Playing with Pi-Star

By Toshen, KEØFHS (Updated May 2018, CC BY-SA)

Pi-Star SSH Logo

Pi-Star is great software for digital voice hotspots and repeaters. It can handle DMR, D-STAR, and YSF, and even P25, NXDN, and YSF cross modes when used with a multi-mode digital voice modem that supports those modes.

Andy Taylor, MWØMWZ, the developer, says this on his Pi-Star website⇗:
"Pi-Star can be whatever you want it to be, from a simple single mode hotspot running simplex providing you with access to the increasing number of Digital Voice networks, up to a public duplex multimode repeater!"

Disclaimer:  These are my personal notes and opinions based on using Pi-Star and learning from what others are sharing. I'm not affiliated with the Pi-Star project, except as an enthusiastic user. This article focuses on setting up and using Pi-Star for personal hotspots for someone like me, a non-technical user who is figuring things out as I go along through lots of trial and error. I've tried to be accurate, but if you come across anything needing correction, give me a holler.

1) Learning about Pi-Star

Pi-Star is relatively easy to set up as a personal hotspot, so don't be put off by the length of this article. It's long only because it covers a lot of the rich set of features and configuration options, beyond what's needed to set it up for the first time.

1a) To get up and running

Go through the first time setup steps in sections 1 - 5, marked with a red S.

Also go through the first time setup steps, marked with a red star, for the digital mode(s) you want to use: choose from DMR, D-STAR, YSF, P25, and NXDN.

1b) Other good resources for learning about Pi-Star

1c) Using D-STAR? Be sure to set up your radio properly!

If you're using a hotspot for D-STAR, it's really important that you set up your radio properly. For most hotspot devices, DV mode won't work; instead, you must set up RPT1, RPT2, and a zero offset (either +/−0.000). This is known as D-STAR Repeater (DR) or Duplex mode. For more info, see: Use DR mode!⇗ See also the video: D-STAR Radio Primer for using Pi-Star⇗ by Craig, W1MSG.

2) Downloading Pi-Star

First task: download the latest Pi-Star image designed for your hotspot from Pi-Star Downloads⇗ to a Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer (not the hotspot). If your hotspot uses a Raspberry Pi, download the RPi image.
Note: At this time, the regular Pi-Star RPi image doesn't support the new RPi 3B+; however, there is a beta version that does: Pi-Star Beta Downloads⇗.

Pi-Star downloads page

In addition to the RPi image, there are images available for FriendlyARM NanoPi⇗ and NanoPi Air⇗, Hardkernel ODROID⇗, and Xunlong Software Orange Pi⇗.

3) Flashing Pi-Star

Extract the downloaded Pi-Star image zip file, and then flash the image file itself (the one with the .img extension) to an 8GB or higher microSD card. A great app for this is Etcher SD Card Imager⇗, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Etcher for Windows with SanDisk microSD card superimposed

Note: If you get a message that you need to format your microSD card when you first insert it or after you finish flashing the image, you can ignore it.

3a) Preparing to connect to WiFi

Using the built-in Auto AP (Auto Access Point) method

If you're using Pi-Star 3.4.11 or later with a Raspberry Pi 3 or a Raspberry Pi Zero W and Auto AP is enabled (which is the default), you don't need to do anything else to prepare to connect to WiFi.

Why? Because after Pi-Star boots up, Auto AP will attempt to connect to a known WiFi network. Of course, the first time it boots up, there won't be a known network, so two minutes after boot up, Auto AP will automatically activate its own access point, which you'll use to connect to Pi-Star in order to configure your WiFi settings.

Manually preparing to connect to WiFi

If you can't use Auto AP or you just like to do things manually, after you finish flashing the image to a microSD card, you can manually add your initial WiFi settings to the root folder so they'll auto-install on first boot up:

  1. Create a wpa_supplicant.conf file with your WiFi settings:
  2. Copy the wpa_supplicant.conf file to the microSD card's Boot volume. Note: The next time you boot up Pi-Star, the file is automatically moved to /etc/wpa_supplicant/, so you won't find it in the root folder.

3b) Preparing yourself and your hotspot for first boot up

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and insert the microSD card into your hotspot.

