Casey Halverson has launched a new piece of Arduino compatible hardware he has designed and built called the Arduino HamShield. That is capable of enabling your Arduino project to communicate with people and things using amateur radio bands.
Coverage from the Arduino HamShield is across 136-170MHz, 200-260MHz, 400-520MHz and can be used to create the wealth of new projects including emergency communication devices, beacons, weather stations and more.
Watch the video below to learn more about the new Arduino HamShield directly from its creator who has taken to Kickstarter to raise the required $25,000 needed to take his development board into manufacture.
The HamShield supports a wide range of VHF and UHF frequencies, covering 3 amateur bands. This includes the 1.25 meter or “220” band (220 MHz to 225 MHz), which is notoriously hard to find equipment for! It also can transmit on MARS bands.
The HamShield supports both voice and packet radio modes. You could even invent your own digital modes with enough skill. It is compact, lightweight, and works great with any Arduino or Arduino compatible that supports Uno-style shields.
The HamShield is the product of 12 months of design, engineering, and prototyping. This May 2015, we had our final design. We need your support to bring the economies of scale in our favor, fund the final development, part purchasing, and production of our shield, and help bring innovation back to Ham Radio.
With the HamShield, you no longer need a dedicated radio or piece of equipment for each type of operating mode. There is also no need for complicated radio interface cables. The radio is now under your complete control!
So if you think Arduino HamShield is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge from $98 and help the Arduino HamShield become a reality.