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D-Star Repeater Net
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Monday evenings at 7:15 PM on the 146.620 D-STAR repeater, W5ELP (South Comanche Peak, El Paso).  Linked to Reflector 55A.  All with D-STAR capability are welcome to participate. We are also active on the AE5HE RATflector (Host Adr: ae5he.ratflector.com:9000) Early Check-ins will be taken on D-RATS in the El Paso Chat Room starting at 7 PM (Mountain Time). Click on Join Channel and enter El_Paso then click OK. Click the #El_Paso tab to enter the chat room.




D-STAR HF VOICE SCHEDULE

Saturday     7:00 PM ET
Sunday     10:00 AM ET
Sunday       7:00 PM ET  

Check USB/LSB on freq to make sure the freq is clear.

h:00 - h:05 6 mtrs 51.180 DV for 5 mins
h:05 - h:10 10 mtrs 29.480 DV for 5 mins
h:10 - h:15 12 mtrs 24.938 DV for 5 mins
h:15 - h:20 15 mtrs 21.380 DV for 5 mins
h:20 - h:25 17 mtrs 18.148 DV for 5 mins
h:25 - h:30 20 mtrs 14.280 DV for 5 mins
h:30 - h:35 40 mtrs 7.285(or another open freq) DV for 5 mins (this also appears to be an AM frequency)
h:35 - h:40 75 mtrs 3.880 DV for 5 mins (this also appears to be an AM frequency)

See how to do DSTAR HF with an ICOM at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGF-qkdoid4



WEEKLY D-STAR NET INFORMATION


DAY            TIME (MDT)      NAME                                             REFLECTOR


Sunday        6:00 PM            INTL D-STAR NET                        REF001C
Sunday        6:30 PM            MINNESOTA D-STAR NET           REF053A
Sunday        7 PM                 SE WX D-STAR NET                     REF002A
Sunday        8 PM                WISCONSIN D-STAR NET             REF019B
Monday       6 PM                 MID-ATLANTIC D-STAR NET        REF020A
Monday       7:15 PM            EL PASO D-STAR NET                  REF055A
Monday        8:00 PM           RASPBERRY PI NET                     REF038C
Tuesday      6:30 PM            ARK-LA-TX D-STAR NET              REF048B
Tuesday      7 PM                 TEXAS D-STAR NET                      REF004B
Tuesday      7:30 PM            ALABAMA D-STAR NET                REF058B
Tuesday      9 PM                 PAPA SYSTEM D-STAR NET         REF012A
Wednesday 6 PM                 WED NIGHT WISCONSIN NET      REF019B
Wednesday after ham nation HAM NATION D-STAR NET        REF014B
Wednesday 8 PM                ILLINOIS D-STAR NET                    REF001B
Thursday    7 PM                 FLORIDA D-STAR NET                   REF046C
Thursday    7:30 PM            C.E.R.T. D-STAR NET                     REF058A
Thursday     8 PM                NEW MEXICO D-STAR NET           REF055A
Thursday     9 PM                PAPA SYSTEM ROUNDTABLE      XRF002A
Friday          7:30 PM           MEMPHIS ARC D-STAR NET         REF058A
Saturday      5:30 PM           COASTAL CAROLINA NET           REF061A
Saturday      7/8 PM             ARIZONA D-STAR NET                  REF009C
Saturday      8 PM                SATURDAY NIGHT D-STAR NET   REF029A


"Digital voice is defined in the Commission’s rules based on content as voice (i.e. phone), not data, per Section 97.3(c)(5) of the Rules."

 

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Sending Pictures and Text Messages with your D-Star Radios


On June 14 we had an experiment using the RS-MS1A Android App and our D-Star radios over our local D-Star repeaters connected to Reflector 055D. KE5APX, KG5QFN and KB5HPT in El Paso was connected with AD5RB in White Rock, NM and WJ5Z in Taylor TX. We exchanged text messages and pictures successfully with each other. We did discover that the newer versions of phones are not completely compatible with this App. They will send text messages, but will crash the App when trying to send a picture. The next experiment will take place on June 28. Be sure to check the Calendar and Announcement pages for more details.


On June 28 another experiment was done with the RS-MS1A Android App. We was using our D-Star radios and local repeaters connected to REF055D. KB5HPT and AE5HE from El Paso , K5VU from Silver City, NM, K4DJL from Montgomery, Al and WJ5Z from Tyler, TX was in attendance. KB5HPT and WJ5Z was using our Raspberry Pi's and DVAP's with the ID-51A (Anaversary) radios. Again we all took turns sending text messages and pictures. This time we experimented with transmitting voice while a picture was being sent at the same time. The pictures were received with some video blocking for some but for most stations no video loses was experienced. We also experimented with sending text messages while sending pictures and talking on the same frequency. The text messages was received 100%. Having done these experiments only proves this App to be a very valuable tool to have in our EMCOMM tool bag. Pictures can be sent from the field locations while the sender is narrating what is being seen. It would be a valuable real time tool for ARC's  Disaster Survey/Damage Assessment, SKYWARN and reports to local government. The next experiment will take place on July 12. Be sure to check the Calendar and Announcement pages here on this website for more details.



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