Looking for a Digital Voice Solution that was easy to use and configure, I started my search in January 2017. Many options existed but none of them seemed to be easy to configure and use or met my expectations in a hotspot.
I discovered Andrew Taylor MW0MWZ and his Pi-Star solution. Andrew had put together a system that for me was the closest that I had come across during my search to what I was looking for in a Digital Voice Solution.
Andrew and I talked for many hours and tried many option with his system and between us we came up with a starting point that is what Pi-Star is based on today.
Both Andrew and myself enjoy working on Pi-Star and are overjoyed with the way Pi-Star has gained the support of many Amateur Radio Operators for many more places around the world than we imagined.
Pi-Star is ready to operate as a Personal Hotspot or a Repeater with just a few click of a mouse accessed via a web browser which give the option to be accessed remotely.
While Andrew is the main programmer, I took on the role of Marketing Director, Beta Tester and Bug Finder. We spent around 2 months trying various configurations and finally came up with a formula that we felt was ready for public release. Our first release to the public was in March 2017.
Pi-Star continues to grow in popularity and show no signs of stopping. If you are in need of a Digital Voice Solution, give Pi-Star a try. It will amaze you with the feature that have been included to make your experience an easy and enjoyable experience.
Pi-Star is a software image built initially for the Raspberry Pi (produced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation).
The design concept is simple, provide the complex services and configuration for Digital Voice on Amateur radio in a way that makes it easily accessible to anyone just starting out, but make it configurable enough to be interesting for those of us who cant help but tinker.
Pi-Star can be what ever you want it to be, from a simple single mode hotspot running simplex providing you with access to the increasing number of Digital Voice networks, up to a public duplex multi-mode repeater!
The world is at your fingertips, and the choices are yours!