Palm Springs HAMFEST

Come join your fellow Hamsterbaters at the Palm Springs Hamfest!
Admission: $10 at the door. Price includes admission to the Air Museum exhibits as well. Where else can you get a day’s worth of entertainment for that? You may purchase your tickets in advance by clicking on the link on the main menu.
Parking is free for this event.

Operation Cock Block

On Friday Nov 18 at approximately 2048 hrs in Perris, CA, Jonny and I were successful in catching the Driver. In summary, we negotiated a truce where the Driver agreed to stop jamming and we won’t release any personally identifiable information about him. As a result, The Driver will cease and desist. He will no longer jam ANY repeaters. Operation Cock Block completed without incident.

Any monies or equipment received from Henry’s Driver bounty will be used for the benefit of the repeater. We request that any details of the operation and methodologies only be shared in person and those details be left off the air.

I’d like to personally thank EVERYONE who provided me with some sort of telemetry or assistance over the last year even if it was just once. A special thank you to all the SPARC repeater owners for all your support. To everyone that helped, your willingness to take a moment to contribute made all the difference.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

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Allstar Demo

Just a quick heads up that I was able to get an Allstar node up and operational last night on my Kenwood TMV71a. It’s in local repeat mode to demonstrate its full duplex capability. It’s an R-Pi2 with a URIx and the interfacing is via the 6 pin DATA port on the back of the Kenwood. I’m running the older ACID distro that was ported for R-Pi2.  Next iteration will be on DIAL which has native Pi 2/3 support.  I still have to enable the port forwarding on my home router so that other Allstar nodes can connect. Setting the deviation levels were a piece of cake with the IFR 1200 service monitor and Allstar’s “e-pot” digital interface. Apparently Allstar accepts discriminator audio so it’s managing the audio levels and decoding the PL so you don’t have to worry about the volume or squelch levels on the radio. Freaking rad!  Shout out to Jim Dixon, WB6NIL, for the assist.  Nothing like having the guy that created Allstar as a friend to help out.  More later…


So for those who care, this repeater is mixed-mode P25 phase 1 capable (C4FM/FDMA/IMBE). It’s not the primary use case but we encourage non-primetime digital use. If you have the wherewithal to figure out the encode NAC (hint: same as decode) then you’re welcome to come and talk to us!

Please use a unique Astro ID and set the premable to 80.  5Khz deviation.