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Re: Which hotspot to buy?

Harrison Fortier
 

Fran,

1. I use an OpenSpot 1 plugged in to the Ethernet in the shack and it has never failed. I primarily use it for DMR.

2. I have a cheap Chinese Jumbospot running Pi-Star that I use via WiFi on C4FM.

3. I have a real Zumspot board on a Bluetooth board no raspberry pi. I use this for mobile and and portable work. I connect by Bluetooth to my iPhone and run the BlueDV app. It works great on all modes.

Okay so that is what I have. I usually just use RF to the local repeaters when I want to use D-Star but I could use anyone of the hot-spots.

There are micro usb to Ethernet adapters if you are using a Jumbospot or Zumspot in the shack and want to plug it in directly instead of WiFi.

If your looking for reliability go with the real Zumspots for HRO. Go to HRO and type in Zum in the search bar. It changes daily. They keep running out of the real boards.

There are some other great options like an OpenSpot 3 or a Bridgecom Skybridge but they are very pricey running around $300.00.

I'm a pretty cheap guy and have built all of mine except for my original OpenSpot.

I guess it really depends what you want to use if for. If your experimenting or just going to park it on a Reflector.

If your just going to leave it on the Reflector I would just go with the cheapo Chinese Jumbospot from a USA supplier on Ebay for about $45.00 and put it on your Raspberry Pi. If you want you can add the Nextion screen to have a really nice display to see who is on. Here is a good one cheap that a few of my friends bought and it works great. It also comes from NJ. MMDVM Hotspot Support P25 DMR YSF + Raspberry Pi +OLED +Antenna + Case +16G Card | eBay




On Saturday, October 3, 2020, 6:41:03 PM EDT, Fran Miele <w1fjm@...> wrote:


One of my DVMEGA's bit the dust. I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I DO NOT want an openspot and I don't want to be restricted to WIFI.  I haven't paid attention to what on the market so I am looking to our DSTAR community for advice. I'm even contemplating a VHF/UHF hotspot. I already have the Raspberry Pi 3 so I don't think I need that.

Please share your experiences.

Thanks
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: Which hotspot to buy?

Jess Girard
 

Hi Fran:

 

I’ve used Pi-Star devices for several years now. I have a couple of dvMega’s sitting atop Pi3’s; they work just fine.  I also have two ZumSpots which work just as well but require WiFi.  So if you’re looking for Ethernet my choice would be another dvMega.  I assume those are still available…?

 

I also have a  “ChinaSpot” like the ones sold on Amazon. It was a “mercy purchase”… a guy in our club couldn’t make it with his  DMR radio, and neither could several of us who know the tricks, so he offered it to me for $60.- and I said okyay.   It has an OLED.  After working for 3 years it died… and it wasn’t the SD card because I tried others and it’s just dead. But they are cheap, and for $50.- on Amazon it’s hard to justify another choice, but they don’t have an Ethernet connection.  You can put a Zum board atop a Pi3… I’ve done that and it works. Maybe that’s the cheapest approach given your Ethernet requirement.

 

73

Jess

 

From: main@CTDSTAR.groups.io <main@CTDSTAR.groups.io> On Behalf Of Fran Miele
Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:41 PM
To: main@CTDSTAR.groups.io
Subject: [CTDSTAR] Which hotspot to buy?

 

One of my DVMEGA's bit the dust. I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I DO NOT want an openspot and I don't want to be restricted to WIFI.  I haven't paid attention to what on the market so I am looking to our DSTAR community for advice. I'm even contemplating a VHF/UHF hotspot. I already have the Raspberry Pi 3 so I don't think I need that.

Please share your experiences.

Thanks
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: Which hotspot to buy?

K1MPR Mike
 

Hello Fran,

I feel you are doing a major disservice by not considering an openspot. I have an openspot2 and love it. Such an easy setup and so easy to use. The openspot3 is even better by allowing full cross-moding (dstar to DMR, dstar to C4FM, anything to anything). It’s also got an internal battery to take on the road and link to a cell phone for connectivity. Join the future and get an openspot. 

Good luck in your search,
Mike K1MPR

PS> ISS flyover west Hartford in 5 minutes!



On Oct 3, 2020, at 6:41 PM, Fran Miele <W1FJM@...> wrote:

One of my DVMEGA's bit the dust. I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I DO NOT want an openspot and I don't want to be restricted to WIFI.  I haven't paid attention to what on the market so I am looking to our DSTAR community for advice. I'm even contemplating a VHF/UHF hotspot. I already have the Raspberry Pi 3 so I don't think I need that.

