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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.