Windows XP & TTS speech Application No registration need FREE to useEchoProducer is a simple to use Windows XP utility that uses the Text to Speech engine that comes with Windows. Ideal for Sysop/Owner of a Repeater / Link or Conference Controllers. There are many tools in this program that will assist you.. Courtesy tones using CW or Audio file ID's with effects (Door bell sounds). Weather conditions Current, Forecasts and Warnings. Auto connect options. Text Box Greetings for connecting stations. DTMF audio player can be used for Help or Information audio files. Graphical Text Chat box. Up to 20 random Beacons using TTS. News Player, Download and play the news to your RF users all automatically. Sysop / Admin Conference Controller option. DTMF single or group connect / disconnect. Times Connect and disconnect station in the conference Timed silence mode option. Plus much more. This program runs along side the EchoLink program.
A BIG Thank You to Jonathan K1RFD for providing EchoLink. Without it this program EchoProducer would not have been possible. The EchoLink program is provided FREE as is the EchoProducer add-on.
Welcome to Echo-Producer
History & Download
PDF Help Manuals for some EchoAddons available from Dave G3VFP website Click Here
Normal Sysop Mode
The small button at the top left of the windows will make the text larger / smaller whish will make the text a little easier for the poor sited. The button to the right of the station list will reveal a larger station floating list. The buttons either side of the Listed not Busy window will enable and disable the "Listed Busy" and "Listening Only"
Conference Sysop Mode
EchoProducer is a Windows Application No registration need for these program. Free to use
TTS Voice is required
You may find one of the FREE voices here you can use http://www.bytecool.com/voices.htm
Pull Down Menu and Button Settings
Pull Down Menu
To navigate around the program to the various sections the use of the Pull Down Menus or the Setup Buttons can be used
Main Screen Colour Changer
The main screen only colours can be changed to your preference or re set back to the default colours. This is accessible from the main top menu under the Setup - Colours. There is also a small button to the top right of the orange Parrot LED.
The LED style of indicators can be changed if required by clicking the small button located to the top left of the PTT Red LED
Idents / Settings
Silence Announcements and Player
This option enables you to silence all the TTS announcements and player functions. Your node will operate normally without TTS announcements, CW and Player functions when silenced.
Alternate DTR / RTS Control
We have used this option to switch the repeater from analogue to D Star.
Permanent On Option
DTMF / Connect Control and Net Scheduler Set 2 buttons are other options that have other auto connect options
The connect & RF history can be recorded if required by simply selecting the appropriate tick box. Station Connects, RF End, RF Start, DTMF Used
Play History wav Files
This is a simple wav player that will enable you to play back your wav files.
This option uses the EchoLink text box facility but in a more fun graphical way. Messages can be sent to other nodes that are connected to you or the conference you are connected to. Simply enter your message to send and either press the entre key or click on the send button.
The small button at the top left of the Chat window will make the text larger / smaller
The small button at the top left of the Chat window will make the text larger / smaller whish will make the text a little easier for the poor sited
Parrot - Record / Playback
This function when enabled via DTMF is to turn your simplex node into a simple Parrot Repeater enabling your RF user to transmit into the link and when de keys will hear what he sounds like due to the replay. The main Menu Consol will indicate when the parrot mode is enabled also during the playback
============================================Text to Wav Converter
Text to Wav Converter Simply type your text into the text box and press the Speak button and if you like what you hear simply tick the save to .wav box and click the speak button. You are then given the opportunity to select a directory and and file name to save the wav file. These messages will not be transmitted over RF.
============================================Text Box Messages Text Box Messages 1 & 2 This option enables you to send up to 10 pre set messages messages via the Chat Text Box. Simply enter the data into the required fields. Click the send button to send your pre set message. Please note that the messages will only be sent to the text box when you have a station connected to you.
Text Box Beacons
This option will enable messages beaconed to the text box. Please remember that beacons can annoy some link owners and conferences so keep them to a minimum
Serial Audio File Player
The object of this players is to play pre recorded Audio Files is sequence. A file will play and when finished the next file will get ready to play but will wait until the next selected time before playing.
Select the audio file type that you are using mp3 or wav.
The current Weather Conditions window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.
The current Weather Forecast window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.
The current Weather Warning window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.
Auto Start Warning Beacon when ticked will automatically start the Warning Beacon which will announce any set warnings at the set beacon time.
