Well, I have a few to list on the newest Icom to come out.
The radio is pretty much like the ones out now that are Type D trunking but these units now act like the Kenwood’s to a degree.
Product info is at ICOM
For the most part, this radio is Conventional and Type C Trunking platform ready.
For those of us who use Kenwoods and Over the Air Alias, this radio will encode and
decode the OTAA, as will the Kenwoods. (the Type D Icom’s however will still act funky
with the OTAA even with the Newer Icom units) The mobiles come with GPS installed,
but you have to order the antenna if you do not have one for it.
How the GPS on these units and on the Kenwoods play out for the NXDN REFLECTOR
network, that has to be worked on still. The main issue is getting a program designed to
code out the GPS and send it to APRSd with a numerical / callsign database to proper
APRS position marker.
I have not had a chance to work on one yet, but I would imagine it will be like any other
Icom software wise. When I can, I will post information as I go along with looking one over.
For the most part, now the statement of two business units making a inter-operable radio
is now very true. Rather it is type C or D, both still carry the NXDN CAI in conventional modes, and they can both work side by side on the NXREF network.
Got a lightning storm in the area, so this is it for now. Enjoy!
So far there are 34 active repeaters I have in my database that are up and running, with a
a few more to come during the summer time out on the west coast.
Advancement of the NX-Reflector is on hold at the time being, but once the group gets
the needed information, development will continue forward and some things such as
GPS2APRSd, Talkgroup steering to name a couple, will be worked on and enhanced.
Interested in more information, click on the link to the yahoo group and join!
The N2WNS repeater system, Boonton, NJ, has been upgraded to the first NXDN amateur repeater in NJ. Located in northeast Morris County on 449.775, the N2WNS repeater system covers most of eastern Morris County, parts of Essex and Union counties towards NYC. The repeater will leverage “Mixed Mode” narrowband (11K0) analog and very narrow (4K0) NXDN. In digital mode, the system will be connected to the WW NXDN network using a TG of 65000 on RAN 1. In analog mode, the system will continue to provide IRLP connectivity via node 4437 and Echolink connectivity via node 753534. Local digital access will be on RAN 62 and analog access will continue to be on PL 151.4. The N2WNS repeater will continue to provide weather alerts via NOAA issued warnings. Questions can be directed to Bill, N2WNS via n2wns.radio (*at*) gmail.com
I had a nice chat with a California member of Kenwood, they are gearing up to get their rPi setup with their NXR-800, and get it installed and brought online soon!
I will post when it comes up and where to look for it.
Interested in joining the network with your ICOM or Kenwood NXDN repeater?
Your at the right place.
Search through the archive and posts to learn more.
I will be working on the HOW TO guide in the next few weeks and hope to have it
posted for both the ICOM’ers and Kenwood people.
October is the release of the 700/800MHz NX-5000. Lots of talk on Radio Reference
on this! The VHF and UHF will follow in December / January. And I will have HAM
Friendly pricing available as soon as I get the details. WARNING! It will not be cheap,
but you will get you monies worth for it.
The link to the user ID list is available to view publicly. If you need access to add or change you information, please contact KD4EFM at kd4efm1 at gmail. You will be added to the share list and will be able to add your information. A database will be
forthcoming to simplify things, but for now, the Google Doc is there so you can create
or modify your USER LIST on your radio if need be.
The following list is active on the network as of 8-29-14 at 9AM ET
ICOM – 11
W7QO, NI4CE, KI4SWY, AE7OD, KC1JET, KC9GMX, N1OTY, KB1ISZ, VA3YYZ
KENWOOD – 11
K4GFD-2, KJ4OVA, KD4EFM, W7QO, N5QZ, K1IFF, WX7Y, K1IFF-1, K4GFD-2, WB9HKE, KF4I
(Reflector connections are 2 W7QO would be duplicated, they create the bridge)
Alan is working on a bug that he has been working over for a little bit. At this moment, the network is running well and I am happy to report that NXDN to pop-up in Sioux City, NE
and possibly 2 sites to come join the fun from LONG BEACH, CA.!! (within ear shot of Kenwood California)
NXREF Installation manual
Evans will be working on a install manual for both KWD and ICOM in a simple pdf that will
be downloaded from NXDNINFO.COM. You will still need to contact one of the admins for
the NXREF master ip, but the manual is geared for repeater programming and setting up the Raspberry Pi.
This is on the drawing board, and will be forthcoming. We do not have a set date, as beta testing needs to be done first.
Thom Scott, KF4I, in Palm coast will be replacing 443.3000 with a mixed mode Kenwood NXDN NXR-810 shortly. Today (11/16/13) KD4EFM and KF4I installed
and brought online the Raspberry Pi that will be part of the NXREF system, and
fine-tuned it for temp operation at his home QTH. Once the network is installed and
made operational at the repeater site, the repeater will be moved and replacing the
existing 443.3000. Details on that will come later.
RAN 1 / PL 107.2
This will allow coverage from Saint Augustine down into Dayton Beach using the World Wide NXDN network. From Orland, KJ4OVA covers up to the northern end of I-4 at I-95.
Welcome aboard Thom!
I have added the links to the NXDN User ID, and the NXDN Repeater List, that is attached to my Google Drive. If you need to have your name added to the list, please
email me and I will add you in. The list is viewable to all, but edit rights are assigned.
Here is a quick run up of what is in the pressure cooker….
NXREF UPDATES TO ROLL OUT IN THE COMING MONTHS.
A & B; A Bug Fix for the Kenwood side of the NXREF. One is with the turn on / turn off messages, and the other is dealing with the heartbeat for the UDP ports, since KWD uses 2 UDP ports.
New Features: Talk Group Linking and Authentication, a simple Public PKM style (something like IRLP) to add security to the NXDN Network. If the access code does not match, no link will be established.
Talk Group Linking; this will allow for Local, Regional, State, or even Area Wide uses.
Florida uses TG 1200 for Florida Wide, and Tampa is using 1201 for West Central Florida. As an example.
If you have not become a member of the HAM_NXDN email group, this is a Yahoo group located at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ham_nxdn/
This is open to ALL HAMS World Wide, and talks about the use of NXDN Radios for the advancement of Ham Radio, and 6.25 Digital Technology.
That is it for now.