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WPSD Now Part of the M17 Project

Sometimes, a match is truly made in heaven. And after some deliberating, I’ve agreed to place my WPSD project under the M17 Project umbrella.

There is, and always has been, very strong synergy and shared goals between the M17, OpenRTX and WPSD ecosystems. One of those cardinal goals, is paving the way for future ham radio – free from patent encumberances and manufacturer influence.

This “marriage” of projects so-to-speak, makes strategic sense in many ways. Most importantly, being our commitments to 100% free and open source initiatives in order to place amazing amateur radio technology and “vehicles” into amateur radio operators’ hands.

Additionally, both projects have grown exponentially over the past couple of years. With this kind of growth, comes more requirements, challenges and visions. It was important to me that WPSD remain impactful and sustainable. Through this project partnership, these goals will remain attainable, and help spread truly open digital voice mode operation across the globe for years to come.

Thirdly, both projects have large and vibrant user, development and support communities. Combining these forces will make it even easier and simpler to bring these truly freedom-centric technologies to countless ham shacks across the globe.

The combination of these two open source digital voice technologies will enable more innovation, more choice and a better user experience. I hope that you are as excited as I and the M17 team are!

No More Read-Only File-System in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash

…or, “R/O no mo, yo.” 😆

Most users are accustomed to W0CHP-PiStar-Dash (and Pi-Star) having a forced Read-Only file system by default. While this can be useful, it’s unnecessary in W0CHP-PiStar-Dash and in fact, is a pain in the ass sometimes.

Soon, when W0CHP-PiStar-Dash automatically updates itself at night, or when users invoke an update, the file-system will no longer be in Read-Only mode by default.

Scheduled Downtime October 5-7, 2022

Update 10/7/22:
Network move complete; all systems operational.

Beginning October 5, the various resources hosted on the network will experience intermittent, and some extended outages and downtime.

The network is moving to a different physical location, but will retain the same asynchronous fiber connections speeds, IPs, etc.

I anticipate the outages lasting no more than 48 hours. Once fully complete, I will update this post accordingly.

Resources that will be affected

XLX493 D-Star-Enabled Peer Wanted

Greetings gracious hams! As some of you know, I operate the XLX493 Reflector. Currently, it supports both DMR and YSF protocols. However, I do not posses the necessary hardware for trans-coding the D-Star protocol.

And since my reflector has been getting more traffic lately, I’m putting a feeler out there to other hams who run a D-Star-enabled reflector to see if they’d be gracious enough to peer with reflector (more specifically, Module E, since it’s the busiest module.

W0CHP-PiStar-Dash Voice Command Project Demo

I keep/use a hotspot in my truck, and I’ve always wanted a way to manage/switch/connect/disconnect from reflectors, talkgroups, etc., hands-free; using only my voice.

I’ve begun work on a small project to allow me to do just that. And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke. 😆

Check it out…