Is AllStar still being used much

A newbie here, but it seems like it is not that active or being used I bought a AllStar radio mode the thinking it was a great idea for me since not much traffic here in Wisconsin on 2 meter and I could reach out to others.

Either I’m and missing something or stupid as all I read it’s down or the guy left or nothing there anymore

Oh yeah. There lots of activity out there. Try the WIN system, node 2560. Also, I understand the Alaska morning net is popular.

Thanks, are there like many people on that node? all at once? how does it work? each node is a person or many?

Each node could be a person or an entire repeater network. Allstar is not a one-to-one connection like IRLP or echolink. It’s a network of systems that may be traditional repeaters, simplex nodes, or even radio-less audio-only nodes. With allstar, you can link one system (or node, if you will) to one system, or one system to many interconnected repeaters, gateways to other modes, or what have you.

It’s a ‘swiss army chainsaw’ of linking. In 10+ years of running allstar nodes, I’ve not run into something I couldn’t do either by normal IP networking or by learning how to script DTMF commands to reconfigure my operation on the fly.

I guess the question you’re asking is where do I connect? I’m sure that other folks here will chime in with nets they are on, or active networks (the network I’m connected to covers from Philly to just south of Boston) in the Allstar borg. I do know there is a nationwide 220 net on Friday nights at 7P ET that regularly strings together a hundred nodes (if not more).

The bad thing is that sometimes we’re all in our bubbles doing good things with this software…and not publicizing it. So…challenge…others here have places K9AFB can get a rag chew going?

73 de wb0yle
Morrisville PA
Fall River MA

Yes I am in such a small area, I’m not sure where to start when I receive my ClearNode all Star Node on Saturday, I see some Allstar nodes in a nearby town, but not sure what they use them for or if it is a one to one thing. i guess i assumed it was some kind of small repeater at first lol, then realized it was just a way to connect to others worldwide. But not sure how to do it or how to start.

K9afb, it can be a little confusing to wrap your mind around, I agree. The Clear Node is an excellent piece of kit!

Check out www.allstarmap.org, for starters. This will show you the number of nodes by location on a map of the world! Zoom in on your state…for instance you want to listen and talk with anyone on the Clinton Repeater in Baron, click on the map pin on that location and it will show you the station call sign and Allstar node number (48780). Click some more on the I.D. pop-up and you’ll see other connections. Click around and you’ll start to understand how and what nodes are inter-connected. The Clinton Repeater is cross linked with one in St. Paul. The St. Paul is linked with on in Austin, TX…One of the most popular International links is in Manchester, England…it is called HUBnet, Allstar Node number 41522. Keep in mind, you will be hearing all MODES; analog, digital, VoiP, etc. Not just stations transmitting through an Allstar node. Take your time and read through the Clear Node guides. They are very helpful. If Gerry sets up your node, you really don’t need to muck around with any settings.

One word of advice: Do Not connect multiple nodes together in the clear node app. There is no means to prevent you from doing this, but the effect is not good. For example, I connected the HUBnet node to my local SoCal linked repeater system and suddenly you have the U.K. talking over an evening Net! Just select one node at a time and be sure to disconnect from that node before selecting another one. Have fun!

73!
KN6LMY
Woodland Hills, CA

Boy that’s true, be careful an considerate of what you connect to. This ISN’T Echolink. I woke up today to fins a W7 had connected to my node while he was connected to 76 other nodes. Gonna blacklist him from connecting. But people need to be mindful that Allstar is a way more serious system than Echo. It’s for repeater to repeater linking. If one connects blindly to a node you may be disturbing/interrupting, etc…

GeorgeC W2DB

For you or anyone that like listening to or participating in nets, please feel free to connect to my nodes (52782 or 50980). Nets start at 7:30am EST and run through midnight. These are nets from the US and various other countries and some nights run well past midnight.

AWesome! one is in sidney it says? the 82 one?

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November 16

For you or anyone that like listening to or participating in nets, please feel free to connect to my nodes (52782 or 50980). Nets start at 7:30am EST and run through midnight. These are nets from the US and various other countries and some nights run well past midnight.


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Yes. My evil plan is to have at least one server covering every continent. lol The Aussie nets usually begin at 7:00pm EST with a mix of other countries including some US nets.

