D-STAR dongle for Mac

Discussion in 'OS: Mac OS' started by 2E0LBX, Feb 18, 2017.

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  1. 2E0LBX

    2E0LBX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would welcome suggestions form anyone who has got a dongle working for D-STAR etc on Mac OS X.
    I am looking at the various options but have found not every piece of hardware claims a Mac version of its software.

    I do have a trial version of Windows 10 running in a virtual machine with Virtual Box if needs require.


    Alistair 2E0LBX
  2. 2E0LBX

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    So far I have listed the following dongles:

    Helitron DV4mini
    Internet Labs DV-ACCESS-2
    Internet Labs DV-ACCESS-70
    Internet Labs DV-DONGLE
    NW Digital ThumbDV
    DV-MEGA Dual Band DSTAR shield

    Apparently the ones by Internet Labs have Mac software available, but these are also the most expensive options!
  3. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would recommend a Pi3 and roll your own using Linux before using Win 10.

    Have Fun.
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  5. 2E0LBX

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    Thanks, that covers one of the Internet Labs options, which is advertised as having a Mac version of its software.

    I just had an medial form the developers of the DV-MEGA Dual Band DSTAR shield, it states no support for Mac OS X, but no mention of running the software under WINE or via a Virtual Machine.
  6. 2E0LBX

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  7. 2E0LBX

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    Ok, I just heard that the software for the DV-MEGA will "work through windows virtual machine!" That's encouraging
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  8. 2E0LBX

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    I just discover this software, Buster. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buster/id1060175273?ls=1&mt=12
    Apparently it works with the NW Digital ThumbDV, which is D-STAR only but at the lower end of the range money-wise.

    However it appears that this particular dongle by-passes the need for a D-STAR-equipped radio, the computer itself becomes the radio, (and the ID-51 stays in the box).
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  9. 2E0LBX

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    OK gang, here is the latest news in the quest to run a Mac-friendly dongle for D-STAR and other digital modes. I have discovered the SharkRF Openspot, see

    It supports D-STAR, DMR, and C4FM Fusion, and doesn't require client software—rather you use a web interface, a bit like tweaking your router settings.
    In the UK it retails for £210 or you can buy it from the manufacturer (in Estonia) for 219Euros. Definitely one to check out. I think this could be the one for me. There is a detailed review in April's Practical Wireless. (UK amateur radio magazine).
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