The incredible shrinking hotspot!

As you have read I have been building, modifying and running a D-STAR hotspot for quite some time, usually I have utilized the Raspberry Pi as my primary computing platform. This worked for quite some time but I observed some quirks in the way the Pi handled some things. The first is that it never…

Camper portable with the Buddipole!

Much to my chagrin my wife suggested a short notice camping trip right in the thick of the Fourth of July holiday debacle. While not particularly keen on the potential traffic battles, drunken comedic relief surrounding me, and general amateur hour shenanigans surrounding the holiday, I defied my better judgement and logic and enthusiastically said…

Developing a DMR / D-STAR radio.

There has been a flurry of activity since Jerry Wanger from Connect Syatems announced on several email lists that he would develop a radio that would work on both D-STAR and DMR with a $200 price point. While technically feasible, the user interface will present some difficult engineering and ergonomic design challenges. I am extremely…

Developing Communications Plans for Type 3 or Initial Attack Incidents

With fire season being right around the corner there have been a rash of VHF communications plans that have been updated throughout Colorado. Most of the updates have come from different county Incident Management Teams (IMT), the idea being that every vhf radio in the county can have (at least) a single identical bank of…

A review of the Connect Systems CS 700 on the Colorado RMHR DMR System

I must say after my previous post where I may have expressed some skepticism, I have been thoroughly won over by this little radio. As my friends can attest I am not a fan of DMR in general, recently i even recoiled at someones email group post where it was referred to (in very general…