DMR TG-3112529
LOCAL TG-311037
EchoLink 826953

8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net

  • GCARA 443.3500+ CC-11 TS-1 TG-3112529
  • Brandmeister TG-3112529
  • Supports all DMR Technical issues
  • CLICK HERE for SEFL DMR Tech Net Script
  • CLICK HERE for Codeplug List
  • CLICK HERE for DMR Support

7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 
  • Supports New Hams and local announcements and info
  • CLICK HERE for the VoiceComm Net Script

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net

  • BRARA LOCAL 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037
  • Test codeplugs, radios, audio, have fun
  • This is for local users until IP is available

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL 110.9
  • Practice digital communication
  • CLICK HERE for the So County NBEMS Net Script

Other Tools and Nets

Regards and 73
de N4BRF from the Shack

Newsletter – Oct 2019

LAST UPDATED: 12-OCT-2019 0557

PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates during the publishing period. 

Proposed August Minutes

There are no September minutes due to hurricane Dorian.



  • Next meeting is TUESDAY 5-NOV 2019 PBC West Boca Library
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • 26-Oct 10am-1pm at The Shack BRARA Fall Radiator Grill




Shack Hosting Events

The following events are planned. Any organization who desires to use BRARA facilities shall contact a board member and provide specific details. CLICK HERE FMI

This Month’s Speaker

Erik Olmer W4EJO on shelter communications

Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 Amp is repaired and online
  • Station-1 ICOM IC-7600 off line for repair at Station-2
  • Station-1 has gently used and donated IC-7600
  • Station-3 FT-1000 is working normally

Radiator Grille

  • 26-October-2019 10am to 1pm at The Shack
  • Free food and Drinks
  • Inventory displayed for viewing

Special Projects

The following are project status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation POSTPONED until Fall of 2019
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation TBA
  • DMR repeater internet access IN-PROGRESS

CLICK HERE for DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status

  • 2020 DUES accepted starting October 1 2019
  • First time members join for the remainder of 2019 and 2020
  • Dues amounts have not changed from last year.



  • CLICK HERE  for Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Statement

Report (by Ed N4II)



Dx Operating News and Information

The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information

Contests and Special Events

Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?


Save the date 8-February 2020

New Website Capability

  • New Emergency Communication page added (CLICK HERE)
  • Several new administrative capabilities implemented over the summer

Member Online Auction is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates

Public Classified Section is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates

Please note: items are Negotiable 

Training Video 

  • No new Training videos

Training Classes

Free Laurel VEC Testing

About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Nob Fox W1VEI

Good and Welfare

If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

CLICK HERE to email details.

New Hams Corner

New Membership Form

  • W4MGK Alan Preuss


  • 152 paid members
  • 1 new members
  • 3 pending online applications
  • 5 silent keys
  • 120 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 22 family members
  • 1 lifetime

From this past Sunday net a few very informed DMR technical experts suggested anyone using a mobile DMR hotspot such as a Pi-Star to use the Texas server 3102. The reason is this server is much more stable and not experimental like some others.

Please read Bernie’s BLOG post on further details that applies to us all.

Local DMR Repeaters

Scheduled DMR Nets

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves NotANet (LOCAL ONLY)
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: With the new DMR Brandmeister Repeater installed and awaiting internet access, that repeater DMR ID is TG-311037. At a future date, we will be transitioning from TG-3112529 to TG-311037. A whole lot of communication and monitoring will occur well before this happens.

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: Sundays  at 8pm on TG-3112529 which is the DMR ID for N4BRF our club callsign. You may also access the Gold Coast ARC DMR 70cm Repeater on 443.3500 CC-11 to join the fun. A new code plug has been provide to enable members to access the GCARC TG-3112529. See our HOME page for the codeplugs. 

BRARA DMR BrainWaves NotANet: On Mondays at 7.30pm on TG-311037 to local user only until IP is available and after which it shall continue but open to all DMR amateurs. The purpose is to use the repeater plus test radios, codeplugs, audio and have fun. There is no NCS so just find an opening and announce yourself.

