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YSF Reflector and Interconnects for RayNet-UK

Over the past few weeks I managed to get myself appointed to sort out the Digital interconnects for the RayNet-UK DMR, D-Star and YSF(C4FM) connections.

First I was asked to sort the BrandMeister and Phoenix on Talk Group 23531. Once that was sorted I needed to get a link to D-Star up and running.

The next challenge was a YSF Reflector and a link back to the DMR side. I setup the YSF Reflector and had that working perfectly. Then started to work on the link to DMR.

That went smoothly too after I had sorted out the ports fir the networking side. I connected the DMR Link and the YSF Reflector together and then we had DMR, D-Star and YSF connection where any Amateur Radio Operator using on of the 3 modes could talk to each other as if the were on the same mode a the next operator.

This was a challenging project and I’m glad I have done it. It (the project), is not a thing that I would expect everybody to do but will assist anyone who asks for assistance to do a similar thing for their own situation.

Please use my contacts page if you would like help doing something similar.

Interesting Times

Having come back from holidays and the advent of COVID-19, I haven’t done much with Amateur Radio. I intend on getting MB6NG on air soon so watch for that. More information on MB6NG can be found here.

Will be ordering another radio to do this job as I have been told that the TAIT radio’s are a little more reliable than the Motorola radio I have. I will repurpose the Motorola for another project.

I did while on holidays fire up my Pi-Star hotspots and found that I had forgotten some of the operation procedures associated wit Pi-Star. Didn’t take long to work out what I needed to do to get going again.

Ubuntu Linux

It’s been 12 month since I installed Ubuntu on my netbook and I haven’t looked back. I still have a copy of windows 10 running as a virtual machine to program radios that I haven’t been able to find software to program then via Linux.

My netbook breathed it’s last breath a few month ago and I now have acquired 2 Dell laptop’s to replace the netbook. One is an i5 processor and the other is an i7. Both machines are very fast and I’m very happy with them.



I have recently downloaded Raspbian X86_64 to learn to program basic thing on a Raspberry Pi. I installed it on my NETBOOK in DUAL-BOOT mode only to learn very quickly that to use it as the main OS it was very restrictive for what I wanted to do that wasn’t  related to Raspberry Pi stuff and so looked for something similar.

I then Downloaded Ubuntu 19.04 and installed in Dual-Boot mode replacing the Raspbian OS. Both Raspbian and Ubuntu are based on DEBIAN a leading Linux version.

If you would like to try it Raspbian, you can download it from the RASPBIAN website HERE

Or if you want to try Ubuntu, you can download it HERE