Warnings

A DTMF code can be set here to enable your RF users to call for the Full Long Weather Warning

 

DTMF for Europe Warnings

A DTMF code can be set here to send the Weather Europe Warning

 

TX Weather Warning Now Button

Clicking this button will transmit the weather Warning now

 

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Weather Warnings Text Changer

The text changer button will reveal an option that will enable you to change any of the selected words or strings of text as an example the words "T-Storms" could be changed to "Thunder Storms". This can help manipulate the text that was to be transmitted to sound right. 250 characters in each of the fields can be input. If you want to delete a word or a sentence that you have put in the word field simply leave the change to field empty or put a space in the field. You can make a total of 10 changes

 

To get to this screen from the weather area

SETUP then CONDITION/WARNING TEXT CHANGER

 

 

 

 

 

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High / Low Temperature Warning

When selected and the Set Temp equals or is less/ higher than the set temperature the temperature warning text will be played followed by the current temperature.

High Wind Warning

When selected and the Set High Wind equals or is higher than the set wind speed the high wind warning text will be played followed by the current wind speed

To get to this screen in the weather area WARNING then High-Low Temp./High Wind Warning

 

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To get to this when in the weather area go to WARNING then Weather Warning Europe

 

 Weather Warnings Europe

The current Weather Warning Europe window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.

Start of Weather Warning

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted ahead of your weather information. This information could be the location where the weather came from.

 

End of Weather Warning

You can type in here a message that you wish transmitted at the end of your weather information. This information could be your node information.

 

History

A history of Europe warnings can be held here if required


Warning Beacon

Enter the time in minutes that you wish your warning beacon to be transmitted. The Beacon Active check box need not be ticked as this will be automatically ticked by the Warning Announcement section when there is a warning if the Auto Start Warn Beacon box is ticked.

The Repeat Warning beacon can be limited in the amount of times the beacon goes out by placing the amount of repeats that you require. When a new warning is received the counter is re set and will beacon again the amount of times set and transmit the warning to the amount set. If the Repeat Warning is not ticked the warning will continue to send the warning information at the amount of minutes set until the warning ends and returns back to a non warning state

Warning Announcement

Tick the "Use Warning" option to enable the Warning Beacon to start checking the website data for warnings. Enter the time in minutes that you wish your warning announcements to check for updated information regards any warnings

 
DTMF can be used via RF to request the current weather warning. Go to SETUP then DTMF and then in the DTMF for Europe Warning enter the DTMF code.

 

Warning Levels

Yellow:

The weather is potentially dangerous. The weather phenomena that have been forecast are not unusual, but be attentive if you intend to practice activities exposed to meteorological risks. Keep informed about the expected meteorological conditions and do not take any avoidable risk.

Orange:
The weather is dangerous. Unusual meteorological phenomena have been forecast. Damage and casualties are likely to happen. Be very vigilant and keep regularly informed about the detailed expected meteorological conditions. Be aware of the risks that might be unavoidable. Follow any advice given by your authorities.

Red:
The weather is very dangerous. Exceptionally intense meteorological phenomena have been forecast. Major damage and accidents are likely, in many cases with threat to life and limb, over a wide area. Keep frequently informed about detailed expected meteorological conditions and risks. Follow orders and any advice given by your authorities under all circumstances, be prepared for extraordinary measures.


Country feeds to Europe Weather Warnings
Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom

 

 

Text Changer

This option enables you to change some of the odd words that the weather program produces. See above for more info. Under: Weather Warning Text Changer.

 

 

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Curtesy  ID - Repeater / Link Timings

 

How to get to this Screen. Setup then Courtesy Tones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtsey Tones

The curtsey tone option is a simple to use application to add a courtesy tone to the end of the all transmissions.
You have the option to send your courtesy tone using pre made audio files in wav / mp3 or sending in the usual way with CW. Hang time before ID, Anti-Kerchunker, Send different CW idents for RF traffic and IP. Send different audio file tones for RF and IP traffic. Option to tell RF station using your link that there are no stations currently connected with your TTS message. Indicators showing the sate of the program. Volume control for the audio files that will not effect the audio settings of your node. Audio speed control. Make your own audio files and use them with this program.
Checking this box can cause problems while you are transmitting.
 