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • 145.290– PL110.9 EC-826953
  • 442.875+ CC-1 TG-311037
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED

BRARA Open House

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 09:30 and 13:00 for our Open House, and for any work that needs to be done at the Shack. Anyone interested in exploring Amateur Radio is encouraged to stop in for a visit.

Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos

Club Ham Shack

Club shack location

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Mailing address

Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association
P.O. Box 480162
Delray Beach, FL 33448-0162

Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Saturday preceding the next General Meeting.

Donations and Contributions

Contributions to BRARA— a 501(c)(3) organization—are tax deductible as charitable donations. As you complete your membership renewal or begin your year-end tax planning, please consider making a donation to BRARA.

Please donate to BRARA via Amazon Smiles:
Search for:  Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association


Planned Giving: Please also consider BRARA when updating or initiating planned giving (including charitable gift annuities, bequests and gifts or retirement plan assets) and other assets.

Apparel Donations

  • $10 donation–BRARA Name Plate with your Call Sign

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Please be advised that the above are the official BRARA social media sites. No other social media sites are recognized by BRARA.

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Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

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Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

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Reproduction of material from any BRARA web page without written permission is prohibited.

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

ARRL: Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Candidate Position Statement

I am running for SE Division Vice-Director because I want to assure that the ARRL members in our division have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in this office. Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and dedication to amateur radio as a service is what I believe should be three characteristics of whoever occupies this office.

The ARRL, as the premier representative of the amateur service in the US, must operate with transparency to its members. Stewardship of the amateur service and representing the interests of ARRL members should be the primary function of the league and its Board of Directors. One area in which the league should take a steadfast stand is in protecting the right of amateur radio operators to install an amateur radio station, including antennas of choice, at the licensed location in their license grants. Because we operate in the public interest and in protection of life and property in times of infrastructure failure organizations with no knowledge of the amateur service and whose only concern is an idealized, narrow-minded fantasy of aesthetics must be subservient to the public service interests of the amateur service and the FCC.

One area on which the league should focus should be attracting younger people into the Amateur Service. Finding ways to cooperate with the public school system to establish radio clubs and use amateur radio in the classroom as a teaching tool should be one goal. School children will willingly learn if they have fun doing it. Reaching into the college and university system is another area where youth can be enticed to become amateur radio licensees. Many colleges and Universities require completion of a project by their senior class, and amateur radio can provide a unique and rewarding outlet for this activity.

One of my goals is to see the ARRL VEC expedite the processing of Amateur Service License grant requests. By using electronic filing methods with the ARRL Headquarters these grants can be delivered to the FCC in a matter of days or even hours as opposed to the week or more currently needed because of the use of the postal service and paper forms. Although some privacy issues exist with electronic filing, the technology currently exists to provide sufficient protection of applicant personal information.

Finally, in the Southeast US we annually go through hurricane season, but our amateur participation in ARES and RACES is far from what it should be. The ARRL needs to spearhead an attitude of service to the public on the part of amateur radio licensees so that the public will always have a line of communications out of any disaster area.

I have been licensed for 49 years and currently serve Broward County as the ARES Emergency Coordinator and the Assistant RACES Officer. I also serve as a VE for both ARRL and Laurel VEC’s and I am the VE team lead for the Gold Coast club. Many times I have presented in front of radio clubs on a variety of topics from practical skills to theoretical topics and personal and psychological subjects. I serve on the board of directors of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association, and the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association. I also serve as an alumni advisor to the FAU Amateur Radio Club.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Broward College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing  from FAU and when I was medically forced to retire I was completing my Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics at University of Phoenix.

Regardless of who you vote for in this election, please be grateful that you have a choice and can restore this office to its necessary level of professionalism and integrity.


Jeff Stahl, K4BH
ARRL SE Division Vice-Director Candidate

DMR: Update to the AnyTone radios

Here are the instructions for applying the vocoder update to the AnyTone radios.

