After a 14-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that EchoLink for Windows version 2.1 is now available.
- Updated main window look, with dockable menu bar and selectable visual styles
- New “Call CQ” feature (also to be rolled out on Mobile app editions), including DTMF code to activate
- Automatic Proxy selection option
- Migrated to 16-bit audio, to match all modern sound cards. This is a significant change to the audio chain that should result in noticeably better SNR and audio quality.
- Better sizing/rendering on Windows “large font” and/or high DPI settings
- Fixed bug with mislabeled audio devices on Audio tab
- Added Recent QSOs folder to Explorer View
- Explorer View is now the default
- Added Search Results folder for a “find all” Search function
- Improved inbound/outbound Firewall Tests
- Clearer labeling of available COM ports in drop-downs for Sysop configuration
- Added SignaLink (VOX) as a third interface option in Setup Wizards
- Option to enable a continous subaudible tone to keep VOX-driven devices keyed consistently throughout each transmission.
- Smarter handling of connection message protocol to improve connect reliability after IP change
- Removed support for, and mentions of, dial-up networking
- Option to show timestamps for each message in text-chat window
- Fix for not muting conference audio during playing of Welcome message to newly-connected peer.
- Removed “Auto-select mic input” PTT option. (This was only available on Windows XP and below.)
- Revised Help file.
- Added “Reset to Defaults” button on Setup->Timings tab; adjusted numerical validation ranges.
- Extended maximum length of Name field to 18 characters.
EchoLink® software is offered free of charge to licensed Amateur Radio operators worldwide, for Amateur Radio use only. Please note that you must hold a valid Amateur Radio license in order to use EchoLink
EchoLink in an ham radio internet linking technology that allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to connect to one another over the Internet. You can use EchoLink to connect your station (or your computer) over the Internet to other amateurs using the same software, and carry on a voice QSO. This greatly enhances the range and utility of mobile and portable VHF/UHF-FM stations, and also allows computer-equipped hams to access distant repeaters directly.
You can access EchoLink either with a radio or a computer. If you are in range of an FM repeater or simplex station equipped with EchoLink, you can use DTMF commands from your radio to access the EchoLink network. If you are a licensed amateur with an Internet-connected PC, you can access EchoLink stations directly from your PC.