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Brandmeister and TGIF simultaneously on the Go

I love using my RFinder HCP-1 hotspot wherever I go. First, because I can easily use Brandmeister and TGIF Talkgroups without making any changes on the hotspot and second, due to its internal battery, I can operate it for more than 5 hours, regardless where I am – using the Wifi connection tethered from my smartphone. It even works as a power bank, in case I need some power juice for my smartphone.

I can program 3 different networks ready to be used. I have Brandmeister, TGIF (legacy) and TGIF (prime).

The RFinder HCP-1 hotspot is PI-star based, with a MMDVM. All you have to do, is to program it as a DMR gateway. Then, go to Configuration > Expert and click on Full Edit > DMR GW.

When I want to use a Brandmeister Talkgroup, I just use the regular TG. I mean, I if want to call TG 91, I just use TG91.

If I want to use TGIF (Legacy) and need to use TG 777, I dial TG5000777 Basically, I need to start with ‘5’, pad with ‘0’ until I get a total of 7 digits.

If I want to use TGIF (Prime) and need to use TG 31039, I dial TG4031039 Basically, I need to start with ‘4’, pad with ‘0’ until I get a total of 7 digits.

All I need to do, is to program my radio with the different TGs. BM is always default, TGIF Prime starts with 4 and TGIF Legacy starts with 5.

This can also be used for DMR+ networks. It’s always the same principle.

Fill it as follows: (you need to change your Brandmeister and TGIF passwords, DMR ID, etc:

[General]
RptAddress=127.0.0.1
RptPort=62032
LocalAddress=127.0.0.1
LocalPort=62031
RuleTrace=0
Daemon=1
Debug=0
RFTimeout=20
NetTimeout=20

[Log]
DisplayLevel=0
FileLevel=1
FilePath=/var/log/pi-star
FileRoot=DMRGateway

[Voice]
Enabled=1
Language=en_GB
Directory=/usr/local/etc/DMR_Audio

[Info]
Enabled=0
RXFrequency=439995000
TXFrequency=430995000
Power=1
Latitude=SELECT_YOUR_LATITUDE
Longitude=-SELECT_YOUR_LONGITUDE
Height=0
Location=”Estoril”
Description=”Portugal”
URL=https://www.network-radios.com

[XLX Network]
Startup=950
Enabled=0
File=/usr/local/etc/XLXHosts.txt
Port=62030
Password=passw0rd
ReloadTime=60
Slot=2
TG=6
Base=64000
Relink=60
Debug=0
Id=ENTER_YOUR_DMR_ID
UserControl=1

[DMR Network 1]
Enabled=1
Address=193.137.237.12
Port=62031
Local=62037
TGRewrite0=2,9,2,9,1
PCRewrite0=2,94000,2,4000,1001
TypeRewrite0=2,9990,2,9990
SrcRewrite0=2,4000,2,9,1001
PassAllPC0=1
PassAllTG0=1
PassAllPC1=2
PassAllTG1=2
Password=”ENTER_YOUR_PASSWORD”
Debug=0
Id=ENTER_YOUR_DMR_ID
Name=SELECT_YOUR_BM_MASTER

[DMR Network 2]
Enabled=0
Address=168.235.109.210
Port=55555
TGRewrite0=2,8,2,9,1
TGRewrite1=2,80505,2,505,1
TGRewrite2=2,80800,2,800,100
TGRewrite3=2,83801,2,3801,8
TGRewrite4=2,89990,2,9990,1
TGRewrite5=2,80001,1,1,9999
TGRewrite6=2,80001,2,1,9999
PCRewrite0=2,84000,2,4000,1001
Password=”PASSWORD”
Debug=0
Id=ENTER_YOUR_DMR_ID
Name=DMR+_IPSC2-QUADNET
Options=”TS1_1=1;TS1_2=2;TS1_3=3;TS1_4=13;TS1_5=133;TS1_6=235;TS1_7=315;TS1_8=320″

[DMR Network 3]
Enabled=1
Id=ENTER_YOUR_DMR_ID
Name=TGIF_Network
PCRewrite1=1,5009990,1,9990,1
PCRewrite2=2,5009990,2,9990,1
TypeRewrite1=1,5009990,1,9990
TypeRewrite2=2,5009990,2,9990
TGRewrite1=1,5000001,1,1,999999
TGRewrite2=2,5000001,2,1,999999
SrcRewrite1=1,9990,1,5009990,1
SrcRewrite2=2,9990,2,5009990,1
SrcRewrite3=1,1,1,5000001,999999
SrcRewrite4=2,1,2,5000001,999999
Address=tgif.network
Password=ENTER_YOUR_TGIF_LEGACY_PASSWORD
Port=62031
Location=0
Debug=0

