Elecraft KX2 *official* Firmware MCU 2.89 with FM mode added

Hi guys, a new official firmware version is now available for the Elecraft KX2 user!

 

There is the firmware notes revision :

 

  • ADDED FM MODE: FM mode can be used on any band, but it is intended for use with 10-meter repeaters (or 10 meter FM simplex DXing) as well as with external transverters. (For transverter band display setup instructions, see owner’s manual.) FM is considered experimental on the KX2 pending field test results.

FM Instructions:

FM mode can be enabled or disabled using MENU:FM MODE
To adjust squelch, tap FIL, then rotate the AF GAIN knob
To select +/-/SIMPLEX repeater offset, hold SPLIT
Set up repeater splits per-band/per-memory using MENU:RPT OFS
Adjust FM deviation using MENU:FM DEV
To adjust PL tone deviation, locate MENU:FM DEV, then tap ‘1’ (PRE)
To select PL tone, use MENU:FM TONE. Tap ‘1’ to turn tone on/off.
Note: 1750 Hz tone not usable at this time.

  • MIC REMOTE FUNCTIONS: These functions are being redesigned and have been temporarily disabled.

The firmware is now available by using the Elecraft software utility.

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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Happy Holidays

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I will be back early 2018 with more post!

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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RFinder M1 *Update* 6.17.346

We just received a great news in the Facebook group page for the RFinder M1 from Bob Greenberg W2CYK, the M1 is in release candidate stage version 6.17.346 and seems to work great so far!

Release Candidate 6.17.346
This replaces older version 6.17.344 and earlier!

New or corrected features to test:  
1- Out of promiscuous mode consistently when a new station is tuned from anywhere

2- Promiscuous mode toggle button properly reflects state and also hides itself in FM mode
3- Screen wake on receive in promiscuous mode
4- Rounding error in memories fixed
5- Crash bug in locales with comma decimals fixed
6- Phone call turns off module, module comes back on properly with settings after call
7- While in Promiscuous mode, the TX stays on the previously programmed F, TS, TG, CC…you can TX but you will recieve on all…

NOTE: should ask for a new permission on install, monitor outgoing calls (that and reading phone state are necessary for the radio to work with the phone…

Tickets still open :
1-Volume knob
2- PTT cancel promiscuous mode seems technically unfeasible without a change to the RF module firmware.

73 de Bob W2CYK

As a short refresh, when the promiscuous mode is enabled, user can now receive DMR communication without the needs to enter a color code, talk group or even the time slot.

I strongly suggest interested users to visit the website to learn more about the RFinder M1 and all the potential this DMR transceiver offers to the Ham community.

The link to  is : http://androidradio.rfinder.net/

I will post more information on the RFinder M1 in my blog soon…. I’m still digging into it everyday…. a great DMR handheld so far!

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

 

 

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RFinder M1 *NEW* Promiscuous mode and courtesy tone

We just received a great news this envening in the Facebook group page for the RFinder M1 from Bob Greenberg W2CYK, the new “promiscuous” mode for the M1 is in beta stage and seems to work great so far!

Screenshot_20171207-194837.pngWhen enabled, user can now receive DMR communication without the needs to enter a color code, talk group or even the time slot. So if someone would like to discover active talkgroup on a specific repeater, it is definitely a great add on !

The courtesy tone is also giving more feedback to the user when TX.

I strongly suggest interested users to visit the website to learn more about the RFinder M1 and all the potential this DMR transceiver offers to the Ham community.

The link to  is : http://androidradio.rfinder.net/

I will post more information on the RFinder M1 in my blog soon…. I’m still digging into it everyday…. a great DMR handheld so far!

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

 

 

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RFinder M1 Android/DMR/LTE [part 2]

The RFinder M1 uses a USB cable with a special propietary connector to charge and to communicate with a PC.  The cable that comes in the box with M1 is the one that hold itself securely on M1 using a small thumb screw, like we could see very often on business grade handheld like a Hytera or a Motorola. It is possible to buy a spare USB cable that stay connected to the M1 using a nice magnetic connector instead.

To all technical users, I’d like to share these two pictures showing the pinout for the proprietary connector. The first picture is the pin out when using the cable to charge or communicate with a PC. The second one is when the cable attached is an external microphone.

I will post more information on the RFinder M1 in my blog soon…. I’m still digging into it everyday…. a great DMR handheld so far!

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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RFinder M1 Android/DMR/LTE [part 1]

Hi every one! I recently added in my gears the *no code plug needed* UHF DMR transceiver RFinder M1. Previously announced during Hamvention 2017, my first feeling, when I seen it at that time, I was impressed, curious… but I was not conviced to make the jump and break the bank to buy it. But a month ago, after reading good comments ont it, I changed my mind! When I received it a month ago, and now let me tell you that I am very conviced! 🙂

rfinder-m1-original.png First of all, the M1 is running under a customized Android OS version 6.0… not the latest release of Android OS, but a very stable one, and no bloatware are installed; only the essential and needed software. All users will be able to later install every sofware they need… so this is a good news! The LTE modem is also compatible with mostly all today’s LTE bands, at least here in North America, especially in Canada; I’m using Rogers Wireless service and it is working flawlessly so far.

