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.
Some 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 several DIAL servers so the WAN System is accessible using the WebTransceiver. One DIAL deployment is our main hub 2135. It's a special build of DIAL from Steve Zingman - N4IRS and Mike Zingman - N4IRR.
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.
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