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Welcome to www.pg2p.nl; on this site I will try to tell you about my activities as hamradio amateur. 

Since I my 6th or 7th I have always had great interest for radio; both making radioprograms for local radiostations as well as building my own 3m transmitters, CB radio and at a later stage hamradio.

After having a novice license (PD0PRS) for more than five years it was time to finish 2011 with a license upgrade. So in the beginning of december I took an exam and passed. The day after Christmas I could exchange my old callsign for a new callsign (PG2P).

And since then I've got the possibility to discover even more new aspects of this great hobby.

73! Paul, PG2P

 

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It's a couple of days ago I received my new TYT MD-380; first impressions are good.

For as far as I can judge the audioquality (both RX and TX) is very good. Of course there are always some glitches like if you have disabled all sounds and go to an non-programmed channel in a zone you do hear a beep. If you then switch to another zone and back to the original one the beep is gone. Strange but true. And sometimes when I enable scan the screen lights up white, stays like that and nothing happens. 

It appears to me the HT's are still subject to development since new firmware has been released. So I will update it shortly and see what happens. Pricewise however there is nothing that beats this DMR HT to my opinion.

While in Sweden I connected OZ6DMR to reflector 4502 and gave a CQ. Johan, PA3ANG, answered via his X1P and we had quite a nice QSO. Good to see everything is working fine!

So all by all I am happy with this purchase!

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As some of you might know I don't have a lot of time to spend on the hobby lately mainly because I travel a lot for work. This however does not mean I am not interested in the latest developments and I would like to share some of those with you.

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A couple of months ago I reported Helsingor (Denmark) would get a new Hytera DMR repeater. Up until now it has been very quiet around this repeater, though I believe OZ6NOR (the sysop for this repeater) spent a lot of time getting things in place. 

On a regular basis I check the website (http://198.58.120.55/phpfusion/news.php?readmore=6) to see if there is any movement and last weekend I found out that the status changed into  "Driftstatus : Repeateren forventes at blive monteret d. 14 April 2015 !" which I do believe means something like the repeater will be installed on his final location April 14th, 2015. Which means tomorrow some signal should be heard on the frequency (434.6375 MHz).

I hope everything goes fine and by tomorrowevening I will be able to make my first QSO over this repeater via TG 204 to the Netherlands. One still has to keep his hopes after waiting for a couple of months...

 

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I had my doubts; shall I buy a DMR radio or not? Is this the new development in hamradio? Will it survive DStar? And if I would buy a DMR radio would it be an handheld transceiver or mobile radio?

At the Radio Fleamarket in Rosmalen I've been looking at the Hytera gear as well as the CS-701, a reasonably priced handheld transceiver. I became more and more interested in the world of codeplugs, tone slots, color codes a.s.o.

And last Friday I've decided to go for an Hytera PD-785G.

First step before actually programming the transceiver is to install the USB drivers. According to the document three new devices should become visible in the device manager, but no matter what I tried only two devices showed up. And guess what driver was required for the firmware update...

Not being able to update the firmware means not being able to import a codeplug, a file containing repeater definitions and all kinds of settings.

In the end I found out that there is a DMR Facebook group with many helpfull people; since I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong I decided to ask a question and within the hour I got some suggestions like "Did you install the USB drivers?" and "Did you switch the HT to firmware update modus?" 

Aha, so there is a seperate firmware update modus. But how to boot up the handheld transceiver in firmware update modus? This morning after searching the internet I got an answer again via the Facebook group. Hold PTT, the alarm button (orange button on top) and switch on the transceiver.

Guess what happened when I did it? The missing device driver was installed and I was able to update the firmware and load a codeplug. Let the fun begin...

Not, because my ID was not registered yet on the global network. So I had to wait for it and like a miracle it happened within 15 minutes after the firmware update that I was able to receive some DMR users. Yeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaa!

So I am in learning mode now...  

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