FAQ - General
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FAQ - Callsign Validation
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The following guidelines are followed for all stations requesting
access to the EchoLink® system.
These guidelines have been established to help ensure legal, courteous
enjoyment of the system by every station. Every effort is made to apply
these policies universally and fairly.
Although EchoLink is offered free of charge, please keep in mind that it
is a privately-operated system. All EchoLink users are guests on the system, and are
being permitted the use of it in exchange for following these guidelines.
Licensed Amateurs only: Access is granted only to
licensed Amateur Radio operators holding a CEPT Class 2 license, or equivalent. Each new user
must provide proof of license before access is granted, using any of
several available Validation methods. Please see Authentication
and Validation Documents for more
No listen-only access: No "SWL" (listen-only) access is permitted. EchoLink is a
two-way system by design, and there is no mechanism to validate listen-only
Sysop nodes: Sysop validations (i.e. -L/-R suffixes) are granted only
to licensees whose class of license permits operation of an Internet
voice gateway. However, it is the licensee's responsibility to
ensure that any additional permits or authorizations are obtained if required
by the governing authorities.
Amateur service only: Stations operating in Sysop mode may interconnect EchoLink only with
equipment operating on Amateur frequencies. EchoLink does not permit use
of the system with other services such as GMRS, FRS, or MARS. For security reasons, it is also
not permitted to interconnect EchoLink with other VoIP systems that support direct access from a computer.
Courtesy: Stations which use the system are expected to abide by common
courtesy and generally-accepted operating practices. Access privileges
will be withdrawn for stations which operate with malicious intent, blatant
disregard for international Amateur Radio regulations, or impersonation of
Courtesy pt2: When based upon complaints from several other users, repeated
incidents of rude, threatening, or vulgar remarks from a particular station
will not be tolerated, and is considered grounds for withdrawal of access
privileges. This policy applies to any transmissions from a station,
including those received over an RF link. Rude or threatening remarks
directed at members of the volunteer support team will also not be tolerated.
Protect your password: Once validated, a station must not share or "lend" its password to
another station, particularly to an individual who is not licensed. In addition,
any user who tries to present forged documents for validation, or documents
obtained without permission, will be permanently barred.
Permanent callsigns only: Please use only your permanent, fixed-station callsign to log
in. Avoid using portable designators (e.g., K1RFD/2 or PY2/K1RFD), or
temporary, special-event, or commemorative callsigns; these callsigns will not
be validated. This helps keep the callsign database to a manageable size.
Think of your EchoLink callsign as a user name on the system, which is not necessarily
the same as you would use to identify yourself on the air.
One callsign per person: If you hold multiple callsigns, please request validation of only one
callsign for EchoLink. As a rule, we will not validate more than one basic callsign
per user in Single-User mode. This holds true even if you travel from one country
to another and hold callsigns in each country -- please use only one callsign with
EchoLink, even while traveling.
Sysop callsigns: If your node is an RF gateway, it must use a callsign that ends in
-L or -R. Use -R if it's a link to a repeater, and -L if it's a simplex frequency. EchoLink does not support or
allow "headless" or "gateway" nodes which have neither a microphone nor a connected radio, with the exception of duly-validated
One login per IP address: The design of the system requires that every logged-in station
have a distinct public IP address. This means that you cannot successfully (and may not) run two or more nodes behind the same
IP address, as would typically be the case in a home network. Instead, the second node would need to use a Public Proxy,
a Relay, or your own virtual private network (VPN) subscription. Nodes disregarding this rule are subject to being blocked.
One login at a time: Any given callsign must not be logged in from two or more machines at the same time.
You can run W1ABC and W1ABC-L at the same time, but not two different installations of W1ABC, or of W1ABC-L. If you're setting
up your node on a new computer, please shut the old one down. Nodes disregarding
this rule are subject to being blocked.
Clubs: Club and repeater callsigns must be used for RF links (Sysop mode) only.
EchoLink will not validate a club or repeater callsign for use in single-user mode.
Conference policies: Conference servers (with callsigns beginning and ending with an asterisk)
have a specific set of access policies. Please see Conference Servers.
At-will: Although every effort will be made to apply these policies
universally and fairly, the EchoLink Support staff reserves the right to
withdraw a station's access privileges at any time, without notice.
EchoLink is a privately owned and operated system that has no connection with,
and is not governed by, any radio licensing authority.
Please note that the EchoLink software allows additional security
policies to be adopted by individual stations. For example, a station not
wishing to be joined to a conference can disallow such access. These
decisions are made by each individual station and are not under the control of
the developers of EchoLink, or the servers with which it operates.