Hang Time before ID
Enter the hang time that you wish to use before the CW / Audio Ident is Transmitted (500 ms Default)
 
Anti-Kerchunker RF and IP
This option will help against the phantom RF & IP user who keys the mic for a second just to get the ID back from your node. This will put a delay before the CW / Audio ident is sent out by your node.
 
CW Ident
RF CW ID and Internet CW ID letter are entered here.
The option here enables you to select different letters for the curtsey (internet or RF users.) The speed and volume of the CW can be altered with the EchoLink program in the usual way ( Tools - Sysop Settings - Ident - settings). If you do not want any letter in Morse sent simply enter a ":" into the CW Letter field.
 
Audio Ident
RF Audio ID and Internet Audio ID audio indicator file names are held here. These are normally "beep boop" type sounds. Different sounds can be selected for Internet  & RF end of over's. I'm sure will have fun playing with different sounds until you find the one suitable. There are file loading and test buttons.

 

No Connections
This when ticked will inform your RF users that there are no stations connected to you node. This option is useful as a connected station might disconnect during an RF users over. The Use of TTS message option can be costumed to your message. To do this you will need to change it in the Language TTS section . The CW option letter can be more than one character
 
Volume
This volume control sets the audio level and is independent to the EchoLink audio
 
CW or Audio Ident
Simply select the type of curtsey ident that you wish to use.
 
Delay after audio
There are 3 settings here - "None" for no delay.  1 or 2 simply adds a bit more PTT to the end of the curtsey tone normally this would be set to 1 for normal link operation
 
 Save
This button will save all your changes to any of the fields.
 
Where are the Tones and can I play?
Oh Yes you can play here no problem. The Directories for the audio files can be put where ever you want them. The default directory when you first load the program is located at   C:\Program Files\EchoABC\  Here you will find the audio files I have made to start you off. You must have the same amount of files in your directories when you start to have a play.
 
The good thing is that you can make your own audio files and replace the ones that I have made to suit your needs
 
Here is a list of Curtsey files you need (wav or mp3)
 
RF.wav = " RF Audio ID"
IP.wav = "Internet Audio ID"
 
PTT select
RTS or DTR that you are using to control the PTT on your radio. This is set in the settings section and is only used here as information
 
 
 
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News Player

How to get to this Screen. In the TOOL BAR Select News then News Player

 

 

 

News Player 1 - 2
 
 
 
News Player 3 - 4
 
If you play the news for your RF users then you will be happy with this option as it will play a news file at predetermined days and times
 
Audio File 1 2 3
Enter the path to the news file that you want to select for your news
On the Audio File 3 there is an option to send a second file after the first has completed, In Australia the WIA national news is played then followed up by a local broadcast, just tick the box labelled “Add 2nd file to end of Audio File 3".
 The WIA news is traditionally played twice in one day AM and PM so a second time has been included in the Audio File 3 section.
 
Day of the week
Select the day or days that you want your news to be transmitted
 
Time
Enter the time or times that you wish your news to be transmitted. If only one time section is required simply enter 99 in the time fields that are not required.
 
File
Clicking this button enables you to select a file that you wish to transmit
 
Play
When clicked plays the selected Audio file
 
Pause
The pause button simply stops the file that is playing.
 
Resume
The resume button simply starts the play again where the Pause has been used.
 
Stop
Stops any playing Audio File
 
Audio File 1,2,3 as Beacon
Each of the Audio files can be used as a beacon if selected. Enter the beacon time in minutes and at the end of the countdown the selected file it will be played. If your node is in use the file will not be played. The node Status functions will not operate when file is being played as a beacon (Disconnect all, Node Busy or Warning).
 
Volume
This volume control sets the audio level and is independent to the EchoLink audio
 
Node Status
There are 2 options here that I recommend using while playing the news.
 
Disconnect All Before Playing File
Disconnect All Before Playing File option when ticked disconnect all connected station including any auto connect  Echo Friends. Echo Friends will reconnect when the news file has finished playing. Disconnecting all connected station is good practice as you don't want internet traffic calling CQ or holding a QSO while the news is being transmitted.
 
Set The Node Busy During <¿¿>File TX
This option when ticked will show your node as busy and stop stations connecting to you during the news audio file playing as you don't want internet traffic calling CQ or holding a QSO while the news is being transmitted.
 
Warn 1 Minute Before Disconnecting for Local news
When ticked a text message also an audio message to the RF users that the news will be read out in 1 minuets time.
Text Message Reads  "1 Minute Warning Auto Disconnect for Local News." This can be changes to meet your needs.
An RF message is sent to say that the news has ended again this can be changed.
 
