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HTML Tables Are for Tabular Data

The original Pi-Star (still) uses myriad HTML tables for layout (non-tabular) data. That’s a Bad Thing And since my W0CHP-PiStar-Dash software is a fork, it inherited lots of that legacy garbage. However, I’ve begun the conversion from HTML tables for layout, to proper HTML(5) and CSS.

This is a UI/UX project that will be completed in phases as I get to them.

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.

Large Back-End Changes to W0CHP-PiStar-Dash

Since the birth of W0CHP-PiStar-Dash in ~2019, the “back-end” had historically used (and stuck with) the official Pi-Star binaries (the core third-party programs found in /usr/local/bin) compiled by the Pi-Star author Andy, MW0MWZ. This was deliberate…

Firstly, I really didn’t want to compile all of the upstream binary sources by-hand. And secondly, they were perfectly stable enough for daily usage and didn’t merit any changes.

However, as of 1/26/2022, that has since changed.

New W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Dash Versioning Scheme

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash has a new versioning & version display scheme…

Users may recall version information being displayed like this:

Pi-Star: 4.1.6 / Dashboard: W0CHP-20211226_01 / Branch: master

This versioning scheme required me to change the version number in the config file, albeit, it was an automatic process. However, the former “DATE_INCREMENT” scheme tells us nothing.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Issue Trackers and Pull Requests

Pertinent Git Repositories and Issue Trackers W0CHP-PiStar-Dash (The main dashboard software) W0CHP-PiStar-sbin (The programs and scripts in /usr/local/sbin) W0CHP-PiStar-CustomBinaries-Source (The W0CHP-PiStar-Dash custom-compiled binaries/programs in /usr/local/bin) Users/developers/hackers can now register for user accounts for the Git repositories and issue bug reports, pull requests, patches, etc. Note, that git repo access is provided by HTTPS only – no SSH access (for now). The issue tracker is NOT for: User support requests Feature requests Other topics not germane to bugs, issues, etc.

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.