DMR: Anytone DMR SMS Text Messages to Cell Phone

The post you have on the BRARA website provides very useful instructions. I can verify that these instructions do work for Anytone radios. So I followed your existing instructions which include brandmeister website configuration settings to motorola, etc, and then performed the radio config commands.

DMR: BrandMeister Messaging

But then I had to do some trial and error to get radio to cell phone text messages to work correctly. Below is what worked for me.

In the section of the article above which explains where to send the SMSGTE messages to, I sent the SMSGTE messages to 310999. This worked for me on both the BRARA brandmeister machine, other brandmeister repeaters, as well as my hotspot. No additional contacts were added to my existing radio codeplug.

Specific button presses for the Anytone 578 radio (I believe these are the same for all Anytone DMR radios):

Menu > Messages > New Msg

Type in the following: SMSGTE @<destination cell phone number> <message text>

-no spaces or hyphen in the 10 digit phone number. The message text can have spaces and punctuation

-example: SMSGTE @5551112222 House is ok. Everyone is safe.

Send > Manual Dial > Type in the following: 310999 > Confirm

As an optional step, I followed these instructions on the SMSGTE website to setup an account and aliases for SMSGTE. This helps you to configure aliases on the SMSGTE server. This would apply for both analog aprs smsgte messages, as well as dmr aprs smsgte messages.

https://smsgte.org/

Remember that the SMSGTE tool uses the APRS network, which is visible to the public. So setting up aliases keeps phone numbers out of view from the public. I setup an alias called “DAD”. So when I want to send a text message to my fathers cell phone, I can type: SMSGTE @DAD <message text>. Then the SMSGTE server knows the phone number to send the message to. It is also easier than typing out his ten digit phone number each time I want to send a message.

Lastly, you can use the aprs.fi website as a tool to view what is going over the aprs network, as a diagnostic tool whil you are setting this up. https://aprs.fi/ .

If you enter your callsign and then click the ‘raw packets’ link on the right, you can see all of your aprs traffic, including inbound and outbound smsgte messages.

73,
Matthew
KO4DJG

BIO: Archie McCallister, Jr W4FCE (sk)

The following bio was written by his daughter Cynthia as we honor a man of many talents who contributed so much as a father, doctor and amateur radio operator. All his ham gear was donated to BRARA for members to rehab and use.


Archie McCallister, Jr was born on March 10, 1922 in Woodville, Florida. He had one brother, Louis Ray, his mother was Nina Rhodes McCallister and father Archie McCallister, Sr.

His father was a doctor who practiced in Tarpon Springs until his untimely death in 1931 and Archie and his brother both became physicians; Archie a board certified internist with a specialty in cardiology and his brother a pediatrician both graduating from Emory University college and medical school as had there father. Their mother graduated from Florida State College for Women, now FSU.

Archie obtained his ham radio license and built his first heathkit in 1935 at the age of 13. He told me the story of how, when he was in college, he came upon a special opportunity to buy a lot of very good ham equipment but he didn’t have the money. He went to his mother and asked for it telling her he’d never asked for anything before and never would again but this was a one time opportunity and he really wanted it. She gave him the money…not something readily done in my family!

I remember Dad always having a rig set up wherever we lived and there were usually lots of parts and extra pieces as he loved to tinker and take this and that from non-working equipment to build something that functioned. Hence the 5 Swanns were probably the tip of the iceberg.

From 1955-1960 he operated out of a tiny upstairs room next to my brother’s bedroom on 48th St and 2nd Ave in Miami and then from 1960-1970 in the Florida room right outside the french doors to my bedroom in our house on Sabal Palm Rd in Bay Point in Miami. He had a beautiful view across Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach as we backed onto the water right at the start of the Tuttle Causeway.

I can hear him saying CQ, CQ and, as his voice would be drowned out he would explain over the mic that we were on the flight pattern for the Miami Intl Airport. At some point I would finally shout out “Dad, I can’t sleep!” and he would say “Sorry, Sue Sue” and finish up his conversation with whomever it was around the world and close up for the night.

We always had huge antennae parts lying around the yard along with wooden sailboats and whatever other flea market treasures he’d come upon.

Often, on Saturdays, my mother would send him out to buy a new tv as ours no longer functioned and, invariably, he would return, sheepishly hauling an enormous outdated console with tiny oval TV screen out of the old Packard. He’d meant to buy a new color one but got sidetracked and found a gem he was sure he could get working.

He also drove an Austin Healey Sprite but refused to put the community sticker on any of his cars and my mother regularly received calls whenever there was a new guard at the gate asking whether the guy in the broken down convertible was really her husband and lived there as he claimed. Dad liked thrift shop clothes and rarely looked the part of a doctor.

Later, after the Packard, known as the lemon, that predictably broke down just as we got to some rural town in GA on every cross country family trip, finally proved to be unrescusitatable, he moved on to an even more monstrous International Harvester Travelall with a Scout sidekick because, of course, there was never just one of anything.

When my dad took a position as public health director of Palm Beach County in the early 70’s, they moved to Jupiter to a little wooden cottage on the Loxahatchee River but at that time he started turning wood and made many, many beautiful bowls and urns standing at his lathe in the open garage doorway on Riverside Dr. After that, they moved up to Stuart where he directed the Martin County health department. He was in his mid 50’s at that point and that is where he frequented flea markets obtaining a lot of the equipment I donated to you all. There are multiples of much of it and in varying states of repair as he continued to build and tinker ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul.’