Weather Options
The option to play Weather Conditions or Weather Forecast is available simply by ticking the appropriate selection. The news in the selected option will be disabled. It is possible with news player 3 selected and the weather selected in the Play 2nd file section to play the weather report immediately after the news. Check the photos above to see how I have set mine.
 
 
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News Downloader
How to get to this Screen
In the TOOL BAR Select NEWS then News Downloader
 
 
 
 News Downloads  .mp3 Downloader
Enter the Website or FTP URL where you wish to download your audio file from. Indicated above the URL address is the file name where the selected file will be saved and the file name for that file. These file name are used in the main file player as shown above. Each individual URL can be downloaded at any time by clicking on the appropriate URL button. Download will not take place if the Use tick is not entered..
There are 2 Scheduled day and time sections that can be used to download the audio files by ticking the appropriate day and entering the time you wish the downloads to take place.
 
Files 1 & 2 are downloaded by the scheduler immediately beneath them that is in the same frame
Files 3 & 4 are downloaded by the scheduler immediately beneath them that is in the same frame
 
Files that are downloaded will be saved as shown
Audio File 1 = C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\News1.mp3
Audio File 2 = C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\News2.mp3
Audio File 3 = C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\News3.mp3
Audio File 4 = C:\Program Files\EchoProducer\News4.mp3
 
 
 
This screen pops up to let you know that the file has downloaded
 
 
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Text Box Messages
How to get to this Screen
In TOOL BAR go to TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX GREETINGS

Text Box Messages

Messages Time Stamping

 

When this option is ticked your Text Box Messages will be time stamped.

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Greeting Messages

 

This option enables you to automatically send greeting messages to stations connecting to your node.

Select the message that you want sent to the connecting station to your node. Messages can be up to 160 characters.

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Messages 1 to 9 can be amended and saved. Message 10 simply says a station has connected or disconnected.

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Randomise Greeting

This option when clicked will randomise message 1 to the number selected. This will enable you to have a random message sent each time a node connects to you.

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Delay Before Sending Message

A delay can be added before your message is sent. I have found 3 seconds is about right

 

Option 10 Auto selected

We have found that there are a  few stations that forget to set the messages to option 10 when connecting to a Repeater, Link or *CONFERENCE* so this option will be automatically set for you as this will stop the unnecessary text going over the Conference Servers

Text Box Messages
 
How to get to this Screen. In TOOL BAR go to TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX MESSAGES
 
 
 
 
 
Text Box Messages 1 & 2
This option enables you to send up to 10 pre set messages messages via the Chat Text Box. Simply enter the data into the required fields. Click the send button to send your pre set message. Please note that the messages will only be sent to the text box when you have a station connected to you.
Admin to Sysop Red Box Messages
Clicking this button will open the section where you can send messages to the sysop of a node into his high alert Red Message Box
The sysop must be using Echo Chat or EchoProducer for this to work.
 
 
DTMF
This option enables you to send DTMF to send up to 10 pre set messages messages in set 2 via the Chat Text Box. Simply enter the data into the required fields. Click the send button to send your pre set message or use DTMF via RF to send the message to the text box. Please note that the messages will only be sent to the text box when you have a station connected to you.
SEE AREA 19 IN THIS DOCUMENT
 
 
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Text Box Beacons
How to get to this Screen. In TOOL BAR go to TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX MESSAGES, then in the lower part of the screen you will see TEXT BOX BEACONS
 
 
This option will enable messages beaconed to the text box. Please remember that beacons can annoy some link owners and conferences so keep them to a minimum
 
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Warning Text Messages Setup

 

How to get to this Screen

SETUP then Language TTS Text then a new window will open and in the lower Left hand corner you will see Warning Text message Language

 

 

 

 I have no information on how this works. I assume you fill in what ever you want in the fields

 

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DTMF .mp3 / .wav  http:// & Text file Player

 

How to get to this Screen

In TOOL BAR go to DTMF then go to DTMF FILE/TEXT PLAYER

 

 

 

 

 
 
DTMF .mp3  .wav .txt   http://   & Text file Player
This is a very useful option that your RF users can use. This option can hold help or information that your RF uses can access
 
DTMF
 Simply enter a DTMF code for each of the audio files that you have selected.
 
