I keep on beta testing the openSPOT2 firmware. The last beta release is v43 and so far I haven’t found any issues.
openSPOT is a hotspot that can run D-STAR, DMR, C4FM, P25 and NXDN digital voice modes. It’s a perfect companion when travelling but on the down side it can’t use several modes at the same time like a Pi-Star can. On the other hand, when travelling I only bring one radio at a time.
Everything is quiet. My kids are not at home and my partner is still in bed. No traffic outside and the neighbours haven’t started to make sounds.
This is the best time of the week!
After another busy week at office I really enjoy Saturday mornings. Just to be up hearing nothing. No radio, no TV. I actually enjoy the absence of Amateur Radio traffic on D-STAR and DMR. My hotspot is connected to REF001C and TG91 but if there would be much traffic on the DV modes I would turn the volume down on my Icom ID-51 and on my Anytone AT-D878UV.
Just recently I bought a new ZUMSPOT-RPI hotspot. I’ve been on Digital Voice modes since 2012 and over the years I’ve been testing a number of hotspot solutions but this is the first hotspot I own that can do both D-STAR and DMR. Powered by Pi-Star the ZUMSPOT-RPI is a powerful little creature.
In one way I realise the Pi-Star software package consumes a lot of processor cycles that I really don’t need – but it works and over the years I’ve become more and more lazy.
Now it’s time for coffee! I wish you all a pleasant Saturday morning!
Normally I blog about amateur radio and online privacy but today I will write another type of blog post. Today is graduation day from high school for my youngest daughter.
I have two daughters. The older graduated from high school three years ago and now her little sister will do the same. The ceremony will start in about three hours from now and I guess we will party for a couple of hour.
I don’t know what you will study at university but I’m quite sure you will work with something related to humans. Many years ago you said you wanted to work as a social worker. Maybe you’ll work with the weak people in our society. Maybe you’ll work with drug addicts, or how about working at a human resources department at a large international company?
I know you will do a great job, whatever you chose to do!
I wish you all the best with your future life, Sanna. I love you!
I never thought I would recommend a Chromebook to anyone, but I’ve changed my mind.
My father in-law is 78 years old and a couple of days ago he told me his computer is not working properly. The laptop is 8-ish years old and he realised the best thing to do is (most likely) to buy a new one. My father in-lay was working for an US tech company both as sales director and later as HR director until he retired about 15 years ago. Even today he has a huge ability to adopt new technical gadgets.
He asked me for advise to buy a new Window$ laptop. When I asked him about how he use his laptop I quite soon came to the conclusion that he should buy a Win laptop but a Chromebook. Off we went to a store nearby selling all sorts of gadgets including laptops. And home we went with a brand new (and very cheap) computer.
As he booted and logged in for the very first time on his new computer he asked me how he could check his e-mail, but before I answered he had figured it out all by himself.
In some cases an intuitive Chromebook is the best option. Not for me, but at least for my very clever father in-law.
In 1977-ish I bought myself a brand new Drake SSR-1 receiver. I was 12 years old and had a couple of friends who was into DX-ing and I thought it was fun. For a short period before buying the Drake I used my brother’s radio to try to catch a few foreign stations transmitting on the shortwave bands.
The Drake SSR-1 wasn’t to bad for a youngster at that time. Not too many settings had to be done and I sent signal reports all over the world. Today I’m sorry that I haven’t the QSL cards saved, I threw them away in the 90’s.
A few stations became my favorites at that time:
HCJB in Quito, Equador A Christian station who made programs in Swedish
Vatican Radio Another station with programs in Swedish
Radio Luxemburg For a very young teenager Radio Luxemburg on 1440 kHz (208 meters wavelength) was like the port to heaven. Here I could listen to new music.
Maybe DX-ing as a hobby at that time was like Spotify is tody?
In 1986 I got my ham radio license and from that date I haven’t been DX-ing. In addition, there are not too many stations on the HF bands these days to I guess DX-ing as a hobby is more or less dead.