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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 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


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

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 NEBRASKA D-STAR NET REF002C

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."

Sending Pictures and Text Messages with your D-Star Radios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sBqZ1uVEGA

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

The RS-MS1A Android App (available in Google Play) users with the ID-31A PLUS, ID-51A PLUS (anniversary model) and 51A Plus2, 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.

We will have a “pre-net” starting at 7 PM (MST) or 0200 UTC on REF072D which is 30 minutes prior to the regular D-Star Picture Net. The object of the pre-net is to help the new users make sure they have their radios and App setup so they can send and receive pictures.

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

After the picture has been sent the net control will poll each check in by voice to get a picture report at their location.

The Kenwood D74 handheld will work with the RS-MS1A Android App. First pair the handheld with the Android device via the radios Bluetooth. Start the App and go to the Application Settings. Tap to select a transceiver model. Select Other (Bluetooth) then close.

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.

David, PA7LIM the same person that wrote BlueDV and Peanut has developed a new software which supports ICOM radios in the terminal mode, no hotspot is required. See here: http://www.pa7lim.nl/doozy/ to download the software and for further details. At the present time it is available only for Win 10. Hopefully, the Android version will be out soon. After downloading the software, test it out on REF072D or E.

Testing the hotspot can be done using REF072E. Select Send Picture. Select a picture. Try to select a picture with little color. The transmission takes longer to send if there is a lot of color. On the picture quality and size select Low (25%) and 160 x 120. If the radio supports Fast Data, select it. Start Transmitting. Now select Receive Picture. When the transmission has finished or REF072E has timed out the picture will be echoed back. The “E” module has a short timeout timer. You will be able to tell how the hotspot will react during the net, and if the App is setup correct.

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

D-RATS

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.