He built (probably mostly if not all by himself) an octagonal, windowed ham shack on stilts overlooking the north fork of the St Lucie River and this equipment sat in there for about 40 yrs before, in 2015, he and my mother were living in Tallahassee where they’d always kept ties and he asked if I could bring some of that equipment up so he could get back into hamming.

My brother and I pulled it from the decaying shack and hauled it all in my mini-van and set it up making him a ham shack in the dining room of their home on Windsor Way.

As usual, he had an array of huge antennae in the yard and some of the local hams came over and helped him set one up. He became pretty active in that club and made friends as always.

In his last few months, at age 94, after advanced cancer was diagnosed, I brought my parents down to West Palm Beach to an assisted living apartment. I took him over to the So FL Sci Center ham radio open house day and introduced him, in his wheelchair with his grandson by his side, as W4FCE. I tried to get someone from that club to set up a small antenna I’d brought and gotten permission for from the assisted living so he could ham with a compact rig I’d brought down. He’d ask every few days if I’d heard back but no one responded to my request.

He didn’t care for assisted living so I’d sprung them and moved them to the little river cottage and planned to get an antenna set up there when he quickly passed away on August 30, 2016. I believe he’d decided it was time to go. Towards the end he couldn’t hear worth a whit and he was too Scottish and “thrifty” to get much of a hearing aid but, instead, directed me to order a headset I was to wear to project my voice so he could hear. He’d researched it and thought it would work. but his mind was as sharp as a whip and his nurses said he had them all laughing the day before he died.

I asked for ham equipment and my brother brought all of this down to WPB in 2017 and, as I’m an artist, I held on to it until now. It’s all cool looking.There were many keys but I believe my brother may have sold them in an estate sale.

So, that’s how it all got to you.

Archie McCallister was a lifelong ham, threw himself into everything he pursued, moved away to other hobbies but always came back to hamming. In later years he was active in some medically oriented groups online and wrote medical and philosophical articles that can be found online. One is the MPN Forum.

He had a great sense of humor. He was beloved by his patients. He never cared about money often carrying patients on his books for years and wouldn’t increase his $5 price for a physical until my mother insisted that the vet charged more than he.

He and 8 other doctors started a hospital called North Shore Hospital in Miami Shores which he always called the horse pistol. He set up the cardiac care unit, flying off and taking courses at Mass General and Univ of Illinois and bringing back the knowledge to put into place at North Shore. Meanwhile, with his proud blessing, my mother would travel the world introducing my brother and me to art and architecture and culture.

Throughout my childhood, he made house-calls, often staying to dinner because a)  he loved to eat good food, the more garlicky and spicy the better and b) he believed you couldn’t figure out why someone had a heart attack or was going to unless you observed their life. He practiced integrative medicine long before it had a name.

He met my New England mother when she came to Miami and worked as a nurse at Jackson Memorial. She related that she’d asked the nurses what all the odd beakers and tubes were doing in the storage closet and they said “Don’t worry about that. It’s just Dr. McCallister’s experiments.” She married him anyway and he was devoted to her until their deaths 3 weeks apart in their mid-nineties.

In the early 60’s he bought a city block in Liberty City in Miami and built a clinical lab for fun. There he and Cuban doctors he’d befriended, early refugees who weren’t licensed yet to practice in the US did medical research. I still have beakers and tubes et al.

He always had cars in the yard and got away with it in some pretty upscale neighborhoods. He always made sure my mother had her Cadillacs and BMW’s but he and I traded VW bugs back and forth for years as he tinkered and fixed them. That Austin Healey finally fell into pieces and, as I said about his boats, “went back to the earth whence it came.” He and my mother never got rid of anything but sometimes nature intervened. He didn’t part with that car or its ‘usable parts’ despite every teenage boy in the vicinity stopping by and asking if it was for sale.

After retirement, my dad drove up to an elder hostel in Maine, fell in love with the area and brought my mother back to New England for summers. He hammed from their little house in Bucksport (CLICK HERE) looking out over Penobscot Bay.

Archie was a friend to all and a humble man who always described himself as an old Florida cracker, was content if my mother put a $20 bill and a blank check in his wallet in case he saw something he wanted to buy but he had no idea how much he was worth.

His first question was “Where are you from?” At the end of his life I noticed him asking orderlies, pa’s, anyone caring for him so he could find common ground and establish a relationship. He made everyone feel interesting and valued.

He effected numerous programs and environmental protections as a health director, free prenatal care for migrant workers, accessible and free vaccine programs for kids, even weekly VD clinics. He wasn’t proud or concerned what people thought. He believed in getting the job done. When giving annual physicals to the high school football team in Tallahassee he directed the nurses to set out a big bowl of condoms and to replenish it generously, his way of keeping the underage birthrate down and protecting Leon County’s youth. He would laugh when outraged mothers would contact him about a head lice outbreak in a local school. His reply, “Madam, a child without head lice is a child without friends.”

