Once you are connected into a CHAT node, and presuming that other hams are connected in as well, or there is a network of CHAT nodes and multiple hams are connected, you can send text into the CHAT and it will be echoed to the other hams, and optionally back to you.
The commands used to operate the CHAT are: (note: Case doesn't seem to matter except in the textual parameters)
Commands can be in upper or lower case. /U - Show Users. /N - Enter your Name. /Q - Enter your QTH. /T - Show Topics. /T Name - Join Topic or Create new Topic. Topic Names are not case sensitive /P - Show Ports and Links. /A - Toggle Alert on user join - Enabled. /C - Toggle Colour Mode on or off (required for color on the Crowd tab). /Codepage CPnnnn - Set Codepage to use if UTF-9 is disabled. /E - Toggle Echo - Enabled. (required to see your own traffic on the Crowd tab). /Keepalive - Toggle sending Keepalive messages every 10 minutes - Enabled. /ShowNames - Toggle displaying name as well as call on each message - Enabled. /Auto - Toggle Automatic character set selection - Disabled. /UTF-8 - Character set Selection - UTF-8. /Time - Toggle displaying timestamp on each message - Enabled. /S CALL Text - Send Text to that station only. /F - Force all links to be made. /K - Show Known nodes. /B - Leave Chat and return to node. /QUIT - Leave Chat and disconnect from node.
/k Known Nodes: Z2KZ09:KW4KZ-9 126.96.36.199 2 ZDEW05:KA2DEW-5 188.8.131.52 1 ZRGN09:K4RGN-9 184.108.40.206 2 ZZCHAT:N6LUZ-9 220.127.116.11 1 ZVBE09:KK4VBE-9 18.104.22.168 2 Z4WV09:AI4WV-9 22.214.171.124 1 ZDVE09:KM4DVE-9 126.96.36.199 1 ZDEW06:KA2DEW-6 188.8.131.52 1 ZLTV09:N3LTV-9 184.108.40.206 2 Z4FG09:NC4FG-9 220.127.116.11 2
/p 10 Node(s) Here ZDEW05 <- Z2KZ09 ZDEW05 ZRGN09 ZZCHAT ZVBE09 Z4WV09 ZDVE09 ZDEW06 ZLTV09 Z4FG09 Nodes via Z4WV09(0) - Z4WV09 User KA2DEW Nodes via ZRGN09(1) - ZRGN09 Nodes via ZDVE09(0) - ZDVE09 Nodes via ZLTV09(1) - ZLTV09 Nodes via Z4FG09(1) - Z4FG09 Nodes via ZDEW06(2) - ZDEW06 Z2KZ09 ZZCHAT ZVBE09 Links Defined: KA2DEW-6 Open K4RGN-9 Open N3LTV-9 Open NC4FG-9 Open KM4DVE-9 Open AI4WV-9 Open/u