Hamshack Hotline has decided that it is not practical to keep 2 experimental servers in operation. We will be ‘sun-setting’ the HHX server on July 31st, 2023. We will only be continuing to maintain the HHUX experimental server going forward.
Category: Latest News
March 2023 News!
Polycom VVX-500 Now Announced As A Supported Endpoint
We are happy to announce the addition of the Polycom VVX-500 as the latest supported endpoint to the Hamshack Hotline lineup of supported phones!
February 2023 News!
As February draws close to an end, Hamshack Hotline has a few announcements for our users.
First, we are announcing a new supported endpoint. The Polycom VVX-350 is now the latest in our lineup of supported endpoints that can be used on the HH network and can be auto-provisioned!
Also, with the generous help of many HH users who are also AllStar node owners, we have found a solution to the annoying sms messages that are being broadcast from many of the AllStar nodes that have RF 94xxx extensions with us.
These sms messages may not actually be displayed on your phones screen, depending on your settings, but a lot of newer model phones that are “SMS RFC-Compliant” will drop calls after receiving an sms, anywhere between 30 and 45 seconds into the call.
The reason is not important. What is important is that, with the help of you, our user base, we now have a solution and will make sure new RF stations are compliant before being issued an RF extension with us. We will also be working with the current RF extension holders that are broadcasting sms beacons, to help them correct the issue so no more calls get dropped.
We ask that you please be patient with this last process as tracking down all the current owners of nodes transmitting sms beacons on HH connections will be pretty time consuming.
Bill, de KG6BAJ
Bill introduced to curb limits on restrictions on private land use for amateurs – H.R. 9670
CQ CQ CQ!!! IMPORTANT: All hams need to support this newly introduced bill in the house. We need to strike hard and fast and maintain support for this bill! Even if you don’t live in an HOA, you really need to support the bill for the benefit of the hobby as a whole. Nearly all new housing starts are in HOA communities nowadays and this affects Hams that purchase homes in such neighborhoods. Some hams don’t have a choice (like me) as we moved due to job relocation and were under a tight timeline to complete our move. Our only options were homes in HOA neighborhoods.
Read about it here: https://www.arrl.org/news/rep-bill-johnson-introduces-bill-to-eliminate-private-land-use-restrictions-on-amateur-radio
Welcome 2023 !
Well, it’s a new year and we have new things happening. At the top of the list we now officially support the Polycom VVX410 model phone. At the end of last year we added a few more supported endpoints as well and we are always looking to add more models to our supported endpoint lineup.
Next, some of you may have seen the new 84xxx extension numbers that are now being assigned to a new release of RF devices, called “Arduino”. Before Arduino we only had the capability to add AllStar nodes to our RF lineup, as they were Asterisk based systems and merged into our PBX system very gracefully.
To understand Arduino, think of it more like running an EchoLink node, where you have a computer with an internet connection running the EchoLink software, and some sort of radio control box, like maybe a Rig-Blaster. Hooked to one side of the Rig-Blaster box was a cable running to the computer, and on the other side was a cable running to the transmitter mic & audio ports.
With Arduino, you can use a standard ATA VOIP unit, like a Cisco SPA-112, or SPA-2102 and do the same thing. The Arduino controller box would wire into the transmitter, and also plug into the ATA’s RJ-11 phone port. When a user calls the RF extension number of the ATA device, the Arduino unit can pull the line “off hook” and answer the call.
One of the more exciting features of the Arduino setup, is that depending on certain model radios, you can also use DTMF to change channels in the radio. So if your radio supported different bands, using DTMF, you could select one channel that might be a two-meter repeater channel or select a different channel that was a 70-centimeter channel. And if your radio had 50 channels programmed into it, callers now can use any of those 50 channels. Amazing to say the least.
We also have some new support staff coming on board to help ensure we can handle support tickets as fast as possible. We know a bunch of you must have gotten new voip phones for Christmas and can’t wait to get your new extension number!
As we introduce more and more features to the system, look for them to be announced here. We look forward to hearing from each of you soon.
73, de Bill, KG6BAJ
New RF Number Block
We will be adding a new RF number block(84xxx) for the Arduino RF Nodes.
These have Pros and Cons over AllStar nodes.
Pro: Can have multiple frequencies selected. Select-able via entering DTMF code to change channels.
Con: Only Supports one caller at a time.
Additional Supported End Points
We have added the following:
Fanvil X3SG, X5U, and X5U-R
Coming soon: Polycom VVX 410
Main Social Media will be Discord as of 9/4
All with the up and coming weeks, I will be asking you all to transition over to our Discord Social media platform. We here at HamShack Hotline have grown beyond any of our expectations. Our FB page will continue to as a community resource along with our official Discord. Also over the next couple of weeks I will be removing all non HH Helpdesk approved files from FB Files area( I will save on HD) and have HH Helpdesk approve or deny as appropriate when technically oriented. We are not attempting to stifle innovation, but rather streamline information pertaining to technical aspects of service so that our Helpdesk can serve you more efficently. Thank You for your understanding. Ken KA1EZH, President of HH
Help Desk Vacation
Be advised from July 1st through July 18th we will not be processing any Help Desk tickets, as our volunteers are taking a much needed break.
Thank You For your understanding
Line One Provisioning
Remember when you run provisioning script, HamShack Hotline will take over your line 1 position