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ARRL VE

Work has kept me a little tied up lately, but I wanted to share that my ARRL VE credentials finally arrived. Hopefully, things will return to normal soon so I can start attending some testing sessions in the area. To become a volunteer examiner, visit: http://www.arrl.org/become-an-arrl-ve

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BrandMeister Active Talkgroups

A new resource has been added to the resources section of the site. BrandMeister Active Talkgroups is an experimental list of active BrandMeister talkgroups for North America, World-wide, and All Regions.

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Brandmeister Hotspot Security

An odd thing happened the other day while I was monitoring DMR nets. For some reason, I was getting no audio. Radio silence… I was perplexed as only a few short hours before, I was listening to all of the chatter on my Anytone D878UV. Keying up the radio showed activity on the Pi-Star, but […]

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ICS Calendar File – BM DMR Nets

A new file has been uploaded to the File Downloads section. This is an ICS calendar file that contains all of the Brandmeister DMR Nets. You can use this file to import into Google Calendar, Outlook, etc. If you are importing to Google Calendar, I suggest that you create a new calendar, then import the […]

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DMR Talkgroups, Channels, and Zones

If you are a new DMR user, you may find that the transition from analog to digital is a bit confusing. Especially when programming talkgroups, channels, and zones. Hopefully, this post will help clear some of this up. In the analog world, we would simply program frequencies to a channel and that was the end […]

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W0WC Shack

Below is my modest little shack. It contains the following: Windows 10 Pro PC with 16gb memory, i3 processor, 256gb SSD, Radeon 2gb video card. This station is used for digital modes, logging, and programming my radios Raspberry Pi 3b+ to run the hamclock software Yaesu FT-2900 for local 2m Kenwood TS 680S transceiver for […]

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Custom Anytone D878UV Boot Screen

If you want to customize the boot screen on the 878, it’s quite simple to do with your favorite image editor. Create an image that is 160×128 pixels Save/Export it as a bitmap (.bmp) file Within the CPS software, select your COM port by clicking Set | Set COM Click Tool | Boot Image Click […]

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MMDVM Pi-Star iPhone WiFi Hotspot Connection

Many people seem to be having issues connecting their MMDVM Hotspot directly to their iPhone WiFi Hotspot for network access. I fell into the same category. There are a few things that I had to do for it to work: First, the iPhone’s SSID (WiFi Network Name) should not have any special characters or spaces […]

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NOAA VHF Radio Frequencies

Weather season is ALWAYS approaching. It’s always a good idea to have the NOAA weather frequencies added to your radio. Below is a list of the NOAA VHF Radio Frequencies: Channel Name Frequency WX1 162.550 WX2 162.400 WX3 162.425 WX4 162.450 WX5 162.475 WX6 162.500 WX6 162.525

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Anytone D878UV – TX Allow

A problem that we all have encountered from time-to-time in the analog world is that we double with other stations. While on a statewide DMR net, I encountered the same problem. This prompted me to look at my TX Permit settings on the 878. It turned out that I had it set to ‘Always.’ A […]

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