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ARRL Atlantic Division to Host Two D-STAR Webinars 

Posted by Admin Monday, May 23, 2011 11:11:00 PM Categories: D-STAR Presentations

Periodically, the ARRL’s Atlantic Division hosts a “webinar” -- an interactive Web-based seminar, designed to facilitate communication between a small number of presenters and a large remote audience using the Internet. Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, and the National Capital Region D-STAR Association will present a two-part webinar discussion on D-STAR technology and its application to emergency communications. Anyone can register for these informative, interactive Internet meetings; you do not need to reside in the Atlantic Division to join in.


Part 1 will be presented on Wednesday, May 25 at 9 PM (EDT). This 90 minute webinar -- entitled D-STAR Basics -- will provide a general introduction to the topic of D-STAR and compares the technology to existing Amateur Radio systems. Examples of D-STAR innovation will also be presented. Click here to sign up for Part 1.


On Wednesday, June 8 at 9 PM (EDT), join in for Part 2 -- D-STAR and EmComm. This 90 minute webinar will provide a discussion on how D-STAR technology can benefit Amateur Radio EmComm scenarios. Examples of D-STAR applications to EMCOMM will also be presented, as well as future growth ideas. Click here to sign up for Part 2.


From ARRL web site news.

Dayton 2011 D-STAR Forum Presentations Posted 

Posted by John Davis Monday, May 23, 2011 3:20:00 PM Categories: Presentations

The presentations from the D-STAR Forum at this year's Dayton Hamvention are posted under the Conferences tab for viewing or downloading.

Central Florida D-STAR Academy 

Posted by Admin Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:38:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle Presentations

Central Florida D-STAR Group Offers D-STAR Academy


The Central Florida D-STAR Group will hold a one day D-STAR Academy on July 30, 2011 at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora Florida.

This D-STARter educational experience is designed for beginners as well as more experienced D-STAR users. The goals and objectives are to present D-STAR definitions, equipment, DVAPs, Dongles, linking, high and low speed data, the ID-1, D-Rats and comprehensive training for programming the radios. There will also be presentations and demonstrations on advancements in D-STAR high speed data communications and other emergency communications techniques using D-STAR equipment. There will be time for “hands on” instructions how to program D-STAR radios without a computer.

Instruction will be provided by experts in the D-STAR field such as Ray Novak, National Amateur Marketing Manager for Icom America, Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC who has developed the Dongle and DVAP. Paul Eakin, North Florida Section Manager and others will present high speed data and other advancements in communication using D-STAR systems. The target audience for this session is emergency management, hospital administrators and the more advanced D-STAR users.

No matter what your D-STAR experience, if any, there will be a wealth of information provided so that the beginner can go home and put his/her equipment on the air and the more advanced operator can explore the new data transfer methods which will have Emergency Management application.

The cost for the D-STAR Academy will be $ 35.00 per person and that will include lunch and refreshments all during the day.

You may register for this course at our web site www.cfldsg.org . More detailed information about class schedule and instructors is also available at this site. 

We encourage amateur radio clubs to make this information available to their members and include it in their news letters.


Ted Luebbers K1AYZ
Central Florida D-STAR Group
5739 Bounty Circle
Tavares FL.32778
352 343 8344

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 www.DSTARInfo.com and www.DSTARUsers.org .

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 www.DSTARInfo.com.

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 www.DSTARInfo.com
For corrections or additional news, please contact info@DSTARInfo.com

Coke and Atlanta Radio Club Anniversaries 

Posted by Admin Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:40:00 PM Categories: D-STAR

On Saturday May 7th the Atlanta Radio Club will be hosting a special event station in downtown Atlanta to celebrate Coke's 125th and ARC's 100th anniversaries. Coke will also be having some entertainment and event downtown.

We will be operating CW and SSB on HF. We will also be operating D-Star via possibly REF030C using W4DOC C or B. We will be calling CQ.

Coke has designed the QSL card for this event. Everyone who sends us a card and SASE will get a card in return regardless of method they used to make contact. If you use D-Star you can still get a card!!!

QSL manager for this event will be K0NWT.

Chris k4fh

DSTARInfoCon 2011 is now in the History Books 

Posted by Admin Saturday, April 23, 2011 11:21:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle Presentations


About 70 folks made it to the DSTARInfoCon even with it being Easter weekend. And about 70 folks staggered away, full of all sorts of new D-STAR information. From the beginners to the advanced, there were classes to be enjoyed by everyone.

First, I'd like to thank the instructors who did this out of the goodness of their heart.

Bill Cherepy – WB4WTN John Davis – WB4QDX Rob Hoppe – KI4SBT
Chris Fowler – K4FH Ken Adkisson – WB4FAY Robin Cutshaw – AA4RC
David Lake – G4ULF Paul Eakin – KJ4G Scott Hartlage – KF4PWI
Ed Woodrick – WA4YIH Pete Loveall – AE5PL Mark Holmes - KJ4VO

And all of the participants who made the trek. I believe that we had 5 states represented!

3 of our presenters attended without being there. David, Pete, and Mark all were remote presenters, spread across the country and joining us either with D-STAR or Web Meeting.

