CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Wednesday: ZedNet getting closer – UPDATED: Brandmeister DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429

UPDATE 5 April:

Very cool.  This afternoon we had a brief 3-way conversation on the ZedNet (Group 31429).

Also, for you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the
Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to
Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429.  This gives
world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Any fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion
repeater, a repeater on the Brandmeister network, or a multi-mode hotspot
registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew.

____ Originally Published on: Apr 3, 2019

Today I had a great exchange via ZedNet with WB0YLE, who has done all the heavy lifting to put it together. I wrote about it last time. HERE I see that, last week, a few people poked around a bit. HERE

Everything I need will go into a little pouch that I got on an airplane.

The white thing in the upper left is my KeepGo.  It is a wireless internet hotspot which works across the globe and saves money on the move.    If you get a KeepGo using my link – HERE – I get data!   The gray thing in the upper right is a power bank.  The little thing in the middle, with the antenna and my callsign, is a raspberry-pi set up as a hotspot to connect the handheld to the internet.

So, if I am at home, the hotspot connects to my home net.  If I am out and about, I can power up the hotspot with the power bank, connect to the wifi hotspot and – badda bing.

Happily, the little Baofeng digital handheld will go into the same charger as the little handheld I use for the local repeater.  And the battery packs are the same.  That sma connects an antenna which lives on a little metal oven sheet on my window case… where I have also a pickle jar of daffodils.

I found that my handheld put my wireless mouse and keyboard into a coma, which is not good.  I went into the settings on the handheld and switched the TX power to low, which I hope will help.  After all, I’m a few feet from the hotspot.

So, you hams are interested?

WB0YLE gave me a Bill of Materials.  A list of what you need.


Meanwhile, I also am now able – thanks to an AMAZING reader here – to operate a remote station.  And it’s not geographically very far!

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

And don’t forget the online Z-Swag Store with ZedHead swag.   You might remember that, years ago, some not-so-nice person at Fishwrap called you readers ZedHeads.  I liked it, so I made swag – and money – out of their insult.  Go ahead… insult us again!


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