File Location
The file location field holds the path and file name of your pre made audio files. the files can be .mp3 , .wav .txt or urls (http://)  although the player will play nearly all audio formats and text files. You can enter a URL to a web site in one of the 20 fields, also the DTMF. This web page that contains text will be transmitted. This is for web pages that have data like Weather - Traffic or any other useful information  that you can legally transmit

 

Webpage URL

Only the text portion within the web page will be extracted  The program recognises the formats and takes the appropriate action. A time delay can be set this is to enable the program time to go get the data process it than play the results. Default is 3 seconds. If its to short it will not play your data.

 

Text Changer

This can help manipulate the text that is to be transmitted to sound right. 250 characters in each of the fields can be input. If you want to delete a word or a sentence that you have put in the word field simply leave the change to field empty or put a space in the field. You can make a total of 10 changes

 
Test Button
To the right of the file button there is a small test button. This enables you to test the audio file.
 
Stop Play
Stops a playing file when clicked
 
Volume
This volume control sets the audio level and is independent to the EchoLink audio
 
Save
Saves any changed data
 
 
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Parrot - Record / Playback

 

How to get to this Screen In TOOL BAR Go to Parrot

 

 

 

 

Parrot - Record / Playback

This function when enabled via DTMF ( using the DTMF code you provided in the enable Parro)t  is to turn your simplex node into a simple Parrot Repeater enabling your RF user to transmit into the link and when the Station Un-keys,  they will hear what he\she sounds like due to the replay. The main Menu Consol will indicate when the parrot mode is enabled also during the playback

DTMF

When the correct DTMF is sent by the RF user will Enable or Disable the parrot function

 

Parrot Disable Time

The Disable time can be set to revert the node back to normal use if not used

 

Show Busy

This option when ticked will show your link as busy when the parrot is enabled and will resume back to Not Busy when the Parrot is disabled.

 

Disconnect All

When ticked and the Parrot function is enabled all stations connected to your node will be disconnected

 

CW Ident

When ticked the RF user will hear the end of over RF CW ID set in the Courtesy ID section. Not used in Windows 7 mode.

 

What if User Times Out

Here you can set the penalty if the Station times out while using the parrot. (1) Not play the message or (2) Only play up to the time out period

 

Announce Start

Set the message that the RF user will hear when they have successfully enabled the Parrot

 

Announce end

Set message that the RF user will hear when the Parrot session has ended.

 

Time out warning

Set message that the RF user will hear if he has timed out and the "Send Time Out Warning and Message Deleted" is ticked.

 

Stop Playback TX

This button when clicked while a message is being played back will immediately stop and delete the replay This is only done from the computer, the RF Station has no control of this function. 

 

Save

Save any of your changed fields in this part of the program. This is only done from the computer, the RF Station has no control of this function.

 

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DTMF Control - Net Scheduler
 
How to get to this Screen. In TOOL BAR go to DTMF then DTMF CONTROL
 
 
Net Scheduler
DTMFctrl and Nets
This option allows your RF users to Connect / Disconnect by the same DTMF a selected station. There is also an option to Connect / Disconnect a group of stations with one DTMF to Connect and one to Disconnect the group.
 
Callsigns
Simply add  Callsigns, Links, Repeaters or Conferences
 
Con / Disc Button
This option will connect or disconnect the selected station. This is the little button to the right of the DTMF field. Click one to connect and click again to disconnect
 
DTMF
Enter the DTMF codes that you want the users to use.
The single callsign DTMF will connect or disconnect a station when used
The Group callsign can be connected with one DTMF and Disconnected with another DTMF.
 
DTMF For Time
Enter the DTMF code that you want your RF users to use when they request the time from your node
The tick box should be ticked to enable this function
 
·  Timed Connect
·  This option will enable you to connect using DTMF to a node and stay connected while in use RF / IP and the time until the counter reaches the set minutes. Works well with the *ECHOTEST*
 