There is a new Firmware update posted for the AnyTone 878 named vn 1.14. within this update there is an update for the Baseband IC 3258 chip. This update also applies to the AnyTone 868 but has not been published on the 868 update site. The update applies changes to the vocoder and hopefully fixes some issues with coding and decoding of the digital signals. In order to get the update go to the following link CLICK HERE

If you have an 868 only do the baseband update from this file.The rest of the updates do not apply to the 868. You have to unzip the file and save it somewhere on your computer. Go to the baseband update folder and read and follow the instructions carefully to apply the update to the chip.


DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status

Summary: The new BRARA DMR Repeater and UHF Antenna were installed on Wednesday, July 31, and is operational for local communications on 442.875 MHz +5 MHz Offset (previous UHF repeater frequencies) with Color Code 1 (CC-1), Time Slot 2 (TS-2), Talk Group 311037 (TG-311037). Connection to Brandmeister is still pending (non-operational).

Details: On Tuesday, June 30, the Motorola SLR5700 DMR Repeater was programmed by Jerry Zaza. The repeater is Brandmeister repeat number 311037 and the local talk group was programed to be 311037. He tested local communication between two handhelds on TS-2 TG-311037, tested the connection to Brandmeister with the Ethernet connection, made sure the repeater would work locally even without an Ethernet connection, and made sure the repeater was broadcasting an analog CW ID every 10 minutes. After testing, which required a low power setting, he set the power setting back to maximum. Robert Eng picked up the DMR repeater and the Ethernet Microwave Antenna from Jerry for installation the next day.

On Wednesday, July 31, at 9:00 AM, Art Lewis, Gerry Gawaldo, and Robert Eng met at the BRARA shack and picked up the new UHF 4-element folded dipole antenna and transported it to the repeater site.

On Wednesday, July 31, at 10:00 AM, the team of Art Lewis, Lewis Lehman, Gerry Gawaldo, Grant Baron, Pablo Solsona, and Robert Eng met at the repeater site at the One Park Place building at the northwest corner of Yamato Road and I-95. The following was performed:

1. The new UHF antenna, tools, and the Microwave antenna were lifted by rope to the roof (top level) of the building. They had to be roped up because it was impossible to bring them up the vertical ladder which leads up to the roof.

2. The old UHF repeater antenna was removed. The mounting nuts were relatively easy to remove (ie they were not frozen).

3. The new UHF antenna was installed in same place as the old antenna using the existing hardware. SWR of new antenna was checked with a Rig Expert AA-600 Antenna Analyzer. SWR was around 1.2. The new antenna was connected to the existing coax cable. The new antenna has a male N connector and the existing cable had a female N connector. Connection was sealed with black tape.

4. The existing Ethernet cable was identified and tested with an Ethernet Cable tester. All 4 pairs and the shield of the cable tested OK.

5. Internet Microwave Antenna was mounted on the bottom of the UHF antenna mask slightly above the edge of the wall around the roof. Ethernet cable was attached. Antenna was leveled and pointed towards FAU.

6. Old UHF antenna and tools were lowered from roof using rope.

7. DMR Repeater was installed in repeater rack. Repeater transmit and receiver ports were hooked to duplexer. The transmit port were both N connectors but the receiver port required a female N to male BNC adapter (repeater receiver port is a female BNC).

8. Ethernet cable from Microwave Antenna was hooked to POE power supply, then cabled to an Ethernet Switch. The LAN1 port of the repeater was also connected to the Ethernet Switch.

9. Repeater was powered on. Gerry Gawaldo had a DMR handheld programmed for CC-1, TS-2, Talk Groups (TG) 1, 2, 9, and 311037. Found that Talk Groups 1, 2, 311037 made the repeater respond (transmit LEDs on front panel of repeater lit) but TG-9 had no response. Do not test actual voice communication because we only had one DMR radio.

Sometime on Wednesday afternoon, it appeared the repeater stopped working. Robert Eng could not get his CS800D at home to handshake with the repeater (getting Call Failed message) and Gerry Gawaldo could not longer contact the repeater with the same radio he used when we tested the repeater after installation.

On Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 AM, Art Lewis, Lewis Lehman, and Robert Eng went back to the repeater site to check the DMR repeater. The red alarm LED was lit, and it obviously had shutdown. Added a right angle adapter to the top of the repeater rack to relieve strain on coax going to antenna. Measured transmit power of DMR repeater – was about 50 watts when keyed up. Measured SWR of antenna plus coax (where coax connects to duplexer) and SWR was 1.3. Tested communication between two DMR handhelds on TG 311037 both near the repeater and outside in parking lot and voice communication works OK.

The Internet connection portion at the repeater site should be complete (other than the antenna aiming may need to be refined). The FAU portion of the Internet connection still needs to be completed in order for the connection to Brandmeister to work.

If I forgot or misstated something, please feel free to correct me. As one gets older, the memory starts to fail.

A million thanks to everyone that helped with this effort to get the DMR repeater up and running. Greatly appreciate your time, effort, and expertise.


Robert Eng W1ENG


DMR: Pi-Star – How to upgrade vn4.1 rc from earlier versions

How to upgrade to the latest vn4.1 rc from earlier versions of Pi-Star. The new version is designed to work on all versions of the RPI boards from a Pi zero up to the latest Pi 4 boards. It became necessary due to the release version of Linux changing and the new features of the new Pi 4 boards.

First you must backup your current pistar configuration. In order to then upgrade you will have to download from the pistar website the latest version ( beta version as of now ) of the software. You will then have to reformat an SD card and then burn the image to the SD card. After that is done copy the backed up configuration zip file to the root directory of the SD card. At this point you can place the SD card into your hotspot and boot it up. It will take several minutes for the hotspot to complete the upgrade and then you will be able to log into it. If you had changed the password from raspberry to something else it will be returned to raspberry as that is one of a few fields that is not saved in a backup. At this point do an SSH login in and do a sudo pistar-upgrade to load that latest upgrades. After that is done do a sudo pistar-update to get the latest updates to the Linux and any pistar binaries that have been updated since the image file was created. Now you can look at the fields on the admin page and the configuration page and make sure any fields you changed but were not backed up are made correct.


QSL Report: Aug 2019

New DXCC this month
Trinidad & Tobago (9Y) 6m, Digital; Portugal (CT) 6m; Canary Islands (EA8) 6m; Ireland (EI) 6m; Isle of Man (GD) 6m, Digital; Scotland (GM) 6m; Wales (GW) 6m; Dominican Republic (HI) 6m, Digital; Colombia (HK) 6m, Digital; Sardinia (IS0) 6m, Digital; Puerto Rico (KP4) 6m; Belgium (ON) 6m; Greenland (OX) Digital; Brazil (PY) 6m; Costa Rica (TI) 6m; Ukraine (UR) 6m; Mexico (XE) 6m; New Zealand (ZL) 20m, Digital.

New WAS this month
CO, 80m Digital; IN, 40m Digital; KY, 80m Digital; MD, 40m Digital, 80m Digital; MT, 40m Digital; NC, 15m Digital, 80m Digital; ND, 80m Digital; NH, 40m Digital; NJ, 80m Digital; OH, 80m Digital; NV, 6m Digital; OR, 40m Phone; SC, 80m Digital; TX, 80m Digital; VA, 80m Digital; WV, 40m Digital. Need NM, SD, and WY on 10m for 5BWAS.

New VUCC this month
DL99; DM26; EJ79; EK09; EL08; FJ34; FJ92; FK49; FK58; FK68; FK90; IL18; IM68; IN50; IO53; IO72; IO74; IO75; IO84; JM49; JM76; JN55; JN61; JO21; KN77

New WAZ this month
Z6, Digital; Z11, 6m; Z16, 6m; Z32, 20m (Digital); Z33, 6m, 20m (Digital); Z40, 17m (Digital)

180 (+1) QSLs have been received from our 2012 Field Day activity.
192 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2013 Field Day activity.
267 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2014 Field Day activity.
299 (+2) QSLs have been received from our 2015 Field Day activity.
171 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2016 Field Day activity.
281 (+1) QSLs have been received from our 2017 Field Day activity.
469 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2018 Field Day activity.
214 (+214) QSLs have been received from our 2019 Field Day activity.



