Join our “Allstar” Facebook group, search “W7PRA Allstar group” this group is new, 1/6/2018 and is for Allstar talk so we don’t flood our repeater group.
Allstar is voice over IP just like Echolink, IRLP etc. The major difference is it uses open source linux/asterisk software that can be built by anyone & can be public or private. The audio codec is current and sample rate (audio quality) is far greater then other ham voip modes. Users have the freedom to set up their own nodes & reflectors\Hub in just about any configuration you want. NO VPN or Port Forwarding to make outgoing calls. This completely changes how easy it is to use your cellphone & public Wifi hotspots. This is why we have chosen Allstar.
The purpose of Allstar connected to PRA is to allow our operators to call into our system from anywhere! Not for PRA to make DX calls. This is why our Reflector capable of 50 simultaneous connections is setup for incoming calls only and is closed. What does “closed” mean? This means all incoming calls are rejected unless your on the allowed list. The reason for this is so we don’t have operators from all over the world connecting to our system. Instead, we wish to have this access for our regular users to call in to the system. Mobile, vacation, base station, even a over the road truck driver! How you say? This is where it gets interesting!
Allstar can be built on a Raspberry Pi 3 or you can purchase a Nano-Node AE or other type micro node unit. These are the most common methods. The advantage of the micro node is that the radio is built into the unit along with touch display, Wifi and such. Tether this device to your cell phone and set it on the passenger seat. Use your mobile or handheld radio to talk to the nano-node and your on air! also, you can have auto reconnect enabled so when your cell phone goes through a dead zone, upon return signal, your node reconnects to us. You also have full control via DTMF commands, so you don’t need to touch the device.
Users that live in areas of poor coverage can set up a permanent connection to our allstar reflector! say you moved out of state or live in an area that has poor repeater coverage. This is for you. Say you like to use a handheld at your home, but, coverage is spotty (ME!) you can setup allstar and be rock solid all the time.
*Reflector — A reflector is a server that can host multiple connections at the same time.
**PRA Allstar reflector node 47178
Request access to the PRA Allstar reflector by simply sending an email to Chris, AB7BS. Make sure to include your phone number so I can reach you to help get your access setup. chris (at) redcrosscommunications.org
More information on equipment:
micro-node.com (micro-node AE with Wifi option) Touch screen, nice and easy to use. This is turn key but pricey for some… $541 to your door.
hubnetwork.uk/g7rpg-microhub (G7RPG micro-node) This is a portable/base node with built in radio. $180
hamvoip.org (To build your own Raspberry Pi3 node, this site has TONS of info, a very nice script to use and lots of help) Where I learned!
dmkeng.com (USB-radio interface for the Raspberry Pi3….The best way to hook your radio to your Pi3)
Again if you have questions you can email or even better, join our W7PRA Allstar Group