How to update Babystar firmware

The present version of Babystar D-STAR hotspot is v. 1.04 and can be downloaded from the ON8JL website.

To update the hotspot with MacOS you can try and do what I did:

  1. Open the hotspot (screws on the underside)
  2. Attach the accompaning USB-cable to the three-pin serial-port
  3. Attach the USB-port and confirm that the port is created.
    Mine was called /dev/tty.usbserial-FTGXOC3V but milage may vary.
  4. Install Homebrew by following the instructions on the website
  5. Install Minicom with “brew install minicom”
  6. Install Ymodem (file transfer protocol) with “brew install lrzsz”
  7. Start Minicom with “minicom -s” which brings it into config-mode
  8. Under “File transfer protocols” change the filepath to Ymodem send files (under B) to “/usr/local/Cellar/lrzsz/0.12.20/bin/lsb -vv” and change recieve files (under E) to “/usr/local/Cellar/lrzsz/0.12.20/bin/lrb -vv”.
  9. When attached to the hotspot go to menu and choose Send files, then Ymodem and then choose the file.

New gear on the way

Put in an order with Wimo yesterday… first new purchase in ~10 years and, man, has things changed!

Main reason is that I commute a lot on a daily basis (approx 230 km return-trip) and why not spend the time right? 🙂
I’ve been quite keen on APRS for ages but never really got familiar with it – started with UI-View and Igates, later over TH-D7 which seemed like an easy way in but somethings wrong with the radio (the plug for GPS) and I never got around to fixing it.
Now you can get a mobile station with the GPS build in so there’s the nice boxed solution I could use – ordered the Yaesu FTM-350 and it’s like the days before christmas!
Will be sure to update with the progress when it arrives.

Oh, and second reason was a hefty 20% discount from the store 😉 Thanks, Wimo.