Jan 05

DSTAR arduino shield ( DVMEGA )

Yes! The new Dstar arduino shield ( DVMEGA ) has arrived ( dec 2013 )!!

The Shield must be placed on an Arduino Mega or Arduino UNO ( not included ). The DVMega has more functionality than the red dongle and it is much cheaper!! You can use the DVMega shield for 2M and 70CM!!
The DVMega is fully supported with the Jonathan G4KLX Software so you can set the frequency of the DVMega within dstarrepeater module.

DVMega on Arduino MEGA 2560
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DVMega on the Arduino UNO

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See www.dvmega.auria.nl for more information. You can buy this shield for around 85,– euro ( around 120 dollar ) at http://www.dvmega.auria.nl/Shop.html .

I was one of the first beta testers of the DVMEGA and I am VERY happy with it!!

This device works also great with the ircDDB remote for android :http://pd7l.wordpress.com/ircddbremote/

Ideal configuration:

  • Raspberry PI model B
  • Raspberry Power supply 5V 1A ( use a stable one!! Else it will destroy your SD-card )
  • 4GB or 8GB SD-card class 10 ( 16 GB will not work  )
  • Arduino UNO ( can be a clone ) ( http://www.dx.com/p/uno-r3-atmega328p-uno-r3-development-board-deep-blue-285620 )
  • DVmega ( http://www.dvmega.auria.nl/Shop.html or http://www.dvmega.co.uk/ )
  • Antenna SMA-Male 144/430Mhz ( Is not included with the DVMega )
  • SMA-male to SMA-Female 90ºC Adaptor ( nice! )
  • Ethernet cable and USB cable( short one )
  • Software image ( http://www.westerndstar.co.uk/html/downloads.html )

You can also expand this configuration with an WIFI usb adapter so you can connect it to a smartphone with internet and use it portable. Ideal to use it in the car or on vacation.

The DVMega is also running great with an intel Linux or Windows 7/8 machine running the Jonathan G4KLX software.

There is now a single band ( 70cm ) DVMEGA shield available to put directly on your Raspberry PI model B!!!

It’s also possible to order the DVmega in the UK: http://www.dvmega.co.uk/Ordering%20Information.html
On this site you can order a complete configuration of the DVmega. Antenna, DVMega, Arduino UNO, cables, pre-loaded software..

For more information and questions there is a forum at : http://dvmega.freeforums.org/
You can also find information at yahoo groups at : https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dvmega/info

They also sell cases for the DVmega.. Prise.. ?? ( review ?)

DVmega-box

My Case.. Design by PD7A

DVmega-kastje

Many thanks to PE1PLM who created this DVMega arduino shield!!

73,
David PD7L

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