Forecast File. This is the location that the metar.txt file is held. This file holds the information that the program needs from the weather forecast. The default is c:\wxex\data\warning.txt This can be changed if your file is put in other places on the hard drive
Software. Select the software that you are using. Default is Weather Exchange.
High / Low Temperature Warning
When selected and the Set Temp equals or is less/ higher than the set temperature the temperature warning text will be played followed by the current temperature.
Weather Warnings Europe
Europe Weather Alert / Warnings
Weather Warnings Europe
The current Weather Warning Europe window is where the compiled weather information is put at the time of transmission.
Download the FREE Ambient Weather program from http://www.ambientweather.com/weex1.html
Setting up the program must be completed before it will work with EchoProducer. Once you have downloaded and installed the Ambient Weather program.
How the program starts and when it updates the weather data needs to be set up by going to --> Settings --> General Program Settings --> in the Update weather data every box select how many minutes that you wish the data updated. I have mine set to 1 minute. --> now select put a tick on the Launch program at Windows start-up box. Then click the close button
You must let the program know where you are located for your weather by going to--> Settings --> Your Location and filling in the appropriate boxes for your area. Then click the close button
You need to tell the program where you want it to put the weather information data so as EchoProducer can use this information.. To do this go to --> Settings --> Data Export (Advanced). In the csv Directory Location enter "C:\wxex\csv" and in the Update weather data every box select how many minutes that you wish the data updated. I have mine set to 1 minute. Then click the close button
That's it. That's all I done when I set up my Ambient weather program for EchoProducer.
Curtsey TonesThe curtsey tone option is a simple to use application to add a courtesy tone to the end of the all transmissions. You have the option to send your courtesy tone using pre made audio files in wav / mp3 or sending in the usual way with CW. Hang time before ID, Anti-Kerchunker, Send different CW idents for RF traffic and IP. Send different audio file tones for RF and IP traffic. Option to tell RF station using your link that there are no stations currently connected with your TTS message. Indicators showing the sate of the program. Volume control for the audio files that will not effect the audio settings of your node. Audio speed control. Make your own audio files and use them with this program. Hang Time before ID Enter the hang time that you wish to use before the CW / Audio Ident is Transmitted (500 ms Default) Anti-Kerchunker This option will help against the phantom RF user who keys the mic for a second just to get e put a delay before the CW / Audio ident CW Ident RF CW ID and Internet CW ID letter are entered here. The option here enables you to select different letters for the curtsey (internet or RF users.) The speed and volume of the CW can be altered with the EchoLink program in the usual way ( Tools - Sysop Settings - Ident - settings). If you do not want any letter in Morse sent simply enter a ":" into the CW Letter field. Audio Ident RF Audio ID and Internet Audio ID audio indicator file names are held here. These are normally "beep boop" type sounds. Different sounds can be selected for Internet & RF end of over's. I'm sure will have fun playing with different sounds until you find the one suitable. There are file loading and test buttons. No Connections This when ticked will inform your RF users that there are no stations connected to you node. This option is useful as a connected station might disconnect during an RF users over. The Use TTS message option can be costumed to your message to do this you will need to change it in the Language TTS section . The CW option letter can be more than one character Volume This volume control sets the audio level and is independent to the EchoLink audio CW or Audio Ident Simply select the type of curtsey ident that you wish to use. Delay after audio There are 3 settings here - "None" for no delay. 1 or 2 simply adds a bit more PTT to the end of the curtsey tone normally this would be set to 1 for normal link operation
News Player 1 - 2
News Player 3 - 4 If you play the news for your RF users then you will be happy with this option as it will play a news file at predetermined days and times Audio File 1 2 3 Enter the path you the news file that you want to select for your news On the Audio File 3 there is an option to send a second file after the first has completed, In Australia the WIA national news is played then followed up by a local broadcast, just tick the box labelled “Add 2nd file to end of Audio File 3". The WIA news is traditionally played twice in one day AM and PM so a second time has been included in the Audio File 3 section. Day of the week Select the day or days that you want your news to be transmitted Time Enter the time or times that you wish your news to be transmitted. If only one time section is required simply enter 99 in the time fields that are not required. File Clicking this button enables you to select a file that you wish to transmit Play When clicked plays the selected Audio file
News Downloads .mp3 Downloader
Enter the Website or FTP URL where you wish to download your audio file from. Indicated above the URL address is the file name where the selected file will be saved and the file name for that file. These file name are used in the main file player as shown above. Each individual URL can be downloaded at any time by clicking on the appropriate URL button. Download will not take place if the Use tick is not entered..