[DMR Network 4]
Enabled=1
Id=ENTER_YOUR_DMR_ID
Name=TGIF_Network_Prime
PCRewrite1=1,4009990,1,9990,1
PCRewrite2=2,4009990,2,9990,1
TypeRewrite1=1,4009990,1,9990
TypeRewrite2=2,4009990,2,9990
TGRewrite1=1,4000001,1,1,999999
TGRewrite2=2,4000001,2,1,999999
SrcRewrite1=1,9990,1,4009990,1
SrcRewrite2=2,9990,2,4009990,1
SrcRewrite3=1,1,1,4000001,999999
SrcRewrite4=2,1,2,4000001,999999
Address=prime.tgif.network
Password=ENTER_YOUR_TGIF_PRIME_HOTSPOT_PASSWORD
Port=62031
Location=0
Debug=0

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Boxchip S700A Analog/DMR Video Review

We are happy to announce a full video review of the Boxchip S700A – A DMR/Analog hybrid transceiver, with Android OS and capable of 4G/LTE. Available in VHF and UHF versions.

This video review features the UHF model.

You will love this radio and we prepared a discount for you. If you use promo code HRCDMR upon checkout you will have an extra discount and free shipping, no matter where you live.

Video by HamRadioConcepts

Order your Boxchip S700A Now

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How to program the Boxchip S700A DMR frequencies

1. Preparation

1.1 Requirements

Please make sure your Boxchip S700A has enough battery capacity at first.
1 piece of Type-C USB cable and a computer with Windows 7 or above is necessary. The .Net Framework version should be not lower than 4.0.
Install the BPS installation package to anywhere you want.

1.2 Enable USB Debugging

We need enable USB Debugging in your device due to BPS read and write customization files via USB. We can enable it follow these steps:
a) Power on device;
b) Select “Settings->About Phone”;
c) Click “Builder number” 3 times quickly and you will see a tip;
d) Go back “Settings”, there is a “Developer options” menu item above “About phone”;
e) Select “Developer options” and turn “On” it;
f) Pull down till “USB Debugging” and enable it;
g) Connect device with computer by Type-C USB cable. You may see a fingerprint confirm for first time, check and agree it.

1.3 Clear Old Version Customization

Open device from “My Computer” in desktop, CUT the old version customization files if there are – the old version customization files should be in path “S700A\Internal Storage\CONTACTLIST.xls” and “S700A\Internal Storage\ PTT_CHANNEL_LIST_DATA.xls”, you can store these 2 files to computer disk.

1.4 Install New Version APK

Copy “DMR_V014_sign.apk” to “S700A\Internal Storage\” and install it, then we can program device.

2. Programming

2.1 Select A Device

Generally, BPS will detect and select a device automatically when you opening as below screenshot. But please be noted that BPS doesn’t support multi-devices now.

Solution for BPS doesn’t detect a device, you maybe not need try every step:
a) Make sure “USB Debugging” is enabled;
b) Plug-pull USB cable several time;
c) Restart your device;
d) Restart your computer;
e) Install “adbdriver.zip” in your computer;
f) Finally copy “adb_usb.ini” to “C:\Users\Your Name\.android\”.

2.2 Read Customization

Click the green button to read customization from device, you will see “Model Number” and “Serial Number” is filled as below.
For first time you may get a read error due to there is no new customization in device, try write it then

read will be OK.

2.3 Write Customization

Customize all of parameters, then click the red button to write customization into your device.

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How to configure the Boxchip S700A Boxchip for DMR operation

This quick guide will explain how to program the DMR frequencies into the Boxchip S700A

First, please read “S700A DMR User Manual” to know how to set a DMR frequency.

Then, input the correct information into PTT Channel list & contact list excel sheets according to the user manual,

Finally, import these 2 sheets to your radio.

Read more about this great radio

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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!

Watching TV?

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

Video Calling?

No PC required – streaming on the mobile device for that.

Taking a quality photo?

No camera required – mobile device for that

Weather Forecast?

No need to wait for that on the TV – there’s an app on the mobile device for that

Latest News?

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!

© Chris Rolinson G7DDN

27 August 2018