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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 28.570 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 14.340 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)

Here is a video from K6UDA DSTAR HF Voice simplex on a 705 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45MaJiIXQXo&t=3s

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.

D-Star Repeater Net

Monday evenings at 7:15 PM (MT) 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.ham-radio-op.net use port 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) (Currently has a controller programming issue)

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



Sunday 3:00 PM Picture Net REF029A

Sunday 6:00 PM INTL D-STAR NET REF091C





Monday 6 PM AMERICAN LEGION D-STAR NET REF056C 1st Monday of month only. On echo-link KY4RW-L


Tuesday 6:30 PM ARK-LA-TX D-STAR NET XRF757A





Wednesday 7:30 PM D-STAR PICTURE NET REF055D

Wednesday after ham nation HAM NATION D-STAR NET REF014B



Thursday 7:30 PM C.E.R.T. D-STAR NET REF058A






Saturday 7 PM ARIZONA D-STAR NET REF009C (Arizona Time)


Mon -Fri 8AM DRE Morning 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

The D-Star Picture Net now has a Facebook page! Go to your Facebook page and in the search bar, type in Dstar Picture Net and the page should pop up.

Watch the Announcement page and the Calendar for when the next D-Star Picture Net will be held.

New D-Star Picture Net Format

On April 6, 2022, there will be a change in the D-Star Picture Net format. We will switch from a directed net format to an open net format (there will not be a net control present). Stations may start linking to REF055D and sending pictures at 0000 UTC.

The new protocol will be as follows:

1. Stations will make sure that the frequency is clear and will announce by voice that they have a picture to send before sending a picture. Then send their picture.

2. When the picture is finished the sender will announce that the picture is complete.

3. The sender may ask for a picture quality report at this time. If another station would like to have the picture sent again, they may make the request at this time. Be sure to leave enough of a gap between transmissions for these requests. The rating scheme will be the same as it is now (P1 – P5).

The participants may send as many pictures as they like but respect the others that may be on the reflector and waiting to send a picture.

The RS-MS1A Android App (available in Google Play) users with the ID-31A PLUS, ID-51A PLUS (anniversary model) and 51A Plus2, ID-52, IC-705, ID-4100, ID-5100, IC-7100 and IC-9700 radios will need the OPC2350LU data cable. If the Bluetooth module is installed in the 705, 4100, 5100 and 9700 then the cable is not needed. The RS-MS1l App (available in iTunes Store) for iOS users can also be used with the ID-4100 radio only. We will be exchanging pictures, text messages, and positional information.

There is a free Windows app, ST-4001W from ICOM and ST-4001A (available on Google Play) that processes any .jpg or .png picture to the right pixel size and can add a signature or label to the edge. You can use the ST-4001 app to send the formatted picture over ethernet to the radio *or* just copy it into the /IC9700/Pictures folder on the IC-9700 , IC-705 or ID-52A/E formatted microSD card or to the Android device. Once the photos you want are copied, you can just plug the microSD back into the 9700 radio. The new pictures are then available to send from the choices that are available when the PICTURE menu is opened on the radio. You also may take, edit, and transfer the pictures from the iPhone, or android device using the ST4001W(A) ICOM free app. A picture can be taken with a phone, edited, and then transferred to the SD card. For the other radios you need to use the serial cable.

Here is how we rate the pictures on the net. It depends on how many blocks are missing in the received picture.

P-1= Perfect picture

P-1 Minus= 1-5 blocks missing

P-2= less than 25% of blocks missing

P-3= less than 50% of blocks missing

P-4= less than 75% of blocks missing

P-5= No picture

Kenwood D74 Handheld Setup (courtesy of K4DJL, W4LKS and WA7BFN)

Hey all...

You can send and receive pictures from the RS-MS1 app through your '74, using fast data mode by using a Bluetooth connection from the app to the '74. The RS-MS1 app is available free in the Google Play Store. My understanding is that the Apple IOS devices will not connect to the '74 using Bluetooth. These instructions are for Android devices.

Clues for you:

  • Make sure the RS-MS1 app is installed on your phone or tablet.

  • Make sure you have some pictures in your gallery.

  • Run the app and get to know how to navigate the menus.

  • If it asks which transceiver to use, choose: Other (Bluetooth).

  • Go to the application settings in the app, make sure your callsign is entered near the bottom

  • In the '74:

    • Use menu 930 to turn Bluetooth on

    • Menu 632, Turn GPS TX off, so it doesn’t interrupt the data stream when receiving.

    • Menu 983 KISS Mode factory defaults to USB... turn to Bluetooth

    • Menu 984 DVR / DV Mode Switch to Bluetooth

    • Menu 936 Autoconnect should be ON

    • Turn on pairing mode in menu 934...you have 60 seconds to pair using the Android phone or tablet.

  • On the phone or tablet, use the operating system Bluetooth settings to pair the device to the '74. Confirm on the '74

  • Both devices say they are paired, but the Bluetooth symbol on the '74 is not yet illuminated indicating a data link.

  • Turn on data link mode in the '74:

    • Use menu 6 in the digital function menu (use (F) then MODE button), hit the Voice/Data button to change to data mode.

