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VE1JSR B   GE Pheonix backup repeater                Previous Repeater Configurarion


VE1JSR Multi-Mode Repeater                                                   

located in Antigonish NS

module B..... 441.800 +

module C....  145.670 simplex        


Analog FM 

Analog ......441.800+ TSQ 141.3​   "Analog is no longer working And will be added to the MMDVM in a future upgrade"



C4FM.........ONLINE and working as of July 1st 2016

C4FM.........441.800 +

Wires-X.....ONLINE C4FM digital  441.800 +      ​Just use your Wires-X function key and dial up your room #     


DMR​ On the Brandmeister Network

DMR.......441.800 +   

​DMR...... Timeslot 1        local repeater use

​DMR...... Timeslot 2        link and unlink to any talkgroup, please dissconnect when done




​NOTE: ​    Analog dissbled until MMDVM updates software / firmware to add Analog

             Audio will pass through in FM Analog as long as there is no Digital signal passing through repeater, just look

​              for a signal on your S meter. If a full scale signal is seen without any audio that will indicate repeater is

​              active in Digital mode. If you turn off your TSQ you will hear the digital noise comming through on your

​              Analog radio. The TSQ is there to prevent you from hearing the digital noise as it can be anoying to 

​              listen to, as well as to seperate between the two signals in the software. It is also a good practice to use BCL

​              (Busy Chanel Lockout) on your radio as this will prevent you from keying over top of another transmission


This Picture above is the Current Repear Configuration that is in operation, The big change is that I am using an MMDVM modem and currently working on my Custom Digital Repeater Controler Project. The middle port on my Controler is using a GMSK modem and Pi2 with the DV commander software using an M1225 VHF radio to decode D-star for the VE1JSR C  simplex module. The third port is the UDRC-II pi2 Controller I was using previously and is there as a backup or to be used for future projects. My mobile Hotspot now covers DMR as well as D-star, it is used for home use as well as for when i go mobile and am out of repeater range, I will add a picture below this explanaton so you can see how I enclosed it into a compact case with built in power and external charge port and Network plug.     


                 My Portable MMDVM Hot Spot "all in one compact carring case"                                              

VE1JSR is a Homebrew repeater using DR-1X repeater set  @ 20watts, With Wires-X remote linked via RF using FTM100 & HRI-200 in Digital. The Repeater is controlled via a Custom built Digital Controller using the MMDVM // Due package V 1.01 running the KB5RAB image. The Repeater will work in D-star, C4FM / Wires-X capable, & DMR. Analog has been dropped for now but will be available in Future upgrades to the software and modem Firmware. The D-star simplex Module C node is running on a GMSK modem and Raspberry Pi2 using the DV commander software. Current coverage using a mobile antenna is around 15km tested with  a handheld and external antenna on vehicle at 5w. And a IC880H mobile at mid power

I currently set up my new antenna a Diamond X50A at double the height. The coverage has improved and I am verry happy with the outcome. Currently the coverage around town with a handy is great, you can get into the repeater at low power setting of "slo"  10mw  on my ID-51+ around town with some spots needing the next power setting up "Lo2 // Lo3" I normally set it up for Lo3 to mid to ensure a good signal into the repeater. The coverage on DMR and C4FM are the same as the D-star, however DMR seems to have a bit better coverage, as tested with my hand held at full power.




"Just Click On The URL Below And It Should Take You To My Dashboard"​I






Dashboard Up and running once again, thanks to the Help of VE1AIC who logged in remotley and did some house cleaning and got it going for me.  THANK YOU RON smileysmiley

​Second go around setting Up Dashboard with the new UDRC and Linux compass, Ron gave me some refrence and information and I managed to get it working on my own. WOW what a challenge, but after a few days figured it all out and it's working once again.



UPDATES ​On Repeater Progress & Projects​Oldest to Newest

​                                                                                            DRC (Digital Repeater Controler)  COMPLETED

​                                                                                            ARC (Analog Repeater Controler)  New Project in Progress




****I have updated the Pi2 to a Beagle Bone Black rev C with 4g mem capacity, the system is running more stable but

I can't seem to get the Dashboard up and running :(  Any help would be appreciated in resolving this issue, just email me.



****Thanks to the help of Doug "VE1AHF" I have aquired a commercial single bay folded dipole for the repeater, look  forward to trying it out and using it on the repeater once I secure a commercial site.



****Just received my New Yaesu System Fusion Repeater DR-1X today, I have unpacked it to inspect and set it up and run some tests while at low power connected to a dummy load. Everything seems to be running great, just need a new set of patch cables to connect it up to the duplexer then I will have it on the air running FM-FM for now.

