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Basic Start up configurations: Note if you don’t want to auto-connect to any talkgroup (i.e. “a static TG”), use:
From here you can enter any extra TGs: TS1_2=5; TS1_3=3809 and so on. Remember you can only have 5 extra TGs.
You can also add 2 or more states TG8 for regions within the state as follows:
10008 =VK7RAD, VK7RJG
20008 =VK2RAO, VK2RCG, VK2RCV, VK2RHT, VK2RLE, VK2RMB, VK2ROJ, VK2RWI
30008 =VK1RBM, VK2RGN, VK2RHR, VK2RYS
40008 =VK3RDS, VK3RGV
50008 =VK3RDR, VK3RGL, VK3RMP, VK3RPS, VK3RPT, VK3RTA, VK3RTE, VK3RWV
60008 =VK4RBT, VK4RDB, VK3REG, VK4RLU, VK4RMA, VK4RMC, VK4RNX, VK4RVR
80008 =VK5RSF, VK5Rxx
Static and dynamic TGs
You need to understand how your hotspot behaves with “static” and “dynamic” groups. If you have a talk group set as “static” and traffic appears on that talk group, your hotspot will transmit on that talk group.
If you want to add, say TG505 as static, you would change the “options” in DMR Configurations as follows:
If you wanted to also include the TG for activating all VK3 repeaters (TG3803), you change options to:
Options= StartRef=4000;RelinkTime=15;UserLink=1;TS1_1=9;TS2_1=505; TS2_2=3803;
The VKDMR network further subdivides States into regions via the TG8 TGs, (see TG list above) so we could add one of those as well:
Options= StartRef=4000;RelinkTime=15;UserLink=1;TS1_1=9; TS1_2=50008; TS2_1=505; TS2_2=3803;
As you have more static talk groups you are going to find it more difficult to follow a conversation or hold a QSO if more than one of your static talk groups are active.
This is where dynamic talk groups come in. On my hotspot I normally have no static talk groups. When you key up a talk group it remains active for a period of time, depending on the talk group.
If you only want to use your hotspot for dynamic, you put the basic “options” in as discussed earlier
So if you transmit on, for example, TG123, it will be dynamic and disappear after about 10 minutes. You always use TS2 from your radio to the hotspot – the hotspot does the conversion to the other TG as required
A great way to understand this is by using the hotspot dashboard, hot.vkdmr.com
When you program your codeplugs don’t forget to include parrot – TG9990 (on TS1 for hotspot and TS2 for repeaters).
Now and then set your volume to where you are “comfortably” receiving a QSO then check your audio on parrot. Most DMR radios have a menu option for mic gain and the default normally needs adjustment.
Using TG8 from a hotspot
If you look at the Dashboard Web page on the left side of the screen you will see tabs, click on the Matrix Tab.
The page will show the TGs configured for the VK-DMR Network, it will have Repeaters listed if you are on the Repeater IPSC2 Web Page and you will see Hotspots if you are on the Hotspot IPSC2 Web page.
At the top of the page you will see a group with 8/1 to 8/9 listed, these are the TG8s for Hotspots that are connected to the VK-DMR IPSC2 Network
The table below shows the TG to be programmed for each region.
Hotspot TG Region
20008 VK2 City & Nth
30008 VK1 & VK2 Goulburn & Yass
40008 VK3 Region Shepparton
50008 VK3 Melbourne Region
60008 VK4 Brisbane and South and North
70008 VK4 FNQ
80008 VK5 Region
90008 VK6 Region
Words by VK3TE and VK3VB, with editing by VK4DU