Allstar - VK4PK Node 48253

Introduction - AllStarlink virsus Hamvoip

There are two providers of the AllStar System:

Both offerings are build on Asterisk.org., an open source communications project that lets you create telephony apps for IP PBXs, VoIP Gateways.

The most common build is on the Raspberry Pi, RPi3. The Allstarlink distribution is built on the Raspberian OS and Hamvoip is built on Archlinux OS.



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The AllStar Home Page is here: (You can login form this page) https://web-tpa.allstarlink.org/
The Main Wiki Support Page is here: https://wiki.allstarlink.org/wiki/Main_Page - Wiki
The Getting Started wiki page is here:
https://wiki.allstarlink.org/wiki/Beginners_Guide
AllStar Login Page (username and password required): https://allstarlink.org/portal/login.php

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Create Server Form on the AllStar Web Site

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Configure Server Form on the AllStar Web Site

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Configure Server Form


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Download and RPi Installation

The Download Site is here: http://dvswitch.org/files/ASL_Images/Raspberry_Pi/Stretch/

In order to become a member of the AllStar Link Network, you must first Register to become user of the Portal system. To qualify for membership, you must be a holder of a valid Amateur Radio license.

A URI or RIM (Radio Interface Module) is required. I purchased the Repeater Builder RIM-Lite, Repeater Builders's RB-RIM-Lite (local) An interface can be constructed using a cheap USB sound FOB. Search the internet for conversion instructions.



One method is to configure your site online and download the web configuration to the RPi.



DTMF Tones:
http://www.qsl.net/w2ymm/allstar1.html

Wifi and DHCP are enabled by default and the RPi will attempt to obtain a IP lease. Secure Shell was not enabled by default.

Try ssh repeater@192.168.5.213

Login: repeater Passsword: allstarlink # The is the default password On first login you will be requested to reset the password for the "repeater" account SSH port: 22 User repeater has sudo privileges (sudo -s)

There may have been updates to the operating system and AllStarLink since this image was built.

Run the following commands after the first time you boot.

After the reboot configure the node:

I changed my Node name to "canaipa" and changed repeater account password.

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Install on existing Ubuntu System




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Allstar Information

The deprecated login page:
AllStar Link - VOIP Portal

allstar-newbie-guide.pdf - Your First Allstar Repeater (local)

http://www.nh6xo.net/allstar/index.htm -Allstarlink Lessons Learned by NH6XO 18th January 2014

http://kd8biw.com/hf-radio/allstar-link/ - Node Types

https://www.asterisk.org/

https://hamvoip.org/#maillist

https://www.hamvoip.org/#hardware

Building My Raspberry Pi-3 Portable AllStar Node – for your Car or RV

http://stats.allstarlink.org/

http://docs.allstarlink.org/drupal/node/12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kF_l2FqqY

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AllStar Node Map

http://allstarmap.org/allstarmap.html

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Codec and Bandwidth

Because we use the ADPCM (g726aal2) codec in Asterisk, each connection from/to a remote node will require about 55 kilobits/sec (at the IP packet level) of bandwidth in both directions. The frequency response when ADPCM is used will be very close to telephone voice grade (telephone voice grade is defined as 3db points at 300-3400Hz, 1000Hz 0db reference). Yes. Due to the fact that the system is TDM (Time Domain Multiplexed

) and there is overhead involved to perform DSP functions in Asterisk, there is audio delay for both local connections and there is additional audio delay from connections made over the Internet.



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VK4PK Site

Radio Interface Module

Radio Transmitter - Tait T2020
Tait Radios
Setup -
Power Supply
Antenna System
Frequency and Repeater
My Simple USB Tune settibings are
Active simpleusb stanza: [usb]
USB device String:       1-1.1.3:1.0

Card is:         0
Name is:         usb
Rx Level:        500
Rx no-delay:     0
Rx audio-delay:  0
Tx A Level:      700
Tx B Level:      700
preemphasis:     no
deemphasis:      no
plfilter:        no
dcsfilter:        no
rxboost:         no

PTT:             Active LOW
PTT status:      Un-Keyed

CTCSS (input):   Ignored
COS (input):     CM108/CM119 Active LOW
COS (test):      Un-Keyed
COS (composite): Un-Keyed


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The Radio Interface Modules

Repeater Builder's RB-RIM-Lite:
Radio Interface Module - RB-RIM-Lite

Masters Communications, Kevin Custer, W3KKC Model RA-35 - REV2:
http://www.masterscommunications.com/products/radio-adapter/ra35.html">http://www.masterscommunications.com/products/radio-adapter/ra35.html - Model RA-35 - REV2 [Top][Home]


Bao11feng Modification

You will also need to do this to stop the BF from melting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isx-F6wlD-c

https://kk4pp.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/node-radio/

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Incoming connections are made from any Echolink node in the usual manner. An app_rpt user dials an additional prefix digit in the connect command to distinguish between Allstar (2), Echolink (3) node numbers.



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Hamvoip Setup

When connected check the AllStar Connection Map:


http://allstarmap.org/allstarmap.html

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Tuning the Transmitter's Audio Output


Selecting "V":


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The Internet Radio Linking Project

The Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) Information Page
Compiled by Mike Morris WA6ILQ
Maintained by Robert Meister WA1MIK

http://www.repeater-builder.com/irlp/irlp-index.html

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Using Duplex Frequencies

I changed my duplex setting in the rpt.conf file and now that I'm transmitting telemetry and courtesy tones I am back on the map. Switching off the telemetry is how I fixed the chasing the tail problem. The docs say that it shouldn't matter if I dont advertise my node people should still be able to connect but now no one can connect and I am not on the map at http://allstarmap.org/allstarmap.html

To check you have no registration issues you do a check_reg.sh from the bash prompt.
To check you have a route to the node you are wishing to contact you do "dns-query <node>"

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References

https://www.voip-info.org/

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Glenn Lyons VK4PK
glenn@LyonsComputer.com.au
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