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Re: 2018 - State of the Union

Richard - VE7CVS
 

Produce, like movies. We're ready for a great story! :-)

- Richard


On 1/8/2018 4:00 PM, jim lang wrote:
Produce?  Like lettuce?

On Jan 8, 2018 5:50 PM, John D Hays - K7VE <john@...> wrote:
Mike,

We plan to be at Hamcation and will have some things to show, though not product ready.  Stop by.



On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:42 PM, <n0so@...> wrote:
John,

Any chance of produce previews at HamCation in a few weeks?

Mike, N0SO



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John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   



Re: 2018 - State of the Union

jimlang@...
 

Produce?  Like lettuce?

On Jan 8, 2018 5:50 PM, John D Hays - K7VE <john@...> wrote:
Mike,

We plan to be at Hamcation and will have some things to show, though not product ready.  Stop by.



On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:42 PM, <n0so@...> wrote:
John,

Any chance of produce previews at HamCation in a few weeks?

Mike, N0SO



--


John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   


Re: 2018 - State of the Union

 

Mike,

We plan to be at Hamcation and will have some things to show, though not product ready.  Stop by.



On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:42 PM, <n0so@...> wrote:
John,

Any chance of produce previews at HamCation in a few weeks?

Mike, N0SO



--


John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   

Re: 2018 - State of the Union

n0so@...
 

John,

Any chance of produce previews at HamCation in a few weeks?

Mike, N0SO

On Jan 8, 2018, at 2:37 PM, John D Hays - K7VE <john@...> wrote:

NW Digital Radio has been evolving over the last few years.  Our initial focus was to develop a 70cm radio focused specifically at higher speed digital communications for the amateur radio market.  This is still a goal, however, due to a series of conditions we cannot predict when this will happen.

While working on the various aspects of the radio we have been able to produce a series of products that have sustained the ongoing efforts of the company.

We have learned a lot in the process and will be taking that knowledge into new products going forward.

We at NW Digital Radio are problem solvers, and like the process of assembling a project from components, both hardware and software, and have delivered products based on that model.

For some products this model works very well, like our ThumbDV™, which has been very successful when used with software like BlueDV, WinDV, AMBEserver, DummyRepeater, XLX/ambed, and more.  Thousands are finding that the ThumbDV™ is just the right product at the right price point and are successfully using it to communicate from computer, over the network, to Digital Voice protocols such as D-STAR, DMR, and more.

Other products, such as the UDRC and UDRC II, have allowed the creation of digital communications systems whether D-STAR repeaters,  fldigi workstations, Direwolf sound modem TNCs, or other soundcard DSP based systems.  Many of these projects have come about by experimentation and integration by individual amateurs working with open source software and our boards.

However, as we talk with customers and potential customers, we find that many are more interested in solutions that are prepackaged with hardware, software, and a case.  Basically, they want a “plug and play” solution that requires little to no integration beyond basic cabling to radios and some minor, guided, configuration.

In 2018, you will see NW Digital Radio evolving from a component provider to a solution provider.  We continue to be dedicated to products that leverage open source software and standard platforms, but will be focusing on delivering solutions that are pre-integrated with hardware, software, and packaging.

We will also continue to provide the experimenter and developer a platform that they can access and build upon.

Furthermore, we intend to use the kick starter model on some products where there appears to be an interest in the community, but where we need to know the level of that interest before proceeding with full inclusion of an idea into our product line.  If you find a product on our kick starter list, please support it, the risk to you is minimal, while helping us bring out innovative solutions.

Some of the projects we have under design at the current time include:

  • A networked, multi-speed, TNC for packet radio
  • An Emcomm workstation
  • A device for combining multiple SDR-RTL dongles into a single platform
  • An integrated low power radio/TNC

and more.

Look for these projects to roll out over the next few months.  We think 2018 is going to be a great year to continue to put “The Amateur back in Amateur Radio” --

Your NW Digital Radio team.

--


John D. Hays
Director

  

Re: 2018 - State of the Union

Chris Day <ad4zu.fl@...>
 

John I'm in marketing and communications. This message, while interesting to me as a HAM, is faaaar too long. Recommend shorter to-the-point messages with links to examples of what you're trying to say, --succinctly and poignantly --. Best Regards, Chris Day MBA Columbia Business School, Owner Evergreen Advisors LLC.

