The WE0FUN Fun Machine repeater system was the first in Colorado, and among the first in general (to our knowledge), to create a truly mode agnostic repeater system that can be accessed from anywhere in the world using any of the common digital modes (NXDN, P25, DMR, DStar, System-Fusion “C4FM”) or analog via AllStarLink. Beginning in late 2017 we started to bridge and add digital modes into the system which consisted of roughly 12 analog repeaters at the time. The first mode added was DMR, allowing the use of a number of MMDVM based multimode repeaters, several Motorola DMR repeaters throughout the state of Colorado and access to the system via hotspot and Brandmeister TG310815. Following that in early 2018 we added C4FM (System Fusion) and DStar into the Digital <-> Analog mix. We completed adding all of the digital modes in late 2018 by adding support for NXDN and P25.
Most of the digital interfaces (how to access them) remained word of mouth until we published all of the information so that hotspots, dongles, MMDVM repeaters etc… would display the various capabilities that can be used to connect into the WE0FUN Fun Machine repeater system.
The underlying technologies used to accomplish this task are listed below (in no specific order) with an accompanying diagram at the bottom of this page.
- DMRLink (Master and IPSC_Bridge branches)
- AllStarLink (ASL)
To allow for more granular control in terms of being able to connect/disconnect modes, for a variety of purposes, each mode is transcoded into analog which is carried by a specific ASL node. Each of these ASL nodes can then easily be disconnected or connected to other ASL nodes or hubs quickly and easily.
The course of this project has presented more learning opportunities and frustration than can be relayed in type. This, however, is in the spirit of amateur radio and has made each participant the better for it (even if we didn’t know so at the time). We have also contributed code and community support back to several of the Open Source projects that are listed above; we believe that this too is very much in the spirit of amateur radio and hope to see these projects grow in usage and support.
We now support DMR, P25, NXDN, DStar and YSF.DMR is available on Brandmeister using TG 310815 running on a dedicated server in Cañon City
DMR Dashboard: http://dmr.we0fun.com
P25 is available via TG 10209
P25 Dashboard: http://p25.we0fun.com
DStar is available via xrf815, xlx815, dcs815
DStar Dashboard: http://xrf815.we0fun.com
NXDN is available via TG 31081 running on a dedicated server in Cañon City
NXDN Dashboard: http://nxdn.we0fun.com Experimental (not always connected)
C4FM (YSF) is available via the WE0FUN CO Fun Machine running on a dedicated server in Cañon City
C4FM Dashboard: http://c4fm.we0fun.com Experimental (not always connected)
“high level” diagram of how it all ties together.