I have just finished setting up my Echolink node; I am now officially N2SHO-L (node: 794006)
The following is taken from Echolink website:
EchoLink is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows radio amateurs to communicate with other amateur radio operators using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them. It was designed by Jonathan Taylor, a radio amateur with call sign K1RFD.
The system allows reliable worldwide connections to be made between radio amateurs, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities. In essence it is the same as other VoIP applications (such as Skype), but with the unique addition of the ability to link to an amateur radio station's transceiver. Thus any low-power handheld amateur radio transceiver which can contact a local EchoLink node (a node is an active EchoLink station with a transceiver attached) can then use the Internet connection of that station to send its transmission via VoIP to any other active EchoLink node, worldwide.
Well, I use Echolink to check in repeaters that I usually won’t be able to hit with ny rig. I have made my first contant over Echolink to Fort Collins, CO with Kevin (N7GES).
I sometimes also check into my local repeater via Echolink with my iPhone when I am mobile and don’t want to bring the HT with me.
73 de N2SHO