I will be looking to ordering a Wires-X box in the future and work on getting it up and running C4FM as well.



****Put together a mounting system and rearranged the Repeaters just a little bit. The New DR-1X is in place and I am doing some testing in FM-FM mode for now. The new picture is above.



****Finaly received the new DVRPTR-V1 modem, Had a struggle getting it setup with the Beagel Bone Black rev. C so I managed to get it working with the Pi2 for now. I am still working ont the BBB image to get it up and running with that and will switch it in as soon as it is ready. The coverage remained about the same but the audio quality is much cleaner on D-star

I also managed to dig out and setup the Wires-X box to the system as well and it seems to be working great, I can connect to rooms and have had a few QSO's as well. The DR-1X seems to handle the FM analog, FM Wires-X, and D-star quite well. I have noticed while in an analog QSO the D-star activity continues but dose not TX across the repeater untill analog conversation has stopped and on the next go around on the D-star signal, D-star will kick back in and be heard out the repeater.

Next step down the road is to get the C4FM up and running



*****Finaly got hold of a VHF comercial radio, a motorola M1225 to use as my C module on the repeater. It is all connected up and works with a limited range as I don't have a dedicated antenna for it yet. For now i have an antenna switch on my base radio and when I am not using the base radio I turn module C on. It is up and running for all too use, just check, if it is online your welcome to use it. Once I get a more permanent antenna I will leave it on full time and will update the information to show it is up and running full time.



*****I did a modification to the M1225 radio in order to allow it to run at full duty cycle without overheating. I have added a large heatsing onto the existing heatsink. I mounted it using 4 screws that were already on the existing chassi heatsink assembly. The radio is sitting upsidedown in order to allow heat to dissipate and a fan is blowing across the radio. The radio seems to be operating at a cooler temperature than its stock configuration.



*****Finaly received my UDRC from NW Digital Radio, It was a challenge to get it up and running but I managed to do just that. The repeater is now running tri mode, Analog, C4FM, and D-star. The only drawback was I could not leave the HRI-200 connected to the repeater as it would not work while using the 15pinHD connector to the UDRC hat. I have the HRI-200 connected to an FTM-100DR and running in Wires-X mode in digital, it is linked to the DR-1x and works great.

The Dashboard was a big challenge as i could not get the recomended one for the new linux compass build to load so I used the same dashboard I used on the previous build. It took some research and a few days to find the propper links in the software to point to them so  the Dashboard to display all the information. Eventually got it working and learned a little more about Linux :) fun fun fun.

Below is a few pictures of the UDRC, I have modified my origional Pi2 case to allow the UDRC to sit inside the housing





       Been a while since I wrote any updates, I have since updated the UDRC with the newer UDRC-II and it seems to be woking Great. Repeater still runs the same with the UDRC-II installation, Analog, D-star, & C4FM are all possible on the same repeater on a one at a time basis, Wires-X can also be accesses in C4FM mode. The other modes will still work at the same time but in the background as only one signal is passed at a time through the repeater, there is a 40 second delay i believe thus allowing the mode being used to retain control of thr repeater. "None of the modes are cross linked"

       I have also eliminated my IRLP desktop computer and moved the EchoIRLP to a raspberry Pi2, hence know as a "PiRLP" The system us running off of a 5v adapter connected to the repeater's backup battery.

The network adapter is also now being powered by the same 5v adapter on the repeaters's backup battery thus the internet remains active during a power outage as the main router is also on a UPS. 

      I have also ventured into DMR, and have updated the firmware on my DVmega board and am running the latest MMDVM on the Pi3. Thus my mobile hotspot now dose D-star and DMR.

      I also have an MMDVM//Due package on order and looking forward to setting up a Hotspot with about 18W to cover the town on DMR in simplex mode for now. I would like to incorperate that with my repeater but I would loose my C4FM wires-X conetability as the UDRC-II won't handle the DMR. I may even look into setting up a seperate repeater for DMR but not sure yet as to which way I will go with it.


73 and thank you for stopping by



      I have been doing some testing with my Raspberry Pi3/DVmega, What i did was update to a newer version of the K5RAB image on the Pi3 that now allows me to run D-star, DMR, & C4FM on the Pi3/DVmega hotspot. I dissabled the YSF reflectors on the image and then temperarily pointed my Wires-X node software so the node talks to the Pi3/DVmega hostsopt. I was surprised to see that it worked great, I could link to wires-x and call up the list of rooms, link and unlink without any problems. This now confirms that when I receive the MMDVM/'Due package I will try the same configuration on that connected to the repeater. If it works I will be dropping the Analog on the repeater and running it in tri-mode digital only. I will update the site once I get the MMDVM/Due package and confirm the same setup will work as I do want to keep the C4FM/Wires-x functionality on the repeater as offers more nodes and repeater to link to that the YSF reflectors. 



