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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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Check out the new D-Star Tips! Thanks to KE3C for sharing!!

Roland's latest Digital Presentation comparing Digital Voice modes is here


Who

    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.

What

       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.

Cost

    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!

When

    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.

DMR Repeaters:  

            442.4125 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Charlotte

            443.3875 (+5 MHz) W4ZO (NCPRN) Wingate

 

            443.4375 (+5 MHz) KM4BRM (Hytera) Spencer Mountain

                    Thursday 23:00 Hytera Network - DMR Amateur Radio net

 

            443.9125 (+ 5MHz) KA4YMZ (NCPRN) Crowders Mountain

            927.0125 (-25 MHz) KA4YMY (NCPRN) Charlotte

 

Fusion Repeaters:  

            443.100 (+5 MHz) KI4WXS (Fusion Digital Only)

 

Nextedge Repeaters:  

            443.875 +5 MHz NXDN (RAN1 TG65000 - worldwide access available) Crowders Mountain

 

D-Star Repeaters:  

         

             1291.40 (-20MHz)  KI4WXS A   - not connected - link as needed (see instructions above)

 

            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

                        Monday 23:00 REF012 A Papa Sys Tech Net

                        Tuesday 21:00 North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net 

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

                    

            1292.000 (-20 MHz) KK4JDH A - connected to Reflector 54C  

                        Tuesday 21:00 North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net                        

 

            443.9875 (+5 MHz) KA4YMZ B
                        Sunday 20:00 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net
                        Monday 22:00 REF038 C Raspberry Pi Net
                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                        Friday 21:00  XRF021-B Canada Net

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

                        Sunday 20:00 XRF038 A for the Ohio Net
                        Monday 22:00 REF038 C Raspberry Pi Net
                        Tuesday 21:00 REF054 C North Carolina & Friends D-Star Net

                        Friday 21:00  XRF021-B Canada Net

Where

    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

                www.lrrest.com                                                

                                                       

 


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