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XLX303 New in 2024!

December 31, 2023 – New Years Eve – 12-31-23 (123123)– by Bucky, W0SUN A lot of exciting things are happening in 2024! First, we’ve moved the Digital Learning Net from SKYHUBLINK to COLORADO-HD. This actually makes sense for the main reason that the DLN (Digital Learning Net) group calls Talkgroup 31088 XLX303-D home when we […]

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XLX303 Updates!

After a long-ish hiatus from activity, we have been making a lot of changes to the Colorado Digital system and specifically, to XLX303. We have consolidated some systems, removed some older reflectors and bridges, and centered everything around XLX303. The big change comes from upgrading the XLX reflector to v2.5.2. This allows for YSF linking […]

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BrandMeister Support

The BrandMeister Worldwide network is used by a lot of hams worldwide. With 45 Master Servers around the world, over 4,000 repeaters, and 13,000 hotspots connected at any one time, it is by any definition a large network. As the network continues to grow in size and use, it is important to know where to […]

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Hotspots for Hams

Amateur radio operators are notoriously thrifty. We will wait to purchase something until we get a 5% coupon, or haggle over shipping. It seems to be a characteristic common to most hams. But we are also generous. The same ham that haggled over $1 at the swap meet might also give you the shirt off […]

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APRS RX Comparison

Recently on our Colorado Digital Telegram group, we were discussing the APRS reception capabilities of the Yaesu FT-2 and FT-3 HT’s. I decided to do a quick experiment comparing the APRS reception/decoding of my FT-2DR vs my Kenwood TH-D74a. Here is the video (TL;DR- the Kenwood is much better)

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BrandMeister Messaging

One very cool but often underutilized feature of DMR is the ability to send and receive SMS messages.The BrandMeister network has a few different SMS service numbers and functions available. The details on this service can be found on this page in the BrandMeister wiki (which you will have to translate from German). In this […]

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Nextion display WiFi extender

The idea of the project is to provide the ability to place your Nextion display and hotspot in different locations in your house. Since UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter) protocol is used for communication between the hotspot and display, it becomes easier to experiment with all kinds of options. There are many controllers available today with […]

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OpenGD77 Project

OpenGD77 is a very exciting and active DMR radio project. This project involves hacking the inexpensive Radioddity GD77 dual band DMR handheld and its associated customer programming software (CPS). The core group of developers who are working on OpenGD77 are Roger VK3KYY, Kai DG4KLU, Jason VK7ZJA, Alex DL4LEX, Daniel F1RMB, and Colin G4EML. Apparently the […]

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Using the BrandMeister API

Here is my approach to using talkgroups and my AnyTone radio on BrandMeister, as well as using the BrandMeister SelfCare account to check the status of static and auto-static talkgroups right in the browser. There’s also some commands that can be used in any Linux Terminal, and they also should work in Windows Subsystem for […]

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Hotspot best practices

The regulations that apply to amateur radio—including use of frequencies and control of our stations—also apply to our use of personal, low-power hotspots. It’s our responsibility to understand and adhere to those regulations. I think this is an issue worth thinking about so that we all can continue to enjoy the use of our personal, […]