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Dayton 2012 Wrap-up Report 

Posted by Admin Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:45:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle Hamfests Presentations


Lots of excitement about D-STAR, that’s what happened at Dayton.


It started on Thursday evening at Marion’s Pizza with the Dayton Amateur Radio Club sponsoring a D-STAR gathering. There were a lot of people putting faces to call signs that we talked to on a regular basis.


On Friday morning, we started with the DSTAR InfoCon. 3 hours of D-STAR training for those new to D-STAR led by John WB4QDX. While John held class, Ed WA4YIH opened the DSTARInfo / Georgia D-STAR booth. As the doors opened, throngs of people swarmed the building and the D-STAR booths got busy. Aside from the Icom booth in the main hall, Icom’s D-STAR booth was manned by the Trust Server Team and Dan Smith of D-RATS fame. Georgia D-STAR presented the D-STAR Info booth with a number of helpers throughout the weekend, including Jim Moen of Star*Board fame.


Next door we had the Internet Labs booth with the DVDongle and DVAP.


New to Dayton was Newfield Design and their ProHam D-STAR repeater controller and Northwest Digital Radio with their UDR56K4 radio. Both of these groups exhibited their products. They are quite interesting and will help D-STAR to the next level.


The main D-STAR forum on Friday filled the largest forum room and a  number of great presentations, including my own “No More Programming” presentation that shows you how easy it is to program your radio with information from DSTARInfo, and then talks about the ID-31A that comes preprogrammed from the factory!!!!


On Thursday evening, as had D-STAR Across America with a full room of D-STAR lunatics, whoops, I meant enthusiasts. Ray Novak, Icom America’s General Manager gave a presentation on the history of D-STAR, the reason why many of the choices were made during the design process.


Ken Atkisson talked about DPlusMon and DPlusReport, two tools that are invaluable to repeater administrators and net controls. David Lake gave an update on his project and along with the US Trust Server Team, showed off a prototype repeater. Not too amazing, unless you saw it. A full D-STAR repeater, including the gateway computer in a form factor that would fit inside a shoe box! We also heard from a number of other speakers throughout the evening.


Now many of you may have heard the Yaesu was supposed to show a new digital radio at Dayton, and they did, the FT-1D. There wasn’t much fanfare behind it, and there’s still a lot of speculation about it. What reliable sources have determined is that it is a Tier 1 DMR radio. Tier 1 DMR radios are relatively new and not sold in the US. The Tier 1 DMR radio is currently being sold in Europe as a non-licensed device, similar to the FCC FRS service. An interesting aspect is that the speaker – mic has a camera embedded in it, to allow users to send pictures. Not much else is known about the radio.


The one thing that was the most obvious is that there is a continued, even renewed source of enthusiasm in D-STAR. The UDR56K4 is a new paradigm in radio. AA4RC teased us with some new items coming down the road. One of the most exciting was that there were a lot of areas, previously not covered by D-STAR that have just become or soon will be covered. There was a lot of chatter about additional things in the pipeline. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes discussions going on, some hopefully leading to better collaboration behind many of the developers of D-STAR.


And to top it off, we found out the ID-31A sold out rather early in the weekend, evidently people are really liking the “No programming” concept of the new radio which comes from the factory preloaded with the worldwide D-STAR repeaters.


So don’t wait until it’s too late, go ahead and start making your plans for next year, it’s going to be exciting!




Dayton Hamvention® 2012 

Posted by Admin Saturday, January 7, 2012 1:48:00 PM Categories: D-STAR Hamfests

The Pre-Dayton Hamvention® D-STAR Meet, Greet and Eyeball QSO is scheduled for May 17, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Marion’s Piazza in Beavercreek Ohio. 

Make plans early for the big event.  Come enjoy a casual and relaxing time with friends you have made on the air prior to the big show.

Details can be found at the following Hamvention® web site:

Attention to the updated D-STAR frequencies and call signs in the Dayton area, for some have changed.  Handheld coverage has greatly improved and is easily accessible from Hamvention® with our new installation and location of the W8RTL system.

Also note that during Hamvention® week one of the W8RTL repeaters will be linked to Reflector 38C thanks to the Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group (NODIG).

Hope to see you there.

