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DV Hotspots – Rethink — Again

Yet another re-think about my hotspots. First I am building a portable SuperSpot which I am also creating build details that will be available for all once the build is complete. Once the build is complete I will then proceed with my other hotspots and how they will play their role in my Amateur Radio Experience.

The SuperSpot will consist of one Raspberry Pi driving 3 or 4 MMDVM boards with one of those being a Duplex MMDVM board running DMR.

More details later when they become available.

Ubuntu Linux

It’s been 12 month since I installed Ubuntu on my netbook and I haven’t looked back. I still have a copy of windows 10 running as a virtual machine to program radios that I haven’t been able to find software to program then via Linux.

My netbook breathed it’s last breath a few month ago and I now have acquired 2 Dell laptop’s to replace the netbook. One is an i5 processor and the other is an i7. Both machines are very fast and I’m very happy with them.

 

Lanzarote – September 2019

Traveling to Lanzarote again staying at the same apartment block as my partner and I did in March 2018.

This will be staying on the island from 1st to 12th September 2019 in Costa Teguise.

I will have my Pi-Star Hotspot with me and a DMR, D-Star and Fusion handheld radio’s which are capable of analog too. If you see this post before I have completed my holiday and would like to make a meet up or make contact while I’m on Lanzarote, please make contact with me via my Contact Me page. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the Amateurs on the island.

My understanding is that there is a repeater on the island and will programming a radio to this before I leave the UK.

2m ED8YAA -145.600 MHz -600 kHz FM

A website I view regularly is lanzarotewebcam.com for the airport webcam. I love to watch planes.

Lanzarote

Costa Teguise Lanzarote

Personal DV MMDVM Hotspots

I currently have 3 hotspots in use and plan to active a 4th one in the near furture.

DV HotSpot Modes Location Notes
1

MMDVMHOST Mode
Dual TS
DMR
(BRANDMEISTER, PHOENIX & TGIF)
D-STAR
YFS
POCSAG

My QTH
2 MMDVMHOST Mode
Dual TimeSlot
DMR
(BRANDMEISTER & PHOENIX & TGIF)
YFS
POCSAG
Portable/Mobile Note 1
3

MMDVMHOST Mode
DMR (DMO)
(BRANDMEISTER, PHOENIX)
D-STAR
YSF
POCSAG

My QTH Note 2
4

On Order

Note 3

Notes

  1. Hotspot Nº2 is a portable/mobile hotspot and is used mainly at work and other location away form home. I power it either via a DC to DC converter or a battery power pack I purchased from Amazon.
  2. A Dual TS board is planned for this hotspot leaving the DMO board available for inclusion in a planned portable hotspot.
  3. I have another DMO hotspot on order and will update what it will be use as when it arrives.

 

Hucknall Rolls Royce Amateur Radio Club

I have decided not renew my membership to this club. My reason being they refuse to cater for those who work during the week and won’t put any activities on weekends.

Have asked and suggested many times over the past 3 year and have decided enough is enough.

If you are a club, you need to cater as best you can for the majority and put events and activities spread across the week and weekend. Not a few BIG mouths that think they own the club.

 

This decision is effective immediately

MMDVM HS_HAT Dual

Recently acquired a MMDVM HS_HAT Dual and have set it up as my portable hotspot and I can now enjoying both Time Slots on DMR. The only downside is I now carry two DMR radios.

UPDATE: 17 March 2019

I have ordered a second board that will be used at home QTH.