IRLP Node 1759 – Usage (basic)

Our IRLP node number is 1759 and is accessible on the VA7CRC VHF repeater.
Frequency 146.96 “ – “ offset, with Tone 110.9

For new IRLP users, please refer to the IRLP Operating Guidelines

The guidelines page explains how the system works, explains what reflectors are and how they work, and provides important instruction on how to use IRLP. It is suggested that all IRLP users review the guidelines from time to time.

To OPEN an IRLP connection:

Hold PTT, say your CALLSIGN and intentions, and dial the DTMF prefix “*7”, the node or reflector number via DTMF keypad. Release PTT once the dialing sequence is complete. Do NOT release the PTT in between entering the prefix and the node number.

  • Hold PTT and Identify your station and intention – ie: “VE7AFA accessing IRLP”
  • Enter *7, then the IRLP Node number you want to connect to, then release PTT
    • ie: to connect to Dawson City, YT enter   <*7 , 1898>
  • PAUSE for at least 15 seconds to make sure the node connects, and you do not interrupt a current QSO happening on the other end.
  • Announce your presence and intentions. ie: “VE7AFA listening on IRLP from Chilliwack BC” or “VE7AFA on IRLP calling CQ”

Enjoy your QSO!

To CLOSE an IRLP connection:

Hold PTT, identify your station, and dial the DTMF prefix “*7”, then”73″. Release PTT.

Disconnect IRLP from current Node connection      <*7 , 73>

Note: when disconnecting from a reflector, it is best not to identify before you disconnect. Wait until the link has dropped, then say your callsign so people locally here on the repeater know who disconnected the link. It can become annoying to those who monitor the reflector to hear your ID before you disconnect. A busy reflector will often have two of three nodes connect and disconnect per minute.

The IRLP network status page:
Use the status page to view nodes by country, see reflector usage, etc. Node lists can be printed for easy reference.

VA7CRC IRLP Node 1759 Operating Policy

  • While different repeater systems have different approaches, it is the policy of the CARC to leave our system disconnected from other nodes and reflectors when not actively participating in a conversation, roundtable or net. If you connect to another node or a reflector via IRLP please be an active participant. The VA7CRC system has a timer activated which will disconnect IRLP if a period of inactivity (no local transmissions) is exceeded.
  • Before using IRLP, please familiarize yourself with how it works, visit and, if possible check the IRLP status page of VA7CRC to see if the repeater or node you want to use is already connected to another node or reflector. Check the IRLP node’s web site (if available) for protocols or speak with a control operator if possible before using it. The web site has email addresses for each node owner.
  • To connect to another node using the VA7CRC system you need to dial the DTMF “prefix” of *7, THEN the node or reflector 4-digit number.  To disconnect, again enter the prefix *7, then dial 73. Do not release the PTT between the prefix and the “command”.
  • It is especially important if you are using IRLP to pause at least 2-3 seconds every transmission to ensure the entire system is ready.  This will help prevent the first words of your transmission from being “clipped” off.
  • If you are trying to use IRLP please make sure you are able to hold the repeater solidly.  If you are weak and noisy or intermittent in to the repeater the DTMF functions may not be decoded consistently.
  • Identify yourself before you push any DTMF codes on the repeater. A simple, “{yourcallsign}controlling” or “{yourcallsign}accessing” is sufficient. Make sure to ID and clear when you are finished as well.
  • When using IRLP, you are essentially using at least two repeaters. Don’t have a local roundtable while connected to a reflector or remote system. People outside of the local area don’t want to hear idle chatter not relevant to them.
  • At this time, both Outbound and Inbound connections are available 24 hours a day.
  • Remember there may be time zone differences when connecting to geographically distant places. It might be 4PM here, but it might be Midnight there, in which case you are less likely to get a response.

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