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

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

Using other VOIP services with Hamshack Hotline

We here at Hamshack Hotline are very greatful for your subscription to our service, and we are glad we encourage your exploration of PBX and VOIP. However with that being said, when using other services please use your venders technical support. HH Helpdesk will NOT give you any support on issues created by a third service vendor. Also if your system interferes with HH in anyway your service will be terminated. Thank you for your understanding.

Reaching Out

I just thought I would take this time to reach out to everyone, and to thank all who have and are making HamShack Hotline a success! We have grown leaps and bounds over the last several years. None of us at HamShack Hotline ever envisioned this to take off as it has. It is amazing to see all the excitement and energy that so many of you have brought to the table, to promote HamShack Hotline on your own! I have really noticed an uptick of activity here on FB, but would encourage the use of our Mattermost platform, for in depth discussions and technical speak on HH and PBX, and general communications in general. Over the last several years I have been taking care of the Website, and Social media aspects. I started to dabble into the YouTube side of things, as I enjoy photography and videography. However I have noticed much better talent among our membership, who I think would be better at creating interesting videos for Hamshack Hotline? I am trying to up the quality of promotion, and education of all things HamShack Hotline, and things pertaining to it and PBX systems. I am looking for a volunteer who might be up for the challenge.Please email me at [email protected] 73Ken KA1EZH