Aloha from the Garden Isle of Kaua'i. Transceive allows amateur radio operators to connect to their AllStar node from anywhere in the world. Operators can administer linked nodes, monitor traffic, and transmit audio, all from the comfort of their Mac.

You will either need an account on the node you are connecting to or register for an AllStar account and use it to connect to public nodes.

• Connect directly to public nodes with your AllStar account. Experience the AllStarLink network without the complexity of setting up your own node. A callsign is required to sign up for an AllStar account.

• Account information is stored for every node you manage. Passwords are securely stored in the macOS keychain.
• Hostname and port for public nodes are automatically looked up via DNS so you don't have to remember specific IP addresses.
• Node indicators let you know if your node becomes unreachable due to change in network conditions, for example when connecting to a new WiFi.
• Connect to up to 8 nodes at the same time.
• Nodes can be set to automatically connect when the application opens.

• Node attributes and location are displayed for each node.
• Callsign details such as name, license type and country are looked up automatically. (Availability varies by country of callsign issuance.)
• Node locations can be visualized on a map by clicking on the pin icon.

• Experience high quality audio from any sources connected to your Mac.
• Monitor and adjust audio levels with the help of a calibrated audio monitor panel.
• Full duplex support.

• Transmission is activated by holding down the PTT button or the SPACE bar.
• When transmitting, a timeout timer is displayed to help you avoid timing out a repeater.
• Latching PTT option provides a hands-free experience.

• Quickly link your node to other nodes on the network.
• Identify keyed nodes as they transmit.
• A history of previously linked nodes is preserved for easy access in the future.
• Automatic unlinking prevents you from inadvertently linking multiple nodes together. This feature can be turned off when necessary, for example when managing a hub.

• Modify built-in DTMF commands to match your specific node configuration.
• Define your own DTMF sequence presets for quick access to frequent operations.

• A keypad allows you to enter arbitrary DTMF commands for your node.

Transceive is independently developed and not affiliated with AllStarLink or its developers.

What’s New

Version 1.2.3

- Fix accessibility issue with audio input/output selection

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

NC5R ,

An App That Does What It Says It Does

I am an amateur radio operator and was delighted to find this app. It allows any licensed ham to to connect to the AllStar network using the Mac.

I am a blind VoiceOver user. I found one aspect of the app that did not work with the VoiceOver screen reader. I contacted the developer and he responded immediately and quickly fixed the problem.

This app is easy to use and it works great.

ken the wine geek ,

Great tool for the job

I got introduced to the Allstar Link network while on vacation in Kaua`i a few months ago. When I got home, I wanted to find an easy way to connect with my Kaua`i friends and explore AllStar further. Lo and behold, one of my local (Virginia QTH) repeaters is also on AllStar. And then I found Transceive.

It's a well written, smooth user experience. Solid and reliable. Definitely well worth the cost for me.

Since then, I've added several AllStar nodes in places I often travel to, and it's a great way for me to connect with these communities from afar.

Thanks for an excellent tool. I now run Transceive all day every day connecting with friends in various places.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your support. Transceive is actually made with Aloha on Kaua`i. Glad it helped you stay connected with the islands.

jaywelch ,

Minimalist and fully featured!

It's about time that someone with great design and modern coding practices wrote software for macOS and the ham community. Maybe this can be the benchmark going forward for new apps for ham operators in the macOS world. Connects to Allstar nodes, great audio, easy to use interface, and everything you could want with nothing else to get in the way.

App Privacy

The developer, Island Magic Co., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.