4) Booting up Pi-Star

The steps in this process differ depending on your circumstances:

Do all the steps that apply to your current circumstances:

Overview of Pi-Star Auto AP boot-up steps for a new wireless network:
Auto AP setup - Step 1 Auto AP setup - Step 2 Auto AP setup - Step 3 Auto AP setup - Step 4 Auto AP setup - Step 5 Auto AP setup - Step 6
PDF: 2-Pi-Star_Auto_AP.pdf
Related video: Pi-Star WiFi Auto AP⇗ by Craig, W1MSG

4a) For all boot-ups

  1. Power on your hotspot.
  2. Wait for Pi-Star to boot up. Normally, Pi-Star takes a minute or so to boot up (a bit longer when using a slower computer like the RPi Zero W).

Note: If you have a display attached to your hotspot, you can watch the Raspbian Linux-based startup process until it displays a Pi-Star login prompt; however, you can't access the dashboard directly via the hotspot, so don't bother logging in there.

4b) If using Auto AP and setting up a new WiFi connection

Perform this step when you start Pi-Star for the first time or when you need to connect to a new WiFi network, for example, when traveling.

  1. Wait two minutes more for Pi-Star Auto AP to activate its access point.
  2. On a Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer (not the hotspot) that has WiFi enabled, look in the WiFi settings to find the Pi-Star access point, and then select it to connect to it:
    • If you're starting Pi-Star for the first time, it'll be named "Pi-Star-Setup."
      WiFi selector on macOS
    • If this isn't the first time, but you need to connect to a new WiFi network, it'll be named using the hotspot's hostname, by default, "pi-star" (or whatever you changed it to in the General Configuration section).
      WiFi selector on macOS
  3. Enter the Pi-Star Auto AP password: raspberry.
    Authentication Required

4c) For all boot ups

On a Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer (not the hotspot) that has WiFi enabled, open a browser window and navigate to:

Note Auto AP uses the IP address 192.168.50.1 for its access point.

4d) If starting Pi-Star for the first time

  1. You'll be greeted by a "No Mode Defined" screen. This is normal because you haven't yet configured the mode to use.
    No Mode Defined
  2. At this point, you can either click the Configuration link or wait 10 seconds to be redirected automatically.
  3. The Configuration view requires authentication: the default user name is pi-star and the default password is raspberry.
    Authentication Required
    Note: An important security step that should be part of your initial configuration of Pi-Star is changing that default password, which is discussed below: 5k) Remote Access Password.

4e) If using Auto AP and setting up a new WiFi connection

Perform this step when you start Pi-Star for the first time or when you need to connect to a new WiFi network, for example, when traveling.

  1. If you're not already in Configuration view, click the Configuration link and log in with your Pi-Star user name and password.
  2. In the Configuration view, scroll down to the Wireless Configuration section.
  3. To add or modify your WiFi network connections, click Configure WiFi.
  4. Click Scan for Networks (10 secs). It won't look like anything is happening. (Note: If the scan doesn't find the network you want, you can add it manually, which is discussed below: 5j) Wireless Configuration.)
    WiFi configuration
  5. In the list of networks found, select the one you want.
    WiFi configuration 2
  6. PSK: Type the wireless network password. The PSK field will turn green.
  7. Click Save (and connect). When Auto AP is active, this step will only save. When it's finished saving, the PSK field will turn white again.
    WiFi configuration 3
  8. When the PSK field has turned white again, reboot your hotspot.
  9. While the hotspot is rebooting, reconnect your computer to the regular network you're using.
  10. After the hotspot reboots, Auto AP will connect to the new WiFi network you added. On a Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer (not the hotspot) that has WiFi enabled, open the Pi-Star dashboard by navigating again to: http://pi-star/ or http://pi-star.local/

5) Performing initial Pi-Star configuration

After authentication, the Configuration view is displayed. I'm going to discuss these configuration settings in three parts: Basic, Digital mode, and Additional.

Basic configuration settings

This first set of configuration settings covers the Control Software, MMDVMHost Configuration (if MMDVMHost is enabled), and General Configuration.

