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!

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Unscheduled downtime for XLX740

Unscheduled downtime from 28 JUN 2018 20:00 EDT to 29 JUN 2018 08:00EDT

The datacenter that XLX740 is located in suffered from a cascading HVAC failure, forcing administrators to shut down many servers in the affected sections to prevent loss of hardware due to overheating. Unfortunately, the server that hosts XLX740 was one of the servers needed to be powered down.

As of 08:00 EDT, services have been restored and reporting healthy. New backup snapshots have been taken, and no further issues have been reported.

Thank you for your patience!

73 de KC1AWV

XLX Multi Protocol Reflector Gateway

I would like to announce the creation of XLX740! XLX is a multi-protocol reflector for D-Star networks. I also intend on supporting D-Star <-> DMR transcoding in the future, once I can purchase the requisite AMBE hardware. I will probably have to house the transcoder at home as well, since the XLX740 reflector is actually located in a co-located data center in Chicago.

Right now, Module A is slated for transcoding. Module B is used for Scheduled Nets – usually ARES nets, but there’s no reason that another net couldn’t be scheduled that doesn’t conflict with anyone else. Module C will be used for ARES Drills and Events. Module D is used for D-Star testing. Module E is used for DMR testing. Module F is used for International Peering (reflectors on reflectors!) with other XLX peers. Module F is for general ragchew, which will also have transcoding enabled. Modules G-Z are for future use.

Please feel free to connect at any time, and have a chat or just sit back and listen in! If you want to link your XLX reflector with XLX740, please contact me at kc1awv@arrl.net and let me know.

If you want more detailed instructions on how to connect to XLX740, I have a page there that can help. You can read more here.