The DART repeaters are owned and maintained by the HPARC. As part of your HPARC membership you will receive full access to the repeater, Echolink, and IRLP.
To become an HPARC member
Please fill out the membership application (Click for membership application). Please fill it out online before printing it.
2-meter VHF Repeater
146.640 MHz (-600 KHz offset, 100 Hz PL)
Location – Oak Park, MI
Echolink node number – 980938
Echolink node name – W8HP-R
IRLP node number – 4520
SKYWARN and ARPSC backup
440 UHF Repeater
443.225 MHz (+5 MHz offset, 107.2Hz PL)
Location – Beverly Hills, MI
Echolink node number – 765953
Echolink node name – W8JXU-R
IRLP node number – 4502
HPARC membership is not required to use the repeater, however all donations are gratefully appreciated.
Send donations payable to:
P.O. Box 368
Hazel Park, MI 48030
DART VHF & UHF VoIP Internet Services
The nodes can be reached from the internet using Echolink or IRLP. You can also initiate a contact from the repeater. In order to initiate a node connection from your rig, press the transmit key while pressing the various DTMF keys. These buttons look just like the keys on your phone keypad.
Press * (star) then 6 digit Echolink node number to connect to another Echolink node. The node must be currently on and not busy. See http://www.echolink.org/ for currently logged in node numbers.
4 digit IRLP number (No ‘*’(star) required)
See http://www.irlp.net/ for node info.
Either way press 73 to hang up.
Conferencing is enabled for Echolink, 6 nodes may connected at once. For IRLP, use the reflector nodes to achieve the same.
You cannot connect to Echolink and IRLP at the same time.
After a connection is made from the internet to the DART with Echolink, the repeater announces the caller’s callsign followed by a “is connected” in machine voice. It’s courteous to put out a call at this time with your real voice and callsign. eg “AA8UU connecting from Echolink.”
If a connection is made from another IRLP node, the repeater announces the node number only. It is strongly recommended that you announce you presence with your callsign, as you would if you were being there on your radio. This also helps to make the transmission legal. Node operators can exclude our node if the operator fails to identify, or interferes with QSOs in progress. After which the offending station must be personally notified before we are allowed to connect.
IRLP instructions, operational guidelines, and other important information is available on www.irlp.net
First time users please go to http://www.irlp.net/guidelines.html
Here is a shortened form.
• Key up on 443.225 and ID by saying “This is [callsign]”
• When frequency is clear, ID and announce accessing link “This is [callsign] accessing the [link name]”
• While keying, punch in the 4 digit repeater code
• Allow time for link to connect, then listen for a conversation already in progress.
• If clear, announce your call and location — “This is [callsign] calling from [city], [state]”
• When finished, ID then clear link by keying “7” “3” “#” — “This is [callsign] clearing the link (press 7 3 #)
• When the connection is broken, a computer-generated voice will notify you of the node number with which you have disconnected.
IRLP Nodes vs. Reflectors:
Nodes are individual repeaters like ours; reflectors allow multiple repeaters to connect simultaneously. You can connect to a node or reflector and not find anyone. Do not connect to a reflector and then have a local QSO! The point of connecting to remote repeaters is to speak with others who are not local.
Always pause 1 or 2 seconds after keying before speaking, and between transmissions. There is a slight delay in digitizing and transmitting the repeater audio thru the internet. See http://status.irlp.net/
To be courteous and polite, allow a large gap when before transmitting, especially on reflectors, as others maybe trying to get in, or check out. Especially with hams in other countries, be aware of whom you are talking to and what appropriate discussion is. Ask questions of the other operator and learn about them.
Try the following reflectors: 9250/Las Vegas, 9070/Alaska, 9450/Dallas.
Try the following nodes: 3592/Nome, 5600/London, 8200/Tokyo, 1000/Vancouver.
For a complete list of IRLP repeater nodes, go to http://www.irlp.net/ Look at active node status.