New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by AF6VN » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:13 pm

As a second data point, my log (just did a reflector swap) shows

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M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: Link command from AF6VN  B to REF030 C issued via UR Call by AF6VN
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: Removing outgoing D-Plus link AF6VN  B, REF001 C
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: D-Plus disconnect acknowledgement received from REF001 C
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: D-Plus link to REF001 C has failed
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: D-Plus reply is OKRW
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: D-Plus ACK message received from REF030 C
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:42: D-Plus link to REF030 C established
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M: 2018-11-28 18:58:43: USER: AF6VN    AF6VN  B AF6VN  G 76.255.154.65
M: 2018-11-28 18:58:43: USER: AF6VN    AF6VN  B AF6VN  G 76.255.154.65
That's a lot of status messages regarding linking...
KE0FHS wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:45 pm
When this has happened to me (ZUMspot + TH-D74A), it has almost always been a mistake in my radio setup.

I'm not sure what you've tried so far and how familiar you are with using a hotspot, but a few basic suggestions:
  • The module always has to be in the eighth spot (except for the link command), so if your callsign is five characters, then you have to leave two blank spaces between your callsign and the B or G in the RPT1 and RPT2 fields.
  • For the linking command, the module letter moves into the seventh spot, and L goes in the eighth spot.
  • Once you are linked, you have to switch to a calling channel (UR CALL: CQCQCQ), and at least for the Kenwood HT, it's important that you program that using Direct Input, not Local Call.
For the TH-D74, it's much easier to use the REFLECTOR menu (hold ^ until menu appears, scroll and select REFLECTOR, scroll to LINK, select reflector [works in fields: reflector type, 3digit number, node letter]. PTT to send link command, may need twice if the hotspot didn't quite sync the first time. Return to REFLECTOR menu, select USE (this configures the CQCQCQ with repeater/reflector fields in place).

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by KE0FHS » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:08 pm

AF6VN wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:13 pm
For the TH-D74, it's much easier to use the REFLECTOR menu.
I agree that for ad-hoc reflector connections, it's easier to use DR mode and the REFLECTOR menu. Don Arnold, W6GPS, has a good video about that for the TH-D74: Programming TH D74 software for a DVAP using DR mode, Feb 3, 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNmirLcfVvw (except that, unlike what he shows for the DVAP, when you set up the ZUMspot hotspot in your repeater list, you still need to set up RPT1 and RPT2 with the module in the eighth spot, usually B and G).

Personally, for reflectors and repeaters I use more than once in awhile, I still think it's easier to set them up in memory channels. Once I have them set up, I find the memory channels much faster to use than DR mode and the REFLECTOR menu.
73, Toshen, KE0FHS
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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by ct1dvm » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:23 am

9Y4AT wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:42 pm
I do not see urcall anywhere.

The Pi-star software field that is labeled "D-Star Manager" normally whatever you are linked too it shows there, mines is showing "NOT LINKED" with the system set to link on startup.

So without a radio, the software is set to link automatically on boot to the Refelector set in the configuration page. This is not happening.

nano /var/log/pi-star/ircDDBGatway-......log I see:

Cannot connect to TCP client socket, err=111
Cannot connect to dns.xreflector.net
I was referring to urcall in the radio programming there. Go to Admin view and use the link feature to link and inlink reflectors from the dashboard, and then do back to the log to show the result and post here.

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by 9Y4AT » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:26 am

Yep, frequency is within the correct spectrum. This is very strange.

I have a MMDVM HAT repeater board attached to a Raspberry Pi 3B + running the same Pi-Star firmware, with both on the 70cm band but different UHF frequency and that one can link fine, no issues there at all.

I shut down the MMDVM HAT to see if the JumboSpot will link, and yet it will not. The firmware and setup are identical only the frequencies are different.

When I Tx to the JumboSpot I am hearing 'Linking To", but it will not connect for life. I downgraded to 3.12 still it will not connect on boot nor manually from the Admin page, or Tx'ing from the radio.

Again both the HAT board and the JumboSpot are identical software / firmware and setup, of course one is a Pi Zero the other a Pi 3B +.

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by 9Y4AT » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:02 am

Got
D-Plus link to REF017 C has failed to connect

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by AB1HD » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:18 pm

As it turns out, the problem with my wireless router. I still don't know what setting it has that prevents me from having the ZUMspot connect to the internet as no matter what I try, it won't work. I got the ZUMspot to work by using the other wireless router that I have in my home (I have one upstairs and one downstairs).

Thanks again to everyone who offered advice.

73,
Rich AB1HD

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by 9Y4AT » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:51 pm

I will like to report back, that I too just switched routers at the QTH and the JumboSpot is now able to connect to Reflectors. Thanks for all the help to all.
Will monitor for a few days and see how it is working.

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Re: New to Pi-star - can't link to any reflector

Post by ct1dvm » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:41 am

Well done, the ircddbgateway message you posted indicates a port access issue,
rather than a dplus login/registration issue, so is always good to check first to form a
view of the issue.

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