Our club has been pointed out as being different because we are the “linking” club. Many times that is used as a derogatory term. Our repeaters from the very beginning have had voice over internet protocol (VoIP) links into various systems such as iLink, Echolink, Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP), Allstar Link and finally digital WIRES-X. Our two repeaters are
- 146.700 MHz, -600 kHz, CTCSS 103.5
- Analog FM
- Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP node 3013)
- 443.300 MHz, +5 MHz, CTCSS 103.5
- Digital and analog FM, System Fusion (C4FM)
- WIRES-X (node 33521)
We also have two Allstar Link nodes that are online but not currently attached to a repeater. We are able to log into them using the Zoiper app on mobile devices.
We know that VoIP is not for everyone. We’ve all heard the mantra “That’s not real radio!” Our club is not the traditional amateur radio club. We like to experiment with new technologies and include other services. Our desire to mix radio with computers is what makes us different.
There is a new method of communication that is sweeping Europe and Asia, and only starting here in the United States right now. That new method is called Network Radios. The new network radio is not radio at all, unless you count the fact that cellular is another form of radio. With the popularity of apps like Zello, TeamSpeak among others, these new radios run on the cellular network using radios that basically have a cell phone in a radio case. They use Android operating system and have push to talk (PTT) buttons. They can use data from a SIM card or from WiFi. Their codecs are so efficient that very little data is used compared to what a person may think. It seems silly at first but they are really addicting.
There are hand held and mobile radios that allow for nationwide and even world wide communication with groups in channels. You can also communicate one to one with individuals. With a simple SIM card and only 1GB of data per month, you can be accessible world wide. If you are near WiFi or use hot spot on your mobile device, you don’t even need a SIM card.
We have two channels that are designed toward clean family safe and work safe environments. They automatically default to moderated where the first time you speak, only a moderator can hear you until you are “trusted in”. Once trusted in, all users can hear you. To add them to your Zello mobile, just tap the three bars on the top left, and then tap channels. Click on the blue button that shows silhouettes of people. Select “Scan QR code” and then it will open the camera. Just point your camera at the QR codes below. Alternatively you can select “Find a channel” an in the search box, type “W5DEL RADIO CH 01” through “02”. Once on the channels, click “Add”. If you cannot find an admin to “trust you in”, just send an email to paul dot mccord at gmail dot com and request to be trusted into W5DEL RADIO channels.
If you have a radio service call sign, whether it be ham radio, GMRS, FRS, PMR, CB, please use it. If you don’t have one and would like one of our channel assigned WR#### call signs, just speak up to someone in the group and request one and we’ll create you one. Since none of our 10 channels are connected via radio frequency (RF), no license is required.
The WR call signs are assigned in numerical order but if you would like a specific one, just let us know and we’ll see if it is available. Please register a WR call sign before using one so that we don’t accidentally have two people using the same call sign. An alternative would be a family member of a GMRS license holder. The FCC allows a single call sign to be used by family members. You can both use the same call sign and add a suffix such as “unit 1” and “unit 2” to distinguish between each other.
– Server: 22.214.171.124
– Server password: There is no password
– Default channel: “Del City Radio Club” without quotes
– Channel password: “w5del/r“, all lower case without quotes. – Identity: Use your call sign with a hyphen and then first name and optionally your device.
– –W5DEL – John (PC)
– –W5DEL – John (iPhone)
– –W5DEL – John (S20)
These are all examples of voice over IP (VoIP). We welcome the use of these technologies along with radio. Feel free to join in any of our social networking platforms.
Our club has put together a discord channel where you can befriend new people, with chat or voice on any topic you can imagine. If you get in there and feel there needs to be more channels, or others merged, please let us know and we’ll make adjustments. Our channel is called
Please click the link above, to join the group for free. You can either create an account on the Discord page or download the app to your computer. There are more features if you download the app to your computer. Please feel free to join and tell your friends.