What is the AllStar Network?
AllStarLink is a network of Amateur Radio repeaters, remote base stations and hot spots that are accessible to each other via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
What is an AllStar Node?
An AllStar "node" consists of a dedicated computer wired to a repeater, home station radio or low power "micronode".
Radio amateurs can use any analog FM transceiver with DTMF pad to connect and link through nodes to other AllStar stations and repeaters anywhere in the world.
AllStarLink.org assigns node numbers to individual AllStar nodes, repeaters, bridges and hubs.
Hubs are robust nodes that can accommodate many users at the same time, similar to EchoLink Conference servers.
Why Use AllStar?
Members will be able to access the River City ARCS repeater and participate in nets via the AllStar network when outside our coverage area.
We can use our existing analog FM radios and repeaters to access the AllStar network.
AllStar uses open source non-proprietary software and hardware.
AllStar's VoIP technology offers natural voice clarity superior to that of the synthesized sound of digital voice modes.
Internet connectivity enables repeater linking when needed for wide area and emergency communications.
The KP4MD AllStar Simplex Node Use and Guidelines
You may access the KP4MD AllStar node (#53144) in Citrus Heights on 438.500 MHz simplex with a PL tone of 100.0 Hz.
You may also listen and talk through this node online via EchoLink system node 269663 (KP4MD-L).
The radio is a Yaesu FT-8800R transceiver running 10 watts to an Arrow J-Pole antenna at 20 feet.
Guidelines for Node Use
Listen to check if the node is already in use. Do not interrupt conversations in progress.
Key your transmitter and identify yourself when you access the node.
Announce your intentions if you plan to connect or disconnect with another node.
Limit links to the minimum time necessary.
Remember to disconnect any links you have made before you sign off.
If the AllStar node hears you it will respond with a squelch tail and courtesy tone.
To Connect to another AllStar node:
Key your transmitter and enter *3 ##### where ##### is the AllStar node number you wish to connect to. (Use *2 ##### if you only wish to monitor the other node)
If the link is successful, the node will respond with "Node _____ connected to Node 53144", otherwise it will respond "Node _______ connection failed"
Once connected, anything that you transmit will be heard at the other node and vice versa.
If you connect to additional nodes, you will link all the connected nodes together, therefore please close each of your node connections before you log off.
Do not link hubs together, otherwise you could unintentionally link an unwieldy number of users together.
If in doubt about the connection status of the KP4MD AllStar node, you can send *70 or click this link for a report.
To Disconnect from a Node:
Easiest: *10 to disconnect from the last known node or *76 to disconnect from all linked AllStar nodes
To disconnect from a single AllStar node Enter *1 ##### where ##### is the AllStar node number you wish to disconnect.
Again, please be certain to close all connections before you log off the node.
To Connect to an EchoLink node via AllStar:
Enter *3 3 and then the EchoLink Node number padded out to six digits with leading zeros, i.e., to connect to EchoLink Test server node #9999 dial (*3 3 009999).
To disconnect the node, dial *76 or *1 3 + node, that is (*1 3 009999).
A Few AllStar DTMF Functions
The highlighted codes are custom commands for the KP4MD-L node on 438.50 MHz