We didn’t get a lot of medical attention at home…my parents didn’t believe in blubbering or organ recitals. Once a year or so you’d stumble into the kitchen for breakfast and there’d be the vaccinations on the butcher block. He’d fill out school health forms, estimating healthy blood pressures, etc. In 4th grade they had to send home a note saying I couldn’t see the big E. Nevertheless, I’d always go to him for advice. Some of my favorite Dr. Mac diagnoses: “Have you had this before? Well, you’ve got it again;” “So, you think you’ve broken your ankle? Drink more Gatorade.” And, his answer to a cold or flu…”You can go get a prescription or you can take two aspirin, a bottle of whiskey, a pile of books and go to bed.” Nonetheless, many patients wrote to him over the years believing and grateful that he’d saved their or loved ones lives.

I remember him telling me how he had to attend County Commission meetings in Stuart in the early 80’s when developers were seeking variances on building limits on the shoreline. In his slow southern drawl he said “Sue, I wait til just before lunch to give my expert testimony. Then I go on and on about septic overflow. They turn green and deny the variance.” When I called Maggie Hurchalla, a former commissioner he’d enjoyed working with to tell her he’d died she said that limit to 4 stories or less in Martin Co was all Archie and it holds to this day.

I’m proud of my dad and to have had him as my dad. I didn’t get his wavy red hair and freckles or cleft chin but I got his face and love of making things with my hands. Being a Southern, true gentleman of his era, he didn’t naturally realize my interest in things he thought were for guys. I had to lounge on the deck of his sailboat pretending to perfect my tan as a teenager while listening to him teach my brother to sail. He was shocked and “pleased and proud” when I took the helm one day and deftly steered the boat into his slip. After that, we spent many hours sailing together without saying much as was our way, just being together.

Similarly, I remember my disappointment at age 5 when Dad (dear old as he referred to himself) came home with a cool pocket knife for my brother and a pink bear rug for me). It was 40 years later when he finally realized my interest in tools and thus painstakingly put together a box for me. For months he would call me at my Soho loft to ask whether I had vice grips and did I know what they’re for. I cherish my box and in particular the handmade chisels he made on his lathes.

He was an eccentric. I believe I have 17 lathes, probably wood and metal in case anyone needs one. He would bring a lathe into the kitchen and there it would stay, my mother finally stacking dishes on top. Their bedroom was a graveyard of old black and white tv consoles that would, eventually, become buried under clothes.

In the summer of 1969 Dad got himself instated as a camp doctor in the mountains of North Carolina. It was an amateur radio camp and we all had to go and take classes to get our licenses. I was good at the code so when we went to Winston Salem to be tested, I actually got mine while a lot of the savvy techie guys weren’t able to pass that initial hurtle. I never used my license but occasionally he would to keep it up and 88’s got him a lot of attention??.

My freshman year at Harvard, I was mortified when a bunch of guys excitedly knocked on my door saying they had my dad on a phone patch from FL and he was asking to talk to me. The ham club (originators of the term HAM, which I never knew!) was in a dusty attic and the conversation “Uh, hi Dad” was beyond awkward in front of all those boys. But we laughed about it later.

Dad collected old outboard motors particularly British seagulls and he would tinker with them in the hull while I sailed whatever the current wooden sailboat might be. He’d go to the Miami boat show and buy funky little boats like the Italian one that no one else wanted.

We found about 100 QSO cards he’d received over the decades and I framed them for his last shack.

Dad had many interests and pursuits. But, probably his first and most enduring was ham radio. He would be “pleased and proud” that you all are able to use and rehab his equipment. As am I. I hope you think of W4FCE as you enjoy his treasures. I know they were chosen carefully with great thought as to what he would do with each and every piece.

All the Best and 88’s,

Cynthia (formerly QWF)

Newsletter – August 2020

LAST UPDATED: 31-JULY-2020 – 2214 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

Announcements

  • General meeting Tuesday 4-August 7pm via Zoom
  • Speaker: Robert Molleda NWS – Preparing for hurricane season
  • BRARA July General Meeting Minutes CLICK HERE
  • BRARA July General Meeting Recording CLICK HERE
  • Subscribe to BRARA Weekly Updates CLICK HERE
  • PBC Regional Parks and Shack opening status
  • ARRL 2020 FD – Watch for Results
  • BRARA Remote Station advisory
  • BRARA Tower Climbers Needed (see below details)
  • QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo CLICK HERE 
  • BRARA Calendar of Events CLICK HERE
  • Contest and Special Events CLICK HERE
  • DX Operating News and Information CLICK HERE
  • BIO: Archie McCallister, Jr W4FCE (sk) CLICK HERE


BRARA Monthly meeting Tuesday 4-August at 7pm via Zoom conference.

Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 865 5255 5294
Password: 123456

OUR AUGUST SPEAKER
                          
Join us to hear Robert Molleda (Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service Miami/South Florida Forecast Office) speak about the upcoming season. He will show historical trends and update us on the higher than normal 2020 forecast. If you live in South Florida, you will want to watch this one.



2020 Shack Status

To ensure the safety of our members, we the full BRARA Board have decided to postpone our plans until the pandemic stabilizes in the state of Florida. We all feel very strongly that our club must not in any way, however small, add to the risk of spreading the virus. We will revisit and resume our plans as soon as we are confident that it is safe to do so.


VHF/UHF Tower Climbers Needed

GOAL

  • Adjust microwave dish if needed to FAU and repeater site
  • Install angle iron and pulley for wire antennas

CREDENTIALS

  • Proven climbing tower experience
  • References

WHEN and WHY
The microwave team consisting of Jerry.Z and others will define the exact date. We’re hoping ASAP for the IP feed to the remote station project. The tool line supports a dipole antenna and needs to be replaced with a dedicate support freeing up the tool line.

