Why should I want a hotspot?

Discussion in 'RFinderPi - Open Source radio interface based on R' started by K9ASE, Dec 11, 2018.

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  1. KK4PP

    KK4PP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wifi-Hotspot--An electronic device that broadcasts a WiFi network that other WiFi enabled electronic devices can connect to to connect to the Internet

    Amateur Radio Hotspot--Basically, a small low power (~10mW) Internet connected personal repeater used to connect to other Internet connected repeaters worldwide. Using an HT on it's lowest power setting, you can talk on repeaters all over the world. You transmit to your hotspot and the hotspot transmits to the world.

    The feed here is supplied by a $100 hotspot which transmits back and forth with a $50 Chinese DMR HT. A cable connects the HT headphone jack to a Raspberry Pi which uploads the feed to Broadcastify. Many of the folks heard here are using HTs connected to hotspots. ( https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/29880)

    You can also connect your hotspot to your cellphone and take it with you mobile. You can have QSOs while driving, or in a hotel room while out of town on vacation, on a cruise ship, etc...

    A few commonly asked questions:

    1. Doesn't using the Internet take all the challenge our of making Dx contacts? Yes! You can have daily QSO's on 6 continents using an HT with no challenge whatsoever.

    2. Since there is no challenge/skill involved in making Dx QSOs, is it still fun? Yes! It is still fun to have conversations with hams all over the world even though you are "cheating" by using the Internet.

    3. What's the point? Since the Internet is involved, why not just pick up my cell phone and make a phone call instead? I would challenge you to pick up your cell phone right now, dial a random number, and have a friendly conversation with a total stranger in China, Indonesia, Japan, etc...

    4. Is is still Amateur Radio if you are talking using the Internet? Please don't ask this question. Even when asked with good intentions, it inevitably devolves into a nasty argument. It's like trying to have a friendly political debate. If you enjoy digital radio then indulge yourself. And if you think it's a tool of Satan himself, then avoid it like the plague. Trying to convince others to change their views on the matter rarely goes well...
    WB0RIO and K9ASE like this.
  2. VE3TMT

    VE3TMT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Previously active on DMR, with Zumspot and GD-77. Nice setup but I grew bored of it quickly. Got to the point I hardly turned the thing on so I sold it. Nice handheld though.

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