Monthly archives: November, 2019

RedNode API Ver 18 released

This release improves the AWS MQTT connection management, particularly in marginal WiFi and Internet situations. We recommend all users upgrade to this release.

73 … Gerry.

WiFiByLight Demo …

Several people have asked for a video explaining the WiFiByLight process for getting your ClearNode on your WiFi and talking to the ClearNode Mobile App. Enjoy !

ClearNode 1.12 for Android released

This release brings the Android implementation up to par with the Apple iOS 1.12 release. Voice telemetry, parrot mode and zip code definition for the *81 weather announcement.

73 … Gerry.

ALERT: OpenVPN and ClearNode

We’ve found an issue with ClearNode where OpenVPN is installed and started as a daemon service via “systemctl” at boot. The RedNode API software service is starting before OpenVPN and establishing it’s messaging connection to the AWS Message Hub. Subsequently OpenVPN changes the network configuration and thus trashes the connection to AWS, preventing the ClearNode mobile app from controlling the node.

The temporary solution is to put a delay into the RedNode startup sequence. Edit the /lib/systemd/system/rednode.service file and add the delay as seen below

Description=RedNode AWS client and node controller

ExecStartPre=/bin/sleep 15
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID
ExecStart=/usr/bin/python /usr/local/rednode/


We tried making rednode.service dependent on the OpenVPN service using the “After” section above, but that didn’t seem to work. You may need to adjust the value of “sleep 15” depending on your installation.

If you need help with taking care of this don’t hesitate to get in touch.

73 … Gerry.

ClearNode 1.12 for iOS and RedNode API 17 released

Numerous fixes for the UI – especially issues with the Node Setup screen when changing orientation. Additions to the items in the Node Setup screen:

  • Enable voice telemetry
  • Enable parrot mode
  • Supports changing Bindport
  • Set zipcode for *81 weather announcement

Some other additions:

  • Rebot/Shutdown via DTMF
  • List the available WiFi networks as seen by the ClearNode device
  • Radio Screen now supports VHF nodes

73 … Gerry.

ClearNode 1.11 for Android released

This release brings the Android up to date with the current iOS release. Apart from a handful of bug fixes and enhancements, the big news is the Search functionality for the AllStar and Echolink systems. In the Add Connection screen there is a spy-glass search icon in the top right corner – follow the prompts search search for callsigns, affiliations and locations.

73 … Gerry.

RedNode API 14 released

This release includes a handful of updates to telemetry – in particular CPU temperature. All users are encouraged to update to this release. In the Node Detail Screen, in the Versions section, tap on “RedNode Version” and accept the update.

73 … Gerry.