CQ, CQ, CQ…
I’m excited to share with you that I will be presenting in the new few weeks a 2 1/2 hour session on building a personal hotspot with a Raspberry Pi computer and a DVMega radio board.
I’m still looking to secure a meeting location. I have a couple ideas, but would love your assistance if you know of a place.
I’ve made a bulk/club/reseller purchase on the DVMega boards and will have nearly a dozen available. You can also buy your own at HRO or GigaParts online, but I can assure you I will have a better deal for you in person.
We will spend about 15 to 20 minutes talking a little more about DMR, the technology, networks available and any limitations to setup a foundation.
Next we’ll demo a working hotspot and show you why you want one (assuming your were not yet sure you really needed one yet) and talk a bit more about the advantages of using a hotspot.
You’re invited to bring in your personal computer and your raspberry Pi computer with a 8GB or larger SD card (16GB recommended) and we will download or copy a Linux distribution onto your flash memory card.
I’ll show you how to remotely connect into your Raspberry Pi system from whatever computer you regularly use, or we can even just connect a monitor and keyboard (Your choice, not everyone has a laptop to bring).
We will install the MMDVM software, show you how to update your system to keep everything current and then walk through the configuration of your hotspot and radio.
I’ll share a codeplug and even talk about programming your own. We’ll talk about the problems you might encounter if everyone around you boots up a hotspot with the same settings! (Gotta watch out for that at an event like this).
I’ll demo some of the cool features available on Brandmeister and the sysop dashboard and show you how you too can be your own network sysop and you will leave this event with a working hotspot so you can enjoy whatever talkgroup you want, where ever you are!
Please, if you can host or know of a location, contact me right away. Everyone else, stay tuned as I hope to secure a location before the weekend is over!
This is a free event! You’ll get the most out it if you can bring a laptop, SD card, Raspberry Pi computer, Pi power supply and optionally an extension cord or outlet strip, a monitor with HDMI in and a keyboard. You can get a headstart by Googling MMDVMHost and/or contacting me about the DVMega radio board for the Pi. I recommend MicroCenter in St Louis Park for the Pi computer and MicroSD card. The Pi version 3 is what I’d use as it has WiFi built into it. If you already own a Pi2, that will do too.
Hope you can make it,
73, Talk to you soon on DMR
NØNKI – Eric Osterberg