Countermeasures
 
Disconnect All and Last Connected
We have added a couple of countermeasures against the phantom DTMF button pusher who loves to disconnect stations that connect to your node
The Disconnect All DTMF and Disconnect Last Connected node are controllable using DTMF known to you and your admin to control if the Disconnect all or last connected.
When enabled and the Re-Enable time has been set  by ticking the Use Delay Tick Box. The appropriate DTMF will stop your phantom DTMF from Disconnecting stations from your node until the re-enable timer has elapsed or you want to end the function with  the disable DTMF.
Select a different DTMF codes in the EchoLink program for your own use only known to your admin controllers and have all your users use the DTMF that you have control of
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The 1st seconds of TX don't allow DTMF Con/Disc
This option enables you to have a delay accepting DTMF for the connection of your groups or list of Single calls
You have Enable or Disable function DTMF codes that you can enter
Use Delay tick box to enable the function
Set Time before accepting DTMF
Go to SETUP then SCHEDULER
 
 
 
To get to this Screen shown above while in net scheduler 1 go to NET SCHEDULER then click on NET SCHEDULER 2
 
Net Scheduler 1 to 4 Also set 2
 
This option will enable you to hold possible drive time nets
Each section has the day of the week and time the net starts. The connection is delayed by 15 seconds as to allow for any beacons or the time being transmitted.
Enter the connect node / conference call sign is that you want to connect to for the net.
If you want the node to be disconnected after the allotted time you set on the Disconnect Net Callsign After time simply tick the Use tick box.
If you want all stations connected to your node at the time of the net simply remove the tick from the Disconnect All tick box.
If you want your node set to busy while the net is in operation simply tick the Show Busy box. the Busy status will end at the end of the net time.
The Future Date Net Scheduler enables you to set a date and time in the future.
If you do not want to connect to a node but just keep it local simply enter LOCAL into the Net Call Box
Listen Only Off Button
This button will force the Listen Only Off setting to off. (Force you cack to normal TX / RX use)
 
 
 
 
 
Busy / Listen
The this option will enable you to set your node as "Busy"  or "Listen Only" using the selected button or using DTMF via RF
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ReStart / Close Down

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Re-Start

This option will enable you to re-start your computer Using DTMF / Day and Time or using DTMF or close down EchoProducer / EchoLink

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Profiles & Beacons Scheduler
 
 
 
 

Profiles and beacons is accessed via the Scheduler option accessed. See above option

Profiles

This option enables you to select / change to the profiles that you have set up using the EchoLink program. Simply enter the Profile name, Day and Times that you want the profiles to change. MAIN is the default profile set in EchoLink.

Beacons

At the same time you can select the beacons to change from one set to the other

DTMF

 

A DTMF code can be added to enable the RF user to select a profile. The small button enables the PC user to change to the selected profile.

 

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Admin to Sysop Red Box Message

 

How to get to this screen 

Go to TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX MESSAGE

then Lower left hand corner

ADMIN TO SYSOP RED BOX MESSAGES

 

 

Admin to Sysop Red Box Messages
This option is where you can send messages to the sysop of a node into his high alert Red Message Box. If you needed to mute a node you can send the owner a message station why you have taken admin measures to control the conference
Callsign of Node to send message to
Simply Enter the FULL callsign of the node to where the message is to be sent. This callsign will automatically be entered if you have used the Mute Last Talking option in the Admin Conference Controller section.
 
Send Message as a Quote
When the this option is ticked the message will be sent as a quote message.
 
Send
When the Send Button is clicked the adjacent pre set message will be sent to the callsign entered and sent to the node owners Red Box Message box
Messages for Sysop's Attention
How to get to this screen
TEXT BOX then TEXT BOX MESSAGES FOR SYSOP 
 
This screen will only appear if a message for the sysop has been left. Messages like Mute's, Automated Disconnects and other messages will be shown here that is addressed to your node. The information will include the Date - Time - Who sent the message and the message.
Messages to other sysop owners by simply entering the node callsign and type the message in the message field and either press return or click on the send button.
The automated messages if addressed to your node will be displayed. This is very useful as you will know if there has been a problem with your node.
Messages can be manually sent sent using the text box or text box chat to the sysop of the node using the syntax of star star callsign of the node star star and then your message. for example  **EI2IPG-R** Your Message. You can leave off the " -L or -R " example **EI2IPG** or **ei2ipg** so a message sent informing the sysop of a problem or just a general message would look like this  "**EI2IPG-R** Your node sounded good today de Peter EI4JR"
. Remember this only works with nodes running this software
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The Conference Controller
 
The Conference Controller
The Conference Controller is a simple to use utility that allows the Sysop/Owner of a *CONFERENCE* or their admin controllers to send some of the commands with a click of a button.
The bridge software that is used for the conferences accepts commands normally via the text input on EchoLink. This utility is not to replace this function but to assist and make some of the more used commands easier to enter.  All functions will not be available until you have logged into your conference with your Admin or Sysop Password.
 
