A new multi-mode Anchorage digital hotspot has been installed and is running. The hotspot is located on the frequency of 446.500 MHz. The Hotspot covers D-STAR, DMR, Yaesu System Fusion (YSF), NXDN and APCO P25 all on the same frequency. This access point allows you connect to stations from all over the world. If HF is giving you that headache again, try your hand at D-STAR or DMR for some digital fun. DMR radios can be purchased online for less than $150. The digital hotspot radio setup is a commercial Motorola CDM1550LS+ running 15 watts, the radio is connected to a Teensy (MMDVM) board and then to a Raspberry Pi, running the Pi-star Image.
This bit of technology amazingly allows us to access the majority of all digital mode voice systems. The D-STAR system and Yaesu System Fusion will send your GPS coordinates to the APRS system using the relative protocols. The system is default linked to the D-STAR Reflector (a kind of chat room) REF030C. The setup was built and is currently maintained by K4MFC -Matt Caldwell and is located near downtown Anchorage with good coverage around town. D-STAR traffic was even heard while on Seward highway close to Indian.
RPT1: K4MFC B
RPT2: K4MFC G
YAESU SYSTEM FUSION (YSF):
USING BRANDMIESTER SYSTEMS
BRANDMIESTER SYSTEM CONNECTED
COLOR CODE CC:1
Let us know how it works and what your experience with the coverage area is as we experiment with this technology. Have fun!