Mike, I see your right up the road from here
I think I may have talked to you before
most of the repeaters here in Chippewa are all AllStar machines
we use it as the full repeater controller
so you could connect to any of them with your node
or since your 10 miles away, just yell on them
the 145.23 is connected fulltime to the 147.345 in Holcombe
so whichever you go in on is the same
this system is also connected to Hayward and Duluth among other locales
at this minute I see 2 stations from FL on and the 146.655 in Bloomer
the Chippewa clubs machines (147.375,444.350) are also AllStar machines

just like everywhere else, you may have to make some activity for there to be activity

de k9wkj

Thanks I’m not sure if I talked to you before but that would be awesome.

You stated we use it as a full repeater controller, how are you doing that ? Like a full repeater?

They are repeaters correct? Or which one?

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November 19

Mike, I see your right up the road from here

I think I may have talked to you before

most of the repeaters here in Chippewa are all AllStar machines

we use it as the full repeater controller

so you could connect to any of them with your node

or since your 10 miles away, just yell on them

the 145.23 is connected fulltime to the 147.345 in Holcombe

so whichever you go in on is the same

this system is also connected to Hayward and Duluth among other locales

at this minute I see 2 stations from FL on and the 146.655 in Bloomer

the Chippewa clubs machines (147.375,444.350) are also AllStar machines

just like everywhere else, you may have to make some activity for there to be activity

de k9wkj


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Did I talk to you back then? Like In 2008? Lol

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k9wkj

November 19

Mike, I see your right up the road from here

I think I may have talked to you before

most of the repeaters here in Chippewa are all AllStar machines

we use it as the full repeater controller

so you could connect to any of them with your node

or since your 10 miles away, just yell on them

the 145.23 is connected fulltime to the 147.345 in Holcombe

so whichever you go in on is the same

this system is also connected to Hayward and Duluth among other locales

at this minute I see 2 stations from FL on and the 146.655 in Bloomer

the Chippewa clubs machines (147.375,444.350) are also AllStar machines

just like everywhere else, you may have to make some activity for there to be activity

de k9wkj


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we use AllStar as the entire controller
it handles the ID,timers and all other features of a repeater controller
we had been retrofitting GE Mastr II repeaters with AllStar
but now have moved several of them to Yaesu System Fusion machines with AllStar as a external controller, so they run in dual mode Fusion/analog, but none of them is a WIRES-X machine at this time

several of us have simplex nodes in the area

the 145.230,147.345 are linked repeaters (which are connected to Barron,Duluth,St.Paul as well as Florida at times and today Vermont is hooked up
the 147.375 and the 444.350 are both W9CVA club repeaters
which are linked together on Monday night for a net are both open AllStar machines
My simplex nodes are not accessible from the network side, I use them for monitoring the local machines, as I live in a antenna compromised location

I have been here for 10 years and lived further west before that

if you listening to the local machines, it isnt really obvious that they are AllStar machines as the system works so good that everyone seems to be a local

I saw you connected to the 147.375 the other day
just have to yell as there really is not constant traffic on any machine

I was wondering if i could do the same thing, link u as i leave it on full time alos, or use it as a repeater out here in cadott somehow… and what would I have to do or get to do the same idea.

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k9wkj
November 21

we use AllStar as the entire controller
it handles the ID,timers and all other features of a repeater controller
we had been retrofitting GE Mastr II repeaters with AllStar
but now have moved several of them to Yaesu System Fusion machines with AllStar as a external controller, so they run in dual mode Fusion/analog, but none of them is a WIRES-X machine at this time

several of us have simplex nodes in the area

the 145.230,147.345 are linked repeaters (which are connected to Barron,Duluth,St.Paul as well as Florida at times and today Vermont is hooked up
the 147.375 and the 444.350 are both W9CVA club repeaters
which are linked together on Monday night for a net are both open AllStar machines
My simplex nodes are not accessible from the network side, I use them for monitoring the local machines, as I live in a antenna compromised location

I have been here for 10 years and lived further west before that

if you listening to the local machines, it isnt really obvious that they are AllStar machines as the system works so good that everyone seems to be a local

I saw you connected to the 147.375 the other day
just have to yell as there really is not constant traffic on any machine


