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DPlus 2.2h Update 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, December 28, 2011 10:20:00 AM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP

Some changes made and new features added:

  • Changed reflector discovery code so it will dynamically find new reflectors and changed IP's without restart. 
  • The reflector limit moved from 50 to 1000.
  • Added support for modules D (for repeaters with that are for data / D-Rats testing) and E (for remote Echotest).
  • You can now test your Internet connection by linking to a remote gateway's module E and keying up with an echo test (using CQCQCQ in urcall).  Don't forget to unlink! :)
  • Also, DV Dongle users will be able to run echo tests through a connected gateway using module E.  This will require DVTool-2.0 beta 5 or later.
  • Some of the messages printed to dplus.log have been shortened.  I'm trying to cut back on the volume inthat log file.  Note that this will require new versions of Monlink, DPlusReport, and others that parse the logs.

REF006 was upgraded and is now running on a new server 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:55:00 AM Categories: D-STAR

Tonight, REF006 was upgraded and is now running on a new server. 

Hopefully your local repeater is already running dplus version 2.2h, in which case the change of IP address will be automatically detected before you read this message.

You can see the status of REF006 from the standard web page: http://ref006.dstargateway.org

Thanks must go to Robin, AA4RC, for upgrade and re-hosting assistance.


73 de Darren, G7LWT

Ohio Wide D-STAR Net, OWDN 

Posted by Admin Monday, December 26, 2011 9:58:00 AM Categories: D-STAR

Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group

On behalf of the ODWN & NODIG we would like to thank all that helped the Ohio Wide D-STAR Net, OWDN, become the premier D-STAR net in the state during 2011!

We have come an incredibly long way from our first net last January were we experienced dropped links, internet issues and lost packets. Over the course of the year NODIG's IT and RF Managers, along with their support teams, have worked hard to build a solid and reliable system capable of linking the entire state seamlessly.

Also worthy of mention are the OWDN Net Controls having run 53 nets in full and on time throughout the year.

A few statistics, and to some benchmarks we intend to surpass next year! The OWDN ran a total of 53 sessions with 1093 check ins clocking a total of 845+ man hours. Just over 30% of Ohio’s 88 counties, 27 total, are currently touched by the OWDN representing 44 cities. Of Ohio’s 16 D-STAR repeater sponsors 14 participate in the OWDN along with several out of state sites.

Please visit the net on Sunday evenings, Reflector 38 Alpha, at 8:00PM EST or our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Ohio-Digital-Interconnect-Group/145438878885464

The OWDN and NODIG wish you a healthy and prosperous new year!

73, Jeff Evans, KB8ZUN


Posted by Admin Saturday, December 24, 2011 10:08:00 AM Categories: D-STAR Presentations


Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

Since 2001 Nevada Amateur Radio Repeaters, Inc. (NARRI) sponsored the Annual VoIP IRLP Conference that is held in the Spring. Prior to 2012 the conference was held in Las Vegas as a separate event. Now it is part of EMCOMMWEST event. Each year the meeting has broadened its scope and now includes all the major VoIP systems in use by the amateur radio community, i.e., IRLP, Echo link, EchoIRLP, All Star, D-Star and DV Dongle. See the program for topical speakers.

Here is a summary of details:


Grand Sierra Resort Conference Area. www.GrandSierraResort.com The conference area is in the lower level - take elevator down from main floor..


Friday May 4, 2012


9 am to Noon and 1 to 4: 30 pm


10th Annual Topical VoIP Conference


Elaborates on the various VoIP systems with presentations with demonstrations. See past VoIP conference session at http://www.narri.org/voip_conference.html


$25 per person. No one allowed without payment, no exceptions.


Pre-Registration is Required by April 16, 2012.

Registration and Hotel Rooms


Please direct your questions to

Kent W7AOR, w7aor@narri.org  702-452-4412.

It is the hopes of NV Section leadership that this combo will alternate yearly between Reno and Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing you in Reno for the 10th annual VoIP Conference and EmCommWest 2012.

Kent W7AOR Chair NARRI VP EmCommWest

Last Man Standing uses D-STAR? 

Posted by Admin Thursday, December 15, 2011 8:40:00 PM Categories: D-STAR

There's been a few annoucements about upcoming episodes of Last Man Standing with Tim Allen featuring Ham Radio. Some of the radio's that are in Tim's shack will be an Icom IC-9100 and an IC-92AD. So listen closely and you may hear some D-STAR QSOs!

Tim Allen at the IC-9100For more information Ham Radio in Hollywood: Comedian Tim Allen Stars as Radio Amateur on New TV Show


HRO Atlanta Manufacturers Day 

Posted by Admin Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:48:00 AM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle

This past Saturday was Ham Radio Outlet - Atlanta's Manufacturers Day. HRO had representatives from many manufactures, including Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, MFJ, Internet Labs, and Comet. Even Gordon West was there.   Gary, KN4AQ, was there filming for a future episode of Ham Nation.

