The EchoLink Screen

The diagram below shows the key parts of the EchoLink screen.  A description of each part of the screen follows.

Menu Bar and Toolbar:  Nearly every EchoLink command is available from the Menu Bar.   Many of the commonly-used commands are also available by pressing a key, or by clicking on one of the icons in the Toolbar.   For details, see Menus and Toolbars.  The toolbar can be shown or hidden (to save screen space) by choosing Toolbar from the View menu. 

Station List:   The Station List shows each station which is currently using EchoLink, including the station's callsign, status, local time, location, and node number.  The list refreshes itself periodically while EchoLink is running.  Two different "views" of the Station List are available, by selecting the tabs at the bottom: Index View and Explorer View.  Both views list the same stations, but in different formats.  For details, see Station List .

QSO Status:  The QSO Status window shows information about the station that is currently connected.  The station callsign, country, and Internet address (or hostname) are shown.

Audio level meter:  Incoming and outgoing audio levels are shown on a bar-graph type meter, with zero at the left end and maximum level at the right.  A red line shows the peak level.  The meter is visible only when EchoLink is connected to another station, or when using Sysop mode.

Status Bar:  The status bar at the bottom of screen shows descriptions of menu items, when selected.  The status bar can be shown or hidden (to save screen space) by choosing Status Bar from the View menu. 

Annunciators:   Nine areas at the bottom of the screen indicate when certain functions are active.  From left to right, these annunciators are described below:

DTMF: In Sysop mode, this area displays DTMF digits that have been received.

Connected:  Indicates when EchoLink is connected to another station over the Internet.

TX: Indicates when EchoLink is sending audio to a station over the Internet.

RX: Indicates when a station is sending audio to EchoLink over the Internet.

SIG: In Sysop mode, indicates when a signal is being received by the local receiver.

: Busy indicator.  In Sysop mode, indicates when EchoLink has determined that the local frequency is in use.

PTT: In Sysop mode, indicates when the local transmitter is transmitting.

: Low-bandwidth indicator.  Flashes when the Internet connection is not fast enough to send voice data.  (See Low-Bandwidth Indicator).

Text Chat:  Comments typed at the keyboard from the other station(s) appear here.  To send a comment, type it in the line at the bottom and click Send (or press Enter).   Text Chat is only available while connected.

Text Message: A welcome message from the station to which you are connected may appear here.  If you are a member of a conference, this window lists the callsign of each station, with a small arrow indicating which station is currently speaking.