Perhaps Peanut is of interest to you?

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

Are you familiar with David, PA7LIM’s work on Peanut? On Peanut you can talk with other licensed amateur radio enthusiasts around the world via Windows, an Android device or network radio. Find out more about the Peanut project at There is also an online dashboard and if you need help there is a Facebook group.

DX Commander HF Multi-Band Vertical Antenna

G6NJM - Chris Amateur Radio

Recently, I’ve been looking at multi-band verticals with a view to portable/holiday, and temporary home use too. I have purchased the DX Commander Premium Build – HF Multi-Band Vertical Antenna System from Callum, M0MCX. I enjoyed building the kit and it works well. I would like to thank Callum (M0MCX) for his prompt and helpful replies to questions leading up to my …

DVMEGA & BlueStack-Micro+ Boards

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

These are the circuit boards that comprise a DVMEGA BlueStack (Android) or iBlueStack (iOS). Either of these BlueStack-Micro+ boards can be paired with either of the DVMEGA radios – the single band or dual band. These hotspots can operate in two modes: ‘push button out’ for Bluetooth to Android (BlueStack-Micro+) or iOS (new iBlueStack-Micro+) using BlueDV software ‘push button in’ …

Pi-Star for Raspberry Pi

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

Wanting to try out MMDVM on the Pi, I came across a distribution called Pi-Star that is excellent and extremely simple to set up. Brilliant work by Andy Taylor, with responsive Facebook support group. Have used with a Pi2 and Pi3 in combination with DVMega BlueStack connected via USB for several weeks now. I have added a Nextion 2.4″ screen that …

Latest Pixel image with 3.5″ screen

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

The DV4Mini now working extremely well with firmware 1.77. Created a new build for the Raspberry Pi2 consisting of: Take either of the latest Pixel images for DV4Mini from: EA7IYR: K2DLS: Thanks to EA7IYR and K2DLS for making these images available. Add the BM XTG from if not using the K2DLS image. This system uses the Waveshare/Makibes …

Connect Systems CS750 DMR Handheld

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Connect Systems, Inc. (in Agoura Hills, CA 91301) a couple of times over the last 12 months and found them to be extremely helpful and knowledgable about their Amateur Radio DMR radios. I visited this week to catch up on the latest information on their new CS580 and CS760. I ended up with the …

Hotspots for DMR, Fusion and DSTAR

G6NJM - Chris Digital Modes

I really enjoy these modes via the hotspot and having owned the DV4mini for a year, wanted one that was even more portable so recently purchased a dual band DVMEGA and BlueStack Micro+ combination in a 3D printed custom case. This primarily uses the BlueDV Android or Windows software. Coincidentally I also had a SharkRF OpenSpot on backorder which has …