5a) Control Software

Basic configuration settings - Control Software

5b) MMDVMHost Configuration

Basic configuration settings - MMDVMHost Configuration

5c) General Configuration

Basic configuration settings - General Configuration

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

Digital mode configuration settings

Configure the mode(s) you'll be using:

5d) DMR Configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - DMR

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

[1] For more info related to the way DMRGateway works with networks, see the notes:

5e) D-STAR Configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - D-STAR

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

[2] David, PA7LIM, the ham behind the BlueDV apps, also created Android and i0S "ircDDB Remote" apps, which handle REF, XRF, and DCS reflector connections. For more info, see the videos:

[3] X-Reflectors that use either the older Dextra protocol or the FreeStar protocol require port forwarding in order for Pi-Star to connect to them. This doesn't apply to X-Reflectors running the newer Dextra Enhanced protocol. If you want to manually set up port forwarding, see the note: Port forwarding⇗.

5f) Yaesu System Fusion Configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - YSF

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

YSF cross-mode configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - YSF cross-modes

Note: This screen capture is for illustration purposes only and is not a realistic view. Normally when you are using a YSF cross-mode, you would have only one of the cross-modes enabled.

Hint: From a post by Ron, VE1AIC, in the Pi-Star User Forum: "For P25 ONLY, use VW mode on your Fusion Radio, all others are DN."

YSF2DMR – To use the optional YSF2DMR capability (requires Pi-Star 3.4.10 or later), in the section above, MMDVMHost Configuration, enable both the YSF and YSF2DMR modes (normally, you also should disable DMR mode), and then set up the following options:

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

YSF2NXDN – To use the optional YSF2NXDN capability (requires Pi-Star 3.4.13 or later), in the section above, MMDVMHost Configuration, enable both the YSF and YSF2NXDN modes (normally, you also should disable NXDN mode), and then set up the following options:

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

YSF2P25 – To use the optional YSF2P25 capability (requires Pi-Star 3.4.13 or later), in the section above, MMDVMHost Configuration, enable both the YSF and YSF2P25 modes (normally, you also should disable P25 mode), and then set up the following options:

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

5g) P25 Configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - P25

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

5h) NXDN Configuration

Digital mode configuration settings - NXDN

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

Additional configuration settings

5i) Firewall Configuration

Additional configuration settings - Firewall Configuraiton

Dashboard Access, ircDDBGateway Remote, SSH Access

Note: If your router doesn't support uPNP, you disabled your router's uPNP capability, or you turned off the Pi-Star uPNP setting (see next), then these settings have no effect.

These settings are used for accessing the dashboard remotely, from outside your network. Per Andy Taylor in the Pi-Star Users Support Group⇗: "These settings tell the uPNP daemon to request port forwards from your router."

uPNP (Universal Plug and Play)

Note: If your router doesn't support uPNP or you disabled your router's uPNP capability, then this setting has no effect.

Auto AP (Auto Access Point)

The Auto AP feature, which works with the RPi 3 and RPi Zero W, was added in version 3.4.11. If the feature is enabled (which is the default), after Pi-Star boots up, Auto AP will attempt to connect to a known WiFi network. If it can't connect within two minutes after boot up, it automatically activates its own network access point, which you can use to connect to Pi-Star to configure WiFi.

Auto AP makes it easier to connect to a new WiFi networks when you start Pi-Star for the first time or when you need to connect to a new WiFi network, for example, when traveling. For more info, see above: 4) Booting up Pi-Star.

Some additional notes about Auto AP:

If any changes made, click Apply Changes.

5j) Wireless Configuration

Additional configuration settings - Wireless Configuraiton

  1. To add or modify your WiFi network connections, click Configure WiFi.
  2. Click Scan for Networks (10 secs). It won't look like anything is happening. (Note: If the scan doesn't find the network you want, you can add it using the manual method described below.)
    WiFi configuration
  3. In the list of networks found, select the one you want.
  4. PSK: Type the wireless network password. The PSK field will turn green.
  5. Click Save (and connect). Give it some time. It may not look like anything is happening, but when it's finished, the PSK field will turn white again.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Auto AP note: If you're setting up a wireless connection using Auto AP, this step will only save. After the PSK field turns white:
    1. Reboot your hotspot.
    2. While the hotspot is rebooting, reconnect your computer to the regular network you're using.
    3. After the hotspot reboots, Auto AP will connect to the new WiFi network you added.

