Last night I was sitting in my hotel room, thinking about how ridiculous it is that any hotel would charge $20/day for internet access. $35 for "fast" service. What a joke...
So, for the first time, I decided to tether my phone to my laptop and just use my cell data connection for my internet access. Seemed to work OK, actually was better than I thought it would work. In fact, I'm using it right now to update this page :)
Anyway, when I travel I always take my IC-92AD and my DVAP (red). So, I got it out, plugged it in, and connected to the internet. Wow, that was easy - it just worked (like I've grown to expect!)
My local club, Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC), located in Richmond, VA has a D-Star net that runs on Wednesday evening at 8pm (EDT). I took a break from my Morse Code practice to join the net and it WORKED GREAT!
I've heard of folks using their cell connection in their car traveling all around the country staying in D-Star contact, but this is the first time that I'd ever done it. It's more fun than it sounds.
So, no R2D2 during the net and it was awesome being able to chat with my buddies - just like I was local.
73 de KJ4WLH