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VHF and Above / Re: New Toy - TYT MD-380
« Last post by Andywragg on February 17, 2018, 12:05:16 PM »
Calling now.....
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VHF and Above / Re: New Toy - TYT MD-380
« Last post by Andywragg on February 17, 2018, 11:03:58 AM »
Hi Gil,

I'm just trying to figure out how to add the Lille TG to my radio, and understand how it all hangs together.


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VHF and Above / Re: New Toy - TYT MD-380
« Last post by gil on February 17, 2018, 06:01:33 AM »
I'm on 20859...

Gil.
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VHF and Above / Re: Digital Voice, Why?
« Last post by gil on February 17, 2018, 05:58:23 AM »
Hot spots can be useful but we are leaving the domain of the radio into the Internet. As to using a hot spot in a car, one might as well use Echolink, or Skype! My only use of DMR for prepping is for increased privacy. Some radios even have encryption. Other than that, good'ol FM works as well. My next handheld might be the Ailunce, dual band DMR...

Gil.
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VHF and Above / Re: Digital Voice, Why?
« Last post by Andywragg on February 16, 2018, 02:59:27 PM »
Hi folks

I just got my MD-380 so apologies for the thread necromancy.

One thing that hasn't been raised yet is that of DMR hot spots. So, what's a hot spot?  Essentially its a small DMR transceiver that relays via the internet. Typically you can use either a PC or more widely used over here, a Raspberry Pi or ATMega device to interface the radio to the 'Net'.

Hot Spots have a limited range, having only 10 mW output power but this should be enough to run a couple of radios over a small area. We have one in the club house so folks can make calls if they wish.

One of the guys uses his mobile phone with his hot spot (via wifi) so he can take the digital network with him wherever he goes. Powered off a USB power bank recharged via a solar panel.
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VHF and Above / New Toy - TYT MD-380
« Last post by Andywragg on February 16, 2018, 02:38:30 PM »
My MD-380 (non GPS Variant) arrived today via the slow boat from China. Ordered and dispatched on 19th January.

First impressions.

It's built pretty solid, although I don't care for the belt clip being mounted to the battery pack so much. If I buy another battery, I'll need to buy another belt clip also, so I'm not swapping them over all the time and wearing out the screw threads.

I've loaded the KD4Z MD-380 tools (firmware) to enhance the GUI and applied a code plug developed by one of my club members.

I've tested access to my local digital (DMR) and analogue repeaters and all seems to be in order. Good clear n crisp audio, and good reports into the analogue repeater front end (via the guy that hosts the unit).  These repeaters are co-located about 10 miles away on the other side of the city. Signal in the house on the hand held is poor unless I go and sit on the other side of the house to where my shack is. I could plug the HT into my X50 col-linear but I don't want to mess about unplugging my Leixen vv-898S. 

I may invest in a hot spot at some point to improve coverage in the house.

One of my club mates demo'd his hot spot the other night. His hot spot runs off a USB power bank with a solar panel attached and uses the data connection on his phone. The phone links to the hotspot via wifi. All in all a nice little set up and it uses very little data from his allocated tariff.

If any of you overseas chaps fancy a chat at some point let me know and we can arrange something. I'm still learning about Zones,  time slots and colour codes, so please be patient.
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Technical Corner / Re: The $4 Chinese Pixie Transceiver.
« Last post by cockpitbob on February 15, 2018, 03:53:35 AM »
You can't polish a turd, but you 'can' roll it in glitter.

YMMV.
;D ;D ;D
Reminds me of the last U.S. presidential election.  When someone asked me if I was going to vote for Hillary or Trump, my reply was "You're asking me to pick up a turd by the clean end.".
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General Discussion / Video on bands and ranges.
« Last post by gil on February 14, 2018, 02:52:39 PM »

Gil.
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Technical Corner / Re: The $4 Chinese Pixie Transceiver.
« Last post by Andywragg on February 14, 2018, 07:18:17 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Gil. I've also sent for a CW Keyer and beacon kit from Ukraine. The pixie should be here by the end of the week, the Keyer, who knows.


If you are into putting makeup on a pig (kind of fun actually),

I found this phrase funny, it reminds me of a phrase we have here.

You can't polish a turd, but you 'can' roll it in glitter.

YMMV.
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Technical Corner / Re: The $4 Chinese Pixie Transceiver.
« Last post by gil on February 13, 2018, 05:46:47 PM »
Thanks Bob. Next time I order from them I'll add one to my cart. For $5 it would make no sense not to...

Gil.
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