The IRN is an exciting mode for 2-way radio communications. At any time, you can see which callsigns are online for a nice QSO. Check the list here.
Month: August 2018
Inrico TM-8 Poor Audio Fix – a new mod
Here is a nice modification that improves the Inrico TM-8 Audio in older units. The article was written by M0FXB.
Steve Jobs’ contribution to Network Radios
by Chris G7DDN
Aha! I thought that title might grab your attention!
Back to the future – 2007 style
Cast your minds back, if you will, to the launch of the very first iPhone in 2007. You can still watch this on YouTube.
The master of presentation that was the late Steve Jobs initially introduced this truly revolutionary device by trying to deceive his audience.
He tried to persuade them into believing that Apple was actually launching three separate devices.
He kept repeating them over and over – “an iPod, a Phone, an Internet Communications device – an iPod, a Phone, an Internet Communications device”.
Eventually the audience cottoned on to the fact that he was playing with them, referring to one device for all these uses.
Technology geeks call it “convergence” and the iPhone is arguably the icon for all converged devices.
Convergence is here to stay!
And here we are 11 years on and convergence is well and truly here!
No TV required – mobile device for that
Playing a game?
No gaming device required – mobile device for that
Running your business?
No PC required – mobile device for that
Listening to the radio?
No radio required – mobile device for that
Communicating with your friends?
No texting needed – Social media on the mobile device for that
No PC required – streaming on the mobile device for that.
Taking a quality photo?
No camera required – mobile device for that
No need to wait for that on the TV – there’s an app on the mobile device for that
At your fingertips from a variety of sources on the mobile device, of course!
Instant alerts for the latest goals from your team?
Flashes up on your mobile device within seconds of being scored
I could go on and you know all the above to be true in your own experience.
And Radio is exempt from this? Maybe not!
Did anyone ever truly believe that PTT communications of the type used by radio hobbyists was going to remain outside of the converged world?
The rise of apps like Zello and IRN on Teamspeak is just a totally natural evolution of what has been happening in the rest of the world for many years. Radio hobbyists can fight against it, but it has, in truth, already happened…
The Rise of Network Radios
The rise of the Network Radios phenomenon is currently seemingly unstoppable.
The suite of Channels on Zello called “Network Radios” (the ones owned by G1YPQ) has over 4000 subscribers, over 2000 trusted users and is rarely quiet.
It’s buzzing nearly all day with radio enthusiasts, hams and unlicensed users, from around the English-speaking world, all communicating in ways reminiscent of the old days of Top Band and 2 metres.
It’s a well-moderated environment too, safe therefore and a great place to take your first steps into a new hobby.
Or perhaps a place where you can “chew the fat” with other radio-minded enthusiasts, a place to talk over your progress learning CW or problems you are hitting making that new antenna, or maybe even finding your way around the Android OS and some of the hidden gems in the Zello software.
Have you tried it?
If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?
If Steve Jobs were still on earth, I am sure he would have been very proud of his “converged world” – and who knows, he might have even been “on the air” on Network Radios with the rest of us!
27 August 2018
S700A UHF DMR 4G/LTE
The S700A is a hybrid android radio that allows 100% coverage: via 3G/4G/LTE/WiFi/VHF or UHF FM analog and DMR Tier II. You will always be connected.
Zello on the Inrico T192 screenless radio
Exciting news for network radio enthusiasts! Inrico launched the T192, an improved version of the T199.
Although I am a big fan of the T199 I have to admit the T192 was a good move.
I will start with the design. The shape is rectangular, reminding the popular Motorola radios. I always found the T199 too small, reminding me a walkie-talkie for kids. The T192 is heavier, thicker, and above all, is IP54, unlike the T199.
To give extra security, the battery has its own locker (I doubt you could accidentally remove the battery even without using the secondary locker). These small details make the T192 a really rugged radio!
The audio, as usual can be set to a real high volume, while maintaining a crisp-full speech sound. I am sure this radio will be a top seller.
As you probably know, these radios are built for professional use and run services like PTT4U. So they don’t want the users to mess up with the settings and installing unwanted apps. With such, on the T192, Inrico removed the USB socket so a “normal” user would not make any changes to the configuration.
The USB is still there, although it’s hidden. You must attach a small 5-pin adapter (included with the programming cable) and make all the configurations to the radio, using TotalControl software.
All network settings must be done via the mic/earphone sockets, using the programming cable. You will need this Software and the UART drivers to use it.
Since V4.14, Zello is 100% compatible with the T192. You can change volume, use the PTT button and select channels using the dial knob. You just need to follow the configuration steps released by Zello.