    • The data icon should now be illuminated on the '74 screen. You can't send or receive a picture unless the data icon is illuminated.

    • As I understand, the '74 can only send pictures using Fast data mode.

  • You should now be able to use the RS-MS1 app to choose a picture and send it. Or Receive a picture.

  • At the first Bluetooth connection to the '74, the Bluetooth symbol will turn blue on the screen.

  • You may have to turn OFF data link mode to use the '74 for talking. I believe it turns off automatically if you push the talk button.

  • I notice the '74 buffers the pixel blocks when sending...The app says it's done sending the picture, but the '74 stays keyed up a while longer.

Thanks to Duff - WA7BFN for helping me work out these steps, and improving them.


Randy Wilkinson, W4LKS

El Erby

DJ at Large

Office 334-260-9732

Cell 334-799-1239





The format for this net is much like a voice net in that check ins will be taken and then the NCS will direct when the stations will send their pictures.

Not all hotspots will support the Fast Data mode however, pretty much all will support the Slow Data mode. We are seeing that the older hotspots have issues with coding being outdated. Many are no longer supported be their creator. The newer hotspots such as the openSPOT2 and 3 work really well with the latest version of firmware. The DVMEGA with the BlueDV firmware is another excellent choice. The developers of these two devices have been willing to work with us and ensure that the features are supported.

Troubleshooting an issue:

Here is what you requested regarding the issue I was having on the picture net and thank you again for taking a few mins to come to 58C on Friday evening so you could see the results.


Troubleshooting sending pictures with the Bluetooth using the Icom RS-MS1A app.

Radio and Hotspot:

I'm using an Icom ID-5100A radio with an openspot3 along with the RS-MS1A app on the phone.

I also purchased the ZUMspot to see if it was the openspot3 causing the issue. So here is what I found out.


During the D-Star Picture Net on REF055D, I was using the Openspot3 and also the ZUMspot. The problem I was having was with the transmission of sending pictures on the net. What the transmission would do is sound like it was keying up and keying down the radio during the transmissions of the pictures. Net Control and other Ham Operators reported that they did not receive the pictures while others reported 50% to 75% loss of the pictures. I also switched to a different reflector and was working with W0CLF and the same results repeated.


So after many unsuccessful attempts. I was working with W4GLE on another reflector, we were on the phone so I was able to hear what the transmission sounded like. I was in shock of what It was doing. I turned off the GPS and the problem remained. I rebooted the radio, the hotspots, and my internet connection and the problem still existed. So at this point I was wondering if it could be in the radio, the Bluetooth board in the radio or the Bluetooth in my phone causing the issue. So I reinitialized the Bluetooth in the radio, unpaired the radio in the phone, and after pairing the phone back with the radio. The problem was still there. So at this point in the testing I was unsure what to do, so I decided to reboot the phone and retest which was the last thing to do to solve the problem as I remembered that It had been a few days since my last reboot of the phone. After rebooting the phone, I started the Icom RS-MS1A app and linked the phone to the radio and sent a picture. The result was a perfect picture. W4GLE and I sent many pictures back and forth to see if it would do it again and it was a perfect picture every time.

Then after a couple days I contacted KB5HPT the NCS for the Picture Net, to demonstrate my results. Now, It had been a couple days since I rebooted the phone, so I wanted to see if it would do it again and to my amazement it did the same thing as before. It keyed up and keyed down just like before, So I rebooted the phone and sent the picture again and the problem was resolved. Perfect picture.

So if you are having issues like this and you are using Bluetooth to transmit your pictures to your radio. Try rebooting the devices, such as a phone or a tablet, radio, hotspots, internet connections and retest again. Sometimes just the simplest things can be solved by just a simple reboot.

Hope this helps you out,

73 de KE0YTP

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):


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:



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:



D-RATS is a low speed data program designed to be used with D-Star radios. It was created by Dan Smith, KK7DS for his local ARES Group. D-RATS is an all in one program in that it does message transfers, is a real time chat page, it allows for file transfers, and has a map feature.

The Message Tab has some formatted message forms such as ICS Forms etc. Just fill in the blanks and send them to the intended recipient. On the Message Tab click on New and then choose the form you want to send.

Click on File and then select Message Templates. You can create your own formatted messages.

The Chat Tab allows for having real time conversations with others logged on to D-RATS.

Files Tab will allow others to upload or download files from other stations D-RATS Shared Folder.

D-RATS also has a map feature that is powered by Open Streets Map. We can be assured that the maps we view are always current. Map symbols can be added to the map. Mobiles that are running D-Star radios with D-PRS (similar to APRS) enabled can be viewed live as they travel around. Stations call signs are displayed at the bottom of the map. Click on a call sign and see the positional information and the distance and direction from your location.

Visit and join the D-RATS Groups.io website at https://groups.io/g/d-rats.

Click on the Databases Tab and get a list of all the active RATflectors that are available. Enter these RATflectors in the Radios Tab in D-RATS. (File>>Preferences>>Radio).

Click on the File Tab. You will find helpful files. There is a new version of D-RATS available now. This version fixes a lot of the problems that have plagued D-RATS with the changing technology.

Click on the Messages Tab to see what everyone is talking about.