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||Since EchoLink uses the Internet to
interconnect Amateur Radio stations, security is vital.
EchoLink's policy is that each user must hold a valid Amateur Radio
license in order to be allowed access. Each new user must be validated,
and the most critical part of validation is authentication.
Authentication is simply verifying that you are who you say you are. If
your callsign is W1XYZ, you would probably not be pleased if someone else
claimed to be W1XYZ.
How it Works
The first step is to download, install, and run the EchoLink
software. This registers your callsign with the system. However,
you will not be able to connect with anyone on the EchoLink network until you
have been authenticated.
The next step is to visit the
Validation page to request access for your callsign.
Please understand that the purpose of authentication is not to
exclude any licensed Amateur from using EchoLink, but to ensure its continued
enjoyment by you and other users who appreciate its commitment to
security. Part of this is to ensure that the callsign you're using is
valid. But the other, and most important part, is to verify that you
are indeed the licensee.
For answers to common questions about EchoLink validation, please see
the Validation FAQ.
How to Authenticate Yourself
There are several different ways you can authenticate yourself for
EchoLink. The specific options available vary somewhat depending upon the
country in which you are licensed.
To begin the validation process, please go to this URL:
Note that one of the validation options may be to scan and upload a copy of your station license. If you choose this option,
the file you upload must be one of these file types: JPG, GIF, TIF, PDF, or PNG. Complete instructions on how to upload are provided
on the Validation pages.
To be validated, the requestor must hold a current, valid amateur
radio license, CEPT Class 2 or equivalent, or above. The following
callsigns will not be accepted for validation:
Callsigns for licenses that have expired, been cancelled, or do not appear in
the corresponding official government database, where available (Argentina,
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Sweden, and the United States.)
Novice-class callsigns in the U.S. Novices do not have privileges on the
frequencies on which most EchoLink nodes operate.
Foundation-class Sysop callsigns in the U.K. and Australia (i.e. M3 calls with -L/-R
suffixes, or VK calls with four-letter suffixes beginning with "F"). Foundation-class licensees are not currently permitted to
operate Internet voice gateways.
SWL or training-station callsigns (e.g. DN or HE9 prefixes).
Temporary, portable, commemorative, reciprocal, or special-event callsigns.
Additional callsigns held by the same user. If you hold multiple callsigns,
please use only one of them with EchoLink.
[There are a few exceptions to the CEPT-2 minimum requirement, such
as Class 3 licenses in Germany.]
Club and Repeater Callsigns
EchoLink will accept validation for a club or repeater callsign if a valid copy of the club station's
license document is provided, subject to the same rules as any other station license. However, a club or repeater
callsign will not be validated for single-user mode, only for sysop mode (with a -L or -R suffix).
Finally, please familiarize yourself with the
Access Policies page. This page outlines the rules under which
EchoLink stations must operate in order to continue enjoying access to the