Episode 95: Operating a SharkRF Openspot over a MESH Network

Operating a SharkRF Openspot over a MESH Network:
Today Darryl, K5DLQ, and I connect our MESH nodes together over an internet tunnel (this simulates a true over-the-air MESH network connection that isn’t possible due to the distance that Darryl and I are from each other) and connect our SharkRF Openspot devices together, then perform a short QSO.

The SharkRF Openspot has been one of the most popular DV hotspots, allowing connection into the DMR, DSTAR and YSF networks.  Today Darryl and I setup the SharkRF Server/Client option in the Openspot menu, then we use our DMR radios to communicate through each of our Openspot units (his being a server, and mine being a client which connects to his IP on the MESH network).

This can be a great tool for using MESH networking to allow connection of non-MESH devices onto the network.

 

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Episode 94: Green Country Hamfest 2017

In April of this year, I attended the Green Country Hamfest in Claremore, Oklahoma.  I had attended this show previously, as a vendor for radio gear, but this is the first time I setup for video.  I had a great time, got to meet lots of nice folks, and was happy with the outcome of the show.

This type of setup is what I plan to do at several upcoming Hamfests, including Dayton, Hamcom, and possibly Oklahoma Ham Holiday. For next year, I have already confirmed the Acadiana Hamfest in Rayne, LA, and will also be going back to Orlando.  More Hamfests might be possible, depending on my schedule and availability time, but either way – this is the type of video that I want to do.  The Dayton GoFundMe link below was setup to help me pay for my trip to Dayton (8 days from the time of this post) so that I can do this type of video.

The folks in Claremore were very welcoming and helpful, so I am planning to return to this show next year also.  Thanks to all the people I met and spoke to at the show, I hope you enjoy the video.

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Episode 93: Catching Up with Bob, W2CYK, from RFinder

In Episode 60, I had my first interview with Bob, W2CYK, about the new Android DMR device from RFinder. In this new episode, I wanted to catch up with Bob and talk about some updated to the Android DMR phones, and also gain some new knowledge about additional products upcoming in 2017.

I carry the RFinder M1 as my daily carry Android device. It works great as a phone, and on local analog and DMR repeaters. I’m happy to have Bob’s support of my show and I’m happy to support his products.

 

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Episode 92: 2-year Anniversary Episode

2 years ago today I posted my first video with the title “Ham Radio 2.0” attached to it. That was actually episode #2, and it was a DMR presentation I gave to one of the local Ham Radio clubs near me. Fast forward 2 years, and I now have 92 episodes with just over 5700 subscribers on YouTube. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes for the next 12 months.

Last year I gave away a Connect Systems CS800 UHF DMR Mobile Radio.  This year I will be giving away a new TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR HT, along with a SharkRF Openspot.  The MD-2017 radios aren’t available quite yet, but they should be here by the time the drawing is completed.

Post a link to this episode on Facebook or Twitter, along with the hashtag #HR2_2year to be entered for a change to win these prizes.

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Episode 91: Kenwood NX-5800 NXDN/DMR/P25 Mobile Radio Debut, part 1

Kenwood NX-5800 NXDN/DMR/P25 Mobile Radio Debut, part 1

This is going to be a neat radio once I get more accustomed to the programming software. It’s been a steep learning curve. But I’m looking forward to getting this installed in the truck and using it on a regular basis.

Let’s take a look at the radio itself, the software and part of a Texas Statewide DMR Net.

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Episode 90: DMR 101 (Greater Houston Hamfest Forum)

DMR 101

This is a Forum on DMR that I have given previously, and posted on this series, but it has evolved over time.  I wanted to record the latest version and call it “DMR 101” because I plan to record another episode soon which I will title “DMR 201”, so that I can talk to an audience that is experienced with DMR.  DMR is growing rapidly, and it is the most active all-digital mode in Amateur Radio today.  You really can’t have too many videos about it 😉

Comments are welcome.  A special thanks to the folks down at the Greater Houston Hamfest, who allowed me to present this forum and record it.  I’m looking forward to attending that show again next year.

 

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