Joe – KA8C

D-STAR at Dayton 

Posted by Admin Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:22:00 PM Categories: D-STAR Hamfests

Again this year, the Dayton Hamvention will be a hotbed of D-STAR Activity. There’s a number of events, forums, and exhibitors all scheduled to be there, and of course we can’t forget all of the vendor with the best prices on D-STAR equipment!

First on the list are the local D-STAR repeaters
Call Sign
Frequency C Module
Frequency B Module
145.2700 -0.6000
444.0875 5.0000
147.1050 +0.6000
The W8HEQ C module has decent coverage outside at the Hamvention, the W8HEQ B module has lesser coverage. At this time it is planned for the W8RTL repeater to be relocated to a local TV tower at 600ft and hopefully have better coverage of the site.
REF038C will be the Dayton Hamvention Reflector. All stations from outside the region are requested to connect to REF038C and not the local repeaters.
For additional repeaters along your route of travel, check out the repeater listings at and .

The first event will the Pre-Hamvention® D-STAR Meet Greet and Eyeball QSO
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday May 19th.
1320 N Fairfield Rd
Beavercreek OH
(937) 429-3393
GPS: 39:43.596N 084:03.392W (Degrees:Minutes.Decimal minutes)
  • From Dayton, go east on US 35 toward Xenia. Turn north at the N Fairfield Road exit. Marion’s Piazza is on the right one half mile immediately after Tim Horton’s. If you went to the traffic light at Dayton-Xenia Road, you have gone too far. Turn right at the light and turn right again after Pizza Hut. Go behind Pizza Hut and you will see Marion’s Piazza.  (Note that N Fairfield Road is approximately 8.5 miles east of the I-75 and U.S. 35 intersection.)
  • From I-675 exit 13, go east on US 35 toward Xenia for approximately 2 miles. Follow directions above.
  • From I-675 Exit 17, go south on N Fairfield Road 3.3 miles and turn left at the light onto Dayton-Xenia Road. Immediately get into right lane and turn right after Pizza Hut. Go behind Pizza Hut and you will see Marion’s Piazza.
Individuals may order from the menu and will be responsible for their own purchases.

On Friday, May 20th
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. D-Star Room 1
Moderator: Greg Sarratt, W4OZK
The Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio, or D-STAR forum will provide you an comprehensive overview of current and upcoming technology software, hardware and operating methods
  • · John Davis, WB4QDX; Georgia D-STAR Group
This presentation will cover D-STAR basics to more advanced functions for experienced users. Topics will include the basics to get on the air, linking repeaters and using D-STAR’s low and high speed data capabilities. Examples will be presented on how D-STAR is being used in Georgia and around the country including Emergency Communications.
  • · Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC
This presentation will introduce and demonstrate new software upgrades and improvements for the DV Access Point Dongle (DVAP), DV Dongle and D-PLUS.

D-STAR Across America
Friday, May 20, 7:00 – 9:00pm - Drury Inn (Ballroom) -6616 Miller Lane -Dayton, OH
The Georgia D-STAR group will again host a session of D-STAR information and presentations at the Drury Inn. Join other D-STAR enthusiasts to find out what’s going on across the country in D-STAR. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the people behind those D-STAR QSOs. . Light refreshments will be provided. More info is available at

There will be a number of D-STAR booths at the Hamvention
Booth #
-  Information about D-STAR
Internet Labs
-  DVDongle   and DVAP
-  Radios
HA0008 HA0009 HA0010
HA0033 HA0034 HA0035 HA0036   HA0037
Bird Technologies Group /   TX RX Systems
-  Filters
BA0413 BA0414
RT Systems
-  Programming Software
Sign Man of Baton Rouge
- D-STAR Badges
EH0568 EH0569
Amateur Radio / Video News
- D-STAR   Videos

For more information, see
For corrections or additional news, please contact

Orlando Hamcation 2011 

Posted by Admin Sunday, February 13, 2011 6:36:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle Hamfests Presentations

As has always seem the case, there were a lot more people wanting to hear the D-STAR forum at Hamcation than there were seats available.Regrettably a number of people turned away when they saw how full the room was. Hamcation officials are trying to find a better alternative for next year.

This year's presentation were as follows:

Gwinnett Techfest 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, January 12, 2011 6:42:00 PM Categories: D-STAR DVAP DVDongle Hamfests

This year's Techfest, as always was packed full of people coming to see about the different aspects of Amateur Radio. Robin Cutshaw AA4RC and Ed Woodrick WA4YIH were on-site helping people understand D-STAR