EQUIPMENT

  • BRARA has climbing harness with the latest and greatest safety hooks
  • BRARA will provide tools
  • Climbers should have their own hardhat, gloves, and boots

CONTACT
If you have the skills or know of a person who has the skills, please contact John.C N1QFH wirehead52@gmail.com


Stay Tuned for Results
Submitted as of 31-July


REMOTE STATION ADVISORY The next key component is to get a solid microwave IP signal from the repeater site to the shack (see above request for Tower Climbers). Once that is done, we can begin testing the process. Contact John.C N1QFH with questions.


Want to learn about NBEMS? What is it? Who uses it and why? You can begin learning the basics by  CLICKING HERE. Join us Wednesdays at 8pm on 145.29 where we practice all aspects of digital communications and yes problem solve and train. 


What is the QSO Today Expo

  • Virtual international amateur radio expo
  • Packed with renowned speakers, exhibitors, special conference rooms
  • Attend from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone

When

  • August 8 and 9, 2020

CLICK HERE FMI


PROJECT NAME: Satellite Antenna Installation (Phase-2)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • STATUS: ON-HOLD 
  • WHEN: TBA 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install satellite system
  • WHO: All able folks who can help 
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

FOLLOWS ITEM NEEDED

  • Power supply (20 amp / 13 volt) for the transceiver
  • Up to date computer to support the satellite and EME operation

VHF / UHF Room at The Shack: WEAK SIGNAL STATION 

We are looking for donation of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g to replace the current 6 meter weak signal operation. The current transceiver is intermittent and not repairable.

If you have knowledge of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g, please contact George WA2VNV by emailing him wa2vnv@optonline.net and let him know the details


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-1 Amp being repaired
  • Station-2 Available space
  • Station-3 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-3 Yaesu Amp and tuner working normally
  • Station-4 FT-1000MP working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 offline
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally

Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status.

All project are ON-HOLD until we have the all-clear to enter the park and shack

  • Station 1 AL-82 Amp repair WIP
  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation WIP
  • Shack outside power replacement WIP
  • Repeater case and shelve replacement ON HOLD
  • Repeater microwave relocation and maintenance TBA

Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Robert Fox W1VEI
  • Myron Goldstein WA2PWJ   CLICK FOR OBIT 
  • Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ         CLICK FOR OBIT

We welcome the following new members:

  • John Teahan KB2MPX
  • Sam Wilfond WS4BSA
  • William Waters W7GKF

New Membership Form
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Statistics

  • 3 New members
  • 4 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 116 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 145 Paid members

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

CLICK HERE to email details.


SCHEDULED NETS 

Analog 2m

145.29(-) PL110.9 50 watts out.
Status: Art and Lew have been addressing various issues at the 2m repeater site.

DMR Brandmeister

70cm 442.875(+) CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037  50 watts out. The FAU IP is working normally.

Monday to Saturday 

7am Ad Hoc Free Net
Analog 145.29- PL110.9  


Sunday

8.00pm South East FL DMR Tech Net TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1  
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1  


Monday

7.00pm Voice Com Net  
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Monday

7.30pm DMR BrainWaves NotANet TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1 


Tuesday 

9.00am Breakfast Club Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Wednesday

8.00pm Southeast Florida NBEMS Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 

Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST

Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3110037 SeFL DMR Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves Net
  • Tue 8.00pm MA DMR Tech Net TG-31630 via any Brandmeister / hotspot 
  • Tue 8.00pm VT DMR Tech Net TG-3150 via CANTURBO server 
  • Wed 7.30 pm TG-3149803  Wellington DMR Tech Net
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net ON HOLD
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net


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Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

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  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos


Club Ham Shack

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Sunday preceding the next General Meeting.


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Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

             GOOD HEALTH         

DMR PI-STAR Load

In Pi-Star the cpu load box represents the load over 1/ 5/ 15 minutes. For boards with single core processors a load of 0.50 = 50% CPU load, a load of 0.75= 75% CPU load since 1=100% For boards with quad core processors you multiply the load by 4 so a load of 0.50 becomes 2.0=50% and a load of 0.75 becomes 3.0=75% since 4=100%.

By Al AF4FA

 

 

 

MARS Announces HF Skills Exercise

Who: MARS and amateur radio operators
What: HF skills exercise – out reach to amateurs
When: July 20 – 23 12.00 pm and 8.00 pm 
Where: 60m Channel 1 5330.5 kHz, SATERN HF 14.265 MHz
Why: hone operating skills and messaging-handling capabilities

From ARRL:  Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct an HF skills exercise July 20 – 24 to hone their operating skills and messaging-handling capabilities.

MARS members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community via the 60-meters Channel 1 Net (5330.5 kHz dial) twice a day (12.00 pm and 8.00 pm), the SATERN HF net (14.265 MHz), and by contacting various stations via HFLink throughout the exercise. MARS members will be requesting assistance with collecting county status information as well as airport weather information, called METARs. MARS members will also be passing ICS 213 messages to numerous Department of Defense (DoD), federal, and amateur radio addressees.

This exercise will be announced via WWV at 00:10 and via WWVH at 00:50 starting on or about July 13. WWV and WWVH listeners will be asked to take an online listener survey. This HF radio training event will not impact regular communications.

