Hamvention® 2016 – UDRC Rollout

Members of the NW Digital Radio team just returned from Hamvention® 2016 in Dayton, OH.

We had a Yaesu DR-1X repeater setup on 440+ running System Fusion Digital, Analog FM, and D-STAR using the UDRC in conjunction with the DR-1X’s internal controller.

The booth is located very close to the exit of the main Yaesu booth and a lot of folks passing by noticed the repeater and when the functionality was shown, most who owned a DR-1X immediately purchased one or more UDRCs.

Xastir + Direwolf were also demonstrated using a FT-817 transceiver and UDRC board.  This combination can be configured and operated at either 1200 or 9600 baud packet.

Software and instructions for the UDRC will roll out in the next few days.  It was necessary to repackage the Compass extension to Raspbian due to changes made by the Raspbian development team.  All users of the UDRC need to use the Compass distribution as their operating system to support the necessary drivers.  The code will be available as open source via Github for those interested in the enhancements.  Also, please use the Compass distribution for dstarrepeater package if using the UDRC for D-STAR either as a hotspot or as part of a repeater.

More to come in the coming days and weeks.

We would especially like to thank our UDRC beta testing team for valuable field experience and feedback.