Now that the W1AAD DSTAR repeater is back on the air, there might be some interest in participating in (or listening to) the Raspberry Pi Net which meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month on Reflector 38C.
You can change the link over to 38C by keying your rig and pressing the “*38C” DTMF keys, or by adding a “REF038CL” to your UR list.
Please be aware that the repeater will automatically relink to Reflector 69C after 25 minutes of inactivity, or you could put it back there when you are done by sending “*69C” or using “REF069CL” from your UR list.
There is also a rather active Facebook Group called “Raspberry Pi Amateur Radio” with almost 3,000 users. https://www.facebook.com/groups/251260325054240/
The W1AAD repeater software upgrades have been completed. We now have full G3, DPLUS, and ircDDBGateway features. The new G3 features are pretty obscure and don’t operate without purchasing the latest Icom gear like the ID-51APLUS2, so the repeater not usually be in that mode.
The repeater will normally be in the ircDDBGateway mode and connected to Reflector 69C, which services CT, RI, and Western MA.
You can tell what mode the repeater is in by viewing the “Dashboard” status screen, or by the voice announcements. A female voice means ircDDBGateway, and a male voice means pure Icom G3.
W1AAD running ircDDBGateway Mode
W1AAD running Pure Icom G3 mode
The W1AAD repeater rejoined DSTAR service tonight at about 6:30 PM when it was linked into REF069C for the first time since early January. Immediately, traffic was heard from all the other repeaters in CT/RI that are linked into 69, so things are working.
This is only the first step in the upgrade, getting the latest Icom G3 software running on the new computer gear at the site. Over the next few days ircDDBGateway services will be added and the dashboard will be set up. So don’t be surprised to hear the repeater up/down for the next couple of days.
We are the 63rd G3 level repeater running in the world!
Thanks to Pete W1LAB, Ted W1GRI, and Bob WB4SON who have been spending a bunch of time working on this upgrade over the past four months. Pete, Ted, Bob and Paul K1YBE have donated equipment or funds to get this done at no expense to the club.
W1AAD repeater — the business end
The computer used for the gateway function of our DSTAR repeater, W1AAD, has been failing for the past few months. We have decided to take the repeater off the air until we can come up with a reliable alternative that can be managed remotely (access to the site is very restricted).
There is no definite timeframe, but several weeks is is the minimum.
The PC controlling the DSTAR machine has become increasingly unreliable in the past few months, after working solidly for years. Tools installed to allow a remote restart are no longer restoring the PC to operation, requiring more frequent site visits to get things going again. In addition, the PC is so old that it is not capable of supporting the latest version of the operating system and Gateway software.
For the foreseeable future, it is more likely than not that W1AAD will fail to connect to the internet gateway system. We suggest using W1HDN in West Warwick (147.045 MHz, + 600 KHz), or using a local internet device like a DVAP, DV3K or DVmega. Both the DVAP and DVmega work with your DSTAR HT to provide a local RF access point (think of it as a personal low power repeater). The DV3K is a computer device, using your microphone and speaker to connect to to repeaters or reflectors.