Mike Zingman - N4IRR
And yes you did misunderstand.
Nodes in the database (node_list.txt) are preceded by a *2 when invoked from the "Nodes" menu or using the long press for the first 10
Nodes in the "Macro" menu, accessed from the long press of * or the "Macro" dropdown (like Connect to Node 2600) are dialed as is
Nodes in the ad-hoc menu, long press * after loading a new menu with sendtext from the ASL node are dialed as is.
So, If you add to the database, postfix it with *30
If you add it anywhere else, prefix it with *3 to connect in transmit mode.