Manually adding networks

  1. Click Add Network to open the options to manually add a WiFi network.
    WiFi configuration - add network
    Add WiFi network
  2. SSID: Type the wireless network name.
  3. PSK: Type the wireless network password. The PSK field will turn green.
  4. Click Save (and connect). Give it some time. It may not look like anything is happening, but when it's finished, the PSK field will turn white again.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Auto AP note: If you're setting up a wireless connection using Auto AP, this step will only save. After the PSK field turns white:
    1. Reboot your hotspot.
    2. While the hotspot is rebooting, reconnect your computer to the regular network you're using.
    3. After the hotspot reboots, Auto AP will connect to the new WiFi network you added.
  5. Optionally, you can add additional wireless network connections.
    Note: If you have multiple wireless network connections, when you turn on your Pi-Star hotspot, it will scan each one in turn based on its priority until it finds one to connect to:
    • Be patient: connection attempts can take ~40 seconds each.
    • The first wireless network connection you add is given an ID of 0 and a priority of 100.
    • For each additional wireless network connection you add, the ID is incremented by one and the priority is decremented by one.
    • Thanks to Bob, NØYWB, for his post in the Pi-Star Users Support Group⇗ explaining how this works.
    • For more info, see: Manually adding WiFi settings to RPi⇗.

5k) Remote Access Password

Used for accessing the Pi-Star Admin and Configuration settings, as well as for SSH access.

Strongly recommended: In order to protect your settings and network, change the password from the default to something stronger and more challenging to hack. A challenging password is especially important if you make your dashboard publicly accessible in the Firewall Configuration section.

Remote Access Password configuration

  1. The user name is pi-star, and can't be changed. This is different from the Hostname that can be changed in the General Configuration section.
  2. In the Password field, type your new password, preferably something long and strong. Note: Some special characters work for accessing Pi-Star Admin and Configuration settings, but not for SSH. For example, when my password included a tilde symbol (~), it worked for logging into Pi-Star Admin, but not for signing in via SSH.
  3. Confirm your password. Once you have typed an identical password, the field turns from red to green.
  4. Once you get the green confirmation, click Set Password.
  5. Once the password has been set, the Authentication Required dialog box will be presented, and you can sign in using your new password.

6) Running Pi-Star

Once you've finished the initial configuration, running Pi-Star is easy peasy. Just start your hotspot and give the Pi-Star RPi image a minute to fully boot up. As long as you have your radio set up correctly, you should be able to start using your radio for digital voice mode activity.

6a) Dashboard view

Optionally, you can open the Pi-Star dashboard on any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer (not the hotspot) connected to your network by browsing to http://pi-star/ (Windows) or http://pi-star.local/ (the trailing slash is important). The modes that you have configured to run will be highlighted green, and you can monitor their activity.

Pi-Star dashboard

If you enable the YSF, P25, NXDN, or YSF2DMR modes, you'll see additional info displayed in the dashboard's left column.
Pi-Star dashboard

Note: The previous screen capture is for illustration purposes only and is not a realistic view. Normally when you have YSF XMode enabled, you would have only one of the cross-mode networks enabled, for example, just YSF2DMR, and you would have the base cross-mode disabled, for example if using YSF2DMR, DMR normally would be disabled.

6b) Admin view

To see more info, switch to the Admin view (requires authentication).

Info and manager modules – The upper portion of Admin view shows Gateway Hardware Info and Service Status, as well as D-STAR and BrandMeister Info and Manager 5 modules.

Pi-Star Admin console - upper

[5] If you use BrandMeister SelfCare⇗ – You have the option to turn on Pi-Star's BrandMeister Manager module, which gives you access to key BrandMeister hotspot settings right from Pi-Star's Admin view. For more info, see the note: Pi-Star's BrandMeister Manager module⇗.
For D-Star – You have the option to link to/unlink from reflectors. The Reflector list includes a Text Entry option for linking to reflectors and repeaters that aren't pre-populated in the list of REF, DSC, and XRF reflectors. Thanks to Chris, NO7E, for pointing this out to me.

Activity modules – The lower portion of Admin view displays activity modules.

