OpenSpotLite Project

The SharkRF OpenSpot is a neat amateur radio tool, that begs for interesting use case tests. With a background in disaster relief, I wanted to develop a portable system for DMR, that could be easily transported and use multiple Internet connections with a minimal amount of administrative action. To be a success the system must be easily portable, use off the shelf parts (Amazon shelves count). The first model, OpenSpotLite v1, is shown below. OpenSpotLite v1 Required Components  Qty Description Link 1 SharkRF OpenSpot https://www.sharkrf.com/products/openspot/ 1 Mikrotik MapLite https://mikrotik.com/product/RBmAPL-2nD 2 Short USB Micro cables Parts bin 1 Long USB Micro Cable Parts bin 1 Short Cat5e Patch Cable < 1ft Parts bin 1 Pelican 1060 Case http://amzn.to/2CluTWK 1 USB Portable[…]

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On the Road Again

Work on what seems to be my standard operation profile got a bit of a twist this time. Got a chance to work with some DMR Radios and the First Coast DMR Code plug. Using a Motorola XPR7550, a TYT MD380, and a new one- the Tera 7400. Using the programming software from Motorola and Tytera, I was able to start the build of a First Coast DMR code plug for the 7400. At this point I have the Jax Beach section, where I’m testing from, completed. I will post it here for others to review. Further Sections to be posted shortly. First Coast with JxB only  

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Know Your Enemy and Know Yourself

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” –Sun Tzu I wrestled with this post for a bit, especially considering the current turmoil around refugees and immigration. I find myself divided on the issue of how we address refugees, from both a Christian and National standpoint. I clearly see the responsibility of Christians to be the hands and feet of Christ as we take the Gospel to the nations. On the other hand our national leaders have a constitutional responsibility to protect and defend the nation. Neither are easy, and both are fraught with challenges and danger. In the end, I decided to go forward… So here goes. Sun Tzu[…]

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