      Still waiting for my MMDVM//Due package that is still on order, In the mean time I have started to work on my new

controler for the DR-1x repeater. So far I have the Pi2 mounted that will run the MMDVM software, and the GMSK modem that will run my D-star simplex module C for the VE1JSR D-star. I will be mounting a Beaglebone Black rev. C beside the GMSK modem as soon as I can get the image loaded onto it, seems like every time I play with the BBB it is a hassle and give me lots and lots of Static!  Hi! Hi!  I have buit a 12v to 5v power supply (RH side at back) that will be powered off the 15 pin HD chassi mount connector I will be mounting onto the rear chassi. It will take its power from the DR-1x pin 15 & ground. That connector will also supply the various inputs to the MMDVM board.





     Finaly finished prep on the Digital Repeater Controller chassis, I drilled all the holes required for the boards and connectors

and switches. Filled in all the holes and mistakes, sanded and prepped and primmered and Painted, and NOW just sitting on the heater to bake on the finsh coat of paint. In a day or so I will use transfer letters to mark all the switches and connectors then put a clear coat on to protect the text. Only thing I am waiting on now is the MMDVM//Due package from Bruce, incase your not familial with the MMDVM package you can find the information at this website:      http://mmdvm.blogspot.ca/

​And the display modle that will mount on the front of the controller, this will indicate the mode the repeater is currently active in and the traffic on the repeater, ie: the call sign of the amature operator transmitting on the repeater. Info for the display can be found here on ebay, as it seemed to be the cheepest place to purchase the display: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/311572841131?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT   

A very special thanks to VA3CZK, Jerry for supplying me with this information and link for the Nextion displayyes

​I managed to get the Beaglebone black to flash the eMMC and loaded a D-star software for the simplex C module but could not get it to work, so I loaded a different package and it seems to work but can't connect to any of the reflectors HMMMM!  lol

well its a work in progress, anyway below is a picture of my Repeater controller all painted and drying away. It is just waiting on some text identification for all the switches and connectors. And I also made a BIG circle on the LH side for my #1 fanwink, My cooling Fan that is. smileysmiley



    Found some letter transfer sheets finaly, and managed to get the chassi labled and coated with a matt finishing spray to protect the lables. Also routed the 12volt power supply cable for the DC to DC converter routed to where the 15 pin DR-1x connector is going to be mounted. Getting closer to finishing smiley






     Finaly got the MMDVM // Due package, and got right to work on mounting and wiring it up into the controller chassi. Had a challenge getting the modem to be seen by the software, whent around in circles trying to figure it out. Seems I had to have the USB plugged into the programming port for it to work! WHO KNEW! Hi Hifrown​ Anyway once i plugged it into that port It went from a steady green power light and flashing yellow light to having the TX RX lights also flashing. The Pi2 was happy as was the software, Now the challenge of Calibration. The calibration of the MMDVM was a balance of adj. from the software side then the trim pots on the MMDVM. Using the I did not have the Service Monitor or scope Calibration method, I listened to a busy reflector and adjusted the TX on the MMDVM board until I could decode audio on my ID-5100, at that point there was no audio decode on my ID-51Aplus so i tweeked the RX pot until audio was decoded on both radios. Keep in mind that those two radios are the fussy when it comes to decodin D-star. I adjusted the RX pot on the MMDVM by using my FT1XD, how i acomplished this was by setting it into wiresX mode and waiting for a responce back from the repeater, Once I got a steady responce back and the radio switched to Wires-X mode I then accessed the room list. At first i got no responce back from the repeater as it was not decoding. I just tweeked the RX pot until I got a responce back from the repeater, and continued to tweek the RX pot on the MMDVM until i got a consistent responce back. Tested Wires-X fusion by having several QSO's, tested D-star and also DMR, all working great. One thing I noticed though on the DR-1x is on DMR the RX indicator flutters during receiving a DMR signal and i beleive this to be normal. A picture of the almost completed Digital Repeater controller I am working on as of today.






