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HR2.0 Episode 135: Comparing the Openspot and Nanospot Hotspots

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KC5HWB, Apr 23, 2018.

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  1. KC5HWB

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  2. K2HAT

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    Text version for those of us who can not hear your audio.... I can read a synopsis 4 times faster than watching a video on my smart phone.
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  3. AA1PR

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    The openspot never crashes its the Cadillac of access points
    not sure of the nanospot can do cross mode like the openspot as in dmr to fusion
    but sadly wont do dmr to dstar
    not saying the openspot is the best
    if the pi star gear could do that I'd switch n a heart beat
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  4. K2WH

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    One day, I would like someone to provide the definition of:
    1. An Open Spot
    2. A Nano-Spot
    3. A SharkRF Spot
    4. A HotSpot
    I hear these terms batted around all the time with very little explanatory information about them technically and I would love for someone to explain to me or anyone why a ham would want one or even need one.

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  5. N4QWK

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    Watch the video.
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  6. WD9EWK

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    Items 1 and 3 above refer to the same product - the openSpot made by SharkRF:

    Item 2, the Nano-Spot, is made by another company called Micro-Node International:!/...-Firmware-Compatibility/p/96901011/category=0

    Item 4 is the general name for these types of devices or stations - a way to access a network, usually one of the digital-voice networks like D-Star or DMR, using a radio and Internet connection. These include the DV Access Point Dongle which has been around for a while:

    and some homebrew setups that use a modem with a 9600bps-capable radio, including:

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  7. KC5HWB

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    Well, its a video series, so....
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  8. KC5HWB

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    Agreed. But the Openspot won't cross-mode to DSTAR either. DMR and YSF are very similar modes, DSTAR is different. I'm not sure anyone has done a cross-talk DSTAR hotspot yet.
  9. KC5HWB

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    I have several videos prior to this one that explains what a hotspot is, how to use them, set them up, etc. There are many versions and brands out there today.


    Well said, thanks

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  10. KD5BVX

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    Some just can't seem to grasp that SIMPLE concept! What is with people these days??

    Unless someone has a hearing problem (i.e. is legit deaf) the show or let it play in the background while doing other things. Simple.

    Been very disappointed with the way some people respond to posts about videos. These guys like Jason take their own time to create the content and then get bashed inexcusably for it. It's really easy to just not watch it if you don't like it, folks...
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