Update Your DMR MMDVM Raspberry Pi Hotspot Running Pi-Star

Well I let my software get outdated and things changed with BrandMeister, so I had a lot of catching up to do. Things moved quickly over the summer.

If you have been following me you probably saw this post a while back, Digital Mobile Radio DMR MMDVM Hotspot Jumbo Spot. It’s still valid, but here are some necessary updates and upgrades.

Update Your DMR Hotspot Pi-Star and your Firmware

The easiest way is to click on “Update” in your Pi-Star Dashboard. After that completes, click on the “Expert” and you see “Upgrade”. Use it to upgrade. When that’s done you will probably have to upgrade your firmware.

(Note: This FW update is for the hotspot I purchased on E-bay. See the previous post mentioned above.) Here is the link I used to update my firmware, “Updating hotspot firmware via Pi-Star”. On that page, go down to #3 and run the command “sudo pistar-mmdvmhshatflash hs_hat” from the SSH console. You can get to the SSH console from the Expert menu.

BrandMeister 3102

Things have changed here. I let things go for too long (6 months). To update your DMR hotspot you’ll need a BrandMeister account and a password for your local hotspot. Here’s a video from Brandmeister I used, How to setup your BrandMeister Hotspot Security Password.

At the end of the video he doesn’t say how he got his hotspot to appear under his “My Hotspots” heading. Be patient, it will show up after you complete setting up a password and enter that password into you Pi-Star software.

BrandMeister account info

Update Your DMR

That should do it. Everything is up-to-date and working for me now. These are my configuration settings below.

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Mark Rowell
1 year ago

I have two MMDVMs using a Raspberry Pi Zero with top hat. I got one working then it quit so I bought another thinking I did something to make it fail. Now both are unable to find my Wi-Fi routers so I reloaded the software with no joy. I was so frustrated that I put them on a shelf until I can muster the energy to start the battle again. I will take another look at the links you have to set these up guys up. Thanks for providing these very helpful links.

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