Back in March, I obtained my technician class amateur radio license. Since then, I moved and things have been very busy, so I just recently started getting back into ham radio.
I had seen some things online about Echolink, so decided to learn a little more about it. I downloaded the echolink app, but before I could use it, I had to verify my license to gain access.
Once I got the app up and running, I decided to try and make a contact. I was able to make contact with a guy in Apache Junction, AZ on my phone while driving down the highway. He told me that although I was on my phone, he was actually talking to me on his Kenwood portable radio. He also said that our conversation was being bounced off a repeater in Wisconsin. We chatted for awhile, but unfortunately, because I was driving, I could write down his call sign.
The great thing about echolink is that you can connect with people around the world with just a laptop or smartphone. Eventually, I will be buying some better equipment to make some great long distance contacts directly from my radio. You can learn more about it at www.echolink.org