Thanks to Paul English, Chief, Army MARS

DMR: Pi-Star Update Error Fix

If you get error issues with git failing to update your pistar system files, it will always be that the checksum of a file/s has changed in either /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin or /var/www/dashboard

It is caused by the file system having been put back into read/write (rpi-rw) and your pi suffers a hiccup while a file is being accessed or if you happen to edit files in those directories.

Here is how to resolve this problem..

Log into SSH and do one of the sets of commands that is for the area having the error.

rpi-rw
cd /usr/local/bin
sudo git stash
sudo git pull
rpi-ro

rpi-rw
cd /usr/local/sbin
sudo git stash
sudo git pull
rpi-ro

rpi-rw
cd /var/www/dashboard
sudo git stash
sudo git pull
rpi-ro

After it completes do a sudo pistar-update to make sure it is fixed.

By Al AF4FA

Newsletter – July 2020

LAST UPDATED: 6-JULY-2020 – 0849 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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Announcements

  • BRARA Monthly meeting Tuesday 7-July 7pm via Zoom (see below details)
  • PBC Regional Parks are OPEN 
  • The Shack opening status
  • 2020 Field Day is a wrap
  • Listen to ARRL Weekly Audio News on BRARA website
  • Remote Station piloting underway
  • South FL NBEMS moves to Wednesdays on 22-July 2020


BRARA Monthly meeting Tuesday 7-July at 7pm will be conducted via Zoom conference.

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LATEST MEMBERSHIP MEETING
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2020 Shack Status

A few weeks ago, the BRARA board prepared a plan for approval by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation outlining the precautions and limitations that we planned to implement to allow access to the club station to resume on a limited basis. Although the county approved our plan, the recent and sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in the short time since our plan was submitted has given the board cause for alarm and caused us to reconsider our decision.

To ensure the safety of our members, we the full BRARA Board have decided to postpone our plans until the pandemic stabilizes in the state of Florida. We all feel very strongly that our club must not in any way, however small, add to the risk of spreading the virus. We will revisit and resume our plans as soon as we are confident that it is safe to do so.

In the interim, we hope that everyone is doing all they can to remain safe and healthy, and we look forward to being able to resume our normal activities once it is safe to do so.

73,
Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL
President
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association


From ARRL: 8.2. Entries must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday July 28, 2020. Late entries cannot be accepted.

2020 Field Day is a WRAP. We hope everyone had a positive experience and had some takeaways for what to do different the next time.

Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter the club’s official name exactly the same (see below), avoiding abbreviations or acronyms. This is important!

BRARA MEMBERS USE THE FOLLOWING OFFICIAL NAME

Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

Do you need help submitting your results? Please email John N1QFH wirehead52@gmail.com

BRARA Interclub Challenge

When you send your 2020 FD results to ARRL, also send a copy to Bruce and he will collect and tabulate the results. These results and prize will be announced at one of our member meetings.  Please email your entry for the inter-club challenge to KO4XL@BRARA.ORG



REMOTE STATION ADVISORY
The remote station investigation continues and a new WiFi care of Jeff W4AEQ will soon be in place. Also, once we have IP via microwave from FAU to The Shack, the inbound connection to the remote station can begin full comprehensive testing. Todate with Eric Rodriguez’s KF4LZA help, the Remote server application has been installed and configured at Station 3 where one of the IC-7600 resides.  The fan dipole located on the VHF/UHF tower will be dedicated to this station. This will avoid any antenna switching requirements.


Announcements

  • Starting on 22-July 2020
  • South Florida NBEMS moves to Wednesdays
  • Same time 8.00pm ET on 145.29

WEDNESDAYS
8.00pm Southeast Florida NBEMS Net 
BRARA repeater 145.29- PL110.9 

Please share this with all individuals and clubs in South Florida


PROJECT NAME: Satellite Antenna Installation (Phase-2)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • STATUS: ON-HOLD 
  • WHEN: TBA 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install satellite system
  • WHO: All able folks who can help 
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

FOLLOWS ITEM NEEDED

  • Power supply (20 amp / 13 volt) for the transceiver
  • Up to date computer to support the satellite and EME operation

VHF / UHF Room at The Shack: WEAK SIGNAL STATION 

We are looking for donation of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g to replace the current 6 meter weak signal operation. The current transceiver is intermittent and not repairable.

If you have knowledge of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g, please contact George WA2VNV by emailing him wa2vnv@optonline.net and let him know the details


Free Laurel VEC Testing
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Calendar


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This Month’s Speaker

July Presenter:

Kai Siwiak, KE4PT on “Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-1 Amp being repaired
  • Station-2 Available space
  • Station-3 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-3 Yaesu Amp and tuner working normally
  • Station-4 FT-1000MP working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 offline
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally

Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status.

All project are ON-HOLD until we have the all-clear to enter the park and shack

  • Station 1 AL-82 Amp repair WIP
  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation WIP
  • Shack outside power replacement WIP
  • Repeater case and shelve replacement ON HOLD
  • Repeater microwave relocation and maintenance TBA

Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


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About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Robert Fox W1VEI
  • Myron Goldstein WA2PWJ   CLICK FOR OBIT 
  • Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ         CLICK FOR OBIT

We welcome the following new members:

  • NO NEW MEMBERS

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Statistics

  • 0 New members
  • 3 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 114 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 142 Paid members

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

CLICK HERE to email details.


