Fusion Testing Update -
Linking Tests done on December 12, 2019 appear to be 90 percent effective. The 10 percent were missing conversations or drops due to what appears to be caused by doubling and users that are not yet registered in D-Star.
We learned that we need a few improvements on flow control between modes. A lot of Doubling was occurring and some latency issue can be improved on. The next testing will occur on Thursday December 19, 2019 @ 7PM EST We will run this as a Net.
Fusion Testing on December 12, 2019 - Introduction Transcript -
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This is WW2MI – With about a 5 minute synopsis of tonight’s activities and updates.
With the exclusive permission of the owners and operators of;
Reflector 24, Reflector 89, Broniverse XLX625 and Fusion South East Michigan Northern Ohio (SEMI-NO)
We will be conducting a test of the “Broniverse XLX625 Linking system”
For a background introduction, The “Broniverse” as most of the D-Star users know will already link D-Star, DMR, Peanut and Fusion on (US XLX625 / WA8BRO).
It consists of several hardened Linux Desktop PC’s, with numerous Northwest Digital Transcoders. They are housed in various locations in Southeastern Michigan on many different ISP configurations.
The “Broniverse” itself is permanently linked to several IRCDDB Gateways and Repeaters, D-Star Reflectors, Gateways and Repeaters.
There is also (1) raspberry Pi running a secondary AMBE processor for the Peanut Interface with (2) Northwest Digital Transcoders.
Tonight’s focus and activity will be to link the South East Michigan Northern Ohio (SEMI-NO) Fusion network with (US XLX625 / WA8BRO)
This will result with D-STAR, FUSION, DMR, and Peanut through both (Hotspots) and (RF Repeaters) connected between the two networks.
This will be the first time the following modes; (Fusion RF), (Fusion Hotspot), (D-Star RF), (D-Star Hotspot), (DMR) and Peanut traffic will be mixed in the system.
Remember tonight’s goal is for testing purposes, links such as these will not be permanent.
If all goes well there may be linking times and schedules established to connect these system.
For testing purposes we ask that you hold your traffic until such time as certain traffic is asked for.
It will probably start with the administrators technically testing first then, calling for certain traffic from individual set-ups like;
If there are any Fusion RF stations please call now, or any D-Star RF Stations please call now, stations on 24C please call now, or 89C, Peanut Users etc.
If all goes well at the end we can call for a free for all and see what happens.
When and if we get into this mode tonight I am requesting that you give your callsign and connection at the end of every transmission. In example – end transmission WW2MI on XLX625A.
And most important lets all have fun in the sprit of Amateur Radio!
We currently know with all the internet connections between systems we need to leave room at the end of each “conversation” not necessarily at the end of each transmission for other stations to come on board. Stations need to be courteous on both ends of the transmissions for people to get into the system. You may need to wait for the QSO to take a break to get in. Be patient you’ll get a turn!
We need to also leave a second or two after keying up prior to speaking to allow all systems to sync.
I am also requesting all ICOM Radio users to get their firmware updated to the December latest release for the 5100’s and 51A + radios, this does address an end of framing issues with MMDVM modems.
This will enable the XLX625 reflector to react much faster in the near future.
Also it should be noted, it is suggested that all users wanting to use this system should be registered on the D-Star system so your callsign propagates properly.
This can be done though the WA8BRO website.
At this time, all of the non-conforming callsigns that hit our “Broniverse” will be dropped and replaced with WW2MI as this is the XLX625 default machine ID.
In the very near future this will be replaced with WA8BRO as soon as the DMR Radio ID gets assigned, it’s taking a bit longer due to Club Callsign Registration.
And as future plans go for the WA8BRO team we are working on implementing a New D-RATS Digital DATA Reflector which will handle Internet Connectivity for Michigan Emergency Communications such as a (WinLink) D-Star Equivalent including DATA, Text and Picture Capabilities - So Stand By!