Please share your experiences.

Thanks
--
Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: Which hotspot to buy?

KB1WCS
 

Hi Fran,

My first hotspot was a generic MMDVM w/screen + Pi Zero from Amazon for $50. I wasn’t expecting much, but as it turns out…it was an amazing deal. Works very well considering the price. I know you already have a Pi 3, but this is worth considering.

I got a ZUMspot w/1.3 OLED for a buddy. He got it from HRO for $160 + $15-ish for a case. It’s nice, but I’m not sure it’s worth 3x the price of the cheapo from Amazon. Again…comes with a Pi Zero.

I recently got an MMDVM Simplex board from N4BOC for $79. Unique feature of this is the Yageo ceramic antenna that sits nice and low on the PCB. This was attractive for me since my cats view all antennas as chew toys. Will probably add a small OLED to it.

Best deal might be to get the generic MMDVM from Amazon and put it on your Pi 3. Then use the Pi Zero for other tinkering. Or…the N3BOC board if the low profile antenna interests you.

- Chris, KB1WCS

On Oct 3, 2020, at 6:41 PM, Fran Miele <W1FJM@...> wrote:

One of my DVMEGA's bit the dust. I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I DO NOT want an openspot and I don't want to be restricted to WIFI.  I haven't paid attention to what on the market so I am looking to our DSTAR community for advice. I'm even contemplating a VHF/UHF hotspot. I already have the Raspberry Pi 3 so I don't think I need that.

Please share your experiences.

Thanks
--
Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Which hotspot to buy?

 

One of my DVMEGA's bit the dust. I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I DO NOT want an openspot and I don't want to be restricted to WIFI.  I haven't paid attention to what on the market so I am looking to our DSTAR community for advice. I'm even contemplating a VHF/UHF hotspot. I already have the Raspberry Pi 3 so I don't think I need that.

Please share your experiences.

Thanks
--
Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: Hamshack Hotline-Check it out

KC1NRF <josephvalenti3111@...>
 

My HH # is 5603
Thanks.

On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 6:39 PM Fran Miele <W1FJM@...> wrote:

Hamshack hotline web page

Several of us have started playing with this and it looks like it could be very promising. I have setup a conference bridge for CTSTAR (#405) It requires an access code. If you want it please respond to this message, with your Hamshack hotline number, requesting access.



You DO NOT need a hard phone to get started. YOU can use software on your cell.



If you want more info feel free to post a message here asking your question.

You can also search Google for add'l info



Here is a couple of videos:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAV6BAgKEAk&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8_kLKDWZmqU&usg=AOvVaw2Huqw91R50HhhFg6mIabhq

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAR6BAgKEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDXEngineering%2Fvideos%2Fhow-hamshack-hotline-works%2F411960116333107%2F&usg=AOvVaw2uPliqsttzRfqnec7rQfjM




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Re: Hamshack Hotline-Check it out

 

check your email

--Fran, W1FJM

HHUS 5618

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On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 6:44 PM Harrison Fortier via groups.io <w1haf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Fran,

This sounds interesting. I have Hamshack Hotline my number is 5472.

I would like to check it out.

Thanks,

Harrison
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, 6:39:58 PM EDT, Fran Miele <w1fjm@...> wrote:


Hamshack hotline web page

Several of us have started playing with this and it looks like it could be very promising. I have setup a conference bridge for CTSTAR (#405) It requires an access code. If you want it please respond to this message, with your Hamshack hotline number, requesting access.

You DO NOT need a hard phone to get started. YOU can use software on your cell.

If you want more info feel free to post a message here asking your question.

You can also search Google for add'l info

Here is a couple of videos:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAV6BAgKEAk&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8_kLKDWZmqU&usg=AOvVaw2Huqw91R50HhhFg6mIabhq

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAR6BAgKEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDXEngineering%2Fvideos%2Fhow-hamshack-hotline-works%2F411960116333107%2F&usg=AOvVaw2uPliqsttzRfqnec7rQfjM


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W1FJM@...
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Re: Hamshack Hotline-Check it out

Harrison Fortier
 

Hi Fran,

This sounds interesting. I have Hamshack Hotline my number is 5472.

I would like to check it out.

Thanks,

Harrison

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, 6:39:58 PM EDT, Fran Miele <w1fjm@...> wrote:


Hamshack hotline web page

Several of us have started playing with this and it looks like it could be very promising. I have setup a conference bridge for CTSTAR (#405) It requires an access code. If you want it please respond to this message, with your Hamshack hotline number, requesting access.

