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Just an aside:
I used to use a hardware vocoder for AMBE. I can't tell the
difference between hardware and software. Yes, you'll definitely
want hardware for D-Star. That's currently covered by the
transcoders on my XLX reflector, not DVSwitch itself, since I
don't use it to connect to D-Star directly, at least for now. This
will be changing at some point.
On 6/5/2021 7:53 AM, Steve N4IRS wrote:
All of the .ini files can be edited. The dvs menu is intended to
make it easier to use. All of the programs and .ini files are in
/opt For example, MMDVM_Bridge is in /opt/MMDVM_Bridge and all of
the configuration files are in the same directory. Pretty much a
self contained unit. Feel free to ask questions so that we can
help you get setup. Yes, you can tell DVSwitch to use the software
vocoder at first and switch to hardware later. I suggest you not
use D-Star without the hardware vocoder. it sounds really bad on
TX and RX with software.
Hope this helps,
On 6/5/21 7:46 AM, Justin Mann via
I've just downloaded the latest dvswitch image, flashed it to an
SD card, and put it on a pi. So far so good. However, I'd
rather edit the .ini files Ineed by hand instead of using the
menus, because when I look at the menus, using voiceover on the
mac, I hear:
Vertical box, vertical box, vertical box, vertical box, vertical
box, 1 "insert menuchoice" vertical box drawing,, vertical box
drawing, vertical box drawing, vertical box drawing, vertical
box drawing, vertical box drawing
After I've made the desired menu choice I hear:
Vertical box down right, vertical box down right, vertical box
down right, graphic, graphic, graphic, graphic, "insert submenu,
I hope you get the picture. This is in no way the fault of those
of you who have developed DV-switch, this is the result of
voiceover, the screen reader that I use on the Mac, not having
enough smarts to deal with the emulated graphics. Is there a
way I can edit the necessary files I need for my installation
straight from Terminal using something like nano?
I tried poking around in Terminal, when I logged in to the pie
using ssh, however I can't find them. Where are they located?
I have all my information, DMR ID, CCS7 ID, Callsign, lat/lon
Second is there an html version of the installation guide? That
would make it a whole lot easier to read straight from my
computer, instead of having to export the file, converted to
something else, etc.
Third, I'm going to install it now, without a Vocoder, and just
use the software version. I'm assuming that it should not be
too hard to go back, and tell DV-switch that I do have a vocoder
in the future?
Finally, I'm looking at the installation instructions for
installing DV-switch on a mac, and you indicate where to
download the Pyuc files from, explain that it will unzip to a
specific directory, and recommend that users move it to a
different directory, by indicating that the directory should
look like this:
What is that suggested path? I can't tell that from the pdf.
Thanks so much, I look forward to playing with this in some
All the best,