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XG-100P with Pi-star hotspot

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I have my XG-100P set up for P25 on my uhf pi-star hotspot frequency. Since it is simplex that part was simple, NAC is 293 on both Tx and RX.

My hotspot was connected to the 10200 reflector and it saw about 6 different call signs in a 4 hour period, doesn't seem to be very active. Where is an active P25 reflector?

Can anyone advise how the XG-100P should be programed for correct operation?

Thanks in advance.
 

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P25

Above link has half of P25 groups. Alabama & TGIF most busy. Beyond that most of the TG are not busy like BM is.
 

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P25

Above link has half of P25 groups. Alabama & TGIF most busy. Beyond that most of the TG are not busy like BM is.
Thanks, I saw that list and the pi-star list, guess I'll keep trying different reflectors and playing with programming until I get it right.
 

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There is also the master list from PiStar directly: P25 Reflector List - pistar.uk

There isn't a huge amount of traffic unless it's linked to other modes. I would suggest using 10 Parrot to check your settings and see how you sound.
 

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There is also the master list from PiStar directly: P25 Reflector List - pistar.uk

There isn't a huge amount of traffic unless it's linked to other modes. I would suggest using 10 Parrot to check your settings and see how you sound.
For some reason the hotspot refuses to connect to any reflector today. Over the weekend I could connect to any reflector.

weird happening, my hotspot identifies me as W8XS and not WB4SQI when I transmit. Not sure where that is originating from.
 

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For some reason the hotspot refuses to connect to any reflector today. Over the weekend I could connect to any reflector.

weird happening, my hotspot identifies me as W8XS and not WB4SQI when I transmit. Not sure where that is originating from.
Check your ID in your radio. It should be 3139259 vs 3139252 (probably a typo). Also, if you ID is off, it could be blocking you from connecting because PiStar may be in private node mode.
 

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Check your ID in your radio. It should be 3139259 vs 3139252 (probably a typo). Also, if you ID is off, it could be blocking you from connecting because PiStar may be in private node mode.
That was it! I had 3139248 instead of 3139258. Hotspot identifies me now.

Next problem, I can't link to any reflectors today. Over the weekend I was able to link to several with no problem.
 

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Thanks, I saw that list and the pi-star list, guess I'll keep trying different reflectors and playing with programming until I get it right.

Try 858 San Diego

& 31078 Papa <!
 
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Update & upgrade pistar then reboot. Sometimes it hangs.

Are you trying to link/change TGs via the web or my changing TG on the radio? Does disconnect work and announce disconnected?
 

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I am running pi-star version 4.1.18 on two different hotspots (different freqs too). I am trying to establish a reflector link on both units but after sending a link request my Admin page shows unlinked. Neither one will link to tg10, parrot either. I have gone through the update process on both. Hotspots are PI zero W. Both worked well on DMR and D-star networks, no reason not to function on P25. They both recognize my radio on TG1.

I rebooted last night and both units defaulted to reflector 10201. After running for 12 hours they both showed some activity but it was sparse, less than 6 different callsigns. When I transmit to either hotspot they immediately unlink and admin page shows "not linked".

I just reconfigured one hotspot to 31010 and it shows linked but as soon as I transmit it will unlink. appreciate any help.....
 

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There is a bug where the status/admin page shows "not linked" but you are still linked to whichever TG you were previously linked to. Have you checked your BER/tuned the hotspot?
 

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No, my BER is between 1 and 2%. I'll dig up the tuning instructions and take a look. Good to know about the bug, thanks for that.

But, to my surprise I have been listening to the Papa reflector for the last couple of hours. Good to know that at least one of the hotspots is working.

Any reflectors on this end of the country with activity?
 

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I have my XG-100P set up for P25 on my uhf pi-star hotspot frequency. Since it is simplex that part was simple, NAC is 293 on both Tx and RX.

My hotspot was connected to the 10200 reflector and it saw about 6 different call signs in a 4 hour period, doesn't seem to be very active. Where is an active P25 reflector?

Can anyone advise how the XG-100P should be programed for correct operation?

Thanks in advance.
P-25 via a Hotspot do we need to PTT like 10200 with our XG100P to activate it?
 

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P-25 via a Hotspot do we need to PTT like 10200 with our XG100P to activate it?
Yes, PTT to link is required. I do vaguely remember there was a bug I noticed that you have to PTT twice to get the voice announcement it was linked, but it would be linked the first time.
 

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Update: Shut down one of my Pi zero hotspots and upgraded a Pi 3B with latest pi-star firmware. Moved both closer to my router and have been able to link to Alabama and North America talkgroups. Overnight monitoring shows some activity but nothing like D-star 30C. I now believe that my wifi signal to the hotspots was not consistently strong enough to establish links.

My initial conclusion is that the amateur community doesn't support P25 as well as other amateur modes, likely due to the lack of easily accessible equipment. Maybe if B-tech and Anytone offered P25 radios activity would pick up.
 

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Update: Shut down one of my Pi zero hotspots and upgraded a Pi 3B with latest pi-star firmware. Moved both closer to my router and have been able to link to Alabama and North America talkgroups. Overnight monitoring shows some activity but nothing like D-star 30C. I now believe that my wifi signal to the hotspots was not consistently strong enough to establish links.

My initial conclusion is that the amateur community doesn't support P25 as well as other amateur modes, likely due to the lack of easily accessible equipment. Maybe if B-tech and Anytone offered P25 radios activity would pick up.
A lot of lightly used P25 monoband radios have made it to the used market if one knows where to look.

Based on specs, the Btech/Anytone dual bander is just as good as radios produced 10 years ago for commercial monoband purposes.
 

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I have a good P25 radio, just trying to become active with that mode. I have a Btech DMR dual bander but haven't turned it on for months.
D-star has been my favorite for 6 months but after acquiring a Harris commercial radio I thought it's time to check out P25.

Now that I have my radio correctly programmed it works very well on the pi-star hotpot.

Thanks to all who responded with help.
 
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