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.
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.
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.