AllStar Link Information         KD4HLV Node Number 28523

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147.525 simplex | PL 67.0Hz
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  • Location
    28523 Is located Split Silk Georgia and is operated as a Simplex Node. It covers a small area of Loganville running 7 watts.
     
  • Open Node
    28523 is operated as an open node for use by all licensed amateur radio operators. It does not require any special access codes to operate. But does require PL to use and access the system.
    Please Observe proper Procedures and Legal Operation so it can stay that way. Connections from other nodes are always welcome.
     
  • Simplex Operation
    Since 28523 runs Simplex, you cannot use the usual repeater Kerchunk method to see if you are hitting the site. The easiest way to determine if the site is up and that your signal is hitting it is to use your callsign then send the command *70. If all is working right you should hear the node status message followed by an ID.
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Use and Instructions -

  Please take a few moments to read the following instructions and etiquette, prior to initiating connections.

You Must ID when using this system! You must ID every 10 mins and after your last transmittion and disconnect!

  As with any new technology, it does take some time to adopt to operating procedures that differ from conventional FM repeater use. You must have PL 67.0Hz to access the system enabled on your controling radio. To see a list of on line systems please goto https://allstarlink.org/

  By leaving a pause between transmissions it ..... 

    allows users on other nodes a chance to check in.

    allows other nodes time to send touch-tone commands to drop their node.

The most important guideline to remember is leaving a pause after pressing the PTT button as well as between transmissions.

    Pause
    Pause

    Pause

AVOID LOCAL TRAFFIC WHILE CONNECTED TO A REFLECTOR. 
  By its nature, the reflector has a large footprint and a wide audience, therefore if local users would like to have a discussion, they should disconnect from the reflector. If we hear a local conversation (all participants coming from the same node) that continues, one of the reflector control ops will likely ask them to disconnect. If attempts to break into the conversation are unsuccessful, the node may be blocked from the reflector (more on blocking later).

  Along the same line, if two stations become engaged in an extended dialog involving only themselves, then it is recommend they both move off the reflector and make a direct node to node connection, freeing up the reflector for others. If more than two nodes are involved, then moving to one of the lesser used reflectors might be an alternative, especially if one of the stations can check the web site for an available reflector. In the future, moving to one of the available sub-channels will become an option.

CALLING CQ, OR CQ DX
  It IS perfectly acceptable to call CQ; in fact, if you really want to make a contact, it is preferable to say "This is K9DC calling CQ, is anyone available for a contact?" as opposed to "K9DC Listening" ...silence for 2 minutes, followed by a disconnect. However 3 x 3 x 47 CQs are unnecessary and should be left for CW/SSB frequencies where tuning around is the observed practice. Odds are we heard it the first time.

  It IS acceptable to talk about the weather, or anything else that is geographically significant. But like anything else, within reason. A station in Indiana that says to a Colorado op, "Hey I heard that you have a mountain out there" will probably cause eyes to roll worldwide.

  In general though, long winded, channel consuming conversations should be avoided.  Remember there are usually a dozen or two connected systems, with perhaps hundreds of users that might like a chance to use the system.

A FEW OTHER REFLECTOR OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES:

  Listen first!  When connecting to the main channel on a Reflector, odds are that you are dropping into an existing conversation. Wait for at least 15 seconds to make sure you are not interrupting an existing QSO before calling.

  Pause between transmissions. Many nodes are connected using simplex links, therefore the only time it is possible for them to disconnect is between transmissions. Be sure to pause AT LEAST 5 seconds between transmissions.

  Key your transmitter and wait before speaking. There are propagation delays across the Internet, as well as delays caused by sub audible tone decoders and other devices that cause a delay before the audio path is cut through. If you speak immediately upon PTT, the beginning of your transmission will not be heard.

  The reflector control ops may try to contact a local control op on the air to advise the problem, however this may not always be possible. It is important that the node owner respond to the e-mail message advising the problem has been corrected.

MAKING A DIRECT CONNECTION
  First of all, listen on your local machine for at least 15 -30 seconds before transmitting and then ask if the repeater is currently in use.  Assuming all is clear, identify yourself and give the node name or number you wish to call .  Example:  "VE3xyz for the Sydney node" - - then enter the ON code for the node and release your PTT.    Your local repeater should come up with a carrier as it waits for the connection to be authenticated.  This can take a few seconds of dead-air so don't be concerned.  When the connection is confirmed, the voice ID of the destination node will be transmitted back to you as well as your nodes voice ID to the other repeater.

NOTE: If your node is already connected to another node or reflector, a greeting will play saying; - "your node is currently connected to...ID of the connection")  In this case confirm if anyone desires the connection to remain up before dropping by using the OFF code.. 

  Once connected and after hearing the confirming voice ID, wait at least 15 seconds before transmitting as.......

    The repeater may be in use, and your entry may have occurred between transmissions.

    The voice ID of your node is longer than the voice ID of their node, and the connection is not made until the ID is fully played.

    Their computer may be slower, and hence take longer to process the connection than yours.

  Press and hold the microphone PTT for a second and then announce your presence and your intention such as you are calling someone specifically or just looking for a QSO with another ham in that city.

  If no response is heard, announce your call and your intent to drop the link and then touch-tone the OFF code.  Not a good idea to transmit touch-tone commands without first giving your call-sign.  Not only is this courteous it is a regulatory issue in some countries who may be connected to the reflector.

  Some nodes are configured so you cannot connect to them if that repeater is active.  In this case you will receive the message "The node you are calling is being used locally"  If you receive this message wait 5 or 10 minutes and then try again.

  If  you stay connected to a node and there is no activity on your repeater for 4 minutes, the connection will time out and automatically disconnect with a voice ID disconnect message on both nodes.

Node Codes or (DTMF Codes) to control the Node as follows
This is the custom decode for Node 28523

S=*(star key) P=# (pound key) on the keypad

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These are the mandatory command codes which all Allstar Link nodes must support to provide command code consistency to the users.

*1node     Disconnect Link
*2node     Connect link in monitor mode
*3node     Connect link in transcieve mode
*4node     Enter command mode on a remote node
*70     Local connection status

Optional Command Codes

*80     Force System ID
*81     Say System Time

*75     Link Connect (Local Monitor Only)
*72     Last active node (system-wide)
*73     System-wide connection status
*71     Disconnect all links (macro)
*74     Reconnect all links (macro)

Notes:

node is an Allstar Link node number
Node number zero (0) is shorthand for the last node operated on by a previous command
Monitor mode means listen to a node, but do not send any audio to it
Command mode means send all received DTMF digits to the node number specified (bypassing the local command decoder). Send # to exit command mode, and restore local command decoding.



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DO'S and DON'Ts
  In summary here are a few do's and don'ts:

    DO identify before sending any DTMF command tones or disconecting. Per the FCC and this Node or will be banned.

    DO pause between transmissions to let others in or others to enter a DTMF command.

    DO hold your microphone PTT for about 1~2 second before talking to allow all systems time to rise.

    DO NOT rag-chew on your local repeater while connected to the Node

    DO pause for 20 seconds or when entering the reflector before talking.

    DO NOT start or plan a Net without pre-authorization from the Node Owner.


    To Initiate a connection, enter the DTMF numeric code of the node you wish to connect to.
            A list of active nodes and their status can be found here:  https://allstarlink.org/

    To drop a connection, enter the DTMF numeric code of *1 and node number.

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