Welcome to the Wide Area Network Repeater System
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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 a digital stream. 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 or Raspberry Pi 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, and Raspberry Pi 2's and 3's.

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 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", "DIAL", and "XIPAR" distributions are a work in progress by Jim Dixon - WB6NIL (also known as Duuuude), Steve RoDgers - WA6ZFT, Steve Henke - W9SH, Steve Zingman - N4IRS, Mike Zingman - N4IRR, and possibly others.

Some of WAN's sites use the Xelatec XIPAR distribution of the software. XIPAR (pronounced zipper), is a release from Steve Henke - W9SH. Zipper has dynamic Allison ducking and simple voter functionality as well as enhanced audio filter rules designed by WAN core member Jeff DePolo - WN3A. These enhancements make the WAN system more pleasant to listen to.

We also run several "DIAL" servers on the WAN System.   One of them is our Main HUB 2135.  DIAL comes from Steve Zingman - N4IRS and Mike Zingman - N4IRR.

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