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Hams hack $110 DMR radio to allow support for D-STAR, P25 and System Fusion

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA3XFT, Jan 21, 2016.

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  1. VA3XFT

    VA3XFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hams have reverse engineered or “hacked” one of the most popular DMR radios on the market today – the Chinese made TYT MD-380, allowing for a fully open source firmware to be uploaded into the radio, allowing support for D-STAR, P25 and System Fusion.


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  2. N4EGA

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    Ok, I'll say it: This is seriously bad@$$! Soon as I can find some free time, I got a little project now...
  3. VE4AI

    VE4AI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately, the MD-380 hardware is garbage. It drifts timeslots on TDMA and has no front-end for RX. It will make an OK scanner for those want to monitor commercial DMR systems, but don't know the system parameters. For $110US, it's a very reasonable price for this application.

    The firmware/hardware hack itself is a notable accomplishment. It's too bad those who are able, haven't tried hacking the Motorola XTS3000 or ASTRO Saber (now unsupported products) to do the similar things. Now those would make fine amateur radio transceivers which don't cause harmful interference to DMR systems.

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  4. K0RGR

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    Careful reading of the announcement says to me that they have not yet developed the code to do DSTAR, P25, or Fusion. Indeed, it says they are "looking for people" who can do this. So, unless you have some idea of how to program the radio to do those modes, I don't think you'll gain much yet. But, it does look like a promising possibility. I am still hoping we see something from CSI on their multimode radio at Dayton, and I'm aware of other groups who have reverse-engineered the AMBE vocoder, in anticipation of the patents expiring in the near future. An affordable multimode radio might be what's needed to get people off the fence and onto digital modes.
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  5. N4NJJ

    N4NJJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The hardware BARELY handles doing DMR correctly. I only see this turn into one big mess.
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  6. K4EAE

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    I guess we need to find a decent radio that something like this can be done, or force the B Boys to work together to get this done.
  7. N0DSS

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    Is this a promotional ad? ;)
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  8. N0WZE

    N0WZE Ham Member QRZ Page

    According to the article, this ALLOWS.... but nothing has actually been made to work.... So, yes it sounds like a promotional ad.
  9. KE0CAA

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    Yes they still havent added the other modes yet however the people working on this are the same ones who are behind the rtl-sdr. I think they are plenty capable and if they feel that the hardware is capable I look forward to what they come up with.
  10. W4RLR

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    Can you say VAPORWARE?
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