Pi-Star Admin console - lower

DMR Repeater module showing a linked talkgroup and repeaterDMR note: In the DMR Repeater module, linked talkgroups are shown on the left and linked reflectors on the right. For example, if you link to DMR+ reflector 4400 with a private call to 84400, you'll then talk on TG 9, so you'll see TG 9/Ref 4400. For more info, see: DMRGateway notes⇗.
D-STAR note 1: In the Local RF Activity module, if you see your callsign followed by /RSNC, that means the receiving station didn't get the beginning frames of your transmitted digital packet, which happens when a hotspot doesn't lock onto your Tx mode quickly enough when scanning modes.
D-STAR note 2: IRC: rr.openquad.net shows that Pi-Star is set up to use QuadNet. For more info, see: QuadNet Smart Groups⇗.
Target field note: If you see "blocks" in the Target field, for example, TG 3100, 5 blocks, that indicates non-voice data such as GPS or SMS.

6c) Live Logs view

From the Admin view, you can select the Live Logs view, which starts a more detailed live logging process that can be useful for troubleshooting. It can be helpful to open Live Logs view in a new tab or a different browser so you can move back and forth between the dashboard and the log.

6d) Changing active mode(s)

If you want to change which modes are active, just hop over to the Configuration view. In the MMDVMHost Configuration section, switch modes on and off as wanted, and then apply the changes.

MMDVMHost Configuration settings

7) Backing up or restoring Pi-Star

After you've done all the work of setting up Pi-Star just the way you want, it's a good idea to back it up. In Configuration view, click the Backup/Restore link.

Pi-Star Backup/Restore link

In the Backup/Restore view, click Download Configuration, and then choose a location to safely tuck away your work so that you can easily restore your configuration if things ever get messed up.

Initiating a Pi-Star configuration backup or restore

8) Updating Pi-Star

One of the nice things about Pi-Star is that it's updated on a regular basis to add new features and options. Per Andy Taylor in the Pi-Star Users Support Group⇗: "MMDVMHost is updated reasonably often. Pi-Star will pull in the updates overnight after I release them, or you can press update on the dashboard to pull in the updates if you want it before the nightly pull. I don't update the binaries daily, but I do try and track the upstream source reasonably often."

If you don't leave Pi-Star running overnight or you want to manually launch an update at any other time, in Admin view, click Update. (Alternatively, you can run the update via SSH, which is discussed further below.)

Update Pi-Star

In the Update view, you'll see the process running. Let it run until it's finished:

Pi-Star updating process

Update – Running a Pi-Star Update from the dashboard updates the dashboard binaries, and hostfiles. Running it via an SSH client also updates the OS:

  1. SSH into Pi-Star and log in.
  2. Run the update:
    sudo pistar-update
  3. Allow the update process to run until you see:
    Updates complete, sleeping for a few seconds before making the disk Read-Only
    Finished
  4. It's a good idea to go to the Configuration page and click Apply Changes.

Upgrade – The process for the less frequent version upgrades, which upgrades the base system services and packages, is discussed below: 10) Upgrading Pi-Star.

9) Expert Editor: advanced Pi-Star configuration

If you are in Configuration view, you can click Expert to access the "Expert Editor," a set of advanced quick editors, full editors, and tools.

Pi-Star Expert Editor link

You'll be greeted by a **WARNING** message that you should pay attention to:

"Please keep in mind when making your edits here, that these config files can be updated by the dashboard, and that your edits can be over-written. It is assumed that you already know what you are doing editing the files by hand, and that you understand what parts of the files are maintained by the dashboard."

The Expert Editor provides access to:

Pi-Star Expert Editor

[6] There's a good explanation of the DMR Network Jitter setting in MMDVMHost by Andy Taylor in the Pi-Star User Forum (edited slightly for clarity): "Jitter is the difference in round trip times [pings] between two points…. It's quite normal for the answers from each ping to vary slightly, this can happen for a whole load of reasons, but it's the difference between those times that is the jitter: too large = slight delay on the start of a transmission, so slow, choppy audio and higher BER (potentially). For audio packets to give you the best performance, you need two things: low round trip time (lower is always better, it's a function of bandwidth and distance) and steady jitter. If the software knows that you are using a master with high jitter it will attempt to account for it."

[7] The PiStar-Remote Config File provides configuration options for:
1. The Pi-Star Keeper remote control system, which gives repeater keepers an RF KillSwitch.
2. Some basic remote control ability via RF. For more info, see: Watchdogs, Remote RF commands, and Keepers⇗ on the Pi-Star notes page.

[8] See the note: Pi-Star's BrandMeister Manager module⇗.
[9] Maps the raw RSSI values to dBm values to send to the DMR network.

