Experimental AllstarLink On-Air

If you’ve been hearing more than the average number of DTMF tones on the repeater system lately, it’s likely because an experimental implementation of AllStarLink is now running on the SMRC linked repeater system.

AllStarLink is an analog FM linking capability which uses on-air DTMF tones to connect & disconnect from other system nodes via the internet. For those familiar with Echolink, AllStarLink provides similar functionality at a basic level, but allows some significantly more complex configurations when fully integrated. In fact, once the AllstarLink system is fully implemented, the SMRC repeater system will provide both Echolink and AllStarLink connectivity.

The experimental implementation provides basic AllStarLink connectivity. The following control codes can be used to interact with the system:

  • *3 + ASL Node Number = Connect to remote node
  • *2 + ASL Node Number = Connect to remote node (monitor only – no transmit)
  • *1 + ASL Node Number = Disconnect from remote node
  • *721 = ASL Link Radio ID
  • *722 = ASL System Current Time
  • *806 = Disconnect all links

Users are encouraged to test the system and provide feedback via email to my call at gmail.com. Adjustments to system audio, implementation of location announcements, periodic audio QST’s, Echolink implementation, and a nationwide VOIP autopatch are just a few of the system capabilities currently in work.

For a list of nodes to which you can connect, visit the AllStarLink node list and look for node numbers listed in green squares. A filter function at the top of the list allows you to search for specific callsigns, node numbers, and locations.

Have fun with AllStarLink, and watch this news feed as we bring more features to the system in the near future!

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Repeater System Upgrade

The Club is currently in the process of upgrading its linked repeater system to provide both analog and digital FM capability. In late 2017, the Club purchased Yaesu DR-2X repeaters to replace the current Kenwood TKR-750/850 units which have been in service for over 10 years:

Yaesu DR-2X Repeater
Yaesu DR-2X Repeater

The new repeaters provide traditional analog FM service, as well as seamless integration of Yaesu’s C4FM digital technology, currently marketed under the System Fusion label. In addition to providing crystal clear digital voice, the Yaesu system will also provide a 12.5kHz bandwidth digital data network with a data rate of 9600bps anywhere a user can access one of the system’s linked repeaters.

The current upgrade plan includes replacing the repeaters at all three current sites: Alamo Peak, James Ridge, and Weed Lookout. Digital back-hauls will be implemented between sites to provide site linking. In addition, the Club is currently investigating a partnership with the Otero County Electric Cooperative to provide 2m repeater service in the Timberon, NM area.

Stay tuned to this news feed for updates as we move out with upgrading our repeater system.