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XLX493 Now Bridged with BrandMeister

My XLX493 MultiProtocol Reflector is now peering/bridged with BrandMeister. What this provides, is a direct and easy link into XLX493, Module “E - W0CHP-PiStar-Dash”.

All you need to do is talk on TalkGroup 3170603 in BrandMeister, and you’ll automatically be connected due to the bridging/peering.

This is a very simple way to connect to the reflector if you’re looking for W0CHP-PiStar-Dash support, or just general chat about the software.

APRSGateway Greatly Enhanced in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash

(Skip directly to the demo video…)

The Problem

Andy (MW0MWZ), the author of Pi-Star has been slowly rolling out new features that track Jon’s (G4KLX) contributions to the ham community, namely, APRSGateway (as well as DGIdGateway, etc.).

However, while the core binaries, skeletal configurations, etc. are slowly (and arguably systematically) rolled out in Andy’s Pi-Star updates, one must essentially hand-edit config files to enable/disable or change these services; specifically APRSGateway.

Digital Voice Mode Etiquette

With the advent of multiple digital voice modes, and the onslaught of hotspots, linked and bridged repeaters, cross-mode reflectors, etc., it’s important to remember that operating your digital radio and how its signal propagates to myriad repeaters and networks, is vastly different than plain-old analog operation. Digital voice radio and the interconnected technologies and modes, present new challenges many hams aren’t accustomed to.