D-STAR

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D-Star Repeater Net
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Monday evenings at 7:15 PM on one or more of the local El Paso D-Star repeaters (see below) 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.

Local El Paso D-Star Repeaters:
1. 146.620 D-STAR repeater, W5ELP module C (South Comanche Peak, El Paso)
2. 440.650 D-Star repeater, KG5ZPX module B (west El Paso up into Las Cruses, NM). This repeater is an ircDDB repeater and can link to all the other XRF, DCS, etc. repeaters
3. 145.11 D-Star repeater, K5WPH module C
4. 443.225 D-Star repeater, K5WPH module B 




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



The weekly D-Star HF Net has been in existence since 2011 now. The website HF D-Star QSO Finder (hf.d-star-relay.net) is on 24/7 to help D-Star users to find and coordinate other D-Star users and make contacts. 

The net has been a success because of the many D-Star users being on frequency. The original purpose was to prove if you can do DSTAR on HF and how far you can take it. We have done that and “have the T-Shirt”<g>. The useful purpose now is to allow new DSTAR HF equipment owners to make contacts, learn about DSTAR HF and improve their shack by evaluating antennas and other devices.


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          6 PM                TRAINS & RAILROADS NET          REF026A
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."

 



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.


With the RS-MS1A Android App, you can use the extended D-Star functions to exchange images, text messages, or display received D-PRS station data on a map application. 
On May 9 at 7 PM (MDT) there will be stations exchanging these pieces of information on Reflector 055D. 

The following radios use the OPC-2350LU data cable: 

ID-51A(PLUS)/(PLUS2)
ID-51A
ID-31A
IC-7100

The ID-5100, or ID-4100 radio use the Bluetooth to communicate with the APP.

There is an iOS App for the Apple Users now. Get the RS-MS1l App from the iTunes Store. The App only supports the ID-4100 at this time. Join us on May 9.


The following was contributed by Jim, NE8U. Thank You Jim.

What is D-PRS?

D-PRS (D-Star Position Reporting System) is APRS for D-STAR. As we know, D-Star radios in DV mode are capable of sending voice while also providing a data stream which can include GPS information. D-PRS converts ICOM D-STAR radio GPS information into APRS. Most D-STAR repeaters now have D-PRS implemented on the gateway, and can send these D-PRS packets to the APRS Internet Server network. APRS maps show real-time APRS information and can track D-STAR stations on the Internet. Newer D-Star radios have integrated GPS capabilities, and others can have a GPS unit plugged into them.


Why use D-PRS?

While there are many uses for D-PRS, the big advantage is situational awareness in the local area in the event of an emergency response such as severe weather reporting, search and rescue, direction finding, traffic reporting, and assisting Net Control keeping track of the amateur operators providing support.

  • EVERY time you transmit, you send your position
  • Active voice net, Net Control sees everyone’s position when they transmit
  • No interference or wasted net time trying to describe your location


How to use D-PRS.

Using D-PRS is quite simple. Make sure the GPS is on: Menu->GPS->GPS Set->GPS Select->Internal GPS

Confirm that the GPS receiver is receiving your position and time. The GPS icon blinks when searching for satellites and stops blinking when the minimum number of needed satellites are found.

Set up D-PRS: Menu->GPS->GPS TX Mode->D-PRS(DV-A)

Here, you set a symbol to show up on the map. A house, car, or person depending on how you will use D-PRS are good choices. Also set the SSID. This is used to differentiate your call sign, again depending on how you will use D-PRS. 

Common SSIDs are:

-0 Your primary fixed station
-7 HT's or other human portable
-8 boats, sailboats, RV's or second main mobile
-9 Primary Mobile

So, if you are using an HT such as the ID-51a, you would use a person symbol and -7 SSID. Then you will show up on the map as a person icon labeled MYCALL-7.

It is important to set the automatic GPS message transmission to OFF, as it will cause unnecessary traffic on the D-STAR system. Of course, there may be situations when you will want to automatically send your position periodically.

Menu->GPS->GPS Auto Mode->OFF


You must set your RPT2 to allow for gateway operation otherwise you will not be gated to APRS-IS. Configure your radio like you would for making a gateway call. Set your URCALL to CQCQCQ, RPT1 to the repeater call, and RPT2 to the gateway call (repeater call with "G" in the eighth position). For example, if you are using the west-side repeater it should look like this (substituting your call sign for MYCALL, of course):

UR:CQCQCQ
RPT1:KG5ZPX B 
RPT2:KG5ZPX G 
MY:MYCALL  /ID51A

Once you've got everything configured, transmit for a few seconds and then check Findu.com for your position report. Use the following URL, again substituting your call for "MYCALL": http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?call=MYCALL-7

Here are some other useful links:

http://www.jfindu.net/lastreports.aspx?call=MYCALL&dstar=1

http://aprs.fi

Enjoy! 73


QuadNet2  Network

The QuadNet2 Network is an open ircDDB routing network. The QuadNet Network fully supports the use of dongles, hotspots and repeaters (both homebrew and ICOM) on the QuadNet network. The purpose of QuadNet is to support callsign routing. Callsign routing is an alternate method of connecting to other D-Star users. It does NOT require your gateway to know the IP addresses of reflectors or repeaters to which you want to connect.

For a long time, it has been understood that you can't route when you are using a mobile rig (like a hot-spot that uses a cellphone for its Internet connection) because routing uses port 40000. QuadNet, has solved that. You can Group Route to any Smart Group, whether you are operating from your home, or you are operating a mobile rig!

The QuadNet Array consists of the following linked reflectors, routed Smart Groups, and DMR:

QuadNet Smart Groups

  • DSTAR1 located in New York
  • DSTAR2 located in San Francisco
  • DSTAR3 located in Ohio
  • DSTAR4 located in Alabama

D-STAR Reflectors:

DMR


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