9a) Performing firmware updates via Pi-Star

It's possible to update the firmware of several hotspot boards via Pi-Star, including the MMDVM_HS Hat, ZUMspot, BD7KLE/BG3MDO, and the DVMEGA mounted on an RPi. For more info, see the note: Performing firmware updates via Pi-Star⇗.

9b) Other advanced configuration notes

See Pi-Star notes⇗ for other advanced configuration notes, including:

10) Upgrading Pi-Star

To upgrade the base system services and packages, you need to SSH into Pi-Star and run an upgrade (you can run this in the default read-only mode).

For upgrades, it's recommended that you use an SSH (Secure Shell⇗) app like Termius⇗ or PuTTY⇗. This minimizes the chance of upgrade errors that may be caused by Pi-Star's built-in (shell-in-a-box) SSH Access.

  1. SSH into Pi-Star and log in.
  2. Begin with an update of the dashboard and binaries:
    sudo pistar-update
    Allow the update process to run until you see:
    Updates complete, sleeping for a few seconds before making the disk Read-Only
    Finished
  3. Next, upgrade the operating system, services, and packages:
    sudo pistar-upgrade
  4. Run the process as many times as needed until the system reports you are on the most recent version:
    Detected Pi-Star #.#.# running on RPi hardware, attached to dvmpid modem...
    You are already running the latest version...
    Sleeping a few seconds before making the disk Read-Only...
    Finished
  5. It's a good idea to reboot the hotspot after upgrading:
    sudo reboot

For more info, visit Pi-Star Downloads⇗ and scroll down to Change Log.

11) Rebooting or shutting down Pi-Star

For a graceful way to reboot or shut down your hotspot, click the Power link.

Pi-Star Power link

In the Power view, click Reboot or Shutdown. Give your hotspot a minute or two to complete rebooting or shutting down.

Initiating a Pi-Star reboot or shutdown

Note: When you have a modem like the MMDVM_HS_Hat mounted on a Raspberry Pi, after shutdown is complete, the modem will continue to flash its mode lights (because power is still flowing through the shut down RPi to the modem) until you actually turn off the power to the RPi.

12) Pi-Star – Summary thoughts

I really like Pi-Star! It's my favorite hotspot software for the two digital radio modes I use, D-STAR and DMR. It also handles YSF, and when used with an MMDVM-capable modem like the ZUMspot⇗, even P25, NXDN, YSF2DMR, YSF2NXDN, and YSF2P25.

12a) The dashboard is great

I'm actually surprised by how much I like the dashboard. I thought it would be a "nice-to-have" feature, but it turns out that it's great to be able to watch the activity on a reflector, especially during a net. It's also nice to be able to easily look up people's QRZ pages.

12b) Actively developed and supported

Another thing I really appreciate is how actively and enthusiastically Andy Taylor and team are developing and supporting Pi-Star. And they listen carefully to the feature requests from the community of Pi-Star users.

12c) Works great as a base station and a mobile hotspot

Paired with a board like the MMDMV_HS_Hat⇗, Pi-Star is a great solution for use both as a base station and as a mobile hotspot.

MMDVM_HS_Hat mobile hotspot setup

For more info, see: Connecting Pi-Star via cell phone⇗

12d) Worth supporting

Obviously, Andy and team are pouring a lot of energy, intelligence, and heart into creating Pi-Star, which they're giving away freely to digital hams. There's also a robust community of hams contributing to helping Pi-Star users via the Pi-Star User Forum. Per Andy:

And now to you dear reader, you are probably reading this because you already run Pi-Star, or you are about to start. Without you, this project wouldn't be where it is today, a shining beacon of what can be when a few like-minded people with similar interests are prepared to set monetary gain aside and just give away their work. You might not be a coder, you might not feel that you understand digital radio enough to give anything back, but that time will come. Enjoy the hobby, tell your friends what we got right with Pi-Star, and tell us when it does something it shouldn't.

TX some support !

If you end up appreciating Pi-Star as much as I do, consider supporting this work by contributing to the Pi-Star User Forum⇗ or by sending some monetary support their way toward the costs of the equipment they're using to make Pi-Star so great. For more info, see: Pi-Star – How can I help?⇗

Thanks for creating a really nice solution, Andy and team!

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