DuraNode AllStar Node UHF or VHF Comprehensive Hardware Kit Due for Release Early 2024


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DuraNode Simplex 70cm or 2m FM Node kit for AllStar. Photos show a fully built node but this kit requires assembly.

This Node is a Raspberry Pi hosted AllStar RF Node using the AllStarlink network.

AllStarLink is a network of Amateur Radio repeaters, remote base stations and home nodes accessible to each other via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). AllStarLink runs on a dedicated computer (including the Raspberry Pi) that you host at your home or repeater site. It is based on the open source Asterisk PBX running the app_rpt application. App_rpt makes Asterisk a powerful system capable of controlling one or more radios. It provides linking of these radio “nodes” to other systems of similar construction anywhere in the world via VoIP.

The DuraNode is similar to the traditional “hotspot” in that it runs on a Raspberry Pi with an RF hat, and is connected to the AllStarlink network via the internet. The only difference is that the hat uses an FM radio chip, hence no need for a digital radio.

Any FM transceiver with CTCSS that operates in the ham bands can access the node.

You can control your node 3 ways.

1) Via “Supermon” which is a dashboard that comes built into the node’s software and can come up on any web browser that on the same WiFi network as your node.

2) Via an App called Node Remote which is available on Android and iOS.

3) Via DTMF tones using your radio.

DuraNode Simplex FM Comprehensive Node kit for AllStar:

This is a very comprehensive ham construction kit designed by VK4NGA that implements a Raspberry Pi hosted AllStar RF Node. This kit is to suit the Raspberry Pi 3B/3B+ or 4B series.

Assembly Skill Level: Intermediate – only 2 solder joints required on the bottom of the Raspberry Pi board, plus case assembly.

Computer Skill Level: Advanced – SSH ACCESS IS HOW YOU CONFIGURE THE NODE. Also the node has to be connected via Ethernet for initial configuration setup.

Kit Contents:

Custom Australian made acrylic case to suit the Raspberry Pi 3B/3B+ or 4B.

The VK4NGA designed/manufactured AllStar RF FM DuraNode hat – is fully assembled, no soldering needed on the hat. The RF hat Is fully tested and it comes pre programmed with operating frequency and CTCSS of  441.250 91.5 CTCSS or 145.350 91.5 CTCSS. This can be changed by you via SSH access.


Heatsink for the Raspberry Pi processor.

Quality class 10 Micro SD card with the VK4NGA customised version of Hamvoip software installed and mostly configured including a customised version of the Supermon web browser dashboard. By doing this, coupled with my instructions, I’ve taken care of most of the tricky configuration issues, which is the main problem most node builders face when building their nodes.

Quality Laird USA Ferrite filter for the PSU.

**You just need to supply**

A Raspberry Pi 3B/3B+ or 4B 1gb.

A power supply, I recommend the genuine Raspberry Pi PSU.

Core Electronics in NSW are a trusted supplier.

This kit comes with complete comprehensive build and configuration instructions.

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