Our Scheduled Nets

Status: Art and Lew have been addressing various issues at the 2m repeater site. These include cabling, connectors, amplifier and antennas. FYI: the repeater site is located on top of the Social Security building near R95 and Glades in Boca Raton. As you may imagine, when they are on the roof, its very hot and they have limited time to be exposed to such heat. 

DMR Brandmeister 70cm 442.875(+) CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037  50 watts out. The FAU IP link has been restored and is working normally. The root cause was on the FAU end between the microwave dish and the control unit on a rack in the FAU engineering building.  

SCHEDULED NETS 

Monday to Saturday 

7am and 7pm Ad Hoc Free Net
Analog 145.29- PL110.9  
DMR     442.875+ CC-2 TS-2 TG-311037


Sunday

8.00pm South East FL DMR Tech Net TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1  
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1  


Monday

7.00pm Voice Com Net  
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Monday

7.30pm DMR BrainWaves NotANet TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1 


Monday

8.00pm Southeast Florida NBEMS Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 

At a date in mid or late July, this net will be moved to Wednesdays at 7.30 pm. Stay tuned for details.


Tuesday 

9.00am Breakfast Club Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Please use 3102 on your pi-star or any replated hotspot.


Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3110037 SeFL DMR Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves Net
  • Tue 8.00pm MA DMR Tech Net TG-31630 via any Brandmeister / hotspot 
  • Tue 8.00pm VT DMR Tech Net TG-3150 via CANTURBO server 
  • Wed 7.30 pm TG-3149803  Wellington DMR Tech Net
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net


Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos


Club Ham Shack

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Sunday preceding the next General Meeting.


Donations and Contributions

 

 

 

Contributions to BRARA— a 501(c)(3) organization—are tax deductible as charitable donations. As you complete your membership renewal or begin your year-end tax planning, please consider making a donation to BRARA.

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Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

Please send articles to   BRARA@BRARA.org


Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

Address

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P.O. Box 480162
Delray Beach, FL 33448-0162


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Copyright © 2020 Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (BRARA).

Reproduction of material from any BRARA web page without written permission is prohibited.

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

             GOOD HEALTH         

DMR: How to set up multi network hotspots

Revised 25 May, 2020
Often when people create a DMR hotspot they set them up for only one network. But if they want to use DMR+ one moment, then Brandmeister the next and then later talk with someone on the TGIF network they will need to switch back and forth depending on which network they want to use.

Switching back and forth between networks works well. But this involves loading the configuration for the network that you want to use. But what if you want to be able to use multiple networks at the same time? This can easily be done by configuring the following within your Pi-Star settings. You will also need to update the code plug within your radio. But once you have everything setup you will be able to go from Brandmeister to DMR+ to TGIF all within the radio. No need to change the configuration within your hotspot.

Hotspot Setup
To get started, first you will want to backup your configuration. This way if something goes wrong you will be able to get back to where you started. Next, in pi-star click on configuration, then Expert, then in the Full Edit row click on DMR GW. You will want to configure the various DMR Networks.

Cut and paste the following into the section showing your DMR networks in the expert configuration file. Be sure to modify the proper sections with your DMR ID etc otherwise the network will not let you connect. Your DMR network sections should look exactly like my examples below except for the following:

DMR Network 1 – you will need to enter your Brandmeister Hotspot Security Password between the quotes and your DMR ID where it is called for. You may also want to change your Brandmeister master server to the one closest to your physical location however it probably won’t really make much of a difference in performance. The Canadian server works quite well and has very low latency from just about anywhere. It also has fewer users than other servers so you may actually find it works a little better.

In DMR Network 2 you need to enter your DMR ID where it is called for. I suggest keeping the IPSC2 server as IPSC2-QuadNet. Full disclosure, I am an admin and founding member with QuadNet so I am probably a little biased. IPSC2-QuadNet is the server that we run and one that we can make sure works and works well. If there is a problem, we fix it. If our users have an issue we can try to help We can’t say the same about other servers. That being said you can use any IPSC2 server that you prefer. If you select a different server you may find that talkgroups may not work as expected but you can contact the server owner for assistance.

The options= line in this section is configured with the most active DMR+ talkgroups and is how I
have my configuration setup. But you can change these as desired.

DMR Network 3 can be left as is
DMR Network 4 – Enter your DMR ID where it is called for
[DMR Network 1]
Enabled=1
Address=158.69.203.89
Port=62031
TGRewrite0=2,9,2,9,1
TypeRewrite1=1,9990,1,9990
TypeRewrite2=2,9990,2,9990
SrcRewrite0=2,4000,2,9,1001
PassAllPC1=1
PassAllPC2=2
PassAllTG1=1
PassAllTG2=2
Password=”Enter your BM Hotspot Security Password here”
Debug=0
Name=BM_Canada_3021
Id=Enter your DMR ID here
[DMR Network 2]
Enabled=1
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 here
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=0
Name=HBLink
Address=1.2.3.4
Port=5555
TGRewrite0=2,11,2,11,1
Password=PASSWORD
Location=0
Debug=0
[DMR Network 4]
Enabled=1
Name=TGIF_Network
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=tgif.network
Password=passw0rd
Port=62031
Location=0
Debug=0
Id=Enter your DMR ID here

Once your DMR Networks are configured as shown in the examples, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Apply Changes. Next click on Admin, then power, finally click on reboot to restart your hotspot.

