In 2002 EchoLink came to amateur radio. As a result, VHF and UHF rigs, computers and now mobile devices are capable of nearly unlimited DX! With your little 2-meter handheld transceiver (HT) you can reach halfway around the world with typically the same signal quality and strength you realize across town.

The ARASWF EchoLink node number is 389568 (Thanks to Carl Foust WA9ZIF!)

EchoLink Procedures for Radio

To connect to EchoLink with your 2-meter rig you’ll have to be on the repeater (146.670-).

  1. Key up, give your call letters
  2. Enter * then DTMF tones ( will say connecting to )
  3. Wait for a connected to announcement
  4. Call CQ or call a specific station
  5. After QSO Enter # sign
  6. Identify

The table below shows a list of the available codes you can transmit. When you transmit any DTMF tones, wait for a voice recorded cue such as ‘Connecting to…’ or ‘# not found…’

* Request station info file to be played. Brief instructions. [useful to see if you are in range of a link]
*nnnnn Connect to station index number nnnnn (ie. If the station’s node number is 4242, you would transmit *4242 using your keypad)
*00 Connect to random station [any station currently active]
*01 Connect to random repeater or simplex station
*02 Connect to random conference server
*03 Connect to random personal user [Hams on their computers]
*08 Check status of link [use if not sure the current state of the link]
*09 Reconnect to last station connected
# DISCONNECTS a link. (You do not need to disconnect if you were unable to connect to begin with)

A clickable map of US node numbers can be found at


EchoLink Software

Free software is available for your computer and mobile devices: