SharkRF OpenSPOT 2 digital hotspot review

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  1. VA2PV

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    Here is SharkRF's new digital Hotspot, the OpenSPOT2. This device now includes WiFi and covers many digital modes such as, DMR, D-STAR, Yaesu Fusion C4FM, etc. It can even do "cross mode" between the DMR and the C4FM (Yaesu System Fusion).

    This is an improved new version of the very popular OpenSPOT (1).

    73 Pascal VA2PV

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  2. W1MSG

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    Still missing P25 and NXDN ..
     
  3. VA2PV

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    HI Craig, it's there but grayed out for now. It should be available in the future. 73 Pascal VA2PV
     
  4. N6NLX

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    What does this device offer that the ZumSpot doesn’t? Besides twice the price?
     
  5. VA3VF

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    I have no experience whatsoever with DMR and *spots of any kind. I purchased a DMR HH only to learn the local DMR enabled repeater closed down.:(

    I use the Raspberry Pi a lot, there are 3 around the shack, but I dislike the microSD corruptions and required re-images. This is why I would not consider a ZumSpot.

    The reason for this post. Do you need a DMR HH to use the OpenSpot2, or a standard analog HH will suffice, meaning, the OpenSpot2 does the analog to digital conversion? I see you used a DMR HH in the video, but those usually work in analog mode as well.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2018
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  6. K0SZ

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    Pascal, another great video. I enjoy watching your reviews, you do a great job.
    73
     
  7. N6NLX

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    I don’t know of any of the Spots that will go in on analog and out on DMR or any other digital mode.
    That being said, the DMR mobile and DMR HH will both work on the hotspots. It’s very beneficial if you travel. It’s like having your home repeater with you where ever you go. That is, as long as you have a network or are able to tether to a cellphone.
    There is now a Bluetooth board that replaces the RPI Zero board for the ZumSpot. Just download the Blue DV app and some minor config and you are ready to go. I picked one up at a recent ham fest and I’m much happier with it than the RPI Zero. I haven’t had the issues you speak of with any of my RPIs. I’ve had my weather station online for over a year now without issue. I have noticed the I-gate I just built up with an rtl sdr and the RPI Zero Is finicky when it comes to connecting to networks. Once it’s running it’s solid.

    Thanks for reviewing the OS2. A group of us were looking for it at the Pacificon show but they didn’t have any.

    Don.
     
  8. VA3VF

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    Thank you for your reply. The HH is 'stored' somewhere in the basement. Hopefully the battery is still good. It was only charged once, as I had no interest in using it in analog mode, after learning the local DMR repeater was no more. It's been a couple of years now.

    The OpenSpot2's price is higher than the competition, but the feature set, setup simplicity, and size are substantial plusses, I think.

    Thanks again.
     
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  9. M0DPX

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    Great video pascal and i will be ordering 1 as soon as :Di already have the little blue openspot 1 and i have never had any problems with it at all,i am sure i will be able to say the same for the new openspot 2.
    Thanks again for the video pascal.
    m0dpx :)
     
  10. KC1TV

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    WoW! Not nearly as capable as my Zumspot ant over twice the price!! I honestly don't get it. Seems like a huge profit margin for the manufacturer if folks buy the
    "unbiased reviews"
     

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