NW Digital Radio Blog

Kickstarter for a 6 Channel USB AMBE Device

We are pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter for a 6 Channel USB AMBE device which is compatible with the XLX Reflector System.  The XLX system creates reflectors for the DCS, DExtra, and DPLUS systems and also supports integration with DMR.

To transcode AMBE+ (D-STAR) and AMBE+2 (DMR/YSF/dPMR/NXDN/P25-Phase 2/…) requires a hardware solution.  This can be accomplished using pairs of ThumbDVs or other USB based AMBE-3000 devices.

Reflector systems may have multiple reflectors (A-Z) that require transcoding simultaneously, which requires multiple streams available and that is where the XCode-3006 comes to the rescue.

The folks behind the XLX system designed a board that can provide up to 6 streams on a single USB port and it is in operation now at XLX950 (XRF950/DCS950/…) which is using the board to cross connect with DMR.

NW Digital Radio is running a Kickstarter to fund an initial build of 50 of these units. 50 units is the minimum production run in order to keep costs down.

This is where you can help:

If you run a reflector, you can obtain a XCode-3006 via a pledge on the Kickstarter at one of two levels.

If you use a reflector, you can help the operator of that reflector by helping them obtain a XCode-3006 via the kickstarter.
If you just like the idea of a six channel AMBE transcoder, and want to help out, there are pledge levels for supporters like you.

This can only happen if we meet the funding goal set for the Kickstarter, and we only have 30 days to reach it.

Having this board available opens the opportunity for other projects such as:

Analog <–> DV Gateways (eg. Allstar, Echolink, … to your favorite DV system)
DV –> Analog Streaming for online monitoring of DV systems

The link to the Kickstarter is:

UDRC D-STAR and the Yaesu DR-2X

At the current time the Yaesu DR-2X is not supported for D-STAR using the UDRC/UDRC-II.

Universal Digital Radio Controller

Please use the DR-1X for D-STAR with the UDRC/UDRC-II

Special Pricing on the Purchase of Multiple ThumbDV™

AMBE USB 3000 ThumbDV™

ThumbDV™ – DV3000U

AMBE USB 3000 ThumbDV™

ThumbDV™ – DV3000U

There are some projects that are using multiple ThumbDV™ to handle transcoding digital voice data from one protocol to another.

In support of these projects NW Digital Radio is offering a 5% discount on the purchase of 2 or more ThumbDV™ on the same order, to the same address, through the end of 2017.

To receive this discount, simply order 2 or more ThumbDV™ and in the shipping cart input the coupon code transcode and the discount will be applied to your order.

If purchasing more than 10 items (ThumbDV™ or UDRC) on the same order, contact sales@nwdigitalradio.com to inquire about quantity discounts.

NW APRS Summer Gathering 2017

NW Digital Radio team members will be presenting at The Northwest APRS Summer Gathering in North Bend (WA) on September 9th.

Topics to be presented will include:

  • UDRX™ Status Update
  • A Raspberry Pi Based ~1W Transceiver mentioned at the Dayton Hamvention® (Xenia)
  • NetTNC an EMCOMM Appliance
  • UDR-Tracker an APRS® Mobile Appliance
  • ThumbDV™ New SW and Applications

To learn more about the APRS® event, subscribe  to the newsletter.

Presentations will be posted on the web after the gathering.

Note: NW Digital Radio team members will not be presenting at TAPR DCC in St. Louis this year.

UDRC II – Notice of Possible Programming Error

We have discovered that some UDRC IIs have shipped with a EEPROM programmed to identify it as an original UDRC.

Please review the wiki post at https://nw-digital-radio.groups.io/g/udrc/wiki/UDRC-II-EEPROM-Flashing for details on identifying and correcting this error.

Hamvention 2017 – Dayton

We will be at booth 1105 (Bldg. 1 – next to Bridgecom) on Friday and Saturday this year.

We will not be at the Hamvention on Sunday.
We will have a limited number of ThumbDV and UDRC-II units for purchase, and maybe have a little something new to show you (not the the UDRX-440).

DMR Licensing

We get frequent inquiries about using the UDRCTM for DMR. The problem is, DMR requires a license from Motorola, the cost of which is prohibitive for the Amateur Radio market.

We all know of products that seem to indicate that it’s not really a problem, until it is …

PATENT INFRINGEMENT AND TRADE SECRET MISAPPROPRIATION COMPLAINTS AGAINST HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS

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Pi Cases are back in Stock!

The new supplier has shipped cases so we’ll fill all of our backorders this week.

The price has increased to $15 for new orders.

Thanks for your patience.

Pi Cases – Delivery Update

We received the first article from the new supplier and the design needs tweaking so that the tabs will assemble correctly. We have a new sample in process and I’l keep you apprised.

UDRX – Status Report

Just back from Orlando Hamcation. Nice to meet many of our existing customers and chat with some new ones.

The UDRX made it thru initial bring-up and I drove them to Oregon, while Portland was being slammed with snow. Jeremy has completed the updated Drivers and PLD code and shipped the first unit to Dennis for IQ audio and RF path analysis.

No significant problems were found at this stage.

I’ll be  working on the PA and RX/TX switch while Dennis fine tunes the IQ/RF.

I’ve also been working with CMs and it looks like we’ll be be able to meet our production cost goals at this point. There is still ambiguity on the Heat Sink Extrusion and enclosure cost.

I’ll post approximately monthly as we continue to make progress.

Bryan K7UDR