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:37 PM, John D Hays - K7VE <john@...> wrote:

NW Digital Radio has been evolving over the last few years.  Our initial focus was to develop a 70cm radio focused specifically at higher speed digital communications for the amateur radio market.  This is still a goal, however, due to a series of conditions we cannot predict when this will happen.

While working on the various aspects of the radio we have been able to produce a series of products that have sustained the ongoing efforts of the company.

We have learned a lot in the process and will be taking that knowledge into new products going forward.

We at NW Digital Radio are problem solvers, and like the process of assembling a project from components, both hardware and software, and have delivered products based on that model.

For some products this model works very well, like our ThumbDV™, which has been very successful when used with software like BlueDV, WinDV, AMBEserver, DummyRepeater, XLX/ambed, and more.  Thousands are finding that the ThumbDV™ is just the right product at the right price point and are successfully using it to communicate from computer, over the network, to Digital Voice protocols such as D-STAR, DMR, and more.

Other products, such as the UDRC and UDRC II, have allowed the creation of digital communications systems whether D-STAR repeaters,  fldigi workstations, Direwolf sound modem TNCs, or other soundcard DSP based systems.  Many of these projects have come about by experimentation and integration by individual amateurs working with open source software and our boards.

However, as we talk with customers and potential customers, we find that many are more interested in solutions that are prepackaged with hardware, software, and a case.  Basically, they want a “plug and play” solution that requires little to no integration beyond basic cabling to radios and some minor, guided, configuration.

In 2018, you will see NW Digital Radio evolving from a component provider to a solution provider.  We continue to be dedicated to products that leverage open source software and standard platforms, but will be focusing on delivering solutions that are pre-integrated with hardware, software, and packaging.

We will also continue to provide the experimenter and developer a platform that they can access and build upon.

Furthermore, we intend to use the kick starter model on some products where there appears to be an interest in the community, but where we need to know the level of that interest before proceeding with full inclusion of an idea into our product line.  If you find a product on our kick starter list, please support it, the risk to you is minimal, while helping us bring out innovative solutions.

Some of the projects we have under design at the current time include:

  • A networked, multi-speed, TNC for packet radio
  • An Emcomm workstation
  • A device for combining multiple SDR-RTL dongles into a single platform
  • An integrated low power radio/TNC

and more.

Look for these projects to roll out over the next few months.  We think 2018 is going to be a great year to continue to put “The Amateur back in Amateur Radio” --

Your NW Digital Radio team.

--


John D. Hays
Director

  




Re: 2018 - State of the Union

Edouard Lafargue
 

John,
 
  Very exciting start of 2018! The only thing I can say is that I am looking forward to seeing what your company is going to come up with, and also hoping that you will continue on the same Open Source trend that you have used for previous products. In my humble opinion, Amateur Radio and Open Source share the same spirit of learning and sharing, and go together like chocolate and peanut butter - please replace with other food analogies if you are allergic to peanuts ;)
 
   Keep up the good work!

73 de ed w6ela

2018 - State of the Union

 

NW Digital Radio has been evolving over the last few years.  Our initial focus was to develop a 70cm radio focused specifically at higher speed digital communications for the amateur radio market.  This is still a goal, however, due to a series of conditions we cannot predict when this will happen.

While working on the various aspects of the radio we have been able to produce a series of products that have sustained the ongoing efforts of the company.

We have learned a lot in the process and will be taking that knowledge into new products going forward.

We at NW Digital Radio are problem solvers, and like the process of assembling a project from components, both hardware and software, and have delivered products based on that model.

For some products this model works very well, like our ThumbDV™, which has been very successful when used with software like BlueDV, WinDV, AMBEserver, DummyRepeater, XLX/ambed, and more.  Thousands are finding that the ThumbDV™ is just the right product at the right price point and are successfully using it to communicate from computer, over the network, to Digital Voice protocols such as D-STAR, DMR, and more.

Other products, such as the UDRC and UDRC II, have allowed the creation of digital communications systems whether D-STAR repeaters,  fldigi workstations, Direwolf sound modem TNCs, or other soundcard DSP based systems.  Many of these projects have come about by experimentation and integration by individual amateurs working with open source software and our boards.

