XLX740 Transcoding Module [UPDATE]

The transcoding module for XLX740 is now active and ready for testing!

To use the transcoding module, connect to XLX740 Module E. When transmitting, wait a second or two for the systems to wake up and activate, then speak as you normally would.

With transcoding, DMR users can talk with D-Star users, and D-Star users can talk to DMR users. Yaesu Fusion and P25 have not yet been tested, as I do not have the equipment to do so myself.

If you have a Yaesu Fusion radio, and you are willing to test transcoding with DMR and D-Star, please comment and let me know!

73 de KC1AWV

XLX740 Transcoding Module

Coming in the week of July 15, XLX740 module E will be set up for transcoding D-Star and DMR calls. This means that anyone with a D-Star radio will be able to talk to anyone with a DMR radio and vice versa, so long as they are connected to XLX740 E. The intent is to also have Yaesu Fusion and perhaps P25 radios be able to talk to D-Star and DMR radios as well. Hooray for community!

Pi-Star with DMRGateway users:

Make a private call to 68740 – this will connect you to the XLX740 master, and the default module D. Module D is used for DMR to DMR radio calls. To switch to the transcoding module make another private call, this time to 64005 – this will switch DMRGateway off of module D and put you on module E for transcoding. Use talkgroup 6 to talk on the reflector.

D-Star users (Pi-Star, DVAP, etc):

Set the URCALL to XRF740EL and ‘kerchunk’ (press PTT for a second and release) – this will switch your hotspot to use XLX740’s module E. Once connected, switch URCALL back to CQCQCQ (or Use Reflector), and call as you normally would.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding the availability of the transcoding module and any testing skeds here at KC1AWV.net!


Hytera AR482G / TD580 review

Lately, I have been using the Hytera AR482G as my every day carry portable DMR radio. I’ve been using it on a business trip in Hawaii the past couple weeks, and I have to say I’m quite impressed by it.

Hytera AR482G with a Diamond SRJF10 stubby antenna (center), with included charger (right), and a can of coconut water for size comparison (left)

I just came across a review of the Hytera TD580, by VA3XFT over on the VA3XPR website. The AR482G being sold by Ham Radio Outlet looks to be the same radio, with a couple differences. For one, the programming software mentioned in the review is Chinese language only, whereas the software provided by HRO is in English. The font on the AR482G’s display also looks to be more updated, using sans-serif fonts instead of the screen pictured in VA3XFT’s review.

There were no firmware or CPS version numbers available in the review to compare with, however the CPS version I am using is – available as a free download from Ham Radio Outlet’s website, which does include a serial number to activate it. The radio itself is running the firmware versions pictured below:

Overall, I have to say I’m impressed with the AR482G and it’s performance. The build quality and feel is excellent, and front panel programming is an easy, step-by-step process. I’ve used it on several hotspots and a few local repeaters, and never had an unexpected issue.

I encourage you to give the review of the TD580 a read. The AR482G is practically the same radio! Please feel free to leave your questions or comments for me as well!