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we have 8 repeaters in a 20 miles radius of CF
3 - Fusion/AllStar analog 2M machines
2 - AllStar UHF machines
2- analog VHF
1 - Dstar VHF on 19B fulltime
plus another 4 if you stretch that circle to the Holcombe ridge
1- AllStar VHF
1 - 6M analog
1 - analog UHF
1 - analog VHF
so there is not a lack of repeaters

and I would think you could get into most of them well from Cadott
with minimal equipment.

with your ClearNode you can connect to any of the AllStar repeaters listed
you can find them on the maps http://stats.allstarlink.org/maps/allstarUSAMap.html
or
http://stats.allstarlink.org/maps2/index.html
those links are right off the allstarlink.org website

instead of a repeater (and all of the expense and pain they entail)
one could build out a simplex node (Raspberry Pi,audio interface,VHF or UHF radio that puts out lower power (5-10 watts) on a off beat simplex frequency
with a antenna just 15 or 20ft up you could cover quite a bit of the surrounding area.
My simplex nodes cover most of the city Chippewa proper even though I am behind a cliff

lots of documentation on the web on setting up a proper simplex node.
remember your Clearnode is a simplex node of low power so it should work just the same, but right in your yard

de k9wkj

Now that’s what I want to do, so you did this then?

We need one out here so that’s what I am asking about… what you said. I have an antenna up already that high out here south of Cadott about 20’ft

Right the clearnode is low power so how do i do what we want to do for me? It’ll can converse with me cia email or text if that helps

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k9wkj

November 22

we have 8 repeaters in a 20 miles radius of CF

3 - Fusion/AllStar analog 2M machines

2 - AllStar UHF machines

2- analog VHF

1 - Dstar VHF on 19B fulltime

plus another 4 if you stretch that circle to the Holcombe ridge

1- AllStar VHF

1 - 6M analog

1 - analog UHF

1 - analog VHF

so there is not a lack of repeaters

and I would think you could get into most of them well from Cadott

with minimal equipment.

with your ClearNode you can connect to any of the AllStar repeaters listed

you can find them on the maps http://stats.allstarlink.org/maps/allstarUSAMap.html

or

http://stats.allstarlink.org/maps2/index.html

those links are right off the allstarlink.org website

instead of a repeater (and all of the expense and pain they entail)

one could build out a simplex node (Raspberry Pi,audio interface,VHF or UHF radio that puts out lower power (5-10 watts) on a off beat simplex frequency

with a antenna just 15 or 20ft up you could cover quite a bit of the surrounding area.

My simplex nodes cover most of the city Chippewa proper even though I am behind a cliff

lots of documentation on the web on setting up a proper simplex node.

remember your Clearnode is a simplex node of low power so it should work just the same, but right in your yard

de k9wkj


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Mike, first thing youll need is to pick what radio you want to use
many many folks like the Alinco DR135 as it has a dsub9 connection on the back
that lets you plug a RIM-Alinco right in the back
and run the USB cable to a Raspberry Pi3 (dont use a Pi4 yet,software isnt quite ready)

you can also use a 16 pin Motorola Maxtrac/Radius radio with a RIM-MAXTRAC
but be aware of the potential power control and programming issues

but that would be the first step
what band to run on and what radio to use

I have done this with numerous radios, but sometimes surgery is required

Ok will that connect to my clearnode or do I need another raspberry pi?
Ans do they make one as nice as the clearnode one I really like it with the app and all

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November 23

Mike, first thing youll need is to pick what radio you want to use

many many folks like the Alinco DR135 as it has a dsub9 connection on the back

that lets you plug a RIM-Alinco right in the back

and run the USB cable to a Raspberry Pi3 (dont use a Pi4 yet,software isnt quite ready)

you can also use a 16 pin Motorola Maxtrac/Radius radio with a RIM-MAXTRAC

but be aware of the potential power control and programming issues

but that would be the first step

what band to run on and what radio to use

I have done this with numerous radios, but sometimes surgery is required


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you will need another Pi3
the control interface is web based or via DTMF
just google Allstar simplex node
this is not a premade product, you will be building it yourself
from the parts required

but first you need to pick what band you want to run on
and then pick a radio that works in that band and can be connected to the interface