Well after the help of a few local (Kingston) hams and the computer skills of my daughter Erika its working fine
The hotspot has found a place in VA3QV/m and I have it set up in such a way that I do not need a computer to control it …. However I am also not using it to its full potentinal.
But it is doing exactly what I wanted it to so…. it works for me… And heres how I am using it so far….
I use it to connect to the Canada Wide Room which is part of the VE3ORF/3730 linked Repeater system This lets me keep track with the “home town” when I am not within VHF/UHF RF range although most nites I can contact them on 80m SSB on the 3730 group.
Here in Kingston the local Fusion Group has just (in the process of)set up a hotspot on the the Fusion repeater here in town. This (once all is finished) will let me call into my new home town when I am on the road. Once again YES I could do this on HF but its nice to have some communications options.
Now if I was to add a tablet to the system I could use the hotspot to its full potential but for now I don’t want to introduce any more distactions to VA3QV/m and the video display would be doing that. All I need to do is fill in a few gaps in communications (for now). I am planning to get a 2nd hotspot to put in the trailer and that will have more computer control but for now its the KISS principal.
I’m still a newby at this but it is a great communications tool
PS…. as I write this according to the USPS tracking site my 10-80m Wolf River Coil is somewhere between Chicago and Kingston. It passed through Chicago and so far has not be scanned anywhere since. I am hoping it makes it to Toronto where it will clear customs and then on to me in Kingston