There are 2 Scheduled day and time sections that can be can be used to download the audio files by ticking the appropriate day and entering the time you wish the downloads to take place.
Text Box Messages
==============================================================DTMF .mp3 / .wav http:// & Text file Player
DTMF .mp3 .wav .txt http:// & Text file Player This is a very useful option that your RF users can use. This option can hold help or information that your RF uses can access DTMF Simply enter a DTMF code for each of the audio files that you have selected. File Location The file location field holds the path and file name of your pre made audio files. the files can be .mp3 , .wav .txt or urls (http://) although the player will play nearly all audio formats and text files. You can enter a URL to a web site in one of the 20 fields also the DTMF. This web page that contains text will be transmitted. This is for web pages that have data like Weather - Traffic or any other useful information that you can legally transmit
DTMFctrl and Nets
You you do not want to connect to a node but just keep it local simply enter LOCAL into the Net Call Box
This option will enable you to re-start your computer Using DTMF / Day and Time or using DTMF or close down EchoProducer / EchoLink
Day and time Beacons Day and time beacons can be very useful for a number of uses. Things like transmitting information about up coming meetings and events. There is a choice of 4 beacons that can be used on a daily bases of in the Future Dates and Time can be used for events that are a few weeks or months away. Two Times per day can be set Day of the week Select the day or days that you want your news to be transmitted
Admin to Sysop Red Box Message
This screen will only appear if a message for the sysop has been left. Messages like Mute's, Automated Disconnects and other messages will be shown here that is addressed to your node. The information will include the Date - Time - Who sent the message and the message.
Messages to other sysop owners by simply entering the node callsign and type the message in the message field and either press return or click on the send button.
The automated messages if addressed to your node will be displayed. This is very useful as you will know if there has been a problem with your node.
Messages can be manually sent sent using the text box or text box chat to the sysop of the node using the syntax of star star callsign of the node star star and then your message. for example **EI2IPG-R** Your Message. You can leave off the " -L or -R " example **EI2IPG** or **ei2ipg** so a message sent informing the sysop of a problem or just a general message would look like this "**EI2IPG-R** Your node sounded good today de Peter EI4JR". Remember this only works with nodes running this software
The Conference Controller
When List Users option in use and the Use web Stats is ticked the list information is sent to a website that is accessible by using the Conference Stats Button or can be viewed at http://www.m0vrr.co.uk/EP/ Other nodes that are using this option will also be seen. The small button with the X on it will take you to the web page where the information can be viewed This is experimental at the moment
The conference filter is is used to control the connected station that have the EchoLink Multi Conferencing set on there nodes. We have so many on the *IRELAND* conference we had the situation where nodes were piggybacking of the back of some connected nodes and may have caused a problem with CW idents, DTMF playing etc and the directly connected node got the blame and ended up muted or kicked from the server because of others. We found that not allowing multi conferencing cured the problem.
This option does not stop a node connecting to your conference it simply take set action when they transmit.
It is suggested that only one station running the filter at any one time on your conference
For this to work correctly make sure that the Text Box Chat is enabled.
"Multi Conferencing Filter Active. If you have Multi Conferencing set on your node Please disable it. Thank You. << Admin >>"
Depending what you want the filter to do you simply select Disconnect, Mute, Disconnect Now or Monitor Only. If ether Disconnect or Mute is selected when a node trips the filter the action you have selected is acted upon and a message sent into the text box accordingly. If the option selected is to disconnect the node the message is sent first so they know why they have been disconnected also any restriction time added to the message. The time restriction is the time that the timer has left before re set.
If you are a conference owner and want to be able to use this option you must apply to Peter EI4JR at email@example.com. for it to be switched on for you Ino need from you is Your Name, Callsign the node that you will be running the program from for example " Name Peter, Call EI4JR, Node EI2IPG-R"
Sysop Power Text Box Filter
This option enables you to have a little more control of the conference text box. When selected words are seen in the text box action can be taken. This is very useful when you have station advertising on your conference or annoying text that appear. This option is accessible via the Conference Controller panel.
This option enables the sysop of a conference server to ban a station for set periods of time.
This is most useful when you know when there are Drive time nets or other type of nets that you do not wish going through your conference. It seems a bit drastic to place a ban on a station but this is done due to stations having auto connect active on there system.
