Under the Talk Group listing, there’s a list of (1) talk groups available on Phoenix-F for hotspots as well as (2) reflectors that can be used.
There are a variety of tutorials online which will guide you to setup hotspots that use the Pi-Star software, a good one is by Toshen, KE0FHS (https://amateurradionotes.com/pi-star.htm). Once your device is connected to the internet (via Wi-Fi or LAN), then you need to do the setup – go to the “Configuration” menu on the top right – this then presents you with various sections to be setup. To connect your Pi-Star hotspot to Phoenix UK, under the Configuration Settings is a section called “DMR Configuration“.
Select the DMR Master “DMR+_IPSC2-PhoenixF” server (this is the hotspot server for the Phoenix Network). You can check that you are connected as well as this server’s activity and any static reflectors/talk groups (as discussed below) by going to http://phoenix-f.opendmr.net/ipsc/
You can them setup the “DMR Options” – this allows you to setup static talk groups or a default reflector. A string in this field would look similar to this “StartRef=4xxx;RelinkTime=xx;UserLink=x;TS2_x=xxx” (x represents a variable based on the option you decide to use).
Remember, that you don’t want too much activity as this will result in difficulties connecting to other reflectors/talk groups as not all operators leave a few seconds gap before overs which is important to allow others to connect to a different reflector/talk group.
You can review the reflector and talk group list for Phoenix here – http://www.dmr-uk.net/index.php/layout/
StartRef= 4xxx → desired StartReflector (4000 → no StartReflector)
RelinkTime= Time in minutes after which the StartRef is connected again (after a manual change of reflector by user)
UserLink= Users are not allowed to switch reflectors (0) / Users are allowed to switch reflectors (1)
TS1_1= first statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 1 – eg: TS1_1=235
TS1_2= second statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 1 – eg: TS1_2=80
TS1_9= ninth statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 1 …..
TS2_1= first statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 2 – eg: TS2_1=801
TS2_2= second statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 2 – eg: TS2_2=810
TS2_9= ninth statically booked talkgroup in timeslot 2 …..
To setup Ref 4400 (links to TG235 UK Wide) as static and a relink time of 60 minutes, the options would be “StartRef=4400;RelinkTime=60;UserLink=1”, noting that you do not have to include the “TS2_x=xxx” part as you are not setting up a static talk group.
To setup TG235 as static (and no default reflector) the options would be “StartRef=4000;RelinkTime=60;UserLink=1;TS1_1=235” – Ref 4000 is “disconnect” so if you choose to use a reflector, it will disconnect after 60 minutes of no local RF activity and not link to a default.
In the DV4mini control panel software, click on the “Expert Settings” tab and under “Choose nearest DMR Master:” select Phoenix-F.
From the DVControl tab you can then select “DV4mini Settings” DMR+, and from the TS2 Reflector list select “4404” for access to TG83.
Log into the web interface and select the “Connectors” tab. Select DMR+. From the Server list, select “Phoenix-F”. More details can be found here.