Alfonso Faustino: Gerry Filby (W6WNG): AllStar ClearNode

UPDATE: 5-January-2021, at 1453: Gerry Filby made a major software update: DMR functions.

Yes — ClearNode can access DMR and talk-groups associated to Brandmeister and TGIF.

I am hoping Gerry Filby will give an update for P25 functions.

Now, I can finally use my Motorola XTS 5000R to access DMR talk-groups…and,

I can finally use my Motorola APX 8000HXE to access the DMR talk-groups!

Bad ass!!!

Thanks, Gerry!!! Great work!!! So glad I made the purchase — money well-spent!!!

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Buy it!

Yup, simple as that…buy one — you won’t regret it — if you do, you can always return it within 30 days of receipt.

Gerry Filby’s ClearNode is one of the best purchases I made for 2020.

An AllStar node, in my simple basic understanding, is a unique identifier and key that allows analog repeaters to execute RX and TX via VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) — so, the analog repeater is accessible via the internet connection of a computer (e.g., Raspberry Pi) anywhere in the world.

In order for the HAM operator to access and activate the AllStar node of the analog repeater, the HAM operator needs to get his or her own AllStar node and a hot-spot — such as, Gerry Filby’s ClearNode. The ClearNode is a hot-spot for the analog repeaters — just like the openSPOT3 is a hot-spot for HAM digital networks for P25, DMR, D-STAR, and System Fusion.

The ClearNode is a software driven device. The Android OS or Apple iOS programs the ClearNode; and, it uses a Raspberry Pi computer to manage the AllStar nodes, RX, TX, Internet, and Wi-Fi protocols between the HAM operator and the AllStar analog repeater(s). The ClearNode also has a radio board, UHF or VHF simplex tuner, that puts out ~500 milliwatts — mine uses UHF simplex frequencies with CTCSS sub-audible tones to mitigate the chances of frequency interference. The radio board is the interface between the HAM operator’s transceiver and the ClearNode.

Once you set up the AllStar ClearNode, all you need to do is push the pickle on your transceiver to TX to an AllStar analog repeater, and you’re in business.

Gerry Filby provides excellent customer post-sale support; though, there really shouldn’t be any reason to contact him; because, the ClearNode is ready to use right out-of-the-box; however, should you have any issues, you can contact Gerry Filby, and he will answer your questions or address your issues within an hour or so of your email — he responded to my emails within five to 10 minutes. He also has one of the best websites around; because, his website has all the answers to the questions that will come up as a new owner of his ClearNode.

I really dig the look and feel of Gerry Filby’s ClearNode — it is compact; and, it is all put together in a nice clear plexiglass case. For me, it was easy to change the settings to accommodate my specific needs for my social HAM operations into the analog repeater networks. Any questions I had, were easily answered on Gerry Filby’s website.

My TX and RX transmissions via the ClearNode were crisp and clear into the analog repeaters. All the HAM operators, with whom I made contact, described my TX as crystal clear.

I like to listen to the WIN System Insomnia Net. I use my ClearNode; and, I can clearly receive the HAM operators’ TX throughout the net. It is so nice not to have to worry about my distance from the WIN repeaters in Napa, CA, and San Jose, CA. In the video clip above, I’m listening to analog operators talking on the WIN System via my ClearNode.

Gerry Filby’s ClearNode is the next best thing to sliced bread — if you wanna access your analog repeaters, which has AllStar nodes, then check out Gerry Filby’s AllStar ClearNode — you won’t be disappointed.

Check 6!

/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)