You DO NOT need a hard phone to get started. YOU can use software on your cell.

If you want more info feel free to post a message here asking your question.

You can also search Google for add'l info

Here is a couple of videos:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAV6BAgKEAk&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8_kLKDWZmqU&usg=AOvVaw2Huqw91R50HhhFg6mIabhq

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAR6BAgKEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDXEngineering%2Fvideos%2Fhow-hamshack-hotline-works%2F411960116333107%2F&usg=AOvVaw2uPliqsttzRfqnec7rQfjM


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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...
HHUS 5618


Hamshack Hotline-Check it out

 

Hamshack hotline web page

Several of us have started playing with this and it looks like it could be very promising. I have setup a conference bridge for CTSTAR (#405) It requires an access code. If you want it please respond to this message, with your Hamshack hotline number, requesting access.

You DO NOT need a hard phone to get started. YOU can use software on your cell.

If you want more info feel free to post a message here asking your question.

You can also search Google for add'l info

Here is a couple of videos:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAV6BAgKEAk&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8_kLKDWZmqU&usg=AOvVaw2Huqw91R50HhhFg6mIabhq

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiDr4GHpPbrAhUHVN8KHUfMBGYQwqsBMAR6BAgKEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDXEngineering%2Fvideos%2Fhow-hamshack-hotline-works%2F411960116333107%2F&usg=AOvVaw2uPliqsttzRfqnec7rQfjM


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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...
HHUS 5618


Updated Event: Newport radio club D-STAR weekly net #cal-invite

main@CTDSTAR.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Newport radio club D-STAR weekly net

When:
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York
Repeats: Weekly on Tuesday

Where:
reflector 69C

Description:
Net is open to all D-STAR users. W1GRI, Ted, is normally Net Control


locked KD1STR (SALEM) back on line #salem #DO NOT REPLY #salem #do

 

Fortunately the problem was resolved remotely. The system is up and running
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


locked KD1STR (SALEM) off #salem #DO NOT REPLY #do #salem

 

Although the gateway came back on line after the storm, I was just notified by one of our users, W1FYG, that the RF side of thing is down. NO ETA for resolution.
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


locked KD1STR (SALEM) back on line #salem #do_not_reply

 

The internet is back and the system in back on the network.
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


locked Systems back #aa1hd #kb1uhs DO NOT REPLY #aa1hd #kb1uhs

 

AA1HD Vernon, CT and KB1UHS,Haddam are  back on line
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: Repeater outages DO NOT REPLY #outage CORRECTION #outage

 

The repeaters are running but we don't have internet to those sites due to downed lines
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


locked Repeater outages DO NOT REPLY #outage

 

As of 11:49 Aug 4 the following sites are offline due to power outages,  Vernon (AA1HD), Haddam (KB1UHS) and Salem (KD1STR). No ETA for repair.
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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: KC1TEN invalid license, trying to register in DSTAR system

Bob
 

Thanks for that info Mike -- I will follow up on that.

I always have to be careful as my WB4SON call is one key away from a mistake at the end!

73, Bob, WB4SON


Re: KC1TEN invalid license, trying to register in DSTAR system

Mike - W1MI
 

There is a KC1IEN with that name.
I can relate because I typed in my own call wrong when I registered...
73, Mike - W1MI


Re: KC1TEN invalid license, trying to register in DSTAR system

 

Because it was sent to the GROUP and I approved it. If you don't want postings then unsubscribe from the group. Whining will get you nowhere.

--Fran, W1FJM

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On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM KB1HXO via groups.io <connifer=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
So why the hell are you emailing me this 

Kb1hxo 


On Jul 27, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Bob <wb4son@...> wrote:

Good People,

I've had two registration attempts for KC1TEN, which is NOT a valid FCC database call sign.
Email used is: pjofontana@...
Name: Paul Fontana 

Watch out for bogus registration attempts


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Fran, W1FJM
W1FJM@...


Re: KC1TEN invalid license, trying to register in DSTAR system

KB1HXO
 

So why the hell are you emailing me this 

Kb1hxo 


On Jul 27, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Bob <wb4son@...> wrote:

Good People,

I've had two registration attempts for KC1TEN, which is NOT a valid FCC database call sign.
Email used is: pjofontana@...
Name: Paul Fontana 

Watch out for bogus registration attempts

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