This last year, due to work schedule, I've not been able to get overly involved with amateur radio. Lynn K7LW and Gordon KK3O keep my interst alive with their continued experimentation with Dstar and WiresX repeaters. Lynn is currently working with Ken N7FIV putting up a repeater on a local mountain top. Lynn has WiresX up and running with hopes of getting Dstar operational as well. Fingers crossed the repeater makes it through the Winter. Lynn has worked very hard to make this hilltop repeater a reality.
My need for some digital amateur radio, D-Star has recently caught my attention. I've recently completed and put online a Raspberry Pi 2 running the Rpi MarylandDStar firmware image with a borrowed VHF DVAPdongle. So far, it has been a pleasurable experience. I have been mentoring three other amateurs with their D-Star equipment. It's not that I know more, it's just that my experience is new so is a good time to learn together.
I have not move any further forward with my Broadband Hamnet interest. I've put together and configured three units and tested the mode for myself and understand its capabilities. However, I'm in a vast waste land of knowledge regarding Broadband Hamnet. It is really tough to get individuals not familiar with networking to become interested. Personally, I would love to see Broadband Hamnet and D-Star functioning together. I believe it is very doable. Time will tell, I spect.
I have recently become interested in Broadband Hamnet which utilizes or repurposes WRT54G and GL Linksys routers. Recently, Ubiquiti broadband networking devices have been supported. I currently have one WRT54GL Linksys router and two Ubiquiti AirGrid M2 HP units converted to Broadband Hamnet firmware.
In my particular situation, my QTH is pretty much isolated making finding a existing Broadband Hamnet node fairly remote. However, my current three converted devices are providing a good background understanding of the capabilities this ham networking system provides.