Dongle Access is Here!

TriState DMR is excited to announce worldwide remote access with the DV4mini from Wireless Holdings, the DVMEGA using MMDVM, and and the OpenSpot from SharkRF

Our TS1 TG8 Tri State Talkgroup is also available on DMR Plus REF4649. The dongle also allows you to have access to many other popular DMR+ reflectors like USA Nationwide, the USA Regionals (Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, etc), Canada Nationwide, UK, South Pacific and many others.





Instructions for DV4Mini Software Configuration

1. Download and install Visual C++ 2013. (both x86 and x64 for 64-bit machines and x86 for 32-bit machines).

2. Download and install the DV4mini software

3. Follow the screenshots to configure your personal information in the DV4mini software in the DV Control tab.

4. Go to the Expert Settings tab and select you nearest server. Choose USA-Wisconsin or USA-California!

5. Adjust the DMR - QRG Correction in the Expert Settings tab to show the lowest error rate. Red is high error, Yellow is medium, green is low error. You need to transmit to see the bit error rate (BER) bar. We have seen +150 to +300 Hz be optimal, depending on the type of radio you use.

6. Choose a talkgroup after selecting the TS2 radio button. Then Choose "Connect" on the DV Control tab.

7. Go to TS2 TG9 on your radio for all calls. (This is similar to what D-Star does with the "T" channel profile.)











Instructions for DVMega Raspberry Pi Software Configuration (Most Recommended for Reliability!)

  • 1. Purchase a Raspberry Pi and a DVMEGA

  • 2. Download and install to your computer the following: 7zip, SDFormatter, and Win32DiskImager.



  • The Newest Method (Much Easier)
  • 3a. Download Pi-Star image. Be sure to get the RPi image only.

  • 4a. Using SDFormatter format the SD card. Then using Win32 Disk Imager copy the image to your SD card. (Follow this YouTube Tutorial if you need detailed steps.)

  • 5a. Insert SD card into Raspberry pi. Wait about 2 minutes for it to load. Then, with a web browser, navigate to http://pi-star/admin/ The user name is pi-star and the password is raspberry. Note: if this does not resolve in 2 minutes, you may need to type in the IP address manually (like 192.168.1.10 or something like that).

  • 6a. Set your callsign, Hotsport TX Frequency, Lat, Lon, QTH, Location, etc. See the below screen captures to help you. Be sure to set your DMR Master as "DMR+_USA-WISCONSIN" or "DMR+_USA-CALIFORNIA" only! Hit Apply when you are done.



  • 7a. You may want to also click on Configuration on the top left of the screen. Then scroll down to DMR+ Network:. Enter the following text in that box without the quotes "StartRef=4649;RelinkTime=60;UserLink=1" Then hit Apply. This will link you automatically to REF4649, our TriState Local talkgroup which is the same as TS1 TG8 on the repeaters.

  • 8a. That's it! Be sure to visit the PiStar Wiki or PiStar Fakebook Page if you have any questions.




  • The Older Medthod (More complicated. Skip these steps if you followed the PiStar version "a" steps above.)
  • 3b. download the latest Jessie Western D-Star Widget Image

  • 4b. Insert SD card, wired ethernet, and HDMI cable from monitor into Pi. Power up. You may need a keyboard and mouse also if you don't know how to ssh into the Pi.

  • 5b. Follow these helpful instructions. Basically, You will format your SD card first, then extract the contents from your .rar download from the Western D-Star site using 7zip to a a folder on your computer. Then you will use disk imager to copy the extracted .img file to your SD card.

  • 6b. Log into your raspberry pi with the username pi and password raspberry. Then open a command prompt to edit the MMDVM.ini file (using the command nano MMDVM.ini) as shown below. Be sure you change YOURCALLSIGN, YOURGRIDSQUARE, and Your7DigitDMRID as indicated in the sample file below.

  • 7b. Follow the instructions beginning in Step 7 of this link to create an autostart script whenever your Pi is powered on.


