Events

Hamvention 2017 – Dayton

We will be at booth 1105 (Bldg. 1 – next to Bridgecom) on Friday and Saturday this year.

We will not be at the Hamvention on Sunday.
We will have a limited number of ThumbDV and UDRC-II units for purchase, and maybe have a little something new to show you (not the the UDRX-440).

John Speaks at DCC 2015

Bryan Speaks at DCC 2015

Huntsville Hamfest

We won’t have a booth at Huntsville this year, but John Hays (K7VE) will be speaking at the D-STAR Innovations Forum on August 15th.

If you would like to visit with John be sure to catch him at the Huntsville Hamfest.

John Speaks on DV Modes at MicroHams

ThumbDV™: Create a Handheld For Under $200

How would you like a handheld device with a 7″ touchscreen that can get you on the D-STAR network for under  $200?  KG7NKG alerted us that he successfully used a Winbook TW 700 tablet with the ThumbDV™ and we just had to give it a go.

We purchased the Winbook TW 700 tablet for $59.99 (plus shipping) from Micro Center.  Also available at Amazon.

Upon receiving the box today, and going through the basic configuration of the pre-installed MicroSoft Windows 8.1 on the device, a ThumbDV™ was plugged into the standard USB port on the tablet.  After allowing for the automatic installation of the FTDI driver, it was time to give this package a try.  KG7NKG used  G4KLX’s DummyRepeater + ircDDBGateway so we installed DUTCH*Star’s beta Node DV (WinDV) which supports the ThumbDV™.  (Both packages work.)

Once the Node DV software was installed, which took less than 5 minutes, it was configured and a connection was made to REF001C using the built-in microphone and speakers.  QSOs were a success!!!

Cost of project (sans taxes and shipping):

Windows Tablet  $59.99
ThumbDV        $119.95
Node DV   (Please Donate)
Total          $179.94

That is the lowest cost of entry into D-STAR, using new equipment, this author has seen.  Just the right gift for your Amateur Radio Valentine.

Winbook and ThumbDV

Windows 8 tablet with ThumbDV Installed

 

This unit operates on the 13cm band (WiFi).

HP makes a similar 8″ tablet with WiFi plus 4G cellular networking for life on the T-Mobile network (see site for details). The Stream 8 from HP does not have a full sized USB, you will need an adapter to micro-USB/OTG.

Come by our booth at Hamcation® in Orlando and you can purchase a ThumbDV™ (or DV3000 for the Raspberry Pi/Odroid C1) on-site.

 

 

 

DCC 2014 in Austin

I know many of you have already seen this. There are really 3 Presentations, so I broke them out for you:

UDRX-440 Update
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQKPmVyVG4&start=380&end=1994

And now for something completely different – The ARETF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQKPmVyVG4&start=1994&end=2203

John talks about the DV3000 AMBE Applications
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQKPmVyVG4&start=2204

Thanks to Gary Pearce of  HAMRADIONOW.tv for his videography.

Rag Chew in Portland OR

I’ll be speaking with the hams of TERAC on Thursday evening for anyone in the Portland OR area that is interested in the latest developments on the UDRX.

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6pm
Meeting starts at 7:30

Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub
12562 SW Main St
Tigard OR 97223

Upcoming Events

We’ll be at the Summer Gathering in North Bend WA this weekend (Sep 6-8) talking about changes to the FCC Regs and how that affects the UDR56k.

Then catch us at DCC in Seattle, after which we’ll release our progress update.

Pacificon

John will be presenting at Pacificon, October 12-13 in Santa Clara CA.

He’ll be talking about low-cost computing platforms for D-STAR and packet radio as well as the UDR56K. Stop by if you’re in the area.