Showing posts from September, 2015

Bluetooth Programming for Motorola Radios

Motorola offers the ability to program some of their radios using Bluetooth instead of a cable.  This is a great feature that offers a lot of convenience.  But, there are a couple of little tricks you need to know in order to get this working.

To help people along, I created a video that demonstrates the process.  Here are the steps, watch the video for more specifics.

On the PC - Type "Devices" in the search box, click on "Devices and Printers" highlight and remove any Motorola iconsTurn on the Radio, go to Menu → Bluetooth → Find MeOn the PC, Type "Add a Bluetooth Device" in the search box.  In the list of devices you should see your radio.  Select it and click "Pair"On the radio, "Accept" will be highlighted, select "OK"On the PC ignore the code, select "Yes" to pairBack on the "Devices and Printers" page click your radio to highlight it and click on "Connect Using" then click on "Access Po…

DV4Mini - A Dongle for DMR, D-Star, and Fushio

The DV4Mini is a new device from a company called Helitron in Germany.  It is similar to the DVAP used for D-Star, in addition to D-Star it supports DMR and Fusion as well.  It's also much more affordable, about $100. This device is a USB dongle with an SMA connector for an antenna.  It has a low power radio, about 10mw.  Plenty for connecting with a nearby radio.  The provided software is for Windows, but it will run under Wine on Linux.  They even provide an image for the Raspberry Pi.  They have also made a commitment towards open source, so hopefully we'll see more versions of this an Android version. We are just on the edge of getting access to it here in the US, it's going to be interesting to see how people use it. My interest is mostly in it's DMR capabilities, at this time, it's a little unclear how this device will work with the Motorola network.  I understand there is a bridge that connects between a C-Bridge and a DMRPlus reflector.  Th…