Georiga D-STAR had a table at the event and a number of folks dropped by to say hello.

And of course the big event was when the D-STAR Santa dropped by.

But Santa (Patrick W4VZB)  walks away with the Grand Prize a Kenwood TS-590!


Take a look at some of the photos at Flickr. There's a number of your D-STAR stars in the show!


Here's the link to HamNation.  You can see Gordon in a D-STAR QSO with Japan, Robin talks about the DVAP at about 36:00.


Kids in Amateur Radio D-STAR Net 

Posted by Admin Sunday, October 9, 2011 8:07:00 PM Categories: D-STAR

Drop by Reflector 12C on Friday evenings at 21:00 Eastern Time for the Kids in Amateur Radio Net.


Join the Worldwide D-STAR QSO Party 

Posted by Admin Friday, October 7, 2011 10:42:00 AM Categories: D-STAR

Icom Inc. is organizing a weekend long D-STAR QSO Party for 2011 to be held between 0:00 on the 11th of November to 24:00 on the 13th of November (UTC).

This event differs from previous D-STAR contests that have taken place over the last few years. Instead of competing for numbers of contacted call signs, the goal this year is to encourage D-STAR operators to communicate through as many D-STAR repeaters and with other D-STAR operators across the globe. The more countries a user contacts during the time period, the more entries in the prize pool they will have. Icom Inc. has a total of fifteen of the forthcoming ID-31E D-STAR UHF handheld transceivers available as prizes for this event.

Participation in the contest is via DV mode. All operators who submit an approved log will be eligible for the draw and 15 (fifteen) winners will be randomly selected to each win a prize. To qualify for the draw:

  • You need make a contact through at least one repeater in your own country.
  • Contact D-STAR users in 5 foreign countries and you will double your chances to win a prize.
  • Contact D-STAR users in 10 foreign countries and you will triple your chances to win a prize.
  • Contact D-STAR users in more than 20 foreign countries and you will quadruple your chances to win a prize.

More detailed information will be available on the following website from the 10th October 2011: Icom Inc. D-STAR Party Microsite.

Go on, take part and join the worldwide D-STAR QSO party in November!

For more details about D-STAR (Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio) visit the Icom UK D-STAR microsite.

Icom Marketing: marketing@icomuk.co.uk

Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group Launches a D-RATS Reflector 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:44:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR

Lorain County Ohio – The Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group is pleased to announce the launch of a D-RATS reflector for use by the D-STAR community.

D-RATS is a multi-platform tool for use with D-STAR. Its primary focus in development was to aid first responders, ARES & RACES, in Washington County Oregon. It has evolved into a global Ecomm software suite for data communications. It supports such things as instant messaging, Email, HICS 260, ICS 213 and Radiograms with canned templates. It also allows for easy file sharing, asset tracking and “Real Time” map overlays.

As with all NODIG assets it will be open for general use by all amateurs. It may also be used by ARES groups, EMA offices, Skywarn programs, Red Cross offices and hamfest activities at will.

The reflector may be accessed by making your host address in D-RATS ratflector.nodig.us . D-RATS software may be obtained by going to http://www.d-rats.com/. Instructions will be posted at www.nodig.us to help you along if necessary.

Contact: Jeff Evans / KB8ZUN 


DSTARInfo - Programming Your Radio Now Even Easier 

Posted by Admin Friday, August 12, 2011 12:33:00 PM Categories: D-STAR

Repeater files to directly import into Icom Software.

IC-80, ID-880, IC-92.

Programming your radio is as simple as download, import, send to radio!



For those of you with Icom’s software and IC-80, ID-880, and IC-92, DSTARInfo now provides “Import Files” for your area. By importing the files, your radio memories will be loaded with all of the repeaters in the specified area. Provides basic talking (i.e. module in RPT1 and G in RPT20).

In addition, DSTARInfo has Repeater Lists which are suitable for loading into the software for DR mode or selecting repeaters.

To load the files, download the appropriate file from http://www.DSTARInfo.com/icom-import-files.aspx Open the Icom software for your radio, open a group of memories and the import the file.

If there are existing repeaters in the group of memories that you are importing to, they may be overwritten.

The exact sequence varies slightly depending on the version of software.

These files are great for loading into radios just purchased by your friends or hamfests.

Awesome for loading into your radio before taking a trip!

Why are there multiple files? First, there’s now too many D-STAR repeaters to fit in any radio, over 1600 different modules around the world. But how often do you talk on each repeater? We have them segregated by regions. And since some of the Icom software limits us to importing 100 memory locations, larger regions are even further split. If your region has two or more files, just load one into a memory group, switch to the next memory group and add the next.


The files are simple CSV files that may be opened and edited in a variety of programs, including Excel. Feel free to edit the files before importing. The import files show the “Name” as just the call sign of the repeater, you can change them to match your naming conventions.

All US files currently available. Other portions of the world coming shortly.

Files are updated nightly

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