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!)
The script in my last post was a quick hack ‘n’ slash to perform a few housekeeping functions on TLE files and transponder definitions for Gpredict in one go. I have since revisited the script, tidied it up a bit and made it more generic – it can now cope with multiple websites other than AMSAT… Read More More on updating TLE files for Gpredict
UPDATE [17 Feb 16]: See my post More on updating TLE files for Gpredict for a newer version of this script (but do read on so you know what it does!) Gpredict, the free, real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction software from OZ9AEC is an excellent bit of software for predicting satellite passes if you’re into that sort of thing. One… Read More Update TLE files in Gpredict from more than one location …
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 …?
…. Please forgive the unintended pun in the title! I first visited RAF Akrotiri as an Air Cadet in the spring of 1992 (before I was licenced and even knew what amateur radio was!) and can remember there being a rather active radio presence co-located with No 1 (Overseas) Sqn, Air Training Corps at RAF… Read More When antennae are left to the elements ….
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?!
Before you consign that 20 year old collinear to the scrap heap when it seems it is at the end of its life, take it apart and have a look inside. It may well save you a few bob buying a new one … When I was first licensed as G7SWG in the mid 90s, my parents… Read More The Tale of the 20 Year Old Collinear
A few years ago, Thomas Sailer’s website went AWOL along with the source code for the Linux AX25 drivers. I managed to cobble together a mirror of the website as well as the sourcecode tarballs for a few versions (there were a few unresolved bugs in the later versions that effected PTT via HamLib!) Goto http://www.qsl.net/g0wfv/soundmodem/ for… Read More Linux AX25 Soundmodem Drivers