[App_rpt-users] irlp channel driver Q? ...

Don Hackler donh at sigma.net
Tue May 29 22:55:01 EDT 2012

After a month of two playing with Allstar, I know this is the future.  I 
came at it with the advantage that I have been doing asterisk based 
phone systems for a year or two, so this really felt right.  I tie the 
Allstar box to my Asterisk infrastructure with IAX2.   Unfortunately, I 
needed IRLP to talk to some friends in other parts of the country, so I 
finally broke down and installed IRLP on a separate computer and a 
dedicated local simplex radio.  It's pretty useless for me unless I'm 
within about 1/2 a mile of my house, but it gives me an IRLP option.
(The local IRLP capable repeater owners are not too anxious for repeater 
users to come in a change IRLP links.  I guess they've gotten yelled at 
too many times for having a user violate some IRPL rule...)

I used the crappiest old computer I had laying around (a P4 w/512megs 
ram...) and a surplus Motorola radio.
After hooking up a couple of URIs, the IRLP board was a pain.  It 
required separate connections to the sound card, and it needed a drive 
power cable extended out of the computer.  It's pretty ugly with cables 
hang out every which way, so, I'll have to put it in an enclosure soon.  
(It probably made more sense when computers didn't have the parallel 
ports mounted on the back panel... then you could stash the IRLP board 
inside the computer).   It was pretty simple to get the software 
running, but it doesn't really do a lot, either.
I really hate wasting the electricity and space for another dedicated 
machine, though...

On 5/29/2012 3:27 PM, Kirk Just Kirk wrote:
> Pose that question to David Cameron VE7LTD.........
> Be sure to read the E-mail that comes back on a old computer
> That you don't mind losing to a fire....Cameron goes BEZERK..
> I do see you still have quite a few IRLP nodes listed.....
> My OPINION.....yank the hard drive out,remove the IRLP board.
> Drop in new drive, configure as a Allstar node and dont look back.
> Unless you really NEED to be able to connect to IRLP node(s)
> you are much better off to do this. There is NO REASON to stay with
> IRLP.It was top dawg in it's day, but it's outdated now.
> A number of us ran IRLP on our Allstar nodes, only to be threatened
> by Dave Cameron that we would have our PGP keys yanked and forced
> off the system. I didn't wait for the "Bitch Slap" I promptly yanked IRLP
> nodes 3510 and 3520 (used to be 351 and 352 WAY BACK when) out of
> service,Picked the SSI-202 chips off the boards and threw the rest in 
> the trash.
> If you MUST be able to cross connect...simply place the two machines 
> back to back
> Don't publish that you are doing it, chances are you can get away with 
> it for a while...
> Kirk
> On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM, Tony Youngblood <k5try73 at gmail.com 
> <mailto:k5try73 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I have an irlp node online with no radio currently. Is it possible
>     to add the irlp.conf channel driver and add this existing irlp
>     node on my AllStar box?
>     Or am I s.o.l. with an irlp node on my A* box? I think I'm
>     understanding that requesting a new irlp node / pgp keys from the
>     irlp people is outta the Q? but not sure if adding irlp
>     capabilities is completely outta the Q? I'n the AllStar world.
>     73
>     ;(;)
>     AllStar 28384
>     Irlp 7998 / 7766 / 7926
>     Echo 563329
>     :(:)
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