Conference
Enter your conference name example *IRELAND*. There are 10 conferences that can be held in the system these are selected by clicking the button 1 to 10. Conference By clicking on one of the buttons (1,2 or 3 etc ) this will select the conference, disconnect all connected and connect the selected conference. The conference status will be shown
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conference Setup
Enter your password. You can log on as an Admin or Sysop by selecting the appropriate button
 
 
EL - IRLP and passwords
Enter your password. You can log on as an Admin or Sysop by selecting the appropriate button. There are some conferences that are EchoIRLP and have some changes who they are controlling the conference so selecting the EL (EchoLink) or IRLP ( EchoIRLP). Simply select the one that works on your conference.
 
Type Message or Dot Command via the Chat Section of the program
Here you can send messages to the users and all messages will be time stamped so as on their system they will see your local time that the message was sent. Use it as you would use the text message window in the EchoLink program.
Any of the Conference dot commands will be sent from here. Example “.mute call”
 
 Connect Station to Conference
These fields enable you to put 2 stations that you may wish to connect with a simple click of the appropriate button.
 
Save your settings
When you have completed your input click on the Save Conference, Password and Stations Settings Button. Your setting will load in next time you start the program.
 There are a lot of commands with the bridge conference program and I have only put my most commonly used commands. I’m sure that your needs could be different to mine.
Alt key plus the underscored letter on the buttons will give you quick access to those functions.
 
Mute Station
When pressed asks for the call of the station to be muted. When entered and OK is clicked the station is muted and a message is sent to the text screen telling the offending station that they have been muted.
 
Disconnect Talking Station
This button enables you to disconnect the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting. (Ver 1.02 of thebridge onward)
 
Mute Talking Station (Persistent)
This button enables you to mute the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting. This is very useful ,once they are muted other actions can be taken. If this button is used the person will need to contract you or your admin to release the mute as it will stay with the station for ever till released.
 
Mute Message
When clicked will ask for a call sign and when entered and OK is clicked a message is sent to the text screen telling the offending station that they have been muted. Normally you would use this if you have used the Mute Talking Station button as that button only mutes the talking station.
 
The mute message sent
*** CALL*** You have been Muted from the server due to your link or a link connected to you causing a problem. When problem is resolved, disconnect and reconnect to remove the Mute. 
 
Unmute All
Unmutes all muted stations connected to the conference.
 
You may need to click on the text box tab to see some of the replies from the conference
 
Unmute Station (Persistant)
When call sign or the station that was muted with the persistent option is entered the permanent muted station will be unmuted and a message is sent via the text box  “**** CALL **** You have been UnMuted.
 
Who Is Muted
When clicked shows all stations who are Muted / Muted Persistent.
 
Connect station
Enables you to connect a station to the conference.
 
Disconnect Station
Disconnects the selected station from the conference.
 
Ban Station
Offending stations are banned from the conference. Their is an option to have a timed Un-Ban
 
Remove Ban
Station removed from the ban list.
 
Who Is Banned
See who is on the banned list.
 
List Users
Show stations who are logged on to the Conference
Lurk / De Lurk
Enables you to go into Lurk (Hidden from listings on the conference) or De Lurk (Be seen on the Conference)
"lurk" and "delurk" (not available on all conferences)
The EchoLink system is very different than "real" radio in one important way everyone knows who is listening. Sometimes you might only want to monitor a channel, but not get involved in a conversation. This is particularly useful for nets when you want to listen, but don't have anything to contribute.
The "lurk" command allow you to suppress the listing of your callsign as an active member of the conference, but you will still be able to listen. You can rejoin the conference at any time by using the "delurk" command or by simply transmitting.
 
Auto Con/Disc station to/From Conference
This option enables the sysop of a conference when logged on to connect or disconnect up to 2 selected stations to or from their conference on the selected days and times entered. If any of the times are not required simply enter "99" in the required fields
              RESET Conf. Connect
I have introduced the RESET button which disconnects ALL STATIONS and then reconnects you to your selected conference which gives you the listing of all stations connected to the conference. Also forces the controller into admin mode. This is done simply for those who do not have a good internet connection and need to refresh the connection and give you control over your conference. If you have your node set not to accept any connections this works great and is very useful.
Utils
This section has been added to enable you to see an updated list of stations connected to the conference
 
Refresh Conference  Listing
The listing refresh is now automatic. (Many Requests for this)
 
List Users
Ticking the Use option will send the .list command to the conference so as you can see the stations in the panel who is connected. This will repeat every 60 seconds. The use option will disappear and the list option will be automatically start when you are using the conference filter. You will not be able to repeatedly press the list button as the bridge will not allow this. Normally there must be a gap of 35 seconds before a re-list can be achieved..
 