The following is a list of classes that we had


Getting  Started with D-STAR Low Speed Data/DPRS Repeater Basics
Linking/Callsign Routing High Speed Data/1.2 GHz G2 Gateway/Trust Server
Programming Radios Hotspots Repeater Operation, Maintenance
Programming Radio Practice D-RATS Gateway Utilities & Add-ons
Using D-STAR DV Dongle and DVAP G4ULF Gateway Software


It was a full day of D-STAR. And we even had giveaways from Icom, RT Systems, and HRO.

D-STAR Infrastructure Promotion 

Posted by Admin Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:44:00 AM Categories: D-STAR

D-STAR Infrastructure Promotion


Program Details:
From April 25, 2011 — May 9, 2011, your club can purchase directly from Icom America Inc, either a 2m or 70cm D-STAR repeater for US$3,000 (plus freight and applicable taxes).

Repeater Components in this program for $3,000
RF Module
Gateway Software
ID-RP2000V or ID-RP4000V


Bonus: If you can meet the following requirements within 90-days from the date of purchase, Icom will refund the original purchase price (US$3000).

  • Install in permanent location identified at the time of purchase
  • Fully operational on the USROOT trust server with Icom G2 Gateway Software and within the requirements outlined by the USROOT Administration team
  • Minimum of 10 users registered on the "Gateway"
  • Guarantee system on air for minimum of 1 year from date of installation

This program is limited to the first 70 qualifying clubs located in priority areas listed below or not within an existing D-STAR Repeater (100 Aeronautical Mile Radius). Send a club biography and an outline of how D-STAR will be used in your community to DSTAR.Promo@icomamerica.com to see if your club qualifies.

Priority areas:

Washington (Eastern) Western Texas Kentucky
Idaho Nevada (North) Illinois (Southern)
Montana North Dakota Indiana (Southern)
Wyoming South Dakota Arkansas
New Mexico Minnesota (Northern) Nebraska
New York (Up State) Wisconsin (Northern) Kansas


This promotion is for U.S. residents only. Applicants cannot be affiliated with employees of Icom, Inc., including any parent, subsidiary or entity affiliated with Icom, Inc. or the distribution channels of Icom products.

For more information about the D-STAR Promotion: DSTAR.Promo@icomamerica.com

For more information on D-STAR:

For more information on registering on the gateway:
Refer to the document "Joining the Network" on www.dstarusers.org

Georgia/Florida Exercise Features D-STAR 

Posted by John Davis Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:06:00 AM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR

The three Florida ARRL Sections and Georgia completed a Hurricane Exercise last weekend that utilized D-STAR voice and data capabilities extensively.  D-RATS was used as the primary data communications and messaging mode for much of the traffic between sections.  The North Florida group established a Ratflector in Tallahassee for use by all exercise participants and utilized several private channels for communicartions directed to specific groups.  For voice communications, Reflector 37B was used for Unified Command communications among the leadership of the sections.

Since Georgia would be les affected by a Hurricane simulated in this exercise, it created an opportunity to check participation in a voice net.  Most of the Georgia D-STAR repeaters have a module normally connected to Atlnata-based REF030C.  A voice net was established on D-STAR with a liaison to the Georgia HF net and to relay messages to the other sections via D-RATS. A total of 61 check ins were handled representing 40 counties across the state including several from county EOCs using the new D-STAR radios furnished under a grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

All of the Section Managers participating agreed that D-STAR adds some unique and very useful capabilities to Emergency Communicatons.  ARES in Georgia plans to add a D-RATS Net to it's weekly net to gain more experience with all of its features.  D-RATS is a free program written by Dan Smith, KK7DS, and is available at www.d-rats.com.


SYRG are proud to announce D-Star Rapid Response vehicle. 

Posted by Admin Friday, April 1, 2011 8:54:00 AM Categories: D-STAR

South Yorkshire Repeater Group, SYRG are proud to announce their investment of funds in a shiny new custom D-Star Rapid Response vehicle.

The Star Bus is one of a kind customised by the team at fakimakarup workshops based at Carlton Industrial Estate, in Barnsley. Fitted with all the available D-Star equipment and a great big horn and floodlight with Star logos.

To compliment the "Star Bus" each member of the team will be outfitted, by Mr Bens Taylor, with a superhero type Lycra outfit in one of the colours of the rainbow.

SYRG D-Star rapid response team are available to all who can holler "D-Star I need you" and will be there in a flash. That's if you can make the team hear above their roaring turbo charged engine and dixie horns!

See the STAR BUS in all it's glory at www.syrg.net

DSTARInfoCon 2011 Announced 

Posted by Admin Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:09:00 PM Categories: D-RATS D-STAR DVAP DVDongle

DSTARInfo and Georgia D-STAR will be hosting a one-day workshop to provide information and training on all levels of D-STAR.  Classes will be organized to allow participants on all levels from new users to repeater system administrators gain knowledge about D-STAR’s digital voice and data technology.

D-STAR InfoCon will be held at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. Participants can choose from informative, hands-on classes to get you started for the new D-STAR user to more advanced topics for experienced users.


For More Information see  DSTARInfoCon 2011

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