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APRSGateway Greatly Enhanced in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash

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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.

M17 and DG-ID Support in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash

Update 1/10/2022:
After much testing, I have merged full M17 and YSF DG-ID capability into the master branch, and all other branches.

I have successfully (I think) implemented both M17 mode and YSF’s DG-ID Gateway support in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash (“WPSD”). I may regret this forever, but I could use help from testers, before I attempt to merge the functionality into the master WPSD branch.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Issue Tracker and Pull Requests Now Active

Since making W0CHP-PiStar-Dash available to the public, I refrained from accepting bug/issue reports & fixes, pull requests, patches, etc. After all, it was a tiny personal project I worked on, all alone.

However, my software has become more and more popular and more visible, and has exceed the installations I had envisioned. With so many users of my software now, I made the decision to enable bug reports, pull requests, etc. in the respective Git repositories.

My software touches and affects many people now, and I feel that it’s a smart idea to allow people to help with my pet project to make it even batter for users of my software…

New W0CHP-PiStar-Dash 'Live Caller' Feature

Update - 12/13/2021:
I have merged this new feature into the main/master branch, as well as all other branches.

Sometimes, I only want to see the live caller of the current contact on my hot spots. Similar to how my Nextion and other OLED screens display pertinent caller information; but nothing else. No other data, no buttons, just the current information. Well, I’ve developed it and I’m currently testing this feature.

Pi-Star Will Break

UPDATE, June 5, 2021:
Users running DMR should run pistar update, twice. This will fix the issue I found yesterday and described below.
This will add a mandatory MMDVMhost config section which seems to have originally been forgotten upsgtream by Andy. Oops!
I called it! 😆

It’s the early evening of June 4, 2021. The Venerable Andy, MW0MWZ, has updated the custom-compiled Pi-Star Binaries various times today. I manually updated my dev, QA and Test Pi-Star instances, and they all broke. DMRgateway is complaining about “bad packets” from MMDVMhost, rendering DMR non-functional…