Multiple repeaters, one server

I am planning a network of 4 repeaters with one server.
RTCMs will be used to interface each repeater with the server.

At the server, do I assign unique node numbers to each repeater?
Or can I add all 4 repeaters without unique node numbers?

What would be the advantages (if any) of one method over the other?


David, AK2L

Without regard to RTCM’s, every controllable unit needs a node number.
Your dilemma might be if you want them Publicly accessible or Private or any mix of the 2.

But public or private may be connected together temporarily or permanently.

If you are a bit more orginizational,
You might want one Public node as a HUB, and all of your RTCM Private.
Connect all to the HUB, and all is the same but giving you the option to disconnect the public hub and be private for the RTCM.
It just depends on the flexibility you desire.

One public HUB is nice to have one node number path for inbound connects.
A HUB I am describing is just a headless/radioless node. Connectable by the rest in your sever.

Thanks Mike.

This is where I get confused. See:
VOTER - AllStarLink Wiki

In voter.conf, I am advised to have:

MAD6 = madcow6
MAD5 = madcow5
MAD4 = madcow4
MAD3 = madcow3
MAD2 = madcow2
MAD1 = madcow1,master
streams =
plfilter = y
txctcss = 100.0
txctcsslevel = 100
txtoctype = none
thresholds = 255,110=5

Here they show only one node number – 1234.
How do the display names – MAD6 to MAD1 – correspond to repeater interfaces?

Any working examples would be appreciated.

David, AK2L

I am not experienced with the voter, and if the RTCM’s are strictly for voter, that may not be good advise i gave you earlier.
I am unable to speak to voter config’s.
Stick around, someone will answer you who knows. If not start a new thread with voter config in the title.
Gets their attention.

One day I will tackle a voter on at least one repeater.

At the server, do I assign unique node numbers to each repeater?
Or can I add all 4 repeaters without unique node numbers?

It can be done either way. If you put them all under the same node number you’ll need to add a mixminus = yes under the single node in voter.conf. Mixminus is for non-voted systems only. Also for non-voted systems (no GPSs at each site and the server) do not add master to voter.conf.

For a single node

[1999]                          ; define the 1999 instance stanza
Huntington = pw1,transmit    
Santiago = pw2,transmit
Woodfern = pw3,transmit
mixminus = yes

The single node way is similar to a 420 linked system. Touch tones pass thru a mixminus setup. This is ideal if you like having (an old school hardware) controller at each repeater with AllStar connected to a second port. Of course mixminus setups will work w/o controllers as well.

Here how my mixminus setup looks on the Allmon3 RTCM display.

For separate node numbers

[1999]                          ; define the 1999 instance stanza
Huntington = pw1,transmit    

[1998]                          ; define the 1999 instance stanza
Santiago = pw2,transmit    

[1997]                          ; define the 1999 instance stanza
Woodfern = pw3,transmit    

The separate node way allows the repeaters to operate in more of a standalone mode. Each repeater can be functioned separately in case you’d want to separate one repeater from the others for a net or something.


Thanks very much. I will try the form with separate node numbers because my club may have a need to re-arrange things for special events.

To recap: I will eventually have 4 repeaters, each with an RTCM connected to one AllStar server.

[1] Since the 4 repeater/RTCM installations are not full AllStar systems, do I need to add the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th node numbers elsewhere in the AllStar configuration? If so, where?

[2] Regarding the Allmon3 RTCM display…
Is this already built-in to Allmon3? (I have it installed.)

Thanks again.

David, AK2L

I don’t understand the question, but I don’t think so.

It’s documented, RTFM.