At this point I would like to acknowledge;
KA8WYN as the Repeater Site Owner for the Warren D-Star and Double Nickel / and Broadcast Engineer
AD8DP as the software superman behind the keyboard.
WW2MI – that would be me, as the “Broniverse” Administrator
W8WAC – as the “Broniverse” Facility and Implementation Administrator AKA “The Enforcer”
A transcript of this message is also posted on the WWW.WA8BRO.COM website for reference.
And if you have any technical messages that are not addressed tonight please feel free to leave a message on the website.
I will now turn it over to Kevin KD8VHE for an overview of the SEMI-NO network and then Kevin
Can turn it over to Doug AD8DP for the testing to commence.
Your WA8BRO Team, K8NET, W8WAC, KA8WYN, WW2MI
Introducing the New WA8BRO Multi-Mode Reflector XLX625 Bro-II
Get your radios programmed and ready to go.
The WA8BRO team is launching another new feature for SE Michigan area Hams.
This time it's a new Multi-Mode-Reflector. Introducing the new XLX625 "BRO-II Gateway" in SE Michigan!
In the next few weeks we will be commissioning our multimode gateway.
What does this mean?
This will result in the connectivity of Multi Digital Modes coming through the WA8BRO Module B repeater (while and if linked. The schedule at this time is TBD) and a standalone XLX Reflector with 26 Modules of connectivity, so there's plenty of room to grow.
At the present time we are utilizing Modules A-D. When we are finished this Gateway will be available full time. This will support DSTAR, P25, DMR and C4FM all together on one frequency/ reflector when fully implemented. Get to the XLX625 on REF625 Module A with your favorite Digital Mode of choice and let XLX625 transcoding server do the translations for you! It's that simple.
WA8BRO 442.0375 +5.000 - During the testing phase we may be linking the XLX625 "BRO-II Gateway" and REF089 Reflector, and possibly the WA8BRO B module. Testing will be scheduled and these extended services intermittently available.
The release of the individual modes will take some time as we get approval from each of the mode operators. Our new XLX625 "BRO-II Gateway" has to be added into the other gateway systems and approved by their SYSOPs. This has taken other Operators anywhere from two weeks to two months to complete, so be patient as these services become available. The timing on these events is entirely out of our hands.
This is a homebrew "XLXD" gateway /repeater using a Linux Debian build on a PC platform. There are several DV-3000's, and MMDVM Modems used for transcoding. This is NOT running on a Raspberry Pi as most Operators have elected to do.
So picture this as a Raspberry Pi with a Hemi....... More information will be posted on the www.WA8BRO.com Website when available.
The connecting times and paths available will be posted on the website when available.
Connection possibilities WA8BRO Modules A-D, REF089 Modules A-D and XLX625 Modules A-Z, (XLX625/REF625Module A is currently the transcoding Module)
Status as of May 12, 2019 15:00EST
The XLX625 is accepting connections on REF625, DCS625, XRF625 connections are also available but in testing modes.
The system is now also accepting connections from Fusion Radios on "US XLX625"
The Transcoding server is up and running and transcoding Fusion to DMR then to D-Star and Back. So as of now you can use this Reflector from any Fusion Radio Connecting through a hotspot with the configuration of YSF2DMR and Yeasu US XLX625 and connecting to XLX625 all Fusion Radios and D-Star Radios will be in the Same Group. D-Star Users just set your Hotspot to REF625.
Status of Connections can be found at the following addresses:
http://wa8bro.dstargateway.org for DPlus on the WA8BRO Repeater
http://wa8bro.dstargateway.org/fs.html for DCS and XRF Status
http://REF089.dstargateway.org for Reflector Status
http://xlx625.wa8bro.com for the new XLX625 Reflector Status
http://ysf625.wa8bro.com for the new XLX625 Fusion Reflector Status
The above links may function intermittently until officially released for general ham use.
Your WA8BRO Team, K8NET, W8WAC, KA8WYN, WW2MI