Monday, 12 February 2018

Using Raspberry Pi to program GM300, Maxtrac and others

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you a great way I found to reprogram older Motorola radios using a Raspberry Pi computer and a FTDI based USB to serial cable.  As most of you know the usual route to reprogramming these 1990's radios is to have a very slow computer with serial ports that runs DOS, which are getting harder to find as time goes by.

However the friends over at Hamvoip have integrated a Dosbox emulator inside their Raspberry Pi VoIP image that out of the box have all the necessary software to reprogram the following radios: Maxtrac, GM300, Maratrac, X9000.

A simple update of the Raspberry Pi image adds support for the following radios as well: GP300, HT1000, HT50, HT600, MT1000, P110, P200, QUANTAR, RADM100, Spectra.

The way it works it that the Raspberry Pi handles the DOS software and the physical interface with the radio and you use a modern computer to access the Raspberry Pi via an X11 session to do the actual programming. You could theoretically install the Raspberry Pi at the repeater site and reprogram the radios from the internet.

I am currently using it for reprogramming Maxtrac radios and all I needed was a FTDI USB to Serial cable and a motorola programming cable which I ordered here for $8 USD:

The startup documentation is here:

Youtube video:

Here is the setup I have running at home:

73s from Charles VE2FXO

Thursday, 29 June 2017

VE2RMP Facebook page

Greetings to all,

I just created a page for the RMP group to give the club more visibility on Facebook.
That page will have all the necessary contact information, plus a link to the RMP web site.
I also plan to upload some Field Day pictures and other information on it as time goes by.

Here is the link to the page:

73s de VE2FXO

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Monday night net - TG 3027 on Timeslot 1

Hello everyone,

There is a new DMR Net that is held every Monday from 8 to 10 PM on Brandmeister TG 3027 (BM Quebec). It is also being live streamed via the 'Radio Amateur Quebec' Facebook

Is it hosted by Donald VE2BLT and Benoit VE2VB and is a round table discussion with a few different subjects every week.

Since the repeater is not very busy at night, Jean-Sebastien (can-trbo admin) has allowed BM 3027 on TS1 on a Push to Talk basis for the purpose of monitoring the net from the VE2RCM repeater.

73s from VE2FXO

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

KB5RAB system image for Raspberry Pi 3

Good day to all,

I will be trying out a few operating system images with the Raspberry Pi 3 in the next few days.

The first custom made image I will try out is the one by KB5RAB, which has a bunch of amateur software pre-installed on it, including the MD-380 Tools package.

Here is the link to get the image, a 16 gig SD card is required for imaging it properly:

Filename is:

Here below are the release notes for this version of the image, along with everything that is included.
The Image supports DMR, DSTAR and Fusion and each mode can be enabled as desired.
Based off W1MSG Pi 3 Jessie Image. and includes the following: Now includes PIXEL Desktop.
MMDVMHost runs as a service and is set to auto start. Bluetooth disabled to allow DVMEGA to work on Pi GPIO pins and internal WIFI to function on a Pi3 . All log files needed from MMDVMHost, ircDDBgateway and YSFGateway to allow the dashboard to function are written to RAM disk.
Image may be updated periodically to contain the latest versions of the added software. I will keep the current link to the image in this file on BM3148 Facebook group.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Motorola MTR2000 UHF Repeater Dstar Project

Hello Everyone

        Wanted to let all of you know that soon The VE2RMP Radio Group will have a new D-star repeater on 448.625- to replace the MSF-5000 Motorola D-star repeater.

       The MTR2000 is a much improved unit  and is a everything in one package repeater. Before I go any further I have to say a big thank you to Claude VE2YI our president for supplying the repeater.

       Well I brought the repeater home and installed the programming software on an old dell P4 running windows XP. I made up my own programming cable using a db -9 connector at one end and a RJ-45 at the other. It only uses 3 Wires and is very easy to get the information on the internet. I then of course used a USB to serial adaptor as it is very hard to find computers today with a serial port unless it has been added.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Here is cable I built for programming.

Once this was done you take off the front plate of the repeater to expose the MIC-RSS plugs.

       This where the programming cables goes.

        Now that this is done the fun begins with the software.  There are many things in the software to change and there are so many utilities for alignment and verification. I found

a lot of information on the internet and some I just used common sense as I have been around Claude for quite some time helping him at the repeater sites so there many things you pick up without realizing it.

            Once this is done the only thing left is to take an old mouse cable with the 6 pin din plug on one end and wire it up to the dvptr-1 board.

Pin 1 = Output Audio from the DVRPTR-1 Board

Pin 2 = Ground

Pin 3 = PTT

Pin 4 = input from the FM Demodulator ( Audio coming out of MRT2000)

Once you have indentified these wires then the MTR2000 has a 96 Pin plug in the back  3 rows of 32 . Each pin has a function and again all this information can be found on the internet. I then took stiff wire and soldered small pieces to the 4 wires in question and inserted them into the correct pins on the back.

The computer and software used is a small Beagle Bone Black running an image from Ramish VA3UV who offers his help and support whenever needed. The software work very well and allows for Identifier of the repeater and scheduling  for automatically connecting to reflectors for nets at specific times.

Here is a photo of the DVRPTR-1 Board and the Beagle Bone black Underneath.

The repeater at the moment is operating at my house as VE2YUU  on 442.050 Plus for testing and Hopefully in the next 2 to 3 weeks will be placed up at Ridgewood  as VA2RMP  frequency   448.625 minus.

Here is the MTR2000 with the cover back and on the air.  The repeater is linked to XRF005B  so come on and test it I will be listening.

This has been a fun project and I want to thank Claude VE2YI for supplying the repeater and Ramish for all his support over the years when I have had questions and needed assistance.

Hopefully the next project will be with a MTR2000 and a MMDVM Board and a Raspberry PI-3  this will make a repeater that will do  D-Star - Fusion (C4FM)  - DMR and P25

Take Care and 73 from Cliff VE2YU

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Time Slot Two

Talk Group
Local/Montreal Region
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Regional (Future)
Always On
Reflector (Local for Now)
Always On
Newfoundland / PEI
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Nova Scotia
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British Columbia
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New Brunswick
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Time Slot One

Talk Group
Always On
North America
Always On
Worldwide French
Always On
Worldwide English
Always On
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French 2
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English 2
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DMRplus Canada French 4581
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DMRplus USA 4639
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Canada Wide
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TAC 310
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TAC 311
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TAC 312
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DMRQ Belairnet to BM
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DCI Bridge 3100
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BM Upstate New York
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BM Adirondacks
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