DMR The Journey Continues

So after much addoo, yelling, swearing and all round losing my crap, I have DMR working, well kind of. I still do not really understand what I am doing here, but i did have it connected to TG 3100 somehow amd was hearing people talking, so I know I am on the right path here, but I still do not know how to change talk groups yet. Anyway, setting up the hotspot was not bad, configuring a radio to talk to it and the world, what a bloody nightmare LOL.

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20m FT8 Tonight

While i think FT8 and other digital modes are like watching paint dry, they do achieve one big thing, they allow for tiny stations like mine to work some DX. I am running about 25w into a dipole that is 8m AGL. For all intents and purposes I am nothing more than a portable station, the antenna is the sotabeams linked dipole i use portable and its hanging off the same squid pole I use. But I am working DX and its keeping things fun while I layout a schematic for a future project.

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DMR

So in the interests of Fagging It Up as my friend Simon refers to DMR, i have setup a hotspot. LMAO. I still have no idea what i am doing, or how to configure the radio, but we are making progress. This is so non intuitive that its a nightmare. So from what i understand, i need to install a buttplug in the radio so that it has channels and zones and such to access the hotspot. If anyone wants to know how to do this, don’t ask me. I got no idea.

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15m FT8

Well they say 15m is dead. And it probably is in other modes, but in FT8 its firing quite nicely. I am receiving plenty of stations and being heard by some of them. I even popped my cherry and had my first FT8 contact. So with that out of the way, i proceeded to work a bunch of other stations also. Its been a while since i worked any dx of any kind, so to get a few in the log on 15m is nice.

 

The map below is my receive map. Asia, the middle east and Europe all being received.

The transmit map is not as great, but that is to be expected, I am running low power into a dipole, so cannot expect to be heard like a big gun, but I am getting out and making a few contacts. I am still a bit iffy when it comes to FT8 procedure, i need to read the manual and make sure i am doing it right. But hey, if i can start working some all new ones, or getting confirms on places i have had contacts with already, I might end up with that DXCC on 15m that i only need about 20 confirms for HAHAHAHA.

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20m WSPR

Well doing 20m with a 40m dipole was never going to be very successful, but I went and did it anyway until the stormed rolled on through last night as i shut it all down. The plan ATM is to buy a tri band rotatable dipole from TETemtron, and put up a 10m mast in the backyard to mount it and a light duty rotator on. But that is going to have to wait a few weeks as I just bought a new car and am broke. LOL.

20m TX map with 5w ish.

20m receive map.

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Overnight on 40m WSPR

Transmit Map

Receive Map

I am hearing more than I am being heard. Which is usually the opposite of what normally happens for me, where I am heard but hear bugger all because of local noise. When i get a 20m antenna up next week i will give 20m the 24hour treatment and see what I can produce.

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