However, as we talk with customers and potential customers, we find that many are more interested in solutions that are prepackaged with hardware, software, and a case.  Basically, they want a “plug and play” solution that requires little to no integration beyond basic cabling to radios and some minor, guided, configuration.

In 2018, you will see NW Digital Radio evolving from a component provider to a solution provider.  We continue to be dedicated to products that leverage open source software and standard platforms, but will be focusing on delivering solutions that are pre-integrated with hardware, software, and packaging.

We will also continue to provide the experimenter and developer a platform that they can access and build upon.

Furthermore, we intend to use the kick starter model on some products where there appears to be an interest in the community, but where we need to know the level of that interest before proceeding with full inclusion of an idea into our product line.  If you find a product on our kick starter list, please support it, the risk to you is minimal, while helping us bring out innovative solutions.

Some of the projects we have under design at the current time include:

  • A networked, multi-speed, TNC for packet radio
  • An Emcomm workstation
  • A device for combining multiple SDR-RTL dongles into a single platform
  • An integrated low power radio/TNC

and more.

Look for these projects to roll out over the next few months.  We think 2018 is going to be a great year to continue to put “The Amateur back in Amateur Radio” --

Your NW Digital Radio team.

--


John D. Hays
Director

  

Re: dstar-gw

 

Are you currently running a G2/G3 gateway using the N4USI callsign?

Are you running 2 different repeaters with different callsigns on the gateway?

Yes, the ircddb admins can make changes to support the non-standard configuration.

Changing callsigns with your coordinator and eventually propagating that out should not be that big of a deal.  Personally, I would register N4USI on ircddb.net and run both the gateway and repeater on that callsign -- unless there is more than what displays here.  I have a gateway that used to be registered as a US Trust gateway, then both US Trust and ircddb, then I just let the US Trust know that it was no longer operating US Trust (really G4ULF) gateway software and simply listed the callsign (and module IDs) as a user callsign on the US Trust.  As far as know, it didn't even temporarily break anything.

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:46 PM, Ken Jamrogowicz via Groups.Io <ke2n@...> wrote:

This is a replacement for a "freestar*" install that used a version of g2_ircDDB which allowed the "Owner" of the gateway (the call registered with ircDDB) to be different than the call sign of the repeater.  I think this feature was mainly aimed at hot spots, but it allowed us to share a gateway between two repeaters that had different call signs.  N4USI appeared as W4BRM-C from the Internet side (for example on the ircDDB "heard' list).  On the air, users entered N4USI-C and N4USI-G to access the gateway as you indicate. They don't "know" that they are using W4BRM-C unless they looked online.

I tested changing the call sign of the repeater to W4BRM and now I do show up in the last heard list - so I guess this gateway does not allow the different repeater/gateway call signs to be used (like my old one).  

The problem here is that N4USI is registered as a US Trust call sign, so I cannot register it as an ircDDB gateway call sign.  Yet I would like to use it on the air as before.   To use W4BRM-C I would have to make changes with the local repeater coordinating council and all repeater directory sources (etc).

Do you suppose I can just drop an email to the ircDDB folks?

 

 

 

 

 




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John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   

Re: dstar-gw

Ken Jamrogowicz
 

This is a replacement for a "freestar*" install that used a version of g2_ircDDB which allowed the "Owner" of the gateway (the call registered with ircDDB) to be different than the call sign of the repeater.  I think this feature was mainly aimed at hot spots, but it allowed us to share a gateway between two repeaters that had different call signs.  N4USI appeared as W4BRM-C from the Internet side (for example on the ircDDB "heard' list).  On the air, users entered N4USI-C and N4USI-G to access the gateway as you indicate. They don't "know" that they are using W4BRM-C unless they looked online.

I tested changing the call sign of the repeater to W4BRM and now I do show up in the last heard list - so I guess this gateway does not allow the different repeater/gateway call signs to be used (like my old one).  

The problem here is that N4USI is registered as a US Trust call sign, so I cannot register it as an ircDDB gateway call sign.  Yet I would like to use it on the air as before.   To use W4BRM-C I would have to make changes with the local repeater coordinating council and all repeater directory sources (etc).

