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!