You can view this article from one of two view points (or both) … 1. The self-entitled, new millennium view that none are allowed to speak the truth if it is critical of (and may upset/offend) someone. 2. Amateur radio manufacturers and outlets prey on the captive audience of folks that partake of our niche… Read More That moment you speak your mind …
OK, so it’s time for me to come clean! My friends, even my family call me a geek; I have some slightly off the wall, not exactly main-stream interests which some of them have in the past commented on my “expertise” and “knowledge”. Amateur Radio (if you haven’t guessed already) and all that the hobby entails… Read More “The Knack” or “When Projects Go Wrong”
There isn’t a great deal of information available around the bazaars on compilation and installation of the ircDDB Gateway software from source code. With some dumb luck trial and error, it took me a couple of days to fight my way through what little information I was able to pull together. My first point of… Read More HOW-TO Install ircDDB Gateway From Latest Source Code
I’ve had this idea floating around my head after the YL commented (some time ago!) that the backlight on my DVMega/MMDVMHost Raspberry Pi was a tad on the … errr … bright side. She may have put it less politely but I soon agreed after I attempted to install it in the highest point in the… Read More MMDVMHost with HD44780 PWM backlight control
… a little over a week ago! (I’ve been having so much fun, I neglected to blog!) It finally arrived after a week of impatient waiting. Thanks must go to Karl, M0KSP for persevering through the flurry of successive firmware updates from Guus, PE1PLM to ensure I received a device with the latest firmware on-board… Read More The DVMega arrived …
It would seem the Phoenix DMR network, which is (was?) based on the DMR-MARC network with their warcry of “Motorola to the death”, is allowing both Hytera and homebrew MMDVM based repeaters and hotspots to connect. Could this be the reinvigoration that the network needs? Could this be too little too late? Don’t get me wrong, this… Read More Phoenix sees the light
Since moving to a new home QTH with restrictive covenants regarding antennas last summer, keeping on the air has been problematic to say the least! Most of my operation is currently accomplished using means that would make a radio purist cringe – internet linked repeaters I can access with a handheld transceiver. I have excellent line-of-sight… Read More DVMEGA hits the (DMR hot-)spot.
This is starting to become a running theme on my blog which may give the impression that I’m anti-DMR! Far from it – I fully embrace the mode and the possibilities it promises for the 21st Century amateur radio operator. I have NEVER owned or operated a D-Star radio, so I’m not a disgruntled D-Star operator bashing DMR.… Read More Way to go, CC-3…(NOT!)
Before I start, I would just like to say I have no axe to grind with those who provide the network infrastructure for the various DMR networks, many at their own cost for which I applaud. This post highlights just one example of the type of actions those pulling the strings take to manage the network… Read More DMR Addendum: A knee-jerk reaction from the Ivory Tower …?
So it’s been “a while” since I fired up my DMR set. Mostly due to certain disagreements that the mode has attracted (everybody has a view, nobody can agree!) I lost interest. Very quickly! I’ve had a bit of time recently to dip my toes back into the mode and so much has changed! What follows… Read More What’s going on with DMR?!