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How to automatically link your Pi-Star hotspot to D-Star or YSFReflectors

system cron details

I noticed recently that sometimes my D-Star based MMDVM Pi-Star hotspot would unlink itself overnight from any reflector it was linked to and I decided to investigate and see if I could work out a way to automatically link it to a reflector. After some searching, I found out that it’s very straightforward to do […]

How to update and upgrade your Pi-Star based hotspot

PI-Star SSH logged in

There are a couple of methods of updating a Pi-Star based MMDVM hotspot, one upgrades Pi-Star itself and the other method does a full operating system update as well as Pi-Star. The Pi itself automatically runs a process overnight that updates the host file and various other things but this is how to do a […]

How to enable cross band repeater on an Icom ID-5100E

Icom ID-5100 showing which diodes to remove to extend transmit and enable the cross band repeater

How to enable cross band repeater mode and extended transmit on the Icom ID-5100E

A quick tip for your hotspots

With all the hotspots I have in the house for various modes, I decided to do something about the RF. They all run very low power but they’re only for me to use and I didn’t want the RF escaping the house. I bought a few tiny little dummy loads from eBay and replaced the […]

How to set up a Yaesu System Fusion reflector (YSFReflector)

Over the last four or five years I’ve been a regular user of two digital voice modes, D-STAR and DMR. I don’t particularly like to use them to work ‘DX’ but they both have their advantages regarding linking repeaters together and allowing me to keep in touch with people when I’m away from home. Both […]

Building an MMDVM hotspot on a budget

MMDVM Hotspot attached to the Raspberry Pi Zero

I bought myself a new handheld at the Newark rally earlier this year, an Anytone AT-D878UV to use on DMR. When I went on holiday in October, I took a couple of copies of RadCom with me and in one of them there was a review of my handheld. The author mentioned that he’d used […]

Installing a radio into my car

Mazda 6 with Watson W-770HB

About a year ago I changed my car and it’s taken a while to get around to fitting the radio into it. I’ve missed having a wireless in the car and recently resorted to keeping a handheld in the glove box so at least I could natter on the local repeater while driving around town. […]

Receiving weather fax pictures on HF using fldigi

fldigi receiving a WEFAX image from the Northwood transmitter

A week or so ago I saw a weather fax (WEFAX) picture someone had posted that they’d captured on HF. This grabbed my attention because I like maps and I like to see things to do with the weather. I’d tried a couple of years ago to receive satellite weather pictures with little success (due […]

Accurate time keeping on an Apple Mac running macOS Mojave

When running data modes such as the very popular FT8, it’s important to keep your computer clock accurate because if it’s more than a couple of seconds out then you won’t be able to decode anyone, they won’t be able to decode you and you won’t make any QSOs.  There are a number of utilities […]

Updated guide to setting up an APRS RX only iGate using a Raspberry Pi, RTL-SDR dongle and a pre-built image

Initial test of the RPi and RTL-SDR Dongle APRS RX only iGate using Raspbian Stretch

** image has been updated as of 21/04/2018 to resolve the problems some people had booting their Pi ** This post is an updated version of the original article I wrote in February 2017.  It’s using Raspbian Stretch rather than Raspbian Jessie, has Direwolf 1.4 instead of Direwolf 1.3 and the method used to start […]