Welcome to the Wide Area Network Repeater System
Mobile website - W3WAN

The WAN Repeater System - an introduction and invitation to try the latest technology in multiple repeater linking.

What is it?
The WAN repeater system is a network of linked repeaters using the AllStar Link technology. AllStar is similar to the all familiar EchoLink and IRLP, using the Internet to connect multiple repeaters together, however, AllStar has many advantages over these other systems. By using wider bandwidth and higher dynamic range, the audio throughput is better than any other popular technology. The system is fully programmable, making it easy to connect and disconnect repeaters from the system using easy to remember codes. WAN is comprised of many repeaters located mainly in Pennsylvania, however we have a strong presence in Maryland and Washington DC as well. Each repeater is represented as an individual node on the AllStar system.

Who's responsible for it?
The WAN repeater system is run by a team of thirteen 'core' members. These are the folks who represent the majority of the full time connections. Along with the core members, there are other individual owners and clubs who participate in the system. These auxiliary nodes may be connected occasionally or full time, depending on their own preference. The system is comprised of mostly 2 meter and 440 MHz repeaters, but it isn't uncommon for 222 MHz and 6 meter repeaters to also be connected. Some of these auxiliary nodes are located in other parts of the US, like Texas and Florida, and it's not uncommon to have repeaters in Canada, the UK, or other countries be connected.

What is used to connect to it?
AllStar is a linking technology that takes analog audio and immediately converts it to digital. As a digital signal, it can be transported over great distances without degradation, and can be relayed over the Internet or other Ethernet network. Each repeater uses a computer with a free LINUX software distribution and a radio interface, which together takes the place of a conventional repeater controller. The computers we use are a mix of new computers and discarded (donated) desktops.

Why not give it a try?
The WAN system is like any other publicly available AllStar system - open for you to try. You don't even need a radio! You can sign up for your own (free) AllStar account and connect using the "WebTransceiver" or you can connect through one of many conventional repeaters. We invite you to give it a try.

The Core Members of the WAN Repeater System.

Please take the time to explore the links below and see what's happening.

Live Status - click here for the Bubble Map of the WAN-RS.

Live Status - click here for the Bubble Map of the Warren County AllStar System.

Live Status - click here for the Bubble Map of the Linked Repeater System (LRS) in Western NY and Northwestern PA.

Click Here to enter the main WAN website and learn more about it.

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The WAN Repeater System uses technology from the AllStar Link whom organizes and administrates a network of publicly-accessible (license required) Amateur Radio repeater and remote base stations accessible to each other via Voice over IP carried over a LAN, WAN, or the public Internet. The AllStar system and associated "ACID" distribution is a work in progress by Jim Dixon - WB6NIL (also known as Dude), and Steve RoDgers - WA6ZFT, and possibly others.

Most of the dedicated sites in the WAN-RS use the Xelatec XIPAR distribution of the software. XIPAR (pronounced zipper), is a release from a mutual friend Steve Henke - W9SH. Zipper has dynamic Allison ducking and simple voter functionality as well as enhanced audio filter rules designed by core member Jeff DePolo - WN3A. These enhancements make the system more pleasant to listen to. We also run a few ACID servers so the WAN System is accessible using the WebTransceiver.

Core member Scott Zimmerman - N3XCC has set-up a web based user forum for helping others with XIPAR amateur radio over IP software distribution. We also have a section on the AllStars' ACID and Limey Linux distributions. The forum, located at AllStarNode.Com is available as a reference and place to ask questions and get good answers.

Scott is also responsible for the unparalleled USB radio interface called the RIM.

Coverage plots of various repeaters
Presented by core member Kevin Custer - W3KKC

The files below show coverage plots of a few of our repeater sites. They are based on a Google Map.

You can zoom, and maneuver to see coverage in specific locations. These repeater coverage models were predicted using the newest version of Radio Mobile Online.

Green is considered usable, and yellow is marginal. These coverage maps show what is possible - not necessarily what YOU will experience as it depends greatly on your equipment and antenna capability.

I wish to thank Roger Coudé VE2DBE for his effort and supporting the amateur radio community with his professional services for free.

Johnstown PA 146.940 site.
Hay's Mill PA 145.270 site.
Philadelphia PA 441.700 site.
Saxonburg PA 145.290 site.
Warren PA 145.270 site.
St. Thomas (McConnelsburg) PA 145.250 site.
Sheffield PA 442.700 site.
Sugar Grove PA 145.110 site.
Hearts Content PA 147.015 site.
Sigel PA 147.105 site.
Seven Springs PA 146.835 site.
Rockton PA 147.390 site.
Punxsutawney PA 146.715 site.
Devil's Elbow - Punxsutawney PA 146.715 site.
Somerset PA 443.950 site.
Mount Davis PA 443.725 site.
New Germany PA 145.210 site.
Blue Knob PA 147.150 site.
Statler Hill PA 146.625 site.
Mansfield PA 146.910 site.
Berkeley Springs WV 146.745 site.
Palm Coast FL 442.000 site.

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