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W0CHP-PiStar-Dash FAQs and FMS

In late 2022, my personal/pet project W0CHP-PiStar-Dash, went from hundreds of users, to thousands of users in less than 3 months. A few awesome users and fans/volunteers had setup official online communities for W0CHP-PiStar-Dash support and general discussion. As a result, many repeated questions and statements have surfaced… This is a compiled list of the FAQs and FMS. Some are rather rudimentary, lazy, strange and silly; and some are merited.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Now With Bullseye Goodness

After many, many months of development and testing, W0CHP-PiStar-Dash now runs the Bullseye version of Raspberry Pi OS.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash will still install and run on existing Pi-Star installations (running Raspberry Pi OS “Buster”). however, if you’d like to run the more modern and supported Bullseye, you will need to install the WPSD Disk Image. It is based on Pi-Star v4.1.6 with W0CHP-PiStar-Dash pre-installed.

Scheduled Downtime October 5-7, 2022

Update 10/7/22:
Network move complete; all systems operational.

Beginning October 5, the various resources hosted on the W0CHP.net network will experience intermittent, and some extended outages and downtime.

The network is moving to a different physical location, but will retain the same asynchronous fiber connections speeds, IPs, etc.

I anticipate the outages lasting no more than 48 hours. Once fully complete, I will update this post accordingly.

Resources that will be affected

XLX493 D-Star-Enabled Peer Wanted

Greetings gracious hams! As some of you know, I operate the XLX493 Reflector. Currently, it supports both DMR and YSF protocols. However, I do not posses the necessary hardware for trans-coding the D-Star protocol.

And since my reflector has been getting more traffic lately, I’m putting a feeler out there to other hams who run a D-Star-enabled reflector to see if they’d be gracious enough to peer with reflector (more specifically, Module E, since it’s the busiest module.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Voice Command Project Demo

I keep/use a hotspot in my truck, and I’ve always wanted a way to manage/switch/connect/disconnect from reflectors, talkgroups, etc., hands-free; using only my voice.

I’ve begun work on a small project to allow me to do just that. And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke. 😆

Check it out…

Overly-Aggressive Firewall; Fixed

A very nice gentleman from India, Bejoy (VU3BOJ), had contacted me recently; informing me that he was unable to access my various web resources. The poor guy was attempting to install my W0CHP-PiStar-Dash software, but to no avail.

Moreover, Bejoy mentioned that his local friends with different ISPs were also unable to access my resources. This bothered me, so I investigated.