  • [General]
    Callsign=YOURCALLSIGN
    Timeout=180
    Duplex=0
    # ModeHang=10
    RFModeHang=10
    NetModeHang=3
    Display=None
    Daemon=0
    
    [Info]
    RXFrequency=436500000
    TXFrequency=436500000
    Power=1
    # Positive Latitude is degrees north
    Latitude=0.00
    # Negative Latitude is degrees west
    Longitude=-0.00
    Height=1
    Location=YOURGRIDSQUARE
    Description=DVMEGA
    URL=dmr-marc.net
    
    [Log]
    # Logging levels, 0=No logging
    DisplayLevel=1
    FileLevel=1
    FilePath=.
    FileRoot=MMDVM
    
    [CW Id]
    Enable=1
    Time=10
    
    [DMR Id Lookup]
    File=DMRIds.dat
    Time=24
    
    [Modem]
    Port=/dev/ttyAMA0
    # Port=\\.\COM3
    TXInvert=1
    RXInvert=0
    PTTInvert=0
    TXDelay=100
    DMRDelay=0
    RXLevel=50
    TXLevel=50
    # CWIdTXLevel=50
    # D-StarTXLevel=50
    # DMRTXLevel=50
    # YSFTXLevel=50
    # P25TXLevel=50
    OscOffset=0
    RSSIMappingFile=RSSI.dat
    Debug=1
    
    [UMP]
    Enable=0
    # Port=\\.\COM4
    Port=/dev/ttyACM1
    
    [D-Star]
    Enable=0
    Module=A
    SelfOnly=0
    
    [DMR]
    Enable=1
    Beacons=0
    Id=Your7DigitDMRID
    ColorCode=1
    SelfOnly=0
    # Prefixes=234,235
    CallHang=3
    TXHang=4
    
    [System Fusion]
    Enable=0
    #RemoteGateway=0
    
    #[P25]
    #Enable=1
    #NAC=293
    
    [D-Star Network]
    Enable=0
    GatewayAddress=127.0.0.1
    GatewayPort=20010
    LocalPort=20011
    Debug=0
    
    [DMR Network]
    Enable=1
    # Address for East and Midwest USA
    Address=67.53.13.50
    # Address for West USA and South Pacific
    #Address=104.236.174.209
    Port=55555
    Jitter=300
    # Local=3350
    Password=PASSWORD
    Options=StartRef=4639;RelinkTime=60;UserLink=1
    RSSI=0
    Slot1=0
    Slot2=1
    Debug=0
    
    [System Fusion Network]
    Enable=0
    LocalAddress=127.0.0.1
    LocalPort=3200
    GwyAddress=127.0.0.1
    GwyPort=4200
    Debug=0
    
    #[P25 Network]
    #Enable=1
    #GatewayAddress=127.0.0.1
    #GatewayPort=42020
    #LocalPort=32010
    #Debug=0
    
    [TFT Serial]
    # Port=modem
    Port=/dev/ttyAMA0
    Brightness=50
    
    [HD44780]
    Rows=2
    Columns=16
    
    # For basic HD44780 displays (4-bit connection)
    # rs, strb, d0, d1, d2, d3
    Pins=11,10,0,1,2,3
    
    # Device address for I2C
    I2CAddress=0x20
    
    # PWM backlight
    PWM=0
    PWMPin=21
    PWMBright=100
    PWMDim=16
    
    DisplayClock=1
    UTC=0
    
    [Nextion]
    # Port=modem
    #Port=/dev/ttyAMA0
    Brightness=50
    DisplayClock=1
    UTC=0
    IdleBrightness=20
    
    [OLED]
    Type=3
    Brightness=0
    Invert=0
    
    [LCDproc]
    Address=localhost
    Port=13666
    #LocalPort=13667
    DimOnIdle=0
    DisplayClock=1
    UTC=0
    
    						
    						
    						



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