Information and Help for
The All Star Link Network and app_rpt/Asterisk
the K2ETS repeaters using the All Star Link Network
WebTransceiver or using a Phone for when you don't have a transceiver
or are located too far away.
The following is meant to be a general aid for Amateur Radio
Operators who wish to use the All Star Link Network or a regular phone to
access a repeater or radio that is controlled by the Asterisk/app_rpt
Asterisk- an open source Voice Over Internet
Protocol (VOIP) software. Which turns a computer into a complete VOIP
Phone PBX system. See http://www.asterisk.org/asterisk for more info.
app_rpt- an open source modified version of
the Asterisk software. It uses Radio Over Internet Protocol (R.O.I.P)
to inter-connect radios, repeaters, and amateur radio operators
In simple terms, a repeater or radio can be linked to one or more
repeaters and radios via the internet. These internet linked repeaters
can then be accessed with, but not limited to a web-based transceiver
known as the All Star Link Network WebTransceiver. Usually, When amateur radio operators referr to Asterisk, they are referring to the app_rpt version of Asterisk.
The All Star Link Network Provides Amateur Radio Operators a
way to access a repeater or simplex radio known as Nodes via a
computer with a speaker and mic or through a phone.
In order to use the All Star Link
Network you must first register. After you register you'll have to
wait up to a day or more for a confirmation email to be sent to you.
Go to www.allstarlink.org
and click register.
The following is the registration page. You'll need to fill out all the fields and click SUBMIT.
It will take a day or more to receive a confirmation email.
Once you receive the confirmation email you will be able to log in and use the All Star Link Network.
|Once you receive the confirmation email, you'll be able to log in and star using the All Star Link Network Portal.
|After you Log In you'll be at the Welcome Page.
Click on WebTranceiver from the menu bar and then click Launch WebTransceiver.
you click Launch WebTransceiver, you will be presented with all the
current online nodes which you could connect to. The callsign and
location of each node is also given.
Scroll theough the list, choose a node number and click it. The WebTransceiver will then open and start connecting.
the example below, with the WebTransceiver window now open and after
the connection has been completed, the Key(Transmit) and Disconnect
buttons now become active.
Assuming you have a speaker and microphone connected and the audio
levels properly adjusted on your computer, click on the "Key" button
once to key the mic and transmit. Click on it a second time to unkey
and stop transmitting.
Some of the other relative information which is given are the AllStar
Node Number which you are connected to and the Frequency which that
node transmitts on.
The "Node Connection Status" bay list all the nodes and portal users
(such as yourself) which are connected. So when you click "Key" you not
only transmitt on the node which you connected directly to, you also
transmit on the nodes listed in the Node Connection Status bay.
When your finished using the All Star Link WebTransceiver or wish to change the node you are connected to, click "Disconnect"
All Star Link Network Telephone Portal help and info.
The telephone portal allows radio amateur users of the AllStar Link Network to access the repeater nodes via
telephone. The telephone numbers of the
AllStar Link Telephone Portal are listed below. You also should have already registered at www.allstarlink.org.
You will need 4 things to access the repeater through the All Star Link telephone portal.
The AllStar User Security PIN.
- Obviously a telephone. Mobile, Land line or Satellite.
- The node number of the repeater you wish to connect to.
27273 or 27274 for the K2ETS repeaters.
- The All Star Link Telephone Portal access phone number. The 2 U.S. phone numbers are listed.
- Your 10 digit AllStar User Security PIN.
The pin should have been given to you in the confirmation email you received after registering at www.allstarlink.org
If you no longer have your 10 digit AllStar User PIN or the
confirmation email you received when registering, you can obtain the
PIN from the All Star Link website.
After loging into AllStarLink.org click on Account Settings and then Account Profile of the top menu.
the Account Profile page, your 10 digit All Star User
Security PIN is given under "Your
Callsign is Validated".
Accessing and using the telephone portal.
First dial the number for the
Telephone Portal (see above). It will ask you to enter the desired Node
number to which you wish to connect to, for K2ETS those node numbers
would be 27273 for the 220 machine or 27274 for the 2 meter machine.
After entering the nodenumber, follow it by
the pound sign.
You may then be prompted to enter 1 or 2. If so, enter 1 for node access.
You will then be prompted to enter your 10 digit AllStar User Security PIN.
Afterwards, the system will prompt you to enter 1 for "Voice
Operated" access, or 2 for "Function Operated" access.
"Voice Operated" access uses the presence of your voice (or any other noises
picked up by the microphone on your telephone) to determine when to
make the connected node "transmit". This mode is not recommended in noisy
"Function Operated" acess uses DTMF sequences to indicate to the connected
node whether you wish to transmit or not. To transmit (like pressing
a push-to-talk button on a conventional radio), enter the DTMF sequenc *99, to
not transmit any more (like letting up a push-to-talk button on a conventional
radio), enter the DTMF '#' (pound) key.
While connecting your Callsign will be transmitted as "Connecting".