Radio Setup
The next thing you will need to do is to configure your radio to work with the new hotspot settings. Each talkgroup you add to your code plug will need to have the proper prefix added except for Brandmeister. BM talkgroups can be used as you always have without a prefix. This should make updating your code plug fairly painless. The other networks you will need to add the prefix as follows:

DMR+ Setup
The DMR+ prefix is 8 and each talkgroup has 4 digits. So to use access the QuadNet Array you would use talkgroup 80320. To program the talkgroup for North America you would use 80003 and so on. The following are the most active DMR+ talkgroups so I converted them to the proper format for you:

80001 – World Wide (All languages)
80002 – Europe
80003 – North America
80013 – World Wide English
80113 – UAE 1 (User Accessible English 1)
80123 – UAE 2 (User Accessible English 2)
80133 – USA Wide
80235 – United Kingdom
80302 – Canada Wide
80315 – QuadNet Technical (Linked to D-STAR)
80320 – QuadNet Array (linked to D-STAR, Brandmeister DMR, Yaesu System Fusion & Wires X
80505 – Australia Wide
89990 – DMR+ Parrot. This needs to be setup as a group call.

Brandmeister Setup
Brandmeister has no prefix. Just program the talkgroup number as you always have
TGIF Setup TGIF is 4 and the talkgroup numbers are 6 digits. So to use the IRN talkgroup on TGIF talkgroup 320 would be programmed as 4000320

Testing your hotspot
Now let’s test your setup to confirm everything is working using each network’s Parrot. To test the Brandmeister connection, do a private call to 9990. To test DMR+ send a group call to 89990 and to test TGIF send a private call to 4009990. Each should play back what you transmit. If one of the networks does not work check the configuration file to be sure you entered all of the required information such as your DMR ID or your Brandmeister hotspot security password, save and try again.

Private Calls
To make a private call to another station, just enter their DMR ID in your code plug and select private call. The call will be routed over the Brandmeister network. I hope this helps you to get your multi network hotspot up and running. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call on the QuadNet Array DMR+ talkgroup 320. You can also send an email to jeff@edmontonfireradio.com. If you have any questions about the IPSC2-QuadNet server, send an email to admins@openquad.net I would like to thank Cliff VE6PLC and Andy MW0MWZ for your help with this configuration.

Without your input this solution would not have been nearly as elegant. I would also like to thank the many volunteers that helped make sure this worked on their hotspot. If it weren’t for you helping to find bugs this project would have been a lot more difficult.

73 –

Andy MW0MWZ
Jeff VE6DV

DMR: Obtaining faster GPS lock

It is commonly observed that the GPS is slow to lock.

The GPS module as used in 868/878 is a dual GPS & BDS (BeiDou – Chinese equivalent to GPS with worldwide coverage) sensor, and it is configured to check not only L1 frequency for GPS, but also E1, E2, E5a, E5b and E6 frequencies for BDS.

That is a lot more work for the module to do and explains why it is a bit slow to get an initial position lock.

878 firmware versions permit the user to choose GPS only, BDS only or both systems used together.

For the 868 this mod has to be done in order to to speed up obtaining a position fix by selecting just GPS or BDS, but not both together.

For those who want to upgrade to later firmware versions, you can still make this selection with a bit of work each time you upgrade the firmware.

The GPS module uses standard NMEA text strings, and the configuration for the GPS module is sent by the MCU from plain text instructions stored in the firmware.

If you use a hex editor to search for the NMEA command text $PCAS04,3 and change that text to $PCAS04,2 for BDS only or $PCAS04,1 for GPS only, you will speed up the time to get a position lock quite a bit, from typically 134 seconds to less than 30 seconds when outside.

You only have to change the 3 to a 2 or a 1 depending on which one you want to use.

After you make the change make sure you save the file.

This also translates to slightly improved lock times when GPS signals are weak such as inside a house or inside a vehicle.

 

Good Luck

AL AF4FA

Newsletter – June 2020

LAST UPDATED: 28-MAY-2020 – 0847 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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Announcements

  • BRARA Monthly meeting 2-June 7pm via Zoom (see below details)
  • PBC Regional Parks are OPEN with restrictions
  • The Shack remains CLOSED
  • Listen to ARRL Weekly Audio News on BRARA website
  • BRARA cancels 2020 Field Day Plans
  • BRARA Board working on The Shack opening plans
  • Remote Station advisory


BRARA Monthly meeting 2-June at 7pm will be conducted via Zoom conference.

Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 865 5255 5294
Password: 123456


LATEST MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Would you like to view the latest General Membership Zoom meeting from 5-May-2020?

VIDEO: If you CLICK HERE, you will download the VIDEO of that meeting. Its large about 916M so be sure you have a place that can hold that download. This VIDEO contains the meeting and the presentation by Jeff.S K4BH on Digital on the Cheap.

AUDIO: If you CLICK HERE, you will download the AUDIO ONLY and its much smaller, about  46M.


The Shack remains CLOSED by order of county authorities

West Delray Park is now OPEN

CLICK FOR PALM BEACH EXECUTIVE ORDER 

If you believe you have an urgent need to briefly enter the station (eg. to retrieve personal property, etc.) please contact a club officer so that we can request authorization and arrange for a park ranger or sheriff’s deputy to escort you.

