So preparing to get my Ham license in a month, I've been listening to the local repeaters on the 2 meter band, and the one thing that just bugs me is Echolink.
Echolink is a network of radios connected over the internet, allowing a Ham operator to dial into a local radio, telling it to forward its signal to any other radio connected to Echolink. For example, this morning there was a guy from southern UK having a conversation with locals on one of the repeaters in the area.
This just bugs me. It's not that I have anything against people from other countries, or people wanting to talk to people in different countries, but I don't think VHF and UHF repeaters are the way to do it. It's just lame. If you want to talk to people on the other side of the world, go upgrade your license, get a good antenna, and talk on the 80/160 meter bands in the middle of the night.
Granted this is just my opinion, so others will still dial in through Echolink. I'll just keep my mouth shut until they hang up.