So, EchoLink up and running fairly reliably. If you don’t have an EchoLink number, get one as soon as possible. It’s not hard. You’ll need to validate that you have an Amateur Radio License and to do this, the folks at EchoLink need a clear scan (or picture) of your license. You can take a picture with a digital camera or you can scan it into your computer. Take said picture and upload it to the EchoLink staff and they will review it and send your node number lickity-split! I think they say within 24 hours but sometimes its more like two to four hours. Yes, it’s a lot of waiting but well worth it. One of our club members was travelling to the west coast and checked into the local repeater from his stopover airport using his Android phone! That my friends is pretty damned sweet.
Click this link for more info on the EchoLink validation process.