DSTAR: ON8JL’s Babystar and – the chickens speak with South Korea

In the course of my reading around about DMR yesterday, I came across some interesting DSTAR developments that I had missed.

ON8JL has an interesting range of standalone gateways, the Dadystar and the Babystar. The Babystar, in particular, looks like an alternative to the DVAP/Raspberry Pi gateway. It retails around EUR280 and comprises of a standalone unit with a 430MHz 10mW transmitter, receiver and Ethernet interface.

You can plug the Babystar into your internet router and use your 70cms DSTAR handheld to access the DSTAR network. It looks like you can program the necessary settings into the Babystar by means of a web interface hosted on the device.

See ON8JL’s webpage about the Babystar device

See MM0DUN’s page on using the Babystar

Meanwhile here, it was a more pleasant February morning, so I was able to get out into the garden for some chores this morning, taking the IC-E92 handheld. I’d just completed cleaning out the henhouse when Joe HL5KY put a call out on REF001C

I gave Joe a call and we had a very pleasant chat, and the chickens made their voices heard in South Korea!

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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