     I finaly got the Display I ordered off of ebay, had lots of issues trying to program it only to find out they shipped me the TJC Chinese version of the displayangry

Oh well I enjoy and impossible challenge so i started researching the display, then spent days trying to locate software to program it, found it and it was YES you guessed it in Chinese frown​. Well thats quite OK because it was similar to the Nexion editor sofware so having both open side by side i was able to figure it out. After spening several days and many many hours up to 100 or so programming and trying to resolve the issues with the GPIO ports on the Pi3 not working, with the Help of VA3CZK, we figured it out. Display runs great, so if anyone reading this has received this display in error drop me an email and i will send you the file. I uploaded it to the MMDVM group with a readme file but it never seemed to get there, or did it? as the next few days there apeared a file for the same display i had encoded software forfrownfrown​ ANYWAY if you need it email me and i would be happy to send it to you. Below is a few pictures of the Ever so evolving Digital Repeater Controller of mine, It now sports a colourfull display and some LED indicators from the various control boards that are brought to the front of the chassi using fiber optic cables. Only thing left to do is work on the front Plexi Glass cover to make it look more professional. On the far RH side of the picture towards the front you can see a heatsink, that is for the custom 12v to 5v power supply i built. It takes it's 12volts from the 15pin connector of the DR-1x, thus if  I loose power then the DR-1x as well as the controller remain powered via the backup battery connected to the DR-1x.





​     Managed to finally get the front Display Bezel cut to size, drilled and mounted to the front cover of the Digital Repeater Controler. I have it masked out from the front side, next step is to remove the Bezel and carefully transfer the Masking area to the other side of the Bezel as to leave a clear finish on the inside after painting it Black. Below is a picture of the Digital Repeater Controler, getting so very close to finishing up. I also today tryed a different image on the Pi3 for the MMDVM, although it seemed like a nice program and had lots of features it lacked the ability to setup the D-star portion of the Repeater and also I was not successfull in using the linking and unlinking commands on my ID-5100 frownfrownno

Thus I will stick with the KB5RAB image as it is much more versitile and works on all modes, It also has the D-star setup window that allows you to input all your settings.




​     ​Finished up with the masking and prep work on the new Bezel, I painted it and then added a clear coat to seal the paint from scratches. All I have left to do now is add the screens and text to the inside of the LED indicator windows and the DRC will be completed. See image below




​     Well I am finaly done my DRC (Digital Repeater Controler) project for now, in the future i might add some more fiberoptic LED indicators for the UDRC-II pi2 portion of the controller but for now it is all fastened up and lid fastened up. I completed the graphics to show what the LED's are for, I used tracing paper as it was light and thin enough to hide the insides of the unit and yet allow the LED to shine through. Below are the final pictures of the controller, Thank You for your interest and for following along with my DRC project. I am thinking of doing a YouTube video showing upclose footage of the system and DRC in operation. I have included pictures of display in standbye mode, DMR mode, Fusion C4FM mode, & D-star mode.




Thank You for Reading & Following along my Progress on this Project, I hope it brings you inspiration and ideas of you own to furthur expand your own projects in the Hobby, 73 and talk soon on the various Digital Networks.

                                                                          VE1JCS    James Salamone



​     ​I have recently updated the image on the Digital controler from the KB5RAB image to the pi-star image and have been running that image for a about 2 weeks now and they are rapidly making changes to the image. It was intended to be a Hotspot image however there are some tweeks that have been added since and with some manual settings it can be made to work on a repeater as well. Overall it is very stable and the support is great on the FaceBook page, The Dashboard is alot nicer that the other image i was using and all in all it is very easy to setup for a Hotspot. You need to be a little more knowlageable for repeater use but the support is there. Have a look at the new Dashboard and see 4 yourself :) 73 and thanks again for stopping by.  VE1JCS

The pi-star image can be downloaded here:   http://www.mw0mwz.co.uk/pi-star/



     ​I have begun work on a new Project, again I am using an old digital receiver that I have gutted and it is half the height of the one used for the DRC Project. My goal is to house my VE1JCS ECHO-IRLP node into this case and have all the LED's displayed at the front of the case. I am also going to house my ORP (Open Repeater Project) into the same housing thus I can use it to setup another repeater, I have been playing with the ORP for quite a while and it is an interesting project. I am still awaiting the updated coding from the group page to allow me to use a second link radio. I will post pictures as I porgress through the project. Link to the ORP is below, the IRLP I am using is a PiRLP




     ​The project is moving along slowly in my spare time and I have the new chassi all cut out, prepped, painted and labled. Now just need to put a clear coat on to protect the lettering, I have been taking pictures of my progress and will display them once i get them eddited and uploaded. Stay tuned for more updates! smiley







You can also check out my IRLP  simplex node : VE1JCS.... on vhf simplex 146.550 with a tone of 141.3 located in Antigonish NS, I am always monitoring that when I am in the Shack.


73 and thank you for looking at my page




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