Monday, November 20, 2017

The incredible demand for the ZUMspot Pi and the kits has completely caught us off guard and is now causing unacceptable lead times.
In order to correct this situation we have decided to stop taking orders for the Zumspot Pi boards and kit for a short period of time so we can catch up and improve our logistics. This temporary suspension will affect only the ZUMspot Pi and the kits, not the MMVDM Pi boards.
We’re setting up a friendly website to make the ordering process a lot easier. We are also working hard to set up a reliable distribution system in the UK and the USA for now.
We will process the remaining orders from list, in chronological order, until we liquidate our existing stock of boards and kits.
We appreciate your patience and we’d like to offer a 10% discount to those who are still on our waiting list as of Novermber 18th, 2017, and wish to wait for the new batch of boards.
We expect to resume taking orders on the ZUMspot Pi and the kits towards the end of next month.
We realize that for some of your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Yule ,Eid-al-Adha, or Diwali will come a little late this year, and we sincerely apologize for this delay.

The ZUMspot Team

Friday, October 13, 2017

As promised here is the first 3D printable case
thanks Steve !!!
3D Zumspot Pi Case

Well that was quicker than Hot cakes !!!... First batch gone
lots more coming in about 4 weeks.
We are upping the production volumes and hope to be able to get them out even quicker

Here is a video from W1MSG on the Zumspot Pi

Friday, July 14, 2017

ZUMspot RPi UHF Hotspot Board

We are very happy to announce the release of the ZUMspot Pi Zero board.

The ZUMspot RPi is an advanced radio module board.
Paired with a Raspberry Pi and the MMDVM software becomes a small and efficient multi-mode digital hotspot.

· High performance 32-bit ARM processor
· Fully assembled and tested
· Supports DMR, P-25, D-Star and System Fusion
· Onboard LEDs to show status (Tx, Rx, PTT, Mode)
· Up to 10mW RF power
· SMA antenna connector, UHF antenna included 
· Mounts cleanly on all current Raspberry Pi’s including the Pi Zero 
· Works on ODROID boards
· The firmware is pre-loaded and is easily upgraded via software. 
· Connections for Nextion LCD display and I2C displays
· 1 Year Warranty
· Open source firmware (MMDVM) and board design
· Open source 3D printable case available
· 144 MHz, 220MHz and 900MHz versions to be released at a later date

We have a limited number on hand.
Please contact Bruce ( for pricing and availability.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A really good video on setting up the DR1X with a Rev1.0 board by Matt Young ....Great work Matt
Converting a DR1X with a MMDVM Rev1.00

Friday, February 3, 2017

Moving forward.... Jim just posted on the MMDVM Yahoo list

I'm pleased to announce a big step forward for the open source MMDVM project. There is now support for the ADF7021 RF chip. A lot of work has been going on in the background. A special shout out needs to go to Andy CA6JAU. Without his countless hours of work this would remain a half finished project still sitting on my workbench.
This means mmdvmhost/mmdvm can now talk directly to the 7021 chip so external radios are not needed. In the initial release of source code, there is support for DStar, DMR (DMO), Fusion and P25. Fusion and P25 have not had any significant amount of testing done.
Now to the good stuff. All the source code is currently hosted on Andy's github. 
We will be working on getting it merged into the mainline code.
I also posted in the Files section a document with build and installation instructions.
The hardware used during development is a combination of an ADF7021 board and an STM32F103 board. To make it easier to put the parts together I designed a simple carrier board (see attached picture). Everything is thru-hole so most everyone should be able to solder it. As soon as the Chinese New Year break is over, Bruce will be ordering more blank boards.
The stock ADF7021 board needs two modifications. The first is the oscillator has to be replaced with a low ppm TCXO. The second mod is a jumper needed to connect a pin on the 7021 chip to the NC pin on the ADF7021 board header. More pictures will be coming shortly.
The ADF7021 boards are no longer being manufactured. Through his connections in China Bruce has acquired a small number of them and is currently having the two modifications done.  His supplier claims to still have some remaining stock. If there is enough interest from the group I'm sure he can try to get more. 

If you are interested in helping to test, PM Bruce. He will be in touch with updates on kit availability. We'd like to give priority to those who are more comfortable with the ins and outs of setting up the build environment and able to do the soldering.

what does it mean... it means you can build a Open source hot spot that does all modes for less than $100USD , Yes you still need a computer

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is a great "how to" by Dean KD8YNY as he mentioned a work progress but a great help !, Thanks Dean great work

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Finally... the first small batch of the ZUM boards Rev. 1.0.1 are back from the CM.
They have been tested and will be shipping out to people who have been so patient.
The big volume will be early January 2017.
If your name is on my list I will be in contact shortly.
Thanks you for remaining with us !

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The port of the MMDVM code to the STM32F4 series has taken a major leap forward
As per Jim's email to the MMDVM Yahoo group late last night
Does that guy ever sleep :-)

All the source code is already waiting on github. Andy posted the modified Standard Peripheral Drivers in the Files section of the MMDVM Yahoo group. I just posted a text document detailing how to build the code and program the boards.

To start we have support for the STM32F407 Discovery board and the STM32F446 Nucleo board.

I'm attaching a picture of Andy's setup. He's got it working well on DMR. You can also see that he's included the TCXO board for a more accurate clock. I've been doing my testing on DStar.

The instructions include details for building under Windows, OSX and Linux using gcc. There is also limited support for building the code under CooCox (Win32).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mid-November update

Mid-November update

After a few long months of designing, testing and fine tuning, we finally have some concrete things to share with you guys. It might not be exactly the kind of news you were expecting, but we’re confident you won’t be disappointed...

Despite our best efforts, the MMDVM revision 1.2 is still far from completion.

The design we originally envisioned for 1.2 incorporates a really good filter, but it is quite “aggressive” and requires more work, a lot more than we anticipated, both in software and hardware.

You probably noticed the messages some of our rev 1.2 testers exchanged on the Yahoo group over the last few months … We tested and tweaked, and then tested some more but unfortunately it’s just not ready.

A big “Thank you!” goes to all those who helped us design and test this board. We owe you a beer! (or five?!)

We’ll continue to work on the MMDVM revision 1.2 boards, and we hope we’ll find a solution

In the meantime, as a small and well deserved reward for your patience, we’d like to present you a new board: the Rev 1.0.1 board.

We designed the new Rev 1.0.1 board with the following features:

  • 12Mhz TCXO
  • Multi-turn pots
  • RSSI Inputs
  • I2C output (to connect LCD)
  • A serial output (to connect LCD)
  • Additional radio sense and control lines to be used for DR1X conversation
  • Protection diodes on all the radio signals
  • Additional Status LEDs
The PCBs are ready and they’re heading to the CM. However, it is mid-November and the timing is not really great. As the holiday season approaches fast, the deadlines become really fluid… We’d love to tell you that we’ll ship them in 2-3 week but we simply don’t know.
Our best guess is: “December”…
Once we get into production we will off course be releasing the schematics (PDF)