Here are three of the radios on my desk. The top one is for D-Star. The bottom right one is for local repeaters… it’s hooked to an antenna in my attic. The bottom left, as you may notice… says IRLP.
Let me tell you about this. I have been using an Allstar node. It had not only Allstar functionality, but also Echolink and IRLP. Turns out, the IRLP folks took exception to that. Apparently the Allstar folks offered the feature in their software to connect to the IRLP network… without the approval of the folks who run the IRLP network. So… very recently, all the users who were using the Allstar software to access the IRLP network… had their IRLP security keys revoked because they were using an illegitimate method to connect.
Yes, that’s a big deal. That means… all these folks who paid for an IRLP node… just lost their privileges to use IRLP. I was one of those people. When I realized this, I disabled the IRLP feature of my Allstar node… and hooked my official IRLP hardware back up. Then I contacted the IRLP folks and asked them to reinstate my node.
And they did! Great! It is my feeling that the Allstar folks were reckless and irresponsible to offer the feature to access the IRLP network without the approval of the folks who managed that network. Not only that, but if you hang out on the Allstar mailing lists for any time at all you will notice a fair amount of vitriol that is directed towards the IRLP folks.
This has caused me to make a decision. I have unplugged my Allstar node. And I won’t be running Allstar anymore. I am going to run IRLP instead. The kind of bad attitude that the Allstar folks have toward the IRLP leadership is really a shame. And I don’t want anything to do with it.
Long live IRLP.
Update: An IRLP admin informed me that it’s not the official Allstar folks that are the problem. It’s the HAMVOIP folks that are causing the trouble. The Allstar community is fragmented… with two distinct groups of developers and admins that don’t like each other much. One is the original Allstar group… whose founder passed away a year or two ago. The new folks in charge are not doing a great job. The other is HAMVOIP. That was the distribution with the unauthorized IRLP function that caused many people to lose their security keys.