List Users

When List Users option in use and the Use web Stats is ticked the list information is sent to a website that is accessible by using the Conference Stats Button or can be viewed at http://www.m0vrr.co.uk/EP/  Other nodes that are using this option will also be seen. The small button with the X on it will take you to the web page where the information can be viewed This is experimental at the moment

 
Warning Text Messages Language
This option enables the embedded text messages to be change enabling different languages to be used.
 
Attributes
This option when clicked will show you you the attributes meanings ( The letters at the end of the list callsigns)
 
Stay Connected
When ticked the conference will stay connect and automatically re connect if disconnected. Note if you have been disconnected you will need to click the appropriate log on button to log you back into the conference
 
Conference selection
 By clicking on one of the buttons (1,2 or 3) this will select the conference, disconnect all connected and connect the selected conference. The conference status will be shown.
 
Conference Connected
When the selected conference is connected this will be displayed.
 
Admin Button
The admin button Sends the Admin Password when the conference is connected and is only available while the "Auto Enter Admin Password" box is un-ticked
 
Time Stamp All Messages
This option when ticked will time stamp all messages that you receive through the text box
 
Stop dot commends showing
When ticked if another station connects to your node they will not see the Dot commands that you send. This is especially useful when the ".list" command is sent every 35 seconds to refresh the list of connected stations to the Conference.
 
Auto Mute
This option when ticked will automatically mute a station or stations exceeding a set key down mute time. A 1 minute warning in the text box is given before the mute is put in place. When the station is muted, another warning is sent saying that a mute has been put in place. If stations do not leave enough gap between over's this has the same effect as key down and the station talking at the end of the set time in minutes will be muted. The mute can be removed by the station,  simply by disconnecting and reconnecting to the Conference server. This Information is put in the text box of muted station so he/she knows what to do.
Text box control for timeout minutes (4 minutes) added to enable all admin to have the same timeout of 4 minutes set on the conference using the "/timeout4/" command in the text chat.
 
Send Pre set message
This option enables you top have a pre set message that can be sent when the send button is clicked.
 
Disconnect Talking Station
This button enables you to disconnect the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting.  (Ver 1.02 of thebridge onward)
 
Mute Talking Station (Persistent)
This button enables you to mute the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting. This is very useful as once they are muted other action can be taken. If this button is used the person will need to contract you or your admin to release the mute as it will stay with the station for ever till released.
 
Text Box Message
This Button opens a panel where you can store and use the pre set message screen See above
 
Who Is Muted
When clicked shows all stations who are muted.
 
Unmute All
Unmutes all muted stations connected to the conference. This will not remove the Persistent muted station
 
Timed Ban / Mute
This button opens the Ban and Mute options
 
Net Control Button
Can be used for remote control of nodes  See below.
 
Use Web Stats
This option will enable you to send Information to the website the stats for your conference. Using this control can cause server busy nag screens.
 

Multi Connecter

This option when clicked will give you the option to connect / disconnect up to 40 stations quickly to your conference.

 

RESET Disconnect and Re Connect
I have added a panel that will display the connected stations and information. This is not all that successful at the moment as it will not display correct when a station connects to you and then disconnects so I have introduced the RESET button which disconnects ALL and reconnects to your selected conference which gives you the listing of all connected to the conference. If you have your node set not to accept any connections this works great and is very useful.
 
Connect station
Enables you to connect a station to the conference.
 
Mute Message
When clicked asks for a call sign and when entered and OK is clicked a message is sent to the text screen telling the offending station that they have been muted. Normally you would use this if you have used the Mute Talking Station button as that button only mutes the talking station
 
The mute message sent
*** CALL*** You have been Muted from the server due to your link or a link connected to you causing a problem. When problem sorted disconnect and reconnect to remove the Mute. <<Admin>>
 
Disconnect Station
Disconnects the selected station from the conference.
 
