Here's one way of getting in on all the fun.. It's called an openSpot - from Shark RF  >> Click Here << for all the details to this stand alone little gadget..  

It does support DMR (Brandmeister, DMRplus), D-Star (DCS, REF/DPlus, XRF/DExtra, XLX), System Fusion (FCS, YSFReflector) networks.

This little unit will set you back about $230. You will also need a radio to be able to talk to it. The MD-380 is around $100. So, for less than $350 you can get on DMR, D-Star or System Fusion without a repeater being in your area, and it sounds fantastic too.

Now, if you have already gotten one of these little jewels and are confused as to how to get it to work, well, I have the answer to that as well. Ken Dorsey, KA8OAD has one and agreed to sit down and write all the little details of how to get it up and running..

Ken has even found a way to make this little gadget work wirelessly, want to know more >>Click Here <<


1.    Connect the antenna, if not already connected

2.    Connect the openSPOT to power (5v USB) using the USB B mini jack to USB A cable

3.    Connect to your network with an Ethernet cable

4.    Wait for the 3 led’s on the openSPOT to turn green, the ACT led will be slowly blinking green

5.    Connect to the openSPOT using a browser, use something other than IE 11 it doesn’t seem to work, by typing in the address bar using either http://openspot.local or http://openspot/

6.    Log in with the default password:  openspot

7.    Click on the “Connectors” tab to go to the Connectors page

8.    Using the dropdown menu change "Active connector" to "DMR AutoCal"

9.    Click on "Switch to selected" to accept DMR AutoCal as the Active connector

10.    Enter the "Modem receive frequency", this is the frequency you wish to set the openSPOT to use

11.    Enter the "Modem transmit frequency" this value should be the same as the Modem receive frequency

12.    Click on "Save" to save the values

13.    Set the timeout on your radio to a high or maximum value

14.    Key up your radio and wait for the progress bar to hit 100%

15.    When the calibration process is completed make note of the demod mode listed on the "Last result:" line

16.    After the calibration is complete use the dropdown menu aain to change "Active connector" to "Homebrew"

17.    Click on "Switch to selected" to accept Homebrew as the Active connector

18.    Enter your modem receive and transmit frequencies, again these will be identical

19.    Use the dropdown menu to select a Brandmeister server to use, preferably the nearest server to your location

20.    Enter your callsign

21.    Enter your DMR ID

22.    Enter the server password, the default password for Brandmeister servers is passwOrd or password

23. You can leave the "Auto connect to ID" set to "0" or disabled

24. Leave “Private call” selected

25. Click on "Save" to save your configuration


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26.    Click on the “Modem” tab to go to the Modem settings page

27.    Using the dropdown menu set Mode/submode to "DMR Hotspot"

28.    Click on "Save" to save the setting

29.    Make sure the modem receive and transmit frequencies are correct and the "DMR modulation mode" is set to the same value found in step #15 above

30. Click on "Save" to save the settings


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31.    Click on the "Settings" tab to go to the Settings page

32.    In "Network settings" verify "Hostname" is set to openspot

33.    In "Location settings" enter your information and click on "Settings"

34.    Click on "Save" to save your location settings

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Your openSPOT should now be configured and operational!! 

If you have questions, I'm sure that you can ask Ken, KA8OAD for some help..