PLANS TO OPEN SHACK
The Board met Saturday 30-May to review the final draft of Phase-1 Plans to open BRARA Club Station and will be submitted by Bruce KO4XL to PBC for approval. After that approval is given, the details will be shared with members. The next task is to define the implementation plans that members will need to know in order to use the facility. Work on this document has begun and will be shared when the board approves.



On 20-May-2020, the board discussed 2020 FD and how other groups such as GCARA were handling their plans. The risk factors were discussed and how we may mitigate.

With several risk factors and that the shack will open (date and plans TBA) on very limited use given PBC guidelines, the board felt participation in FD should be curtailed and that BRARA would not participate in 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Bruce KO4XL.



REMOTE STATION ADVISORY
The Board agreed Saturday 30-May 2020 to begin investigation and testing how BRARA could bring remote operation to the members. A group is tasked to install the client and server side apps at station 3 and observe how it behaves. Another group already underway is to pass the FAU internet service to the shack via microwave. Watch for updates in the progress of these two efforts.


PROJECT NAME: Satellite Antenna Installation (Phase-2)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • STATUS: ON-HOLD 
  • WHEN: TBA 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install satellite system
  • WHO: All able folks who can help 
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

FOLLOWS ITEM NEEDED

  • Power supply (20 amp / 13 volt) for the transceiver
  • Up to date computer to support the satellite and EME operation

VHF / UHF Room at The Shack: WEAK SIGNAL STATION 

We are looking for donation of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g to replace the current 6 meter weak signal operation. The current transceiver is intermittent and not repairable.

If you have knowledge of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g, please contact George WA2VNV by emailing him wa2vnv@optonline.net and let him know the details


Free Laurel VEC Testing
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Calendar


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CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS


This Month’s Speaker

  • June Presenter: Kai Siwiak, KE4PT on “Propagation Modes by Colors”

Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-1 Amp being repaired
  • Station-2 Available space
  • Station-3 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-3 Yaesu Amp and tuner working normally
  • Station-4 FT-1000MP working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 offline
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally

Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status.

All project are ON-HOLD until we have the all-clear to enter the park and shack

  • Station 1 AL-82 Amp repair WIP
  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation WIP
  • Shack outside power replacement WIP
  • Repeater case and shelve replacement ON HOLD
  • Repeater microwave relocation and maintenance TBA

Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


Dx Operating News and Information
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Contests and Special Events
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About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Robert Fox W1VEI
  • Myron Goldstein WA2PWJ   CLICK FOR OBIT 
  • Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ         CLICK FOR OBIT

We welcome the following new members:

  • NO NEW MEMBERS

New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF

Statistics

  • 0 New members
  • 1 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 112 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 140 Paid members

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

CLICK HERE to email details.


Our Scheduled Nets

Status: Art, Lew and George accessed the repeater site and discovered what may be the root cause of the 2m repeater noise: a failed hardline connector. They removed the split antenna configuration and configured the input and output on the one high performing commercial antenna with about 15 watts out. They are in the processing of finding a replacement hardline connector. They may place the amp back inline and adjust the output so as to not experience descencing. 

DMR Brandmeister 70cm 442.875(+) CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037  50 watts out. A new problem has been discovered where IP is down. From what Jerry W4BFL has discovered, the root cause seems to be on the FAU end. He will be working with FAU folks to figure this out and implement a solution. 

SCHEDULED NETS 

Monday to Saturday 

7am and 7pm Ad Hoc Free Net
Analog 145.29- PL110.9  
DMR     442.875+ CC-2 TS-2 TG-311037


Sunday

8.00pm South East FL DMR Tech Net TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1  
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1  


Monday

7.00pm Voice Com Net  
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Monday

7.30pm DMR BrainWaves NotANet TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2  
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1 


Monday

8.00pm Southeast Florida NBEMS Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Tuesday 

9.00am Breakfast Club Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Please use 3102 on your pi-star or any replated hotspot.


Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3110037 SeFL DMR Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves Net
  • Tue 8.00pm MA DMR Tech Net TG-31630 via any Brandmeister / hotspot 
  • Tue 8.00pm VT DMR Tech Net TG-3150 via CANTURBO server 
  • Wed 7.30 pm TG-3149803  Wellington DMR Tech Net
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net


Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos


Club Ham Shack

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Sunday preceding the next General Meeting.


Donations and Contributions

 

 

 

Contributions to BRARA— a 501(c)(3) organization—are tax deductible as charitable donations. As you complete your membership renewal or begin your year-end tax planning, please consider making a donation to BRARA.

Please donate to BRARA via Amazon Smiles:
Search for:  Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

CLICK HERE TO SMILE AT BRARA

Planned Giving: Please also consider BRARA when updating or initiating planned giving (including charitable gift annuities, bequests and gifts or retirement plan assets) and other assets.


For More Information

Website:    www.brara.org  Twitter: BRARA@N4BRF  Instagram: #BRARA_N4BRF

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Please be advised that the above are the official BRARA social media sites. No other social media sites are recognized by BRARA.


Newsletter Contributions

Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

Please send articles to   BRARA@BRARA.org


Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

Address

the Radio Flyer
P.O. Box 480162
Delray Beach, FL 33448-0162


Copyright and Protection

Copyright © 2020 Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (BRARA).

Reproduction of material from any BRARA web page without written permission is prohibited.

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

             GOOD HEALTH