One of my latest projects is to create a radio repeater controller using a low cost small board computer. This project is going to be open source allowing anyone to get it and modify it in any way they want.
In fact, our core started out as svxlink, an open source repeater controller. This software was a little too limited and did not easily allow for the expansion like we wanted so we have changed our core software. Everything is still open source.
More new features like usage statistics and graphs will also be added. We can also control multiple repeaters from a cloud interface.
Designed like a Swiss Army Knife where each "blade" has a different function that it can be used for, The Open Repeater Project has "blades" that can be turned on. Here is just a small sample of the different things it can do:
- Basic repeater operation.
- Connect any analog repeater to Echolink.
- Connect any analog repeater to Allstar.
- Can be used as an Echolink and/or Allstar Hotspot or gateway
- It is not limited by software as to the number of repeaters it can control at one time, the limitation is the hardware performance.
- It can run a D-star repeater or hotspot. Like the analog repeater, it can control more than one at a time, the limitation is the hardware speed.
- It has the ability to be a Fusion, DMR or D-Star repeater using the MMDVM board.
- It has HSMM also known as Hammnet which is an option to connect the device to the internet.
- It has the software to control a DV4Mini for a hotspot for DMR, Fusion or P25.
- It can be a APRS Gateway and/or an APRS Digipeater.
- Packet radio as either a BBS, communication tool or it can be used for remote control of the repeater.
That is the short list!
For the latest details on this project, visit the openrepeaterproject.com