Do you suppose I can just drop an email to the ircDDB folks?

 

 

 

 

 

Re: dstar-gw

 

There is a support group for ircddbgateway on Yahoo! groups.

I have seen this, but it usually is benign and will eventually clear up, though I am puzzled by your comments of the gateway having one callsign and the repeater another?

Typically you would run the repeater as N4USI  C and the gateway as N4USI  G  -- what you put in for the DPLUS login could be different (any US Trust registered USER callsign).  The ircddb admins have to make special arrangements if the gateway and repeater use different callsigns.


On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 9:01 AM, Ken Jamrogowicz via Groups.Io <ke2n@...> wrote:
Following the instructions provided at: 
https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/udrc/wiki/Configuring-ircDDBgateway
I now have a gateway working with my ICOM repeater.  By working I mean I have tested connection to an REF reflector.
The gateway is registered with ircDDB as W4BRM and the 2 meter repeater operates under callsign N4USI.
However when I key up one of my radios I see a message:
USER: KE2N     NOT FOUND
in the log. And I do not show up in the last heard listings. 
This message comes out whether the gateway is linked or not.
Does anyone know what causes this? - watching the log I see a few other stations having the same issue.


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John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   

dstar-gw

Ken Jamrogowicz
 

Following the instructions provided at: 
https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/udrc/wiki/Configuring-ircDDBgateway
I now have a gateway working with my ICOM repeater.  By working I mean I have tested connection to an REF reflector.
The gateway is registered with ircDDB as W4BRM and the 2 meter repeater operates under callsign N4USI.
However when I key up one of my radios I see a message:
USER: KE2N     NOT FOUND
in the log. And I do not show up in the last heard listings. 
This message comes out whether the gateway is linked or not.
Does anyone know what causes this? - watching the log I see a few other stations having the same issue.

  

Re: No response from radio PTT

Antonio Gonzalez
 

Thanks very much Dave, all work correctly, congratulations to radio-groups team for your job.

 

De: main@nw-digital-radio.groups.io [mailto:main@nw-digital-radio.groups.io] En nombre de David Joseph
Enviado el: miércoles, 03 de enero de 2018 1:41
Para: main@nw-digital-radio.groups.io
Asunto: [nw-digital-radio] No response from radio PTT

 

Moderator -- This discussion should be moved to https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/ambe where ThumbDV/AMBEserver topics are covered (including community discussion of BlueDV)

 

Hello,

 

Got BlueDV going and computer PTT working fine, parrot audio fine.

 

Have tried several variations of the Radio PTT settings but cannot get PTT to work from it.

 

See my configuation screen capture.  Believe radio settings to be correct.

 

Please advise

 

 

Thanks,

Dave W1AMX




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Re: No response from radio PTT

David Joseph
 

Ok. Thanks for info.

Dave

On 1/2/18 at 7:41 PM, David Joseph wrote:

*Moderator -- This discussion should be moved to * *https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/ambe where ThumbDV/AMBEserver topics are covered (including community discussion of BlueDV)*
 
Hello,
 
Got BlueDV going and computer PTT working fine, parrot audio fine.
 
Have tried several variations of the Radio PTT settings but cannot get PTT to work from it.
 
See my configuation screen capture.  Believe radio settings to be correct.
 
Please advise
 
 
Thanks,
Dave W1AMX

No response from radio PTT

David Joseph
 

Moderator -- This discussion should be moved to https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/ambe where ThumbDV/AMBEserver topics are covered (including community discussion of BlueDV)
 
Hello,
 
Got BlueDV going and computer PTT working fine, parrot audio fine.
 
Have tried several variations of the Radio PTT settings but cannot get PTT to work from it.
 
See my configuation screen capture.  Believe radio settings to be correct.
 
Please advise
 
 
Thanks,
Dave W1AMX

Re: Raspberry Pi Zero

Bob KV4PC
 

Im interested in kind of a specific endgame, a "chewing gum" stack in the Pi Zero-W form factor that adds up to a DMR or Dstar transceiver, analog audio to RF and back as well as behaving like a low power access point/repeater or other DV interface. It seems like nearly all the pieces are out there.  The PiDV has the right function, but its a 26 pin device, and sort of an odd shape relative. The new Zumspot/MMDVM_HS board with the ADS7021 radio modem in Zero-hat format is an interesting piece of the puzzle. 

