ClearAlpha is available ! ClearNode is out of stock …

We have ample stock of the components to continue build the ClearAlpha for several months. Unfortunately we ran out of the Raspberry Pi 4B for the ClearNode. We have a firm promise of re-supply of the Pi 4B in May. In the meantime we’ll continue searching for alternate sources, but don’t hold your breath :-/

73 … Gerry.

ClearNode 1.38 for iOS and Android, API 98 released …

What’s new in this release ?

  • You can disable Timed Events setup sequence checking via the main Settings screen “Check Setup Sequence”. It confused some folks that were using multiple app instances to configure their Timed Events. We still think it’s an important safeguard, so we counsel you keep it turned on.
  • “Auto Backup Node Config” has also been added to the main Settings screen and defaults to ON. This setting will automatically backup your node config to our servers every time you save it to the node. It’s wise to keep this turned on.
  • Removed the switch “Disable WiFi Networking” from the WiFi Management screen. Replaced it with a delete icon on the same screen in the top right corner. Some folks were confused by it’s purpose, having it as an explicit action is more intuitive.
  • When there is a new RedNode API version available, it will be displayed in the Versions section of the Node Details screen, eliminating the need to repeatedly download to check for the latest version.
  • Fixed a bug in the Android app where App Backup/Restore was failing
  • Fixed a bug where the embedded radio transceiver configuration was erroneously being overwritten and thus reporting incorrect values

73 … Gerry.

Announcing ClearAlpha !

ClearAlpha is a new product based on the Raspberry Pi 3A+

There are a lot of similarities with the ClearZero product which is not longer available. Compact form, very low power consumption – ClearAlpha is a great travel companion. No ethernet port nor available USB ports – so managing WiFi connections carefully is important.

Exact same software stack as the ClearNode – you can work AllStar, EchoLink, DMR, P25, YSF, FCS & NXDN.

A lower price ($295) makes this node a little more accessible.

Other important news is that the original ClearNode (Pi 4B) is now available again.

73 … Gerry.

ClearNode 1.37 for iOS and Android, API 97 released …

Changes in this release

  • Added ctcssfrom and txboost to simpleusb.conf – these support our software subscriptions for non ClearNode devices that use external audio processors and radios
  • The AllStar Deny/Permit list now operates independently from the EchoLink Deny/Permit list
  • Rx On Delay’s lower bound is now -300 to better support Repeater interaction
  • Timed Events are now included in the mobile app backup/restore
  • When entering the node # in AllStar Setup, user is queried before the ClearNode app re-uses setup parameters previously memorized for that node #
  • “(from App)” or “(from Node)” is displayed in the title of the various setup screens to indicate wether values from the node, or from memory in the App, are being displayed. “(from App)” indicates you are looking at values the App already has in memory which are being displayed as the app waits for the node’s values to be retrieved – once received it will display “(from Node)”. Typically you want to be working with those retrieved from the node.
  • In WiFi management the “Save to node” mode now always defaults to “ALL”. To force the node to only use a single set of credentials, you must explicitly change the mode to “ACTIVE ONLY”
  • The list of available Time Zones now includes all the values provided in the ArchLinux operating system
  • A new “GPIO Control” screen has been added to the setup section of the “Node Details” screen. (Only available for ClearRPT devices.) This screen provides GPIO output state control for the 5 GPIO pins in the ClearRPT 15 pin connector. These pins can also be controlled from Timed Events.

We are out of stock … (updated!)

That’s the last of the Raspberry Pi 4Bs we got last quarter. We may have a line on another supply but it won’t be before the end February.

January 30th update – we now have a firm commitment for Raspberry Pi supply at the end February – announcements to follow !

73 … Gerry.

ClearNode 1.36 for iOS and Android, API 96 released …

This brings the Apple iOS app up to date and implements NVMQ node<>app command messaging, which will automatically be set as the default. This is a minor release for Android, cleans up a couple of bugs and dials back the developer instrumentation.

API 96 clears up a couple of bugs and also now updates the wpa_supplicant WiFi control configuration file with the appropriate country code.

Season’s Greetings … Gerry.

ClearNode V1.36 for Android released …

This releases focuses on our migration away from AWS Messaging Services. By default, after you install the update for your Android device, your mobile app will start using “NVMQ” in favor of “AWS MQTT” for App to Node messaging.

This update requires that your nodes be at API Version 95 and RedNode Code Revision 1245 or better.

Also in the release is support for “Private Nodes” – an automated way of configuring your nodes that are on the same network so they connect to each other without complicated configuration in “rpt.conf”. You can find the option on the “Your Nodes” screen’s context menu.

We released the Android version first because the issues between Android and AWS MQTT were primarily what drove the migration – thus Android was the priority.

Apple iOS users – hang in there – we’ll get caught up hopefully next week.

73 … Gerry.

API 95 released …

(Wait what happened to API 94 ? Three guesses …)

This is the beginning of our move to a new messaging structure. Historically we have used AWS’s IoT MQTT messaging service to propagate information between your ClearNodes and your Apple iOS and Android mobile applications. There seems to have been changes at AWS that have degraded service for our system.

We have implemented our messaging server using a system that is Open Source and very mature. Initially we will be running the two systems in parallel so we can validate the solution – with an eye to making a complete switch at some point in the near future. This should guarantee us that teething problems won’t affect the current production environment.

There will be updates for the ClearNode mobile apps coming later in the month – but for now we need to prove out the back end infrastructure. Until the mobile app release, you shouldn’t see any difference in your nodes or the mobile app.

73 … Gerry.

We got Pi 4Bs !

Just received a healthy supply of the Raspberry Pi 4B !

This should keep us in production for a while. No word on Pi Zero 2W unfortunately. The Raspberry Pi Foundation say they are working as hard as they can to bring supplies forward, but it’s still unclear when the supply chain will get back to normal.

One day at a time …

73 … Gerry.

Comments from Raspberry Pi Foundation …

This video is a few of weeks old – it just barely addresses the interrupted supply of the Raspberry Pi boards. But it’s also interesting in that it tracks the evolution of the Foundations mission and customer base. Spoiler alert – they didn’t predict the interest they were going to get from us “mature consumers”.

(PS … by no means endorsing “Micro Center”.)

73 … Gerry.