Licence Free Online Radio Net

using eQSO software

General

The Radio Branch makes available an online radio net for members using eQSO software by Paul, M0ZPD.  The aim of this page is to assist the new user obtain the software and provide links to setting up and operating information.  pre-arranged schedules are listed here.

EQSO allows groups of people to congregate in talk groups roughly equivalent to a chat room.  These rooms differ from ordinary web chat rooms, as they are not designed for keyboard conversation.  The whole system is designed to link radio systems together via the internet.  The basic idea is that three types of station are operated on the net:

The radio branch operates live radio nets as well as an EQSO server.  By combining both, on Saturday mornings, the local UK Wide Radio net on 3.720 Mhz can be heard anywhere in the world. 

License Free

Radio branchís server does offer the chance for people connected to the internet to enjoy conversations across the web, radio style without need for a radio licence.  Licensed amateurs will identify themselves using a callsign such as G4AKQ. (See below for guidance on identifying yourself and how to avoid transmitting when a gateway is present on the system if you donít have a radio license).


 

What you need to get started

The instructions for operating the software are contained Here as are further instructions for setting up your windows sound system prior to operating the software.

The Radio Branch server is rearb.dns2go.com.  The eQSO client software, (version 1.3 or higher) is used to establish a connection.  Once connected you will find a number of rooms, designed for specific groups. (If you would like a group room please contact the system administrator below.)  The default room is 101ENGLISH.  When connected, please change to room 101 or your group room such as Signals.  The port that the server operates on is 500. 

Password

You will require a password to use the server and this can be obtained from dixx@reasignals.net or from g4akq@blueyonder.co.uk

While you are connected to the eQSO system, you will see there are numerous servers, these belong to radio amateur groups and you are welcome to go into any server or room and to listen to the conversation.  Please note:

If you donít have an amateur transmitting licence

The most important guideline is that if you do not have an amateur radio licence, you must not transmit in a Room 101 English. On amateur servers, this room always has many radio links and repeaters which means your voice is being broadcast across the airwaves, and if you do not have a valid Radio Ham licence, you are not allowed to transmit in this way. A link or repeater is identified by a -L or a -R after the callsign, for example G4LLZ- L. If you do transmit in rooms with links or repeaters you risk being muted and could be banned if you continue to transmit. You are however, welcome to listen, often the best way to learn how to use the system.

This rule also applies to the other rooms on the eQSO system only if they have links or repeaters in them. There are however, many rooms on the eQSO system and it's quite possible to join a room with no links or repeaters and enjoy a QSO with other PC users. QSO Stands for conversation,  (Q and Z codes for the radio operator) This is a great introduction to the system.

If you are enjoying a QSO (conversation) in a room with other PC Users and a Link or Repeater joins the room *after* you, it is the responsibility of the Link or Repeater to leave the room or switch his or her link off.

Remember though, that if the Link or Repeater was there first, it is your responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and not transmit.

Identifying Yourself

The client software allows you to set:

When you first enter the room 101ENGLISH you will be identified as SWL - New user- - PLEASE change this by disconnecting -then you can choose to type something more personal or recognisable.  Keep it short and recognizable and please include your location, that way your friends and regular hams will begin to recognise you on the system and know where you are.

We hope you will enjoy listening to people from around the world contacting each other.

COMSEC

We realise the importance of communication security.  Serving members of the armed forces, should apply a disciplined approach to this.  In particular, never talk about operational matters, your location or whereabouts on operations.  DO NOT USE VEILED SPEECH as this has no security value whatsoever.  This is an open system delivered via the internet.  The internet has many links and the risk of eavesdropping is therefore very high.  Also beware unless you know who you are talking to, it would be best to authenticate strangers.  Always follow instructions from your unit on the use of the internet for communications.


We encourage you to join us and perhaps become a Radio Amateur. Information about this can be found on the Radio Society of Great Britain web site
http://www.rsgb.org.uk

Thanks to:

Tony. G4LLZ and SWL-DEB, David 2E1EHM, Chris G4FZN and Paul, M0ZPD the originator and copyright owner of the eQSO software.