Physically, the RFinder M1 is built like a tank… and I mean it! I already dropped it by accident, and nothing happen, not a sctach or dent… Nothing at all!! 🙂 Plenty of physical buttons, PPT for DMR radio, PTT for apps like Zello, another PTT for futur add-on feature and a red button located atop for futur feature add-on also.

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The M1 also has a nano SIM slot and a micro SD slot for storage up to 32 GB. Both slots are protected by a waterproof cover. The 6,200 mA battery is also removable and protected by a waterproof battery door also, and offers plenty of power to work all day long on a single charge; spare battery can also be purchased at a later time.

The M1 is capable to deliver 1W at low power and 4W at high power and can be easily compared to any standard UHF handheld.

I will not go through all softwares features offered by the M1 for now. There are also plenty of reviews and videos on the Internet showing all the details of the great device!

It is very important to mention that all users or futur users must understand, the M1 is a well mature product ready to be purchased and ready to use, but it is also a great work in progress. The technical support is excellent, outstanding! And developpers are also listening the ham community for suggestions. This is very important to understand, because the M1 is getting better and better every week or so.

Developpers are very active and pro active to offer to all M1 owners the best experience with their device. The Facebook group is also active, and provide quickly the first support level : RFinder M1 Facebook Group links. I strongly invite every one to join the group!

The shipping is also extremely fast…. Ordered mine from http://rfinder.shop/. Shipped from China, it took only 3 days to my house in Canada!

So far now, I stronly recommend the RFinder M1 to all fellow hams who would like to have a versatile DMR transceiver and an Android phone into 1 device….. and also to avoid essentially dealing with DMR code plug that change very often.

I will post more information on the RFinder M1 in my blog soon…. I’m still digging into it everyday…. a great DMR handheld so far!

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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*NEW* Elecraft KX2 Firmware MCU 2.84 / DSP 1.52

Hi guys, a new official firmware version is now available for the enthusiasm Elecraft KX2 !

 

There is the firmware notes revision :

Information 2.84 / DSP 1.52 SW TONE SETTING BUG FIX

Corrected a problem that prevented Morse audio tones from being turned off once turned on using the SW TONE menu entry

The firmware is now available by using the Elecraft software utility.

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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My VHF/UHF FM/DSTAR/DMR mobile installation

Hi, I just want to share with all of you my new mobile radio installation. The setup consist in an ICOM ID-4100 running on FM and D-Star on the VHF band, and a Hytera MD-652 running on FM and DMR on the UHF band. Both transceivers are connected to a duplexer, then to the Larsen dual band NMO antenna. We must admit that we do not have much space left in vehicule now, so we must take care to select proper equipments.

For the Hytera mobile, I am using a Hytera Bluetooth speaker microphone model SM27W1 to avoid the need to bring cables inside the car.

The microphone holder can also charge the internal Lithium battery while it is in place on the microphone holder. An USB charging cable bring 5 volt when the mic is place.

Both ICOM and Hytera transceivers are installed inside the car trunk. This way, no fan noise in the car, no need to find a place and also by keeping the RF cable path shorter than possible to minimize the RF loss. Both are easily accessible to let the operator to program both transceivers when needed. The duplexer offer sufficient isolation for a mobile use. The ICOM only works on the VHF band, and the Hytera only works on the UHF band.

I installed the ICOM ID-4100 transceiver controller head by using a homemade bracket made myself. I also use magnet to hold the controller in place, and it is easily removable.

I hope my installation will inspire a few hams… 🙂

Do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73
de Jeff | VA2SS

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*NEW* Elecraft KX2 Firmware 2.81 / DSP 1.52 Final Release

Hi guys, a new official firmware version is now available for the enthusiasm Elecraft KX2 user !

There is the firmware notes revision :

  • MH3 MIC EXTENDED RADIO CONTROLS: See “KX2 Manual Errata A6-1” describing Remote Control Using the MH3 Mic.”
  • MH3 PTT DOUBLE-TAP FREQUENCY REPORT: Tapping PTT twice quickly reports the current operating frequency as 3 digits in Morse code audio. For example, if you’re on 14.285 MHz USB, the report will be “U 285”. This is useful in conjunction with MH3 extended radio controls (see above), as well as during mobile operation.
  • A KX2 owner’s manual errata describing set up and operation with the MH3 extended controls is available.

Updated 2017-11-13 : See E740282E KX2 Owner’sManErrata for more information.

The firmware is now available  *by using the Elecraft software utility.

Meanwhile, do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73

de Jeff | VA2SS

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WSJT-X release 1.8 *FINAL* is out!

To all enthousiasm digital users, the *FINAL* WSJT-X release 1.8 is out now for all major platform.

 

Release: WSJT-X Version 1.8.0
October 27, 2017

– Right-click on the Wide Graph now pops up a Context Menu. Select the item *Set Rx & Tx Offset* to complete a one-handed setting of both red and green frequency markers.

– Several clarifications and additions to Tool Tips and the User Guide.

We recommend that all users should upgrade to WSJT-X Version 1.8.0.

If you upgrade from v1.8.0-rc1 it may be necessary to do a one-time reset of the default list of suggested operating frequencies. Go to *File->Settings->Frequencies*, right click on the table and select *Reset*.

Joe Taylor, K1JT

The download is available at :

http://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html

Do not forget to follow me on Twitter @VA2SS, and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel as well.

Have fun and stay tuned!

73
de Jeff | VA2SS

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