(( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

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KB0OXD
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(( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

Post by KB0OXD » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:49 am

Hi guys

Just got the Zumspot USB Stick from HRO the other day & while I managed to get it working (BlueDV has already established this fact), the fact is BlueDV isn't NEARLY as in depth as in the setup as PI-STAR appears to be (In fact, BlueDV DOES NOT cover C4FM, P25, NXDN or DAPNET (Better known as POCSAG), which is what are Zumspot seemingly has support for

My question is WHICH VERSION of PI-STAR do I get?? Does it already have it on there?? If so, HOW do I get to it (Every time I attempt to go to http://pistar/ my preferred search always gets in the way as if I was trying to find out what http://10.0.0.1 was or something)

If PI STAR IS NOT on the board (I have Board 3 BTW), then I need to know what version to get so I can put SOMETHING ELSE that has A MORE COMPLETE SETUP than what BlueDV has (Not to mention something that pulls from ALL the talkgroups instead of just the MOST BASIC ones)

I look forward to your replies :)

Cheers & 73

Pat, KB0OXD

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Re: (( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

Post by KE7FNS » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:09 am

You'll need to buy a Raspberry Pi (there are different models that cost different amounts of money depending on which features you want to use, I suggest a Pi 3B or 3B+, you can use a Pi Zero W, but you'll need an OTG adapter for the USB port) , an SD card (4 to 8 GB), and a power supply 5.25v, 2ish amps to run Pi-star.


Then you follow these instructions:

https://amateurradionotes.com/pi-star.htm

and then setup pi-star like this:

https://www.hamradio.com/images_managed ... ration.pdf
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Re: (( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

Post by KB0OXD » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:34 am

Well I already got a Zumspot USB Stick which has a board in it (I have Board 3) so that should count (Especially when you consider the Zumspot comes with instructions on how to set up PI-STAR)

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Re: (( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

Post by KE0FHS » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:49 pm

If by board 3, you mean a Raspberry Pi 3B, then you can download one of these Pi-Star images:
Pi-Star_RPi_V3.4.17_20-Jan-2019.zip (http://www.pistar.uk/downloads/)
Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.0-RC1_02-Jul-2019.zip (BETA: http://www.pistar.uk/beta/)
Note: If the board is a 3B+, then you must use the BETA image.

When you are configuring Pi-Star, in the General Configuration section, for the Radio/Modem Type, select: ZUMspot - USB stick
73, Toshen, KE0FHS
Playing with Pi-Star (unofficial notes about setting up and using Pi-Star):
https://amateurradionotes.com/pi-star.htm

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Re: (( Zumspot USB Stick )) HELP - Which Version Do I Get

Post by KE7FNS » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:12 pm

KB0OXD wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:34 am
Well I already got a Zumspot USB Stick which has a board in it (I have Board 3) so that should count (Especially when you consider the Zumspot comes with instructions on how to set up PI-STAR)
What does board 3 mean?

The Zumspot USB Stick is not a stand alone hotspot where you can load the Pi-star software on. It is basically just the digital modem that requires it to be plugged into another computer to operate. Pi-star runs on Raspberry Pi's. The instructions are there for people that have a RPi with pi-star on it and want to set it up using a ZUMSPot USB stick.
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