Allstar Radio is Working today on the Ski Country ARC Repeater System

by  N0ECT

At last Saturday’s SCARC monthly (March 2017) meeting the members were introduced to the Allstar Radio system and our new (working today) Allstar SERVER/HUB – 45479  (powerpoint presentation below)

In short – Any (world wide) Allstar Node (~2,000 Nodes) can connect to our 45479 and talk to any HAM connected to our SCARC Repeater Backbone using (example) a Baofeng HT that is also connected to our Repeater Backbone.  Allstar will send your Colorado (Audio) to anywhere in the world, to another Allstar Node that is connect to 45479.

How Allstar can assist operators of EME “Moon Bounce”

N0KE (Phil) has mentioned in the past that he has used “Email” to coordinate (time of day setup) for a “Moon Bounce” QSO with another EME operator – half way around the world…

Now N0KE can use a Radio… example: a 2meter (HT) to coordinate that EME Moon Bounce,  provided that other (example: Australian) EME operator has access to a local Allstar Node.  Recall there are ~2,000 active Nodes today, with more coming online each day.  They can now discuss via their respective Radio HTs – their scheduled time of QSO, Amplifier Power Levels, N-element Yagi Antennas…and much more – all needed for a successful EME QSO.  Now N0KE can spent more time using his Radios rather than his Computer (reading EMails) to setup and have a successful EME QSO!

Saturday’s Allstar Presentation includes a list of parts (Amazon) that HAMs can use to build their own Allstar Node.  It’s way less than $300.00 if you already own a Baofeng HT.


Note:  Click on the small icon    in the lower right will change to a full screen of the PowerPoint Presentation!  Once you’re running full screen (at the bottom middle) of that page you can click through the sides using this right arrow.

Below is Eric’s K0JEG’s Video of last Saturday’s Meeting and Presentations.


One thought on “Allstar Radio is Working today on the Ski Country ARC Repeater System

  1. Pete,

    There is a very efficient “Chat ” site called PJ Client where people world wide arrange schedules for using various digital modes or even CW and SSB EME and Meteor scatter schedules. There is also a EME only site called “Live CQ” which is using SDR receivers in various EME ham stations world wide with software that tracks the moon with EME antennas and decodes around 100 KHz of band width of CW or various digital modes. If I want to work EME, I aim at the moon and call CQ. Usually within 2 minutes my CQ frequency is posted on Live CQ showing the frequency I’m CQing on. my grid square, my signal strength at the reporting station, and my CQ sequence (1st or 2nd) (The western most stations traditionally go 2nd and eastern stations go 1st. aka known as even and odd minutes). I can also look at live CQ and see who is being reported and maybe I can find that 2 EME station in Kuwait (9K2YM) who I’ve heard and called a few times but not yet worked, is on 144.114 MHz right now!.

    This is a big improvement to the early days of EME where most schedules were arranged on 20m SSB on Sunday mornings US time on 14345 USB during a weekly world wide EME net.. Schedules were also arranged via snail mail and later E mail when that became common. Yes some people even called CQ and counted on someone else tuning a radio thru the EME windows listening for signals of people calling CQ and replied to the CQs. .There are some purists that do not believe in using non ham sources like the internet or cell phones to arrange QSOs of any type and in some contests no spots are permitted. Most have separate classes for those using internet spots. As far as I know no station using spots has ever finished Nr1 in the world over stations not using spots in single operator world wide competitions? In many contests all multiop stations are assumed to be able to use spots.

    I feel today too many people rely on looking at internet spotting sources instead of actually turning on their radios and listening to what is being received at their location. People claim conditions are lousy but they never turned on a radio to really find out the bands are alive! Several different African stations were worked here earlier today on 20, 17 and 15m CW, SSB and RTTY and I did use spots. for finding some of them from VE7CC.spots.

    Quite frankly I’m not very impressed with having ham QSOs via the internet and can not get very excited about it and can not see the need for devoting many of our club resources for it unless it is to improve linking of our various repeaters. So far the quality is lacking too but hopefully that will improve.

    The ARRL was recently questioning members about a new beginner ham license class. May someone will suggest a ham radio license where you never use a radio?

    Phil N0KE

    On 3/12/2017 3:15 PM, Ski Country Amateur Radio Club – K0RV Field Day 2016 – near Mt. Sopris

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