2019 St Cloud Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

2019 The St Cloud Amateur Radio Club is having their Annual Hamfest February 9th 2019 at the St Cloud Armory

General admissions $8.00
Large Swap meet with radios, antennas, computers and more. Ham Radio testing will be offered and your admission enters you into a chance to win Door Prizes!
You can visit their website for more information https://w0sv.club/hamfest

Information provided by Chad Gross. You can email the club @ w0sav@w0sv.club

Motorola Mototrbo code plugs updated

Motorola Mototrbo code plugs for the following models have been updated:

  • SL 7550
  • XPR 4500L
  • XPR 4550H
  • XPR 4550L
  • XPR 5550He
  • XPR 5550H
  • XPR 5550L
  • XPR 6500
  • XPR 6550
  • XPR 7550
  • XPR 7550e (new)
  • XPR 5550H (new, VHF)
  • XPR 4550 (new, VHF)
  • XPR 6550 (new, VHF)

Here is a summary of the revisions in this release:

  • All Brandmeister Network connected Repeater and Hotspot Zones channels have been aligned with Galen, KC0BBK’s code plugs
  • Two South Central Minnesota Repeater Network (SCMN) KD0TGF repeaters, LEM1 and LEM2 have been added to all code plugs and the fleet map
  • The University of Minnesota (UoM) repeater Zone had been added back as a Brandmeister repeater
  • The code plug for Motorola model XPR 5550He has been refreshed from a firmware updated radio so that user radios can  load it

NOTES: 

Most DMR-MARC, K4USD, BrandMeister and DMRPlus talkgroups are available in “Contacts > Digital” for the convenience of those who want to customize their code plugs.

The “P” and “M” after your name in contacts follow the original DMR-MARC convention for Portable (P) and Mobile (M) ID assignment, they do not represent your middle or last name initial. This keeps the Subscriber ID unique for the two allowable by DMR-MARC.

The following Subscriber ID’s have been added to contacts:

  • 3127618 NR0L Neill A Johnson Maple Grove
  • 3127619 AD0IV Kevin M Crisp Farmington
  • 3127620KE0QKYJustin L HicksNew Ulm
  • 3127621 KF7PLN Kevin Robert Daly St. Paul
  • 3127622 KC0VTW Theodore D Berquam Motley
  • 3127623 KE0KPV Joseph M Hilton Saint Paul
  • 3127624 KD0SFH Timothy Georgi Minneapolis
  • 3127625 KD0WTB Jason Buckingham Chaska
  • 3127626 N0GYT Riley Scott Saint Paul
  • 3127627 KB0BRO Patrick J Burke Warroad
  • 3127628 KE0QWW Robert W Beier Owatonna
  • 3127629 K0MWB Matthew Beckwell Wawina
  • 3127630 K0WFS Russell L Ramirez Otsego
  • 3127631 KE0AZY Peter Zimmerman Apple Valley

MN DMR code plugs and FLEET MAP can be accessed at this LINK.

Shark OpenSpot is on sale, 50% off

Right now you can order a SharkRF OpenSpot for 50% off until Easter or maybe supplies run out. You need to buy in Euro dollars and pay a good chunk of money for shipping. I (n0nki) would like to organize a group purchase to save on the shipping… If you buy on your own, you’ll pay 95 Euros + 24.85 Euro in shipping… If you pay use(sales) taxes as all of us legally need to do, you spend about $160 USD.

With the group buy, we’re looking at about or less than $140 combined including the sales tax which I’ll process (unless you can provide an exemption certificate for resale)… This rate assumes 7 purchases and we’re just about there… The price only goes lower if you are interested… But we need to hurry as the group doesn’t want to loose out because we were waiting on someone to commit.  If interested, contact me (n0nki) and let me know you want in the group buy. I’m going to place the order on Friday… Prepayment expected as we’ll be waiting a few days for the delivery and I can’t afford to be holding extra equipment or without the funds if someone backs out.

If you want to just buy direct, here’s the link: https://shop.sharkrf.com/

 

Here’s a jumble of calculations if you would like to try and figure out my math.

1.28 $ Conversion Qty
euro Qty1 USD 7 USD
Shark 95 121.6 665 851.2
Shipping 24.84 31.7952 38.11 48.7808
Sales Tax 9.5872 12.27162 71.99846
0.08 971.9793
Total 165.6668 138.8542

Bridge to DMR from Zello Application

Here’s another teaser for a future bridge between networks. Zello is an application available for your PC or mobile phone that provides a push-to-talk interface to “channels”… There’s now a channel for Minnesota Talk-group 3127… Today they are not linked, but there’s still a community of hams who have the app installed. Might be soon that the hardware is purchased to bridge these networks. Imagine pulling your cell phone out of your pocket and participating on the DMR network using nothing but a free app on the phone you already have with you!  Check out https://zello.com/channels/k/fIWvQ

 

This past weekend – Great time had at the Midwinter Madness and in Washington

The Buffalo Hamfest was this past weekend. Quite a few people were in attendance. I’d like to toss out a few thank you’s to John KA0KMJ and I know I’m going to be missing names and calls but there were several people associated with the Maple Grove Radio Club who supported us this past weekend. From purchasing table space, providing power, providing an outside 70cm antenna, etc. Galen and John, Dave and Dave, everyone who stopped by the booth. Thank you for making the event what it was. Wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of you.

In other news, there was a digital conference in Puget Sound. You can watch the entire set of presentations online via YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1sWCtVzzak  Information about the conference is posted at http://www.microhams.com/mhdc/

Looks like some really amazing technical content. I’d love to attend one of these coming years. Here’s some of the slides from the event.

 

Motorola Mototrbo code plugs have been Updated January 13th 2018

Motorola Mototrbo code plugs for the following models have been updated:

  • SL 7550
  • XPR 4500L
  • XPR 4550H
  • XPR 4550L
  • XPR 5550He (Note new model)
  • XPR 5550H
  • XPR 5550L
  • XPR 6550
  • XPR 7550

Here is a summary of the revisions in this release:

  • Terry’s N0GOI St. Paul repeater has moved over to the MNDMR C-Bridge so the STP Zone channels have been realigned.

NOTES: 

Most DMR-MARC, K4USD, BrandMeister and DMRPlus talkgroups are available in “Contacts > Digital” for the convenience of those who want to customize their code plugs.

The “P” and “M” after your name in contacts follow the original DMR-MARC convention for Portable (P) and Mobile (M) ID assignment, they do not represent your middle or last name initial. This keeps the Subscriber ID unique for the two allowable by DMR-MARC.