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Tim Gray
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Well my foray into DMR came to an abrupt end.

If you buy a TYT-MD380 DMR radio do NOT update it's firmware or try any of the hacked firmware. These things can brick easily and never come back. the firmware loading software is really hokey and is known to fail badly on some computers.

I now have a nice radio shaped $95 paperweight.
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It's thursday. Time to get freaky.
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Episode 5 is up! Will Doc be able to save charley's life and her leg? Can GUY ever recover from Will's music choices? 
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Keep up the good work Tim.
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Ham Radio: DMR versus D-Star and why I am going to D-star and hoping DMR becomes cracked wide open by ham operators.
Ok I dipped my toes in the digital ham radio world for local repeaters.  I bought a TYT MD-380 DMR radio for $95 and programmed it in my home town where even the analog 440 repeaters are dead and turned off.  But one town over has a couple of DMR repeaters ...
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Any Example audio so we can hear the difference?
Last night I got around to installing my own LASERBEAM filter into my FT-817 and it works like a champ! This will be a great addition to the radio, especially now that the stock filters are becoming hard to come by. In case...
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A pro tip for all integration companies out there. do not cheap out on your programmers laptop. Buy them the best you can get and the FASTEST you can get.

The number of hours wasted by me on this low end garbage lenovo is now at the point that they would have saved money buying me a $3000 top of the line dell mobile workstation.

Pay the money now and reap the benefits over the life of the laptop, or pay for it over and over and over again with the time wasted by your programmers having to screw around with low end junk.
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You don't like driving back and forth to lunch during 1 compile?
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So sad that the Michigan DMR repeaters do not follow any standard with DMR-MARC nor do they support the World Wide or North America links. Kind of makes the Michigan DMR repeaters useless.

Hopefully someone will put up a DMR-MARC network repeater around here that is configured properly. Talking on North America or WorldWide is awesome and any repeater on the DMR-MARC repeater network that does not enable it is really wasting the repeater.
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Sena 20S helmet communication and intercom system review
I have been watching the Sena 20S for a couple of years now.  I was ready to replace my aging headset for a while but stopped pulling the trigger on a Sena due to the flood of complaints about failures from the early adopters.  Well this year Sena fixed the...
I have been watching the Sena 20S for a couple of years now. I was ready to replace my aging headset for a while but stopped pulling the trigger on a Sena due to the flood of complaints about failures from the early adopters...
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Episode 5 is out! should already be up on iTunes and Google Play as well!
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I try yet again to want to get back into ham radio, and walk away sad.
I am having fun with HF QRP portable.  The technical challenges are most of the fun and PSK31 makes it entertaining..   But once again this weekend and I turn on my tri band FM rig in the car and listen to the repeaters while I drive.... and it's silent. No...
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I think you are looking in the wrong places for hams, +Tim Gray.  The CW portions of the bands are full of new and old hams, fast and slow fists, and many willing to accommodate communications at any skill level. The hobby is teeming with clubs and groups offering sprints, meet-ups, fun contests, etc., and many of the groups share their operating environment, plans for operating, and work together to ensure successful outings. If you are a straight key fan, the SKCC seems to have endless contests, and about half the CQs I hear are for SKCC contacts. NAQCC offers monthly sprints, and there are SOTA, NPOTA, and RaDAR groups that are always looking for members to participate. I enjoy a monthly two-hour sprint on second Saturdays operating from a little lake near my home, and the KX1 doesn't look too bad sitting on an end table. I can send and receive CW with headphones on and no one knows I am even on the air. I know you guys know all of this, but I wouldn't let 2M, or even PSK, define ham radio. QRP, kits, home brew antennas...It's all fun, and about 100% more engaging and challenging than hitting the local repeater. I pulled the 2M out of the truck ten years ago when I heard a local ham ask for a smokie report. I am glad I got into the hobby without needing to learn CW, but learning it renewed the interest in the hobby for me, and I doubt if I ever have a 2M rig in the car again. 73. N0SHU
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Did you know that if you sell something on ebay, the buyer can claim it's broken up to 45 days later and force you to pay for shipping back and give them a full refund?

I have been a Ebayer from day 1 with them, I will be closing my account completely on ebay once this is all over.

#ebay #sucks
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I think it changed in the past year or so. but even marking your auction as "no returns" means all they have to do is claim it is "broken" and a return is forced on you. if you do not accept the return, ebay will take the money from you and give it back to the buyer and they keep the item.

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Even more busy. How about more money in projectors than a BMW i8
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Crestron Master Programmer
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  • Central Interconnect
    Crestron Master Programmer, 2010 - present
  • Premier Audio and Images
    Crestron Master Programmer, 2004 - 2010
  • Comcast, AT&T, TCI Cable,
    IS/IT Manager, 1999 - 2004
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Muskegon, MI - Mecosta, MI - Grand Rapids, MI - nome, Alaska
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I've been a technology guy for all my life.  My father taught me algebra and Electronics starting at 8 years old. I build my own projects (solar panel sun tracker) at 10 and learned about computers and their power.  My father gave me my first computer at age 11, (Kim-1, I had to build it to make it work) and learned assembly language as my first programming language. Went through the Vic-20, C64, Co-co, Ti-99a, etc until the IBM PCjr  hit the scene when I was in high school. Until then I was content with the Altair 8080 that the school had and the TRS-80 model 3 computers  It all escalated from there.  I always enjoy tech, and dreamed of the automated home forever.  Crestron gear gives me a hand firmly in that automated future world I dreamed of. 

Today I program Executive board rooms, Conference rooms, Entire Buildings, homes, and theaters using a multitude of technologies.   Still use my computer programming and electronics and enjoy a LOT of I.T. work and I.T. and I.S. consulting on the side.  This stuff is second nature to me, and I really do enjoy it. I am happiest when I have a challenge in front of me.
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Crestron Certtified Lighting Programmer, Hand restored a motorcycle, published photographer, published videographer.
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  • Michigan State University
    Chemistry, Microbiology, 1993 - 1997
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Electronics Engineering, 1988 - 1991
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This is what Service should be. Do not hesitate to use these guys for your BMW service. They are better than the dealer in both price and quality of work. Only drawback is that you have to schedule service a ways out as they are incredibly popular due to their fair and honest pricing and exceptional quality of work.
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Mediocre food at extremely high prices. $57.00 for breakfast for 3, Bacon is $2.00 a slice, a small 8 ounce orange juice is $4.00 for food service bagged bulk. The atmosphere is nice, but it is very overpriced for the food quality. Many smaller mom and pops will be $20 less and offer better food. I will say the cinnamon roll is absolutely delicious and worth the $5.00 but the standard coffee at $2.50 a cup tastes like food service bulk that I get at work and most definitely not a premium coffee that anyone would enjoy.
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super slow. rude wait staff. don't bother stopping here unless you have 2 hours to wait for your food.
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The employees here think everything is a race and try to make the sandwich so fast that you get a smashed mess. If you want a Smashed gooey mess, then this is the place to go!
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$15.00 for a McDonalds quality lunch. The fries were cold and barely a half handful, the Bacon Cheese burger is a frozen patty that comes with two very tiny strips of pre-cooked bacon and a wilted piece of lettuce. no onion, no mayo, no nothing on it. and it came barely above room temperature as if they let it all sit for 20 minutes before serving. They need to make sure the fries are hot and plentiful for a high priced lunch. and use real fresh hamburger not frozen hockey pucks that are no better than a $2.00 fast food joint.
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Absolute best food in grand rapids.
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Dr Pierce was one of the best Family doctors around. He has passed away now and will be missed. I believe the office is closed now as he was the only doctor there.
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