Just letting everyone know, development of a SOFT-bridge between the cores is in the works at this time, not ETA due to current events, but the R&D on it is on the books and
being worked out.
The SOFT-Bridge will allow us to join the Kenwood and Icom cores with a data pipe that
allows us to have a seamless network between both Icom and Kenwood repeater owners. Basically a transparent bridge. Hope to have more information on this when it becomes available.
Here is a valid suggestion submitted to the community;
One thing I would like to see addressed is the ability to send and receive messages through connected repeaters. NXDN Messaging is a very powerful tool! I have a Windows messaging app I will be bringing to the Hamfest this weekend that could reduce reliance on the Internet for Hams with NXDN radios. The ability to implement it here in West Central Florida is limited to the reach of the single repeater your station can hit. We need to be able to overcome that limitation to make NXDN messaging more universally accepted. Think about the potential impact for SKYWARN.
here is the reply and my comments
(I would like to hear from others too!)
You bring up a good point Paul, but I have been battling this for a while now.
While I can send data like the D-RATS terminal program on NXDN via the voice stream,
The SMS data is a bit more complex. The ETSI standards for it only talk about the SU through the rptr to SU, but very little of it is in the conventional code for multi-site transport. I will see if I can reach out to the Japan and get some more input put into this, while I do know that Type C Trunking will carry it out, I also know that an IP NXDN CONSOLE can So the same thing. Though the flow chart is IP to SU by way or the repeater, I think with a work on the IP side and some data runs and captures via ICOM NXDNIP protocol, this can be achieved for 2020. We have a diverse group of people who are good with code and can come up with something to make it work.
Keep in mind, standard sms is 1024 character, while EXTENDED sms is 4096.
Truncated CONSOLE NWS messages can be entered into the network if done correctly. I will have to test that with my Kenwood Console on our UHF statewide system to my radios, but the Icom Ver 2 and nx5000 and 3000 platforms will do upto 4096 sms.
I will put that on the board for sure, because, if we can have a restricted web input to generate Certain “canned” messages to listening radios, that would be a leap ahead of all things NXDN!
IF the MMDVM and hotspot communities put their thinking caps on, I am sure this can be a very powerful, and use tool to the SAR and Skywarn communities.
Please send any comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will try my best to get them answered and posted here.
From a Radio Reference user, this is a pretty simple program that makes use of the Kenwood Transparent Mode using text (or SMS) and can send text files to and from
other users or stations.
Installation starts off in Spanish, but the program itself is English.
Let me know what you think.