Advanced Setup

Introduction

The AllStar client software includes a rich set of configuration options which are generally exposed in the various “conf” files. Since ClearNode is intended as a compact personal node, we try to bring the most relevant options up to the mobile applications. As time goes by we try to satisfy end user requests for more options, so you will see this list of Node Setup items expand.

Node Setup Expert Mode

Before you can access the advanced setup options you must enable Node Setup Expert Mode, which is to be found on the Settings screen. On the “Your Nodes” screen tap the cog (iOS) or wrench (Android) icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Node Setup Screen

Tap into the Node Detail screen for your node, scroll to the bottom and tap “AllStar/Echolink Setup”. This will activate the Node Setup screen – you will now see number of new configuration options. You may “long press” on any item to activate a dialog with a brief description of the option.

Below we will supplement those brief descriptions with more detail.

Note that after changing an option on this screen you must tap Save in the top right corner to make the changes active.

Also note that saving the new configuration will recreate the configuration files from templates – potentially overwriting any manual edits you have made to those files via SSH.

Enable streaming audio: We at Node-Ventures maintain an Icecast server in our data center. If this option is checked your node will automatically connect to that server and publish an audio stream of all the traffic on your node. You can access this stream from your mobile device by returning to the Node Detail screen and tapping the Play button in the top right hand corner. The audio stream is delayed by about 20 seconds. To turn off the stream, return to the Node Detail screen and tap the Pause button in the top right hand corner. Note that the audio will continue to be streamed to the server wether you are listening to it or not. If you are concerned about mobile data consumption, return to the Node Setup screen and disable this option.

Enable audio analysis: This option enables the SOX Audio Analysis functionality on your node which can be inspected in the “Adjust USB Audio Gain for VOIP” screen. See the AUDIO TUNING page above for more information.

Enable courtesy tones: Courtesy tones give you audio indications and confirmation of activity on your node:

  • When your node has no connection to another node and you attempt to transmit, after you key-down your HT, your node will respond with the negative audio “boop” tone to indicate you did not send any audio
  • If your node is connected to a remote node, after key-up/down your node will respond with the positive “beep-boop” to indicate successful transmission to the AllStar network.
  • Similarly your node will respond with the positive/negative tones to indicate success/failure when you command the node using DTMF signals

Say IP at boot: With this option enabled, each time your node boots up it will transmit a voice that annunciates your LAN side IP Address – the address you would use for a Supermon or SSH connection.

Duplex Mode: This generally should be set to “1” for Simplex AllStar nodes. If you want to suppress the 10 minute morse ID announcement set it to “0”. Note that the FCC requires that your node identifies at least every 10 minutes if there is traffic on the radio. The other values are generally not needed by simplex nodes and are included to support future version of the hardware.

Bind Port: This is the UDP port that your node uses to communicate with other AllStar nodes. “4569” is the default and it must correspond to the value that is set on the AllStarLink portal Server definition. In general accept the default value … unless you have multiple nodes on the same LAN network – in that case each should have a different value. This is also the UDP port that you must “forward” to your node’s LAN IP Address if wish to enable IN-bound connections.

Voice Telemetry: When enabled your node will voice announce connections to and from your node, including changes at remote nodes. When set to “On” these announcements can get annoyingly verbose, particularly if you are connected to a busy hub. Setting it to “Limited” will only announce local connection and disconnections and then will silence after 1 minute.

Enable parrot mode: In this mode your node will record any traffic coming into your node radio (RX) and then replay it back over the radio (TX). This can be useful to check the quality and deviation of your transmissions to the AllStar network so you can adjust your HT microphone gain and the distance between your HT’s microphone and your mouth.

Zip for weather: Your ClearNode supports the “*81” and “*82” DTMF commands that prompt your node to announce the local time and weather conditions. Set this Zip Code to the location you want the announcements for.

Transmit & Receive timeout (ms): Use these values to control the timeout function that limits how long your node will send and receive traffic from the AllStar network. These timeouts prevent your node from locking up the AllStar network or your HT during malfunctions such as a “stuck mic”.

Announce mode: At the bottom of the Node Setup screen, if you have “Configure Echolink” enabled. When “Voice telemetry” (above) is enabled, Echolink provides a secondary option that allows connect/disconnect announcements to state the Node #, or optionally, the Callsign for the connection. Note that “Voice telemetry” must be enabled for this option to have any effect.