Things change for the better (4)

OK, OZ6DMR is online and I can confirm it works; have heard multiple QSO’s within the Netherlands so that’s a good thing. I am not sure yet as to what the time-out settings are set but I need to test that out a bit more next month when I am again staying in the vicinity of Knuttpunkten in Helsingborg.

I just switched on my PD785G and activated the roaming function; I noticed it received a GPS fix and shortly after that another one. Great, so that’s still working. Now I do remember the Tracey Chapman’s song Fast Car, but this is fast, incredibly fast. Anyone able to travel faster than this? 🙂

Things change for the better (3)

A couple of months ago I reported Helsingor (Denmark) would get a new Hytera DMR repeater. Up until now it has been very quiet around this repeater, though I believe OZ6NOR (the sysop for this repeater) spent a lot of time getting things in place. 

On a regular basis I check the website ( to see if there is any movement and last weekend I found out that the status changed into  “Driftstatus : Repeateren forventes at blive monteret d. 14 April 2015 !” which I do believe means something like the repeater will be installed on his final location April 14th, 2015. Which means tomorrow some signal should be heard on the frequency (434.6375 MHz).

I hope everything goes fine and by tomorrowevening I will be able to make my first QSO over this repeater via TG 204 to the Netherlands. One still has to keep his hopes after waiting for a couple of months…

Things change for the better (2)

I recently mentioned that in Denmark a new DMR repeater would be installed; unfortunatelly for a couple of weeks already the status is that the repeater is offline because it’s being moved to it’s definate location. So for the past weeks I’ve been bringing my PD-365 handheld transceiver but didn’t have any luck making a QSO.

So I decided to do it otherwise and bring the good old Icom IC-E92D and see if that would bring me luck. And so it did.

Across the Oresund in Helsingor there is a DSTAR repeater as well; OZ2RES can be reached with ease from my hotelroom, so I unlinked it and linked it to DCS007V where I could hear the end of a QSO on DSTAR or DMR or a combination of the both. DCS007V is the reflector linked to timeslot 2 TG 9 on DMR within the Netherlands.

Well if this is successfull why not try it on DCS007B; unfortunatelly I didn’t get any reply. So I unlinked again and connected to DCS007J, the Flevoland reflector. Since I live in Flevoland and know there are quite some enthousiastic DSTAR hams living in Almere I gave it a try and had a nice QSO with PD0POH. Great to see this works, so from my work location I can connect to my home town and have a QSO as if I was there. Excellent!

So as long as OZ6DMR is not re-located and on-air I can use good old DSTAR as well… Good to know!

Things change for the better

It has been a while ago I updated you on my hamradio related activities and there is a good reason for it. Since I spend most of my days in Sweden for work (to be precise the SM7 region) and there aren’t many (Echolink) repeaters in the near vicinity it doesn’t make a lot of sense to bring an HT with me. And using 3G/4G/Wifi to connect to Echolink is nice sometimes but for me doesn’t count for a real hamradio feeling; and for the ones who now immediately start about DMR and DSTAR I would like to say that for a real hamradio feeling for me at least one part in the chain needs to be wireless and that is the start- or endpoint…

So how can we change this situation for the better? As you might have read before last year I bought a PD785G, a DMR handheld transceiver with several options like GPS and roaming. Though I am very happy with it (professional build quality, audio, ease of operating) there are some disadvantages. If you only take hand luggage with you there are restrictions to things you can pack weight and size wise. Since the PD785 is rather heavy and requires a seperate charge bay it’s not an option to take it with me to Sweden.

Things are changing for the better since Hytera launched a new HT, the PD-365UC. Though it has some reduced output power (3W) compared to the PD-785G (5W) it is a nice compromise; the weight is only 160g and it can be charged via a micro USB charger so no additional charging bay required. But why did things change for the better then with Hytera launching a new HT?

OZ6NOR is busy installing a new DMR repeater (OZ6DMR) in Helsinggor, just across the Øresund, the water that seperates (part of) Denmark and Sweden. And if that new DMR repeater gets activated it will handle traffic for Talkgroup 204 on timeslot 1; so I should be able to contact the Netherlands via that repeater directly from my HT. I noticed somewhere to the south of Sweden (in Lund to be more precisely) there is also a DMR repeater but I guess the distance is too large from my HT to be able to work that one.

Anyhow I added it to my codeplug as well; you never know what will happen… And when I mention the codeplug I initially wanted to download a ready made codeplug from ; before I tried to upload it to the radio I updated the firmware and as you might reckon the codeplug and firmware were incompatible. So I had to manually create a new codeplug myself. After having done so the new HT works fine. Batterylife is surprisingly good, audio quality is nice as well and it’s easy to use. So I’m happy; now let’s hope for the best with OZ6DMR…

Starting with DMR

I had my doubts; shall I buy a DMR radio or not? Is this the new development in hamradio? Will it survive DStar? And if I would buy a DMR radio would it be an handheld transceiver or mobile radio?

At the Radio Fleamarket in Rosmalen I’ve been looking at the Hytera gear as well as the CS-701, a reasonably priced handheld transceiver. I became more and more interested in the world of codeplugs, tone slots, color codes a.s.o.

And last Friday I’ve decided to go for an Hytera PD-785G.

First step before actually programming the transceiver is to install the USB drivers. According to the document three new devices should become visible in the device manager, but no matter what I tried only two devices showed up. And guess what driver was required for the firmware update…

Not being able to update the firmware means not being able to import a codeplug, a file containing repeater definitions and all kinds of settings.

In the end I found out that there is a DMR Facebook group with many helpfull people; since I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong I decided to ask a question and within the hour I got some suggestions like “Did you install the USB drivers?” and “Did you switch the HT to firmware update modus?” 

Aha, so there is a seperate firmware update modus. But how to boot up the handheld transceiver in firmware update modus? This morning after searching the internet I got an answer again via the Facebook group. Hold PTT, the alarm button (orange button on top) and switch on the transceiver.

Guess what happened when I did it? The missing device driver was installed and I was able to update the firmware and load a codeplug. Let the fun begin…

Not, because my ID was not registered yet on the global network. So I had to wait for it and like a miracle it happened within 15 minutes after the firmware update that I was able to receive some DMR users. Yeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaa!

So I am in learning mode now…