==How AllStarLink, Inc got Started==
By: Kevin Custer W3KKC
Jim Dixon WB6NIL was one of the smartest people I've ever met. He is responsible for app_rpt and many aspects of Asterisk®, a software based Public Branch Exchange for the telephony industry. Early on, Jim realized that Asterisk could be the basis of a powerful multi-port repeater controller, and wrote code to support that functionality. Jim also invented AllStar Link, a network of publicly-accessible amateur radio repeater and remote base stations which can connect to each other via Voice Over IP (VoIP) on the Internet. Jim had help with the website, approving new members, issuing node numbers, etc., however, writing code and doing updates and bug fixes was primarily his job. All of that was lost in December of 2016 with his unexpected death.