So a thing happened…
It all started from reading Linux magazine that had a feature article on WordPress and well I must liked it cause I'm still using it! Originally I was hosting my own website from home, but after quite a few years I then moved to hosting with Gandi and its lived there ever since… 😀
Ok so I wrote recently that the ZUMspot Pi boards were no longer available from Bruce and I made the mistake of concluding that meant they were no longer available. Tuns out I was wrong! The ZUMspot Pi boards are available in the USA exclusively from HRO (Ham Radio Outlet)
There's four listing's when you do a search on their website for "ZUMspot"
So yup, I was wrong! I'm happy to wrong because it means that you can still get yourself a ZUMspot Pi board!
Sadly it's seems that the Chinese push into the mmdvm hot spot market (aka Jumbospot) has taken its toll on the ZUMspot team and they have ceased operations with a departing notice on mmdvm.blogspot.com stating that they no longer sell the ZUMspot Pi and the MMDVM Pi boards with a further notice advising to visit www.zumspot.com however that domain name no longer resolves!
So I've entered the relatively new digital modes (for me anyway) of DMR & YSF. This requires either a digital repeater or personal hotspot to access. The popular way to do this is with a software suite called MMDVM and currently there's two Raspberry Pi images available that take care of having to build everything yourself. The first is PiStar and the other is by KB5RAB
I'm using the Pi-star image as it's headless (meaning it doesn't require a keyboard & monitor to run)and uses a webui to configure and uses a read-only file system once everything is loaded, whereas the KB5RAB is a full Raspbian desktop. As you can see from the pictures I'm using a Raspberry Pi2 and the ZUMSpot Pi and a dual colour OLED.
When portable I have 10000 (mAh) 5v power pack that is about the same size as the case I'm using for the Pi2, so a few rubber bands double looped holds it all together rather nicely! The ZUMSpot Pi hat is the perfect size for fitting the OLED screen inside the case using some double sided foam tape stuck to the HDMI socket and the very top edge of OLED is resting on the CPU heat sink. Initially I was going to attach the I2C ribbon cable to the bottom of the Raspberry Pi, but if I ever want to swap the ZUMSpot out I'd be without the OLED so instead I attached it to the ZUMSpot hat.
Finally links to items…
Pi-Star by Andy Taylor
ZUMSpot Pi by Bruce Given