- Join us this episode as our intrepid hosts, Richard and Russ (mad posstcatter!), interview John Hays of NorthWest Digital Radio.
- Interview with John Hays (K7VE) from NorthWest Digital Radio.
- John has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 40 years. His wife and all of his children are hams, too!
- A couple years ago John gave a presentation at TAPR, and discussed his wish for a reasonably priced radio for digital communications with just a few connections: antenna, power and Ethernet.
- Bryan Hoyer (now K7UDR) approached John and volunteered to build one. Their collaboration (with Basil Gunn) resulted in NorthWest Digital Radio.
- Their first product will be the UDR56K-4 Universal Digital Radio, planned for availability in early 2013.
- John goes on to discuss the features of their digital radio and some of the design decisions the company made.
- Specifications (subject to change, of course):
- 25W 70cm Transceiver
- 4800 to 56Kbps
- FSK, GMSK, 4FSK
- Open Source Linux Platform -- a full Linux-based web server is built-in. It uses the Debian kernel, running on an ARM processor (faster than a Raspberry Pi).
- Web Interface over Ethernet
- 4 USB Host Ports
- The radio can be completely controlled through the web interface or the command line.
- John talks about other potential applications for their radio platform.
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- You may also be interested in John's blog.
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