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!
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