I have had a guy offer me a PiDV almost immediately after I posted. Wanted me to make an offer. I put it back on him to give me a price. We'll see how that goes. Certainly it will be useful to prototype with.

73;
Bob KV4PC


On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM, John D Hays - K7VE <john@...> wrote:
The PiDV would likely fit this purpose, but sales do not currently support carrying stock.

http://nwdigitalradio.com/product/pidv/

Most people find the ThumbDV sufficient for AMBEserver support.

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Bob KV4PC <robert.ehresman@...> wrote:
Any chance that NWDR will offer a simple AMBE CODEC board like the ThumbDV in Pi Zero Pi Hat (or Bonnet) form factor?

73;
Bob KV4PC




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John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   


Re: Raspberry Pi Zero

 

The PiDV would likely fit this purpose, but sales do not currently support carrying stock.

http://nwdigitalradio.com/product/pidv/

Most people find the ThumbDV sufficient for AMBEserver support.

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Bob KV4PC <robert.ehresman@...> wrote:
Any chance that NWDR will offer a simple AMBE CODEC board like the ThumbDV in Pi Zero Pi Hat (or Bonnet) form factor?

73;
Bob KV4PC




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John D. Hays
Edmonds, WA
K7VE

   

Raspberry Pi Zero

Bob KV4PC
 

Any chance that NWDR will offer a simple AMBE CODEC board like the ThumbDV in Pi Zero Pi Hat (or Bonnet) form factor?

73;
Bob KV4PC

Re: Net TNC

Kenny Richards
 

I thought lazy developers were motivated by beer? Are you saying fame is also useful tool? ;-)



On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 7:56 AM, Jeremy McDermond <mcdermj@...> wrote:

On Nov 22, 2017, at 7:38 AM, Curt, WE7U <curt.we7u@...> wrote:

On Wed, 22 Nov 2017, Steve Stroh wrote:

Agreed - puzzling that they haven?t discussed it more publicly.

Development takes time, particularly for a quality product. I'd give it to them.  ;-)

The lazy main developer of the idea and code has had some significant life events happen in the past six months that have taken almost all of my hobby time away from them.  Some of those life events are coming to a conclusion, and that should give them more time to work on the idea and hopefully come out with a first release of the code soon-ish.  That developer usually is motivated by showing things off at conferences and is intending to attend MicroHAMS.  You can draw your own conclusions…

--
Curt, WE7U.        http://we7u.wetnet.net
"The world DOES revolve around me:  I picked the coordinate system!"
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Jeremy McDermond


Re: Net TNC

Jeremy McDermond <mcdermj@...>
 


On Nov 22, 2017, at 7:38 AM, Curt, WE7U <curt.we7u@...> wrote:

On Wed, 22 Nov 2017, Steve Stroh wrote:

Agreed - puzzling that they haven?t discussed it more publicly.

Development takes time, particularly for a quality product. I'd give it to them.  ;-)

The lazy main developer of the idea and code has had some significant life events happen in the past six months that have taken almost all of my hobby time away from them.  Some of those life events are coming to a conclusion, and that should give them more time to work on the idea and hopefully come out with a first release of the code soon-ish.  That developer usually is motivated by showing things off at conferences and is intending to attend MicroHAMS.  You can draw your own conclusions…

--
Curt, WE7U.        http://we7u.wetnet.net
"The world DOES revolve around me:  I picked the coordinate system!"
Coordinate Converter (Android): http://www.sarguydigital.com

Jeremy McDermond

Re: Net TNC

Curt Mills, WE7U
 

On Wed, 22 Nov 2017, Steve Stroh wrote:

Agreed - puzzling that they haven?t discussed it more publicly.
Development takes time, particularly for a quality product. I'd give it to them. ;-)

--
Curt, WE7U. http://we7u.wetnet.net
"The world DOES revolve around me: I picked the coordinate system!"
Coordinate Converter (Android): http://www.sarguydigital.com