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Welcome to D-Star!  If you are new to D-Star, we have some tips to help you get started.

If you are an old hand at D-Star, welcome!

Either way, we are glad you are here. Hope to talk to you on the air soon!

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    We are a group of amateur radio (ham radio) enthusiasts who encourage the development and popularization of VHF and UHF digital voice modes in the Charlotte metropolitan area.  No membership application required!  Join us on one of our repeaters, via a hotspot or dongle, by joining our Yahoo Group (clt-dstar) or coming to our monthly dinner meetings.


       We operate six D-STAR repeaters at four sites, three DMR repeaters (one MotoTrbo and two Hytera) at three sites, one System Fusion repeater and one NexEdge repeater.  We also operate two FM analog repeaters.  Internet connections at each of our sites allows us to inter-link repeaters to provide wider geographic coverage.  

Our repeaters are open.  We don't restrict use to "members" only.  We encourage all licensed hams to use our machines.  This is our gift to the ham community.  

We also try to educate and inform hams about the various digital voice modes.  This web site, our clt-dstar Yahoo group, and on the air help are all parts of that effort.  We welcome newcomers to join us, get to know us and become involved in this great endeavor.  We think digital voice modes are fun.


    We built and support these systems through equipment donations, volunteer labor and financial contributions from a large number of ham radio operators.  All of this costs money; lots of money.  A repeater installation can cost several thousand dollars, and when equipment breaks it needs maintaining, which carries an ongoing cost.  We keep each site connected to the Internet and pay DSL bills totaling almost $750 annually.  If you like using our repeaters, please consider making a donation by using the Donate button and giving what you can. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Our repeaters are open, but they are not free.  It costs money to keep them on the air.  Please consider donating when you can.  The suggested donation is $50 per year per user.  Thank you!


    Jump on our repeaters anytime. In order to stimulate interest, we currently link our repeaters to the following D-Star nets:

A note about linking and unlinking the repeaters to reflectors:

  • Feel free to unlink the repeater as needed (not during an active net or other conversation)
  • Identify yourself (verbally) and state your intent
  • Unlink the repeater (send the letter 'U" in the the 8th position of the call sign field)
  • Link the repeater to the desired reflector (send REF054CL in the call sign field, for example)
  • Conduct your business on the newly linked reflector
  • MOST IMPORTANT: When you are finished, please unlink the repeater. If it was previously linked, please restore the previous link
  • Remember - you are not the only person using the repeater, so leave things like they were and ID yourself as you begin and end.


            443.8625 (+5 MHz) KI4WXS B  - not connected - link as needed (see instructions above)


            145.140   (-600 kHz) KI4WXS C - Connected to Reflector 54C

                        Sunday 21:00 REF002 A SEWXNet

                        Tuesday 21:00 North Carolina D-Star Net                        


            1292.000 (-20 MHz) KA4YMZ A


            443.9875 (+5 MHz) KA4YMZ B - Connected to X-Reflector 38A

                        Daily 04:30 links to XRF038 A
                        Sunday 20:01 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net
                        Sunday 21:00 REF002 A SEWXNet
                        Monday 20:00 REF020 A K3PDR Philadelphia Net

                        Monday 21:00 REF063 C Western PA Net

                        Monday 21:30 REF026 A Raspberry Pi Net (maybe moving to XRF026 A)
                        Monday 23:00 REF012 A Papa Sys Tech Net
                        Tuesday 19:30 REF020 A Mid-Atlantic Net
                        Tuesday 20:00 REF010 C Rhode Island Net
                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina Net

                        Wednesday 20:00 REF062 C Maryland/Delaware/Pennsylvania Net

                        Thursday 23:00 REF012 A Papa System D-Star Round Table

                        Friday 21:00  XRF021-B Canada Net

                        Saturday 21:00 REF035 C Pacific Northwest Net

            444.8625 MHz (+5 MHz) W4FAN B - connected to Reflector 54C    

                        North Carolina D-Star Net, Tuesday @ 9:00 p.m.


             1291.40 (-20MHz)  KK4JDH A   - Connected to Reflector 54C


    We have a monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month here:

            Light Rail Family Restaurant

            8045 South Blvd.

            Charlotte, NC 28273                                                        

            Telephone:  704/643-2121




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