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ZumSpot Hotspot Kit Build

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K0LWC, Feb 4, 2019.

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  1. K0LWC

    K0LWC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ham Radio Outlet is selling the new ZumSpot 2 with the 1.3” OLED screen. This is how you assemble it with the case.

    I highly recommend this hotspot to anyone looking to get started in digital protocols.

    KE0DVW, WA6QGH, K5UZZ and 5 others like this.
  2. K3SZ

    K3SZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just built one recently. Everything worked well. Then I wanted to wire this into my LAN as opposed to using wireless. Got this device on Amazon: which is a micro-USB to RJ-45 ethernet adapter. Nothing to configure. It was recognized by the Raspberry Pi and the bottom of the OLED displays "eth0" as opposed to "wlan0" next to the local IP address. Recommend rebooting though after the hardware addition.

    Additionally, I did have to tweak the RxOffset setting in the modem to minimize BER for DMR.
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  3. K0LWC

    K0LWC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Weird, ZUMSpots often work out of the box with no RXoffset tweaks.

    Also, I’m curious why did you really want LAN versus wireless?
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  4. N6RLG

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    Good instructional video. Case is definitely hard if your hands are large like mine. Worse, if you have arthritis in several of the thumb/finger joints. YL came over to help twice with the very small pieces and the screw caps. Nice presentation, though.
  5. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. If you have hams for hands, juggling all the little plastic bits you have to stack to assemble the case is a beach. Now that I see they are selling one with the OLED display, I know why they dropped the price on the previous model.
  6. K8ZFJ

    K8ZFJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    if running off the LAN, it mite eliminate use of external power pack, but not certain
  7. K5EJB

    K5EJB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Loving my zum2. Thank you W6GPS!
  8. N8MLP

    N8MLP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Also curious..
  9. K3SZ

    K3SZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I found that out the box, the BER was enough to where I wasn't being understood on DMR. I have no other digital modes to try to see if they were impacted. I was able to minimize my BER, as it appears in the PiStar dashboard, by applying a value to the RXOffset field. I wouldn't have known this was a potential issue if I had not read this thread first --

    With regard to my LAN, I prefer to keep my wireless LAN usage minimized to cell phones, tablets, laptops. The radio shack's location is not optimized to where my wireless access point is. It was very simple to plug into one of the four network switches I have in the house with the adapter I described earlier -- so it was only a matter of preference.
  10. KT4RK

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    I have the original ZUMspot and I am thinking of adding the OLED display. Is it a worthwhile addition?

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