How to Lose Ten Pounds of Ugly Fat and Five Pounds of Digital #Hamradio Frustration

I’ve been beating myself up at my Florida winter QTH with no D-Star or DMR Repeaters I am presently able to hit.  Happily, at the Orlando Hamcation last week I met the DV Mega guys from the Netherlands, a dude named Ruud, who set me up with the little green box in the photo.  Not a black box, he assembled it right before my very eyes and it DV Mega in hotelcontains the fabled DV Mega and its new accomplice, the Blue Spot, a bluetooth interface.   He demo’d it for me, taking lots of his time to do so, and we had to go out to the parking lot to his car to get away from BT interference inside the vendor bldg.  Not surprising as each of the hundreds of hams inside probably had his phone, HT and pacemaker all running at the same time.

Well, the little rascal worked in the parking lot in Orlando and now, here in a hotel room in Cincinnati with no D-Star repeater within range of my wee HT, I set it up and right away worked KA9SPL in Illinois with his seventeen inches of snow, and then KW4XR in North Carolina.

I’d been wanting the DV Mega after conversing with at least three hams on D-Star who were using it in their vehicles as their hotspot.  Each extolled it so I felt that was the one for me.

Upshot: As the Monkees said, “I’m a Believer!”  This will really free me up as I travel thru my radio desert.  Next up: try it with DMR.

Oh, and the ten pounds of ugly fat?  Walk from one end of Hamcation to the other a few times bouncing between forums and vendors; that should do it!

Signing off for now, de k4wk, www.hamdon.com.  Thanks for listening; you’re in the log.

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