Field Day 2019: Visit by Commissioner Weinroth

On June 22 2019, Commissioner Weinroth visited with members of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association at their annual Amateur Radio “Field Day” at the West Delray Regional Park as part of the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise. Field Day is a showcase for how amateur radio (also known has ham radio) works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio.

Jerry.Z W4BFL, Bruce KO4XL, Commissioner Weinroth, Michael Siegel W2RT

DMR: Pi-Star Firmware upgrade for mmdvm HS hat flash by Al Af4FA

Revised: 23-July 2019

If you have a different modem board you need to adjust the commands to those for your particular board using the list at the bottom.

– open your pi-star admin dashboard in a web browser
– go to configuration
– go to expert
– go to SSH-Access
– log on (user pi-star + your password)
– type “sudo service mmdvmhost stop” press enter
– type “sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_hat” press enter
– confirm by pressing any key (last chance to back out by pressing CTRL-C here)
– wait till you get the message that flashing is complete,then press any key to reboot
– open your pi-star dashboard in a web browser again
– go to configuration and scroll down and

See if the Modem connected. If yes you are done. If no continue.

– go to expert
– go to SSH-Access
– log on (user pi-star + your password)
– type “sudo service mmdvmhost start” press enter
– type “exit” press enter
– done
– If Modem still does not connect then
– open your pi-star dashboard in a web browser
– click on Admin
– go to configuration and at the bottom click on configure wifi and if the ssid shown is correct click on save(and connect) and exit.

The modem should connect and the IP address should show on the screen and the status should show interface is up in green.

You have completed the upgrade.

ZUMspot board connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-zumspotflash rpi

MMDVM_HS_Hat board with 14.7456 MHz TCXO connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_hat

MMDVM_HS_Hat board with 12.288 MHz TCXO connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_hat-12mhz

MMDVM_HS_DUAL_Hat board with 14.7456 TCXO connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_dual_hat

MMDVM_HS_DUAL_Hat board with 12.288 TCXO connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_dual_hat-12mhz

Nano Hat board connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-vyehsflash nano_hs

HS_DUAL_HAT (VR2VYE) connected to GPIO:
pistar-vyehsflash hs_dual_hat

NanoDV NPi board:
sudo pistar-nanodvflash pi

NanoDV USB board:
sudo pistar-nanodvflash usb

BD7KLE/BG3MDO devices:
sudo pistar-mdoflash

ZUMspot duplex board connected to GPIO:
sudo pistar-zumspotflash rpi_duplex

ZUMspot USB key:
sudo pistar-zumspotflash usb

USB-connected Libre Modem:
sudo pistar-zumspotflash libre

DMR: Adjusting the offset by Al AF4FA

Most of the boards lately have required adjusting the offset to function properly on DMR. Many boards are shipped with a sticker on the bottom with the required offset.

These are usually pretty close. There is however a way to get this more exact and specific to your radio. Luckily there is a utility built in to Pi Star that enables you to tune your offset.

All it requires is pen and paper, a calculator and a little time.

Step one is to gain ssh access to your Pi. The easiest way to do this is go to “Configuration” then click “Expert” then “SSH Access” and log in with pistar and your password.

First, set your radio to 433.000mHz Talk Group 1 and Color Code 1 TS 1.

Next, use the command in SSH to start mmdvmcal “sudo pistar-mmdvmcal” then press “b” to start the BER tuning program.

1.Press the PTT on your radio for about 1 second. Then unkey.
2.If no BER response or a high response press the “F” key to raise the frequency and repeat step 1 until you get the smallest BER you can.

If you get to more than 1.5kc from the starting frequency without seeing a BER response or if the BER keeps increasing press “Q” and start the program over and press “f” instead of “F” and repeat steps 1 and 2 lowering the frequency until you get the smallest BER you can achieve.

At this point you can change the frequency step to a lower increment by using the “Z’ key and entering a lower step (50 or 25 or 10) and go back to step 1 to see how much lower you can get by using the “F” and/or “f” keys.

When you are satisfied with the BER then do the following.

However far off you are from the starting frequency of 433mHz is what your RXOffset should be set to plus or minus.