Category Archives: D-Star

Modifying MMDVMHost-Dashboard Config Values on a RPi

Well, as it turned out, I was overthinking the problem.  Sure enough there were NO usernames/passwords assigned to the Dashboard buttons.  Sigh.  However it was a good experience because it lead me to understanding how the Dashboard configuration is carried … Continue reading

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Setting up New DVmega-RPi 3B Dual-Band Hotspot

A friend of mine wanted a Hotspot for his home, which is far enough away from our DSTAR repeater to connect to without resorting to high power and a high gain antenna.  I volunteered to set up a RPi 3B … Continue reading

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Touch-Tone Control of DVmega Hotspot

The DVmega, running ircDBGateway software, supports control/linking via DTMF Touch-Tone commands (that is an option that can be turned off, but it defaults to on).  This is generally much easier to do than struggling with trying to reprogram the UR … Continue reading

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The Easiest DSTAR I’ve Ever Used

I’ve laid hands on six different Icom DSTAR radios, included the latest/greatest, and they all suffer from horrible illogical human interface designs.  Perhaps it is simply a cultural thing — what the Japanese find easy to do, frustrates someone from … Continue reading

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A Cool Linking Tool for Hotspots

Now that my DVmega is up and running, I am happy to report that a pretty cool App, “ircddb remote“, works just fine as long as you setup the port (usually 10022) and password in the ircDBBgateway program.  At the … Continue reading

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It’s Alive (DVmega Part 2)

It took more than a little bit of doing, but my DVmega/RPi3 is up and running just fine now. I can access the hotspot anywhere in my home using my ID-80AD on Super Low Power — this is a great … Continue reading

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Getting a DVmega/RPi3 Hotspot Running – Part 1

As a backup to some local DSTAR machines that require a bit more than a HT on low power with a rubber duck antenna to access, I thought it would be nice to install a DV Hotspot in my house. … Continue reading

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A Repeater Finder App for IOS and Android (and the web)

While I had programmed every repeater in my local area into my IC880H before installing it in the truck, I had no idea exactly where the repeaters were located, and I discovered that I was not able to bring all … Continue reading

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Mounting a VHF/UHF Gain Antenna on a Chevy Avalanche

My WB4SON-mobile is a Chevrolet Avalanche.  Despite the fact that I’ve owned that truck for over a decade, I’ve never had a permanently mounted rig or antenna, relying instead on my handheld with a mag-mount antenna.  After about the sixth … Continue reading

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The IC-9100 gets added to the D-Star list

With the VHF/UHF contest this weekend, I figured I would dust off the IC-9100 and see if I could scare up a few SSB QSOs.   Within a couple of minutes I had a two on 2 meters and one … Continue reading

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