I’ve been lucky enough to work with a group that is dabbling in some interesting technology. The MRS (Manitoba Repeater Society) – are working with Sierra Radio Systems with their beta RoIP device. An rather interesting set of components compliments this setup.
A nice backplane to host the expansion cards. A hosting ratio CPU board, a couple of radio interface controlling units and a new beta interface board. This spiffy little guy is a unique merging of tech – it uses a beagle board (black) as the primary computing platform – which in itself is quite the unit for experimenting with! add a custom codec chipset and away we go. The idea here is to provide a means to control the repeater systems remotely, automatically, scheduled events etc as well as providing a back-channel of VoIP connectivity to the main repeater systems. All with standard open-source components/software. I’ve got a fair bit of background with using/administering asterisk servers, so this is a nature interest.
I’ve got the unit up and running and on-line. Will be very interesting to get this interfaced with the spare repeater Derek VE4HAY has and test this new mode out!
73, Dan ve4drk