Set the Callsign, Days of the week, Start ban time and Un-Ban time
This obviously could be used for punishing timed bas as well. Use this option wisely and with full consent of the station you are placing a ban on
If ticked and the button pressed from the Conference controller the selected station will be banned and a timer will start. A message sent to the text box informing offending station has been Time Banned. When the allotted time has elapsed the selected station will be un-banned. Callsign and set minutes can be changed at any time. The Use Un-Ban tick box must be ticked to start the timer. The Timed Un Ban message will be "Conference Name **** CALLSIGN **** Re-Connect Restriction has been removed. <<Admin Bot>>"
Timed Un-Ban data is not saved.
If ticked and the button pressed from the Conference controller the selected station will be muted and a timer will start. When the allotted time has elapsed the selected station will be un-muted and a message sent to the text box informing offending station has been un muted. Callsign and set minutes can be changed at any time. The Use Un-Mute tick box must be ticked to start the timer.Timed unmute message will be "Conference Name **** CALLSIGN **** You have been UnMuted. <<Admin Bot>>" Timed Un-Mute data is not saved.
=============================================================Textbox Audio Requests This option enables your node to send an 8k @ 8bit wav file or 22050Hz @ 128 Kbs Mono MP3Audio file to the RF and connected IP stations using a command in the text box. Enter the Textbox Command in the text field that you want to use to play the selected wav file. Enter the Text Box Reply Message in the Text field. This is the message that will be sent to the connecting station telling them that the command that sent has been accepted. Enter the wav file and path that is to be played. I have included a text field that will send a message if the remote node sends a command while the system is in use just to let them know to try again. Text Box Command Enter the command that you want the remote node to use to activate your Audio file and Reply text. Keep the command as short as possible and include your callsign because if there were 3 stations using the same command as you then all the stations would try and send there audio files at the same time. Maybe use your callsign as part of the command then messages would easily be identified by the program. See above picture as an example that I have used. DTMF Command Enter the DTMF command that you want the remote node or RF user to use to activate your audio file. Text Box Reply Message Enter a message here that you want your node to send back a text message to the remote node letting them know that the command was successful. If you only want a text message to be sent when the correct command is received simply leave the audio file section blank WAV File To Play Enter the wav file and the path to be played when the command is sent. The File button will help you find your file. The small unmarked button is a test play button that I would suggest you use to test that the wav file plays for you. ONLY 8k 8bit wav or 22050 Hz @ 128 Kbs mono mp3 format files play in this option If Node Is Busy Ignore Received Text Commands This option when ticked will NOT send the Text Box Reply or or Selected Audio file if entered if the node is busy and in use. User can Add [#] To the end of the Text Command To Override If Node Is Busy The user can add the special character to the end of the Text Box Command to override and send the information if the system is busy option is in use. Other Text Buttons Buttons to other parts of the program are included in this section for easy access to other Text Bo option that can be used in conjunction with this section
=============================================================About About This screen is simply my contact details and a place to check for updates Backup and Save Your Config .ini Files This option enables you to make a backup if your configuration files Check For Updates When you click on the Check For Updates button and there are no updates you will see a message next to the button saying that there are no updates available. When there are updates available you will see the Updates Available button appear. Simply click on this button to start the update process. When this button is clicked the EchoProducer program will end while the updates are in progress. When the updates are complete you will be instructed to start the EchoProducer program. Auto check for update when program starts This option when ticked will check to see if there is an update to the program available. It is advised to keep this ticked. Click the Update EchoProducer button to start update. When update is complete you now need to start your EchoProducer program. Remember to visit the website to checkout what changes have been made.
==============================================================Backup INI files This option is useful to transfer your files to another computer and enables you to backup your configuration files that are held in C:\WINDOWS directory. Simply make or select a directory that you want to save you .ini file to be saved in and click the Backup ini Files button. To put the backed up .ini files back in to place is a simple matter of manually copying the backed up files into the C:\WINDOWS directory.
==============================================================FAQ's Will EchoProducer run under Vista The 1st version of EchoProducer has issues with Vista. What computer do I need and how fast must it be EchoProduce runs under the Windows 7 / XP platform. Due to the size that the program has grown I would suggest that the computer speed needed would be over1 gig speed and as much memory as you can. 500 meg and above. The rule of thumb her is the fastest computer with the most memory as possible. Slower computers give the Server Busy Message. Do you have any information / Circuit to build an Audio Limiter Here is a nice one that works http://www.repeater-builder.com/projects/limiter/limiter.gif for more information check out the http://www.repeater-builder.com/rbtip/ Is there a source for free voices You may find one of the FREE voices here you can use http://www.bytecool.com/voices.htm
Page Updated on 11/06/2013