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Tech Net on Tuesday 22 November at 19:30 GMT

We are running their second ‘tech net’ on Tuesday 22 November at 19:30 GMT

The net will be hosted on GB3NZ, GB3VW and DMR TG841 – East Anglia Multimode. The subject is “Team Wave – What we’ve been up to and where we’re going”.

Everyone welcome!

Please see below for ways to join:

GB3NZ:
Output: 145.600
Input: 145.000
CTCSS: 94.8Hz

GB3VW:
Output: 430.8125
Input: 438.4125
CTCSS: 82.5Hz

DMR – DVS Phoenix repeaters (e.g. GB7YL, GB7EB, GB7DS) via talk group 841 Slot 2

D-STAR – XLXWVV Module A

NXDN – Talk group 841

TETRA – Via GB7TX

Yaesu System Fusion – Via Rooom 00841

EchoLink – Search for GB3VW.

TeamWave – Matrix

As the Fediverse has become a little more popular with the recent twitter fiasco, I’ve decided that now would be a good time to create a letstalkradio matrix chat system. Firstly I don’t plan on Mattermost going anywhere so you are welcome to stay. If anything we will probably set up a bridge between the two so messages are sent to both systems.

At the moment these are independent systems so messages on one will not show on the other.

The benefits of Matrix is that you can run your own server (if you wish) and the system supports many 3rd party clients, unlike Mattermost where you’re limited to the single client.

We have the one room at the moment: Teamwave – MX0WVV for testing.

I welcome everyone to create an account and come and try the system, and again this system (Mattermost) is not going anywhere at the moment.

Here are the instructions if you’d like to come along and play:

1) Visit https://app.element.io
2) Click Edit (under the information icon ‘i’)
3) Select “Other homeserver” and insert the URL “https://matrix.letstalkradio.org” and click continue.
4) Now under the Sign in button select “Create account”
5) Enter your desired username
6) Enter a strong password
7) Click Register
8) You’ll now be signed in, if you get a “You’re in” page click “Skip” in the middle of the screen
9) You can then join the Teamwave room “https://matrix.to/#/#admins:matrix.letstalkradio.org”

Following feedback we will then decide whether to bridge the two systems together.

WaveNet

WaveNet begins…

WaveNet & East Anglia Multimode seems to have grown quickly, initially a point of discussion between Tim M1MIT, Jim M0ZAH and I.. one early morning on the 8.30am random repeater coffee net where we thought it might be an idea to have our own D-STAR reflector to play with.

Being very keen on D-STAR and AllStar, I thought it might be cool if I were to put a spare AMBE transcoder into use giving D-STAR hotspot access to some of the more far off repeaters such as GB3VW which was (and will again be) AllStar linked. This, after a little troubleshooting, became a reality and we were soon testing D-STAR reflectors and FM repeater & node linking.

This quickly became known as WaveNet and we even managed some remote testing, being able to link a temporary AllStar node in Herefordshire back to the D-STAR reflector to keep in touch with each other as part of a shakedown test.

Jim M0ZAH then suggested it would be nice to add DMR and maybe even consider C4FM, given the success of GB7DS in Norwich. Later on, in conversation with James M0JGX, the interest in building a DMR & repeater linked multimode bridge surfaced with us realising that we had all the gear in place to make it happen.

Introducing WaveNet, our East Anglia multimode system… A joint project between Team Wave and Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth Repeater Group, connecting D-STAR, DMR, C4FM, AllStar FM, TETRA and EchoLink with DV Scotland Phoenix talk group 841 and numerous repeaters in Norfolk & Suffolk.
Continue reading “WaveNet”

Our first packet net

It’s been talked about for a long time, but we’ve finally set a date for our first packet net; Saturday 17th September at 20:00 – 144.950FM.

With so few of us within simplex range of each other, digipeating will be essential, so please make sure this is enabled in your TNC if you’re taking part. The more stations we can get involved, the better this will work, so if your station is packet-capable, please dust off your TNC and join in.

Stations confirmed so far:

  1. M0XTF Tony – Bungay
  2. M0VCX John – Watton
  3. M1MIT Tim – Norwich
  4. M5MSX Martin – Gt. Yarmouth
  5. M7GMT Rik – Attleborough

As this will be the first attempt, we’ll be figuring out who can hear who, and exactly how paths should be configured, but if all goes well, this could become a regular thing, perhaps alternating with a 2m JS8 net. We could call it SaturDATA. 🙂

Packet Radio & New Features

Now that we’ve a second packet node on the air with GB7ZAH, the focus is starting to move towards functionality.

We’ve 2 new features currently in testing on GB7MSX:

  1. Mattermost integration.. Yes, that’s right! using the MATTERMOST command, you’ll be able to come through to our Mattermost server and chat away (channel #GB7MSX). It’s still under test and allows packet users to converse with pre-approved licensed amateurs in Mattermost to ensure we’re complying with licensing conditions
  2. We now have a repeater lookup function called RPTSEARCH, just for fun. It’s a simple wildcard search by repeater callsign right now but in the future we’d like to extend this to deliver repeaters within X distance from a location as that’s a little more useful. Stay tuned!

At the time of writing, I’m also messing with a couple of other python scripts I’ve picked up along the way.. One is based on the classic Zork, and another on Eliza.. both very retro, so you may see them active at various points in the name of science & fun.

Both packet nodes are likely to be up and down over the coming days and weeks as we continue to tweak, improve and expand. GB7MSX will be undergoing some antenna tests and improvements, however in the meantime it is accessible from greater distances thanks to the extended range GB7ZAH is providing. Don’t forget to node hop!

We’d welcome any ideas for cool packet node functionality, as we really want to develop out both nodes with unique features and generate some interest in VHF packet radio.

If you have packet capability in your station or are interested in learning more, please join us on the air or via our Mattermost chat.

For now, 73!

GB7ZAH – On air testing

Our second packet station (GB7ZAH) switched on today for full testing. This has been a long time coming and joins GB7MSX in the East of Norfolk. There will be periods where the station may not be available while we change configs in the backend.

A huge thanks to Martin M5MSX for his help with configuration hits, and M7GMT for testing on air.

The next step is to get MB7NAF (M1MIT) node on the air.

If you’d like to use either GB7MSX/GB7ZAH you can connect via 1200Baud AX.25 on 144.950NFM.

Day One

Today marks the official launch of the MX0WVV website and the start of Team Wave.

Team Wave naturally evolved as a group of like-minded technology enthusiasts with amateur radio at the core of our interests. We’ve already got a growing list of things in play to support the tech, hacker and amateur radio community, focused around but not limited to Norfolk, UK

It’s an exciting time where hopefully we can bring more operators into the services we’re already hosting, specifically our Mattermost chat (please visit Town Square and say hi!) and XLX reflector

We’re working hard on developing more features and projects, to name a few:

  • Asterisk PBX for voice communication with plans to integrate with AllStarLink & Hamshack Hotline
  • AllStarLink to D-Star bridging between GB3VW Wymondham and our reflector, XLXWVV Module A
  • AX.25 packet network, based around the city of Norwich and surrounding areas
  • 10 meter super-repeater

In addition, we’re very interested in your own projects and welcome anyone with an interest in sharing your ideas & progress, helping out with on-going projects or simply coming along to join the conversation

Many thanks to the founding team members for their support in getting the site live, especially to Rik M7GMT for his web design and James M0ZAH for the API development

See you in chat and on the air!