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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.  
  • Some AllStar nodes may also offer access via the EchoLink system and/or bridges to digital voice networks such as DMR, DStar and System Fusion.
  • AllStarLink.org assigns node numbers to individual AllStar nodes, repeaters, bridges and hubs.
  • A SHARI AllStar Micronode
  • Hubs are robust nodes that can accommodate many users at the same time, similar to EchoLink Conference servers. 
  • Some popular hubs include the WIN System, DoDropInthe East Coast HUB and others.
  • The AllStar Link network currently has over 21,000 users and over 17,000 nodes. Link to Map of AllStar nodes.

Why Use AllStar?

  • Members will be able to access our repeater and participate in nets via the AllStar or EchoLink networks when outside our coverage area.
  • Our existing analog FM radios and repeaters can access the AllStar network.  AllStar uses open-source non-proprietary software and hardware.
  • AllStar's VoIP technology offers natural voice clarity superior to the synthesized sound of digital modes.
  • Internet connectivity can enable repeater linking when needed for wide area and emergency communications.
  • AllStar micronodes such as SHARI or ClearNode offer a practical and economical solution to use a handheld radio around the home and for apartment or office-bound members with antenna limitations.
AllStar Node Map Bubble Chart Frequency Offset CTCSS Power Callsign Location EchoLink Node
53410 Map Bubble 145.250 MHz -0.6 MHz 162.2 Hz 800W ERP N6NA Shingle Springs N6NA-R #646535
N6NA AllStar Node and UHF Link Radio

The N6NA AllStar/EchoLink Node Use and Guidelines

Users may currently access our N6NA 145.250 MHz repeater via AllStar node (#53410).
Users may also connect to, listen and talk through the repeater via EchoLink system node 646535 (N6NA-R).

The software is HamVoIP RPi2-3-4 V1.6-01 running on a Raspberry Pi 4B computer with a SHARI node.

Guidelines for AllStar/EchoLink Node Use

  1. Listen to assure that the node is not already in use,
  2. Key your transmitter,
  3. Identify yourself,
  4. Announce your intentions, and
  5. Follow the procedure below.

Would you like to set up your own AllStar node? Check the SHARI micronodethe DINAH interface, and ClearNode.

Please send any Questions to contact@n6na.org

To Connect to another AllStar node:

  1. 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)
  2. If the link is successful, the node will respond with "Node _____ connected to Node 53410", otherwise it will respond "Node _______ connection failed"
  3. Once connected, anything that you transmit will be heard at the other node and vice versa.
  4. If you connect to additional nodes, you will link all the connected nodes together, therefore please disconnect from each node after you have finished unless you intend to link various nodes together.
  5. Take care not to link hubs together, otherwise you could unintentionally link an unwieldy number of users together.

To Check Connection Status

If in doubt about the connection status of the N6NA AllStar node, you can send *70 or click this link to see 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 after you have finished using the node.

A Few Popular AllStar Nodes and Nets

 Node  Callsign  Freq.  PL  Name  EchoLink  Nets
 2560 K6JSI      WIN System    Tech Swap Insomniac
 2585 W2JLD-R      *DoDropIn  509184 various 
 27339 WB2JPQ-L      East Coast HUB    Tech-Swap
 41689 G7RPG     UK HUBNET    
 50631 KE4DYI-L     Blind Hams  461941 various
 51018 W6EK-R  145.43 162.2  Sierra Foothills ARC  4128 various
 53410 N6NA-R*  145.25 162.2  River City ARCS  646535 various

To Connect to an EchoLink node:

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 Common AllStar DTMF Functions

*1<node> Disconnect from a link
*10 Disconnect from the last link you connected to
*2<node> Connect to a link (monitor only)
*3 Connect to a link
*70 System status
*71<node> Disconnect permanently connected link
*72<node> Permanent connect to a link (monitor only)
*73 Permanent connection to a link
*75 Full system status
*76 Disconnect all links
*77 Reconnect previously disconnected links

N6NA 145.25 MHz Repeater System Diagram

N6NA Repeater System Diagram

Current N6NA Node Connection Status

N6NA Node connection status
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