Mute Station with Message
When pressed asks for the call of the station to be muted. When entered and OK is clicked the station is muted and a message sent to the text screen telling the offending station that they have been muted. There is a timed Un-Mute option that can be selected before the button is clicked. If ticked and the button pressed the selected station will be muted and a timer will start and when the allotted time has elapsed the selected will be un-muted and a message sent to the text box informing offending station they have been unmuted.
 
Mute Talking Station with NO Message
As above but without a message. If ticked and the button pressed the selected station will be muted and a timer will start and when the allotted time has elapsed the selected will be un-muted and a message sent to the text box informing offending station has been unmuted.
 
Disconnect Last Talking Station
This button enables you to disconnect the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting or was the last talking station.  (Ver 1.02 of thebridge onward)
 
Mute Last Talking Station
This button enables you to mute the station that is causing a problem while they are transmitting or was the last station to talk. This is very useful as once they are muted other action can be taken. Yu now have the option of sending the Time, Callsign and a message saying that the offending station has been Time Muted. The time panel will open showing the station muted and the set time that the station will be unmuted
 
Unmute All
Unmutes all muted stations connected to the conference. This will no remove the Persistent muted station
 
Unmute 1 Station with Message
When call sign is entered and the muted station will be unmuted and a message sent via the text box  “**** CALL **** You have been UnMuted. <<Admin>>”.
 
Unmute 1 Station with NO Message
As above with no Message
  • Timed Ban
    This button will take you to the Timed ban / Un-Ban setup
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    Conference Filter
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    The conference filter is used to control the connected station that have the EchoLink Multi Conferencing set on there nodes. We have so many on the *IRELAND* conference we had the situation where nodes were piggybacking off the back of some connected nodes and may have caused a problem with CW idents, DTMF playing etc. and the directly connected node got the blame and ended up being muted or kicked from the server because of others. We found that not allowing multi conferencing. cured the problem.

    This option does not stop a node connecting to your conference it simply take a set action when they transmit.

    It is suggested that only one station running the filter at any one time on your conference

    For this to work correctly make sure that the Text Box Chat is enabled.

    Containing Both words

    Both words or symbols must be in the "Station Talking" field for the condition to be true and Disconnect the talking station. Both the "[" and "]" should be left as this is used to highlight a node that has Multi Conferencing set.

     

    Constant Filter

    This option enables you to have a node permanently in your filter. The small button to the right of the field when clicked simply clears the selected field.

     

    Changing Filter

    These fields will change when the timed filter is active and place any node that has Multi Conferencing enabled into one of the fields. The "Clear All Changing Filters" clears all the Changing filters fields.

     

    Beacon Filter in Use Every 30 Minutes

    This option when ticked sends a message every 30 minutes to the text box informing all connected users that the conference filter is in operation. The message sent is

    "Multi Conferencing Filter Active. If you have Multi Conferencing set on your node Please disable it. Thank You.

    Station List
    When the "List Users and Add Conferences to Filter" button is clicked this will display all stations connected and each node that has Multi Conferencing set is highlighted with "##". These stations are put in the Changing Filter fields in readiness if the stations tries to transmit.

    Depending what you want the filter to do you simply select Disconnect, Mute, Disconnect Now or Monitor Only. If ether Disconnect or Mute is selected when a node trips the filter the action you have selected is acted upon and a message sent into the text box accordingly. If the option selected is to disconnect the node the message is sent first so they know why they have been disconnected also any restriction time added to the message. The time restriction is the time that the timer has left before re set.

    Sort List
    When clicked this will put the node list into alphabetic order when pressed again will put the list back to normal
    Stations Disconnected
    This panel shows all the stations that have been disconnected from your server also the time is added for reference
    Exceptions
    This enables you to set an exception which will allow maybe another conference that you want connected to your conference and not have any action taken when it is used.
    Timed Filter
    When ticked this activates the Timed filter option that will check the filter and tack the selected action when the time has been reached
     
    Use Auto Re-Set
    When ticked will reset your connection to the conference you the admin
     
    Allow Main *Conf*
    When ticked will allow all connected conferences like *IRELAND*, *AUSSIE* etc to send conference traffic (exception for all main *Conferences*)
     
    Allow thebridge and EchoIRLP
    When ticked will